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    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.

    Opinions/ideas???

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    I haven't ridden the rocky but I have a Giant NRS2 and race it in XC. The only thing I have to say bout it is that it rocks! Best mtb I've ever bought. Yes, it weighs a little much but the bike makes up for it.

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    hmmm...NRS is still considered one of the premier race duallies ever for xc. Personally..I would still go for the NRS...The instinct is nice...but nrs is proven. (speakign from a xc perpective only)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maelstrom
    hmmm...NRS is still considered one of the premier race duallies ever for xc. Personally..I would still go for the NRS...The instinct is nice...but nrs is proven. (speakign from a xc perpective only)
    I may need to convince my buddy's dad to bring out his bike on a ride and let me take it for a spin How much difference does the weight of the bike make? Also, does it matter if the extra weight is on the bike or on the rider?? I usually carry around a 10lb backpack (tubes, pumps, tire tool, allen keys...) with me on my rides.

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    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
    The NRS should not have bobbed at all if set up right. It is designed to cancel out pedal induced bobbing. Can't comment on the Rocky's suspension as I know nothing about it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bertt
    The NRS should not have bobbed at all if set up right. It is designed to cancel out pedal induced bobbing. Can't comment on the Rocky's suspension as I know nothing about it.
    Ahh..I can't wait until I try out my friend's dad's bike then. He also has Times on his bike, so it should be an easy swap!!!

    MIng

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    Why do people fear the bob...in tech section the bob, when you know how the bike reacts, can really help

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maelstrom
    Why do people fear the bob...in tech section the bob, when you know how the bike reacts, can really help
    I was reading a big post over on the forum of mtbr last night, and many agreed that front forks with 3" of travel or less doesn't even need SPV because the bob doesn't even matter. I love the way my rocky rides, but I just wanted to know if the NRS is a much more superior design.

    However, after looking at some more information, it seems that the NRS design is too efficient and doesn't providie enough feedback/comfort. I'm pretty sure either bike would've been fine, and I AM happy with what I've got

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