I went over to my friend's house for dinner tonight and drooled over at the bike his dad just purchased. It was kind of a funny story because I went to the Toronto Bike show a few weeks back, and there were two bikes I was seriously considering of buying. My Rocky Mountain Instinct and the Giant NRS-1. When I went back to the Giant dealer the 2nd time, someone has already walked off with the bike, and it turns out to be a good friend of mine's father who has bought the bike.
Anyways, after drooling over the bike for a bit today, I was curious if I had made the right decision about my purhcase. I mean, I love how my rocky mountain rides, but there is always a little bit of doubt if I made the best decision for my riding style.
So, does anyone know a lot about the difference between the rear suspension design? The Giant's rear suspension did seem to be more plush, but I think it bobed a little bit more under pedaling compared to the 3D-link design. Also, as a big Formula 1 fan, my friend's dad said Renault designed the Giant rear suspension, which had a good wooooo factor for me
Also, for the same price, which bike would you have bought for XC racing? The Giant has a persumably better fork, brakes, and wheel set, but my rocky mountain is much lighter than the Giant.
Rocky Mountain 3D-Link