THIS BIKE'S 4 U !!!!
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Western, NC .... (Pisgah, Bent Creek, DuPont)
Bikes: HARO Xtreme X2, K2 Lithium 3.0, K2 Beast, K2 Flyin' Monkey, DiamondBack Accent EX, DiamondBack Axis TR
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Simply running higher air pressure will eliminate 75% of all flats. Try 45-50 lbs. F&R, that's what I run. As for the bike, I'd opt for a more "beefy" frame type. Santa Cruz bikes are lite for a reason, they're simply not beefy framed, therefore they're more likely to break or crack at some of the high stress points, especially by heavier & more aggressive riders.