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    New question here. advice on XC/Trail bikes

    I currently ride a 2004 Stumpjumper Pro 120. Nice bike but I find the suspension kind of harsh. I was thinking of getting something with more travel but then I would have the weight penalty. So i am thinking it is not so much the travel but the quality of the travel. Sooooo, I am looking for advice on a recommended trail bike with 5 or 51/2 inches of travel with lots of standover (I am 5' 9" with a 30 inseam). It will probably be a used bike (2009 or 2010). I like a plusher feel and I ride on Long Island where the trails are not super technical. Thanks in advance.

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    A Pitch would do the trick

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    2011 Pitch Pro if you can find one - they are not doing the Pitch for 2012. Otherwise a Stumpjumper or Enduro, depending on the just how much travel you want.

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    I am riding 2011 Stumpy Elite (with Brain). That bike will blow your mind.

    Got anything in particular that you want to ask regarding it?
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    Gt force 3.0 is cheap and rides unreal. 6in of travel, about 31lbs

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    how long has it been since your suspension has been serviced? If over 2 years it is overdue and one side effect can be "harshness."

    Plush is not determined by length of travel but how the suspension is setup.

    If you are indeed not riding technical trails a 5in bike is definitely the most you need.

    lastly, find a LBS that you are comfortable with and work through them. Buy what they sell and in the long run you will be ahead.

    hope this helps
    07 S-Works Enduro SL - Sold
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    I would look for 24 speeds, lockout forks, and V brakes. They are much more comfortable on roads and hard packed bike paths.

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    Thanks for info.

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