Which Full Sus bike?

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Which Full Sus bike?

Postby Polf » Fri Nov 16, 2012 20:07 pm

Hi,
I am relatively new to the MTB world, taking it up 12 months ago. I have really caught the bug and have been riding a hardtail XC. I really want to try a Full sus bike but do not know much about them. I'm looking for something that will handle the trails, incuding the uphills, but will give me more confidence when hitting the downhills. I am looking to spend between £1500 and £2000. I know there is a lot to choose from, but if I go into a shop, they naturally only tell you about the bikes they stock and was hoping to get a broader prospective from people who have tried and tested. Any help would be appreciated.

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Re: Which Full Sus bike?

Postby supersonic » Sat Nov 17, 2012 00:40 am

Depends how hard the downhills are really - what sort of terrain do you plan to hit?

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Re: Which Full Sus bike?

Postby Polf » Sat Nov 17, 2012 17:35 pm

Thanks for the reply. I know this is a very general question and was more looking for what type of bike to get rather than particular brands etc. (Although any suggestions would be welcome). I ride mainly at Swinley but try to travel to different areas. Have ridden Forest of Dean, Cleeve Hill and Whinlatter. (Also tried Aston Hill, but was far too technical for me). I guess i'm looking for a bike that is capable of a bit of everything. I'm not making this easy, am I?

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Re: Which Full Sus bike?

Postby supersonic » Sat Nov 17, 2012 17:38 pm

Sounds like you need the typical 'All Mountain' bike - this will have a bit more travel than say a trail or xc bike, and more stable geometry for the downs.

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Re: Which Full Sus bike?

Postby Polf » Sat Nov 17, 2012 18:57 pm

Many thanks. Will look into it.

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Re: Which Full Sus bike?

Postby BigColUK » Sat Nov 17, 2012 23:29 pm

I'm not the most experienced mountain biker but sounds like my requirements are similar to yours - good all rounder which isn't going to throw you off when you hit something a bit more technical.

I've just got a new Spesh Stumpjumper. It has 140mm at both ends but you can shorted the front forks to 120mm by spinning a dial.

This new rig has massively increased by confidence as it seems to eat up a lot of the technical stuff which I would have been weary of trying on my old bike. I absolutely love the bike and couldn't recommend it enough.

If you find a bike you like and order it online - make sure you set up your suspension properly. I think this is why my last bike didn't seem as good. Got my new bike from a LBS and they set everything up for me and showed me how to set it up in future.

When you get the new bike - see if you can get a dropper post thrown into the deal as this has helped me a lot when getting faster on the downhill stuff.

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Re: Which Full Sus bike?

Postby Polf » Mon Nov 19, 2012 01:18 am

BigColUK wrote:I'm not the most experienced mountain biker but sounds like my requirements are similar to yours - good all rounder which isn't going to throw you off when you hit something a bit more technical.

I've just got a new Spesh Stumpjumper. It has 140mm at both ends but you can shorted the front forks to 120mm by spinning a dial.

This new rig has massively increased by confidence as it seems to eat up a lot of the technical stuff which I would have been weary of trying on my old bike. I absolutely love the bike and couldn't recommend it enough.

If you find a bike you like and order it online - make sure you set up your suspension properly. I think this is why my last bike didn't seem as good. Got my new bike from a LBS and they set everything up for me and showed me how to set it up in future.

When you get the new bike - see if you can get a dropper post thrown into the deal as this has helped me a lot when getting faster on the downhill stuff.


Many thanks for the tip. Have a had a look and it does appear to tick all of the boxes. Will look at getting a test ride on one somewhere. Thanks again.

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Re: Which Full Sus bike?

Postby VWsurfbum » Mon Nov 19, 2012 11:47 am

You wont be able to get a test ride but
http://www.yt-industries.com/shop/en/Bi ... 9lc47n53g8

$1899 Euro's = roughly £1525.76
I have the Ltd version, which worked out at £2000, with over £3000 worth of kit!

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Re: Which Full Sus bike?

Postby RockmonkeySC » Mon Nov 19, 2012 13:32 pm

Geometry counts for more than travel.
Have a look at the Giant Trance as well. Shorter (120mm) travel than the Stumpjumper but at least as capable and lighter

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Re: Which Full Sus bike?

Postby lawman » Mon Nov 19, 2012 14:22 pm

RockmonkeySC wrote:Geometry counts for more than travel.
Have a look at the Giant Trance as well. Shorter (120mm) travel than the Stumpjumper but at least as capable and lighter


For all the talk of geometry unless fitted with a 140mm fork the trance is on the steep side of things, in which case you end up with a burlier fork and frame that might feel mismatched. May as well go the whole way and get a 140mm bike imo

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Re: Which Full Sus bike?

Postby RockmonkeySC » Mon Nov 19, 2012 14:51 pm

The Trance has a low BB and short rear end which helps make it good for aggressive riding. The higher spec model Trance comes with a 140mm fork.

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Re: Which Full Sus bike?

Postby jairaj » Mon Nov 19, 2012 16:20 pm

Polf wrote:... . I ride mainly at Swinley but try to travel to different areas. Have ridden Forest of Dean, Cleeve Hill and Whinlatter. (Also tried Aston Hill, but was far too technical for me). I guess i'm looking for a bike that is capable of a bit of everything. I'm not making this easy, am I?


From the sounds of it I would think an all round trail bike would fit the bill fine. I don't think you need an All Mountain bike unless you have aspirations too really progress your riding.

Something like a Trek Fuel EX or Giant Trance should be about right. Roughly equal balance with going up and down the hill. Should be fine with smooth jumps into nice transitions and drops of a few feet high no problem.

If you would like to do 5 foot drops on a regular basis then maybe look at their bigger bothers Trek Remedy or Giant Reign.

But a some of what I say comes with personal preference. As you say you are new to MTB. The best advise I'd say is to demo as much as you can. Find out what YOU like and what you don't and then narrow the search options down a bit. Trouble with being a newbie is its too easy to get caught up in other peoples way of thinking rather than finding out what your way of thinking is and what would suit that.


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