100mm is the new 160mm...
My Nomad was too much for me and my riding over here, the Heckler is perfect and big enough for what I do here and for abroad, when I go.
I'm a big fan of having longer travel at the front than the rear, you see I found even my Heckler5 had too much rear travel... BUT, I've ridden other bikes since I sold on the Heckler, with the same or more travel, that felt much more involving, and far less "delayed" in their feedback. It could well be that geom, sus design, and sus setup could be far more important than "the amount" of travel front and rear, yes? For now I'll stick with 150mm up front, 110mm rear. My mind is open to longer travel frames though, modern bikes have moved on from the sofas of old...
I had a sweet Orange5 just how I liked it and it only sometime felt too flexy for my liking, 140 suited me. I got the chance to buy a dream bike as I had a good year at work and got the nomad carbon and would say it's ok up hill due to suspension design, amazing downhill but on an all day ride even at 30.5lbs it can become energy sapping..... Could be as I have180mm forks though hahaha. Remind me to get them dropped
I find 160mm far too much for the UK so I left...
I rode round trail centers loads and it was so boring I kept doing it and it was so boring it made me happy.
I also ride them on my 150/160mm HT and thats fun too.
It's mountain biking it's all fun
I often ride the red route at my local trail centre - I ride a 7" travel Santa Cruz Bullit, wear body armour and a full face helmet.
(NB, my local trail centre is Fort William)
Alpine 160 will do anything, so will a Five AM - leaves you set up for the Alps too. You might not get to the top of every climb first, but who cares if you're not xc racing? Besides, with a reasonably fit rider, these bikes climb great. You won't spend hours fixing them either, and they're superb downhill on any terrain.
Im currently having the same dilema, ive a perfectly good Ghost AMR with 120mm travel that is superb but... i want to start doing some mini dh so trying to decide if i should get the Canyon Strive.
There's no set rule - ride what works for you. Anyone who tells you otherwise is talking rubbish. I have a hardtail and a 160mm full suss, overall prefer the 160mm full suss - faster, more traction and therefore more efficent.
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