Selecting a Mountain Bike

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Selecting a Mountain Bike

Postby PaulHumph » Thu Nov 14, 2013 15:14 pm

Mountain bikers, how much does suspension performance influence your decision when selecting a new mountain bike?

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Re: Selecting a Mountain Bike

Postby BigAl » Thu Nov 14, 2013 15:45 pm


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Re: Selecting a Mountain Bike

Postby Long Time Lurker » Thu Nov 14, 2013 15:54 pm

Quite a bit. Forks are the first thing I look at when comparing bikes of a similar price.
2007 Felt Q720 (the ratbike)
2012 Cube Ltd SL (the hardtail XC 26er)
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Re: Selecting a Mountain Bike

Postby JMcP92 » Thu Nov 14, 2013 16:07 pm

A fair amount, a rubbish fork could make a great frame feel useless, but you blame the frame.
Overall, you don't need to be going RS World cups, or Fox Factory, but a decent fork is always worth a little more money. Spend more now to get a better fork, or find yourself forking out plenty more down the line for a replacement.

What bikes are you looking at out of interest?

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Re: Selecting a Mountain Bike

Postby RockmonkeySC » Thu Nov 14, 2013 18:33 pm

I look at the complete package. A good fork is important but rear suspension linkage design is equally important and a lot more expensive if you decide you don't like it. A lot of lateral frame flex can come from poor suspension linkage design.

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Re: Selecting a Mountain Bike

Postby The Rookie » Fri Nov 15, 2013 12:56 pm

BigAl wrote:42.

I'm with Doctor Sheldon Cooper - 43.

Wonder if the OP will ever be back.....

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Re: Selecting a Mountain Bike

Postby Thewaylander » Fri Nov 15, 2013 13:17 pm


test ride my bikes to see how the rear feels as a fork can be changed, glad i did as i considered the orange 5 and as soon as i rode one it was off my list, and the minority bike the Mondraker came my no1 with a Nomad running probably no2.

suspension comes in equal with handling for me, and i don't really consider looks at all.

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