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Hey guys I am thinking of selling my dual suspension to get a hard tail. I dont ride tracks rough enough to justify having it and I find it annoying to ride when just wanting to ride casual with the mrs along bike paths etc and havent got room for 2 bikes of my own ( or have been told I dont have room is more like it )
I am not sure how much it is worth exactly but just after a ball park figure. It is a GT i-drive5 3.0 model. It is in pretty good condition.
What specifically is annoying you? Is it perhaps something that might be cured by fitting high-pressure slicks like Serfas Baristas?
I have a set of these in 26x1.25 fitted to my Cannondale and the difference in pedalling compared to the knobblies was, well, startling.
Rear suspension doesn't lock out and as a heavier rider pumping it up to its max psi it still has some sag. I am hoping to use the hard tail as a work commuter for a while as well and really dont want to have 3 bikes down the track as its just not practical for storage.
OK, not sure if I'm teaching you to suck eggs (sorry, if I am):
Suspension is supposed to have some sag. Between 25% (XC) to 33%(DH). It allows the wheel to drop into depressions and keep your tyre in contact with the ground. I have mine pumped up to provide about 25% at both ends for trail riding.
Pedal bob is only a problem with my dually when I'm up out of the saddle stomping my way up an uphill pinch - in all, probably only 400m of my 20km commute. The rest of the time I sit and spin up the climbs, and I end up reeling in and passing the out-of-saddle stompers anyway. And that's with a pretty plush 130mm travel bike
But if you're planning on doing any decent commute a hardtail with a lockout is probably the better alternative and is what I use when I'm not riding through the bush for part of my route to work. HT's are probably more versatile if a lot of your riding is on smooth trails or paved roads. Full sussers are less effort to ride for longer once the terrain gets rougher.
All good mate your just trying to help. I do understand how it works though.
I see what your saying about it only affects when out of the saddle which I guess I prob wouldn't be doing too much of anyway. I will suss it out wih the dually but just wanted an idea as thought I might upgrade to a better hardtail anyway for something different. Might save the money and get a road bike if I enjoy the commute.
Can you explore the option of a new rear shock that does lock out? Then you can have the best of both worlds?
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