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speedK mikekazimer's article
Feb 22, 2013 at 1:41Feb 22, 2013
Pinkbike Poll: Long Travel Single Crown Forks
Not everybody spends their time in bike parks. A whole lot of people like to just hit a random unmarked trail and go exploring not knowing what the descend would be like. They could end up on boring slow farm roads or kilometres of brutal steep rivers of loose rocks or anything in between or just a whole lot of tough climbing. Sure a 200mm dual crown can't be beaten for it's intended purpose but a stiff long travel single crown is the best compromise for the "free" part of "freeriding".
speedK dylawn's article
Dec 18, 2012 at 2:31Dec 18, 2012
The Argument for Long Travel Bikes - Opinion
This not really a rebuttal to the previous article so here is my own quick simple argument: if you want to become a better rider the only way is to push beyond what you feel comfortable with. This means lots of bruises and an occasional fracture. It also requires a whole lot of balls to try something you've never done before. In this case a slacker, longer travel bike can boost your own self confidence in pushing further and most importantly it covers up your own inevitable mistakes and lets you can try again a minute later, rather than 6 months later after recovery. In short if you want to learn you can learn much faster on a bike that is more capable than you are for the simple reason that it allows you to make big mistakes without punishment.