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PostPosted: Mon Nov 22, 2010 10:22 pm 
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I'm signed up for the Merida Brass Monkeys Round 1 on Sunday, I'm racing in the 4 hour class and am wonder what to ride. I either have a 24.5lbs hardtail or a 26.5lbs full sus. Both bikes are fitted with XT and Fox 100mm suspension.

The hard tail is classic XC, flat bars & saddle in the air whilst the suss bike is a bit more upright geometry with risers. I'm wondering whether the hardtail is the one to go for as it is a lot lighter and I don't expect the course to be too technical. However the full suss bike will be more comfy as the riding position is less extreme..... hmm. :?

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I'd go full suss for comfort but I guess only you know which of the two rides best? :?


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 22, 2010 11:19 pm 
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Hardtail;it's a race isn't it? :wink:


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 22, 2010 11:31 pm 
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Hardtail all the way. A "relaxed" position would kill me over 4 hours!


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Four hours - hardtail.


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 29, 2010 5:39 pm 
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Well the hardtail was great for the first 3 hours, until I got tired and a fast-steering lightweight bike becomes a bit of a handful! I'm really out of shape at the mo' and a dose of man flu didn't help. Next time I'll take the full susser as it is a more forgiving ride. Still it was a good course and I had fun.

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 30, 2010 12:05 am 
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Well I don't want to say I told you so but........ :roll: :wink:

Glad you had a good 'un. :D


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