Cheers guys. I'm now thinking of going for a fairly modern XC rig with short travel suspension as I want to keep the weight down, plus I actually get a little bit of kick out of climbing
and don't fancy lugging a 30lb+ bike up a mountain side. The problem is finding a suitable steed - any ideas welcome! I was thinking Specialized Epic before reading reviews of rear shocks failing! Anyone got any thoughts?
My old short travel Mount Vision XC weighs 28lb, i agree no light weight, but it rides lighter, if that makes sense, as it has very light wheels and can be ridden all day long easily. I have ridden a lot of FS bikes and will now only use a fox RP23 rear gas shock with a gas LOCKOUT Fox up front as i like to control the firmness on the small hits and hate 'bobbing' along. I can switch the rear to ultra firm and lock the front with a flick of two switches for the climb and then flick them back again for the downhill run! The air pressure of both front and rear can also be fine tuned also to get the exact amount of sag for your weight. I have also have AVID hydrolic disc brakes on it which are just fantastic in any situation, far better than the Hopes they replaced. What I like most about this Marin is the Jon Whyte connection:
1984 Aerospace engineer Jon Whyte joins the F1 world as a designer
1994 As a senior suspension designer he helps the Benetton team and Michael Schumacher to their first of his world championships.
1996 Jon joins ATB Sales’s design team and develops its first full suspension system, featuring on a Marin bike
1996 Paul Lasenby wins his first XC national points series race with Jon’s system – the first ever win at this level on a full suspension bike.
1997 Lasenby sweeps all before him to win the National XC Championship on the FRS Mount Vision. Every year since, a suspension bike designed by Jon has won a major championship.
IF ITS GOOD ENOUGH FOR LASENBY TO WIN ON, ITS GOOD ENOUGH FOR ME!
1998 Kona 853 Explosif, 1999 NOS Kona 853 Explosif, 1999 NOS Lynskey signed Litespeed Obed Ti, 1999 Marin Mount Vision (custom), Cannondale Bad Boy 700c Disc (everyday hack) and a 1993 Marin for the Wife. Latest build in progress is a 1993 Marin Eldridge Grade with original paint.
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