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My Current frame weighs 3.0lbs. As I am getting older comfort is a consideration. Is a Titanium Hardtail the answer or would you go ST or FS?
I am willing to have an increase in frame weight, as I can now compensate with a lighter fork.
Let me know your thoughts and frame suggestions
Cheers Nobby UK
GT ful suspension frames are very great. But I think that it isn't necesary to use full susp. , but if you would like it very much - then TREK VRX (or some els) would be the lighter and maybe the best one, but I'm not a real fan of full susp.
Full rigid - front suspension - front suspension with suspension seat post - soft tail - race designed dual - cross country dual - free ride -down hill.
The hard part is picking whether you fit in and what type of terain you primary race on. In a perfect world, we could all have several bikes, but its hard to build up multiple race ready bikes.
Having progressed from full rigid - front suspension - front with sus seatpost - race dual, my thoughts are that a front suspension bike with a suspension seatpost is hard to beat. The ride is only marginally rougher that a race inspired dual design, it is lighter, cheaper, and requires less mantainance and setup time. I was very skeptical when I first tried one, and was quickly sold.
I would suggest trying a suspension seat post on your current bike and giving it a shot. It is a lot cheaper experiment than going full sus. If the suspension seatpost doesn't provide the back relief you need, then you know you need to move on to the dual suspension bike.
Recently, another riding partner of ours bought a Giant XTC NRS-2 full suspension bike. I've riden it, and can't get comfortable with the monkey action - even though it is quite limited with their good design. I guess I'm a hardtail holdout.
You want comfort ride Dual Suspension: check out INTENSE TRACER or SEVEN DUO.
You want light weight hard tail 'comfort: Look at a Premium TI Builder: Seven, Independant Fabrication, TiTus, Moots
(I'm partial to old school MERLIN METALWORKS from CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS USA)
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