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Nov 27, 2012 at 9:20
Nov 27, 2012
The Argument For Short Travel Bikes - Opinion
If you're young and have carefree summers off to learn how to do it right, then yes get a hardtail or short travel bike and put in the hours to learn how to really ride. When you do get on a DH bike you'll tear it up. That's a natural and healthy method of progression if you start young and have the time. But the explosion in the growth and popularity of the sport is at least partially due to the technological improvements that make riding easier and more comfortable, especially for beginner adults. Few adults I know have the desire or the drive to learn slowly from the ground up, and to take the beating that comes from being a beginner riding a hard tail. After a few sessions on a bike that has more travel than a good rider needs, you can have the (albeit false) confidence to try things that are really fun and which plant the fire to progress. I think anyone who gets really serious about it will eventually Benjamin Button themselves to smaller travel bikes for most of their daily riding. But there's a reason most people come out of the whistler rental shop with a Glory and not a Blur. It's about fun and comfort. Long suspension is the gateway drug for a lot of people that would otherwise never take up the sport. Let those newbs buy the carbon V10. Eventually they'll realize it's too much bike and they'll sell it for 3 grand less than retail to someone who knows how and where to ride it.
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