Cantankerous Old Fart
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: On the Tundra of Northern NY State, almost Canada eh?
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Originally Posted by chelboed
I've been riding decent full suspension bikes since about 1998 and the best lockout that I've found so far is right here
I highly suggest you ride that Caddy as long as you possibly can, whilst saving your pennies for a whole bike. Just don't worry about it and have fun with it. In a couple of years, when you wear it out...start looking at bikes that are so efficient that they don't need a lockout. The Specialized Epic has the "Brain Fade" rear shock that senses the heck outta your terrain and basically feels like a hardtail until a bump comes along and breaks threshold. It's pretty amazing what good dampers do these days.
The Fox RP23 has an excellent damper. Platform damping is amazing, man. A Santacruz Blur with the RP23 pretty-much kills the need for a lockout.
I really, truly, sincerely, and whole-heartedly think that if you get to the point where efficiency is important...you won't want to be pushing an 8lb frame. You can enjoy the heck outta riding while saving for the dream bike later down the road.
Not being a bike snob...just speaking from experience.
I appreciate your input.
Of course I know that this is not, as you put it, a "whole bike". It is what I can afford @ a time when I NEED to get something to continue my much needed fitness program. (all the snow is melting so XC skiing is done for @ present)
Even if I could afford better, I doubt that I have the knowledge to make an informed decision when purchasing a higher quality bike. I also will probably have trail mishaps due to inexperience that will take their toll on the bike so better to bang up a $400 entry level bike than a $1500 specimin.
I must admit that I was envious standing next to the high end bkes when I was in the LBS checking out tool kit items.
I "googled" the Fox RP23 & checked out Fox's website. The Fox RP23 is some great technology & would be on my list of features needed in my next MTB. In a year or so, I'll probably have the knowledge to make an inteigent choice when/if I move up. Actually, being the type that wants everything just so when spending the $$$$ to purchase quality products, when I do move up, building from a frame will probably be a consideration.
Thanks again for the great information. It will be filed in the "gray computer" for future referance.
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