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Old 04-13-05, 11:35 AM   #1
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Great Article for You Newbies...

This is an article posted on Active.com that really gives an excellent overview as to how one should choose a bike and what the benefits/detriments of full suspension vs. hardtail are. Rather than trying to explain the same thing over and over again to all of the newbies on the site, this would likely be a very good place to refer them as they begin their search. Once they've read through this, then and only then should they start asking questions as they attempt to refine their search for their perfect bike.

Click Here -- Great Article for All of You New Guys

Mods: I believe this would make a great sticky!
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Old 04-13-05, 02:19 PM   #2
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Nice article until this statement was made (when discussing FS bikes):

Correct seat height is still important, and be sure that you have full leg extension on your pedal stroke. Often on a full-suspension bike, you'll need to raise your seat a bit more to accommodate for the extra travel.

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Old 04-13-05, 03:01 PM   #3
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Hmmm, interesting. Maybe he's just letting people know that the distance between your butt and your pedals will not be a constant when riding a FS rig so riding at full extension with any kind of sag would not be totally advisable.
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Hmmm, interesting. Maybe he's just letting people know that the distance between your butt and your pedals will not be a constant when riding a FS rig so riding at full extension with any kind of sag would not be totally advisable.
Actually that's not exactly right. The distance between saddle an pedals will remain constant. Where that statement comes in to play is when setting the bike up when OFF the bike. You have to account for the amount of sag your body weight will add in when the suspensionis properly tuned. Basically make the saddle height the same when you're on the bike as what your hardtail would be.
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Actually that's not exactly right. The distance between saddle an pedals will remain constant. Where that statement comes in to play is when setting the bike up when OFF the bike. You have to account for the amount of sag your body weight will add in when the suspensionis properly tuned. Basically make the saddle height the same when you're on the bike as what your hardtail would be.
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Not your bad, just a misunderstanding. No shame Good article by the way.
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Sorry, did not do anything for me.
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Excellent article, CranxOC, thanks for posting.

Interesting section on suspension seatposts <ducking>
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If you're an experienced moutain biker then it's not for you, it's for the neverending flow of newbies who have questions that need to be answered. It's not meant to be the "end all and be all" choosing a bike, it's simply a jumping off point for people as they start their research. If you don't like it, ignore it.
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Nice find. I'm a bit of a noob here but I've been riding for a long time and I thought it was very interesting. It's certainly a good idea for every new rider to read.
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Nice and very good for nub like me
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I like it. I did an faq that was very similar but divided the mtb types more thoroughly.

One thing I suck at is plain english. I love how geometry differences were explained. Very good for people who don't know what HA is.

I would definately consider putting that in the future sticky.
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