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Old 05-28-11, 06:16 PM
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qmsdc15
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Don't buy a bike with suspension forks if you want to ride without suspension most all the time. Lock it out for climbing if you must but leave it active as much as possible. The principle disadvantage of suspension fork is weight and it doesn't get lighter when you lock it out. If you are carrying the extra weight of suspension fork, by all means use it!

I don't know how wide a tire can be used on an FX, but I seriously doubt "a few packed trails" would be beyond the limits of these bikes. Suspension forks on bikes costing less than $1000 aren't going to be very high quality. In many cases you will not be able to set them up stiff enough for a rider of your size.
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