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Full Suspension MTB



Full Suspension mountain bikes are unique in that they not only have suspension on the front of the bike (the forks), but they also have suspension on the rear. Full sus bikes are generally more comfortable to ride and the suspension will save your legs from tiring quickly during longer rides. While there is a clear advantage to using a full sus on bumpy trails, there is a loss of pedalling power transfer to the rear wheel which makes climbing harder. There are many different types of full sus mountain bikes. The type of bike you use is usually defined by the style of riding and the type of terrain. Cross country (XC): Bikes designed for XC racing are typically made for speed and endurance. As such they are lightweight and efficient, with 100-120mm travel forks. Full sus bikes have only recently been considered for XC racing with use of carbon fibre frames and components allowing bike manufacturers to keep the weight down to around 10kg. XC bikes favour fast responses over descending and climbing ability. As a result, head angles are typically 70 Degrees 71 Degrees.

Trail: Trail bikes are an enhancement of XC bikes. A good example of this type of bike would be the Giant Trance, the Specialized Stumpjumper FSR, and the Trek Fuel EX. They are typically used by recreational mountain bikers, usually on natural off-road trails or at purpose built trail centres. They usually come equipped with 120-140mm travel forks, and weigh around 11-15kg. The geometry is slightly slacker than a XC bike as they are built for rougher terrain. Head angles are typically 68-69 Degrees which provides better stability on descents.
Enduro / all-mountain (AM): AM bikes such as the as the Specialized Enduro and the Trek Remedy series, typically weigh between 13-16kg. AM bikes have greater front and rear suspension travel, often as much as 140-160mm on the front fork. The forks supplied for most AM bikes are adjustable so you can select the amount of travel to suit depending on the terrain. AM bikes are designed to be specifically for all-day rides and are suitable for steep descents, and climbs.
Downhill (DH): A DH bike will come with front forks that have at least 200mm of travel. They are built with light, but strong frames, which often use carbon fibre or more expensive alloys. DH bikes have very slack geometry angles and high/large gears. Head Angles are usually around 62 Degrees. DH bikes are specifically designed for dedicated downhill trails. Because of the high-speed nature of downhill racing, most DH bikes only have a single front chain ring and large bash guard with a chain guide.

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