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    What is the most important part of your bike?

    Besides sizing/geometry (which is a no brainer), if you had to choose one thing, what is the most important part of YOUR bike? A part that you demand high performance out of even if the rest of the bike is sub-par.

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    The suspension,,,both front and rear (does that count as two?)

    I rather put mid-level components on a good quality frame (and rear shock) and fork than XTR/X.O. on a subpar frame and fork.

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    fork, no question...
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    1. Frame / rear suspension
    2. Fork
    3. Brakes
    4. Wheels / tires
    5. Shifters / derailleurs
    6. Cranks / chainrings
    7. All the other parts: post, stem, bars,

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    Suspension/frame (front and rear).
    Well, I was just riding along when...

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    For me it is the rear suspension. I think it makes a ton of difference. I don't know how I ever survived without an RP23.
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    Water bottle cage!

    Kidding, I don't even have one. Many parts are important, a good frame/suspension/fork design sure is but the tires are too, good grip vs bad can mean a lot on the trails... I also hate a bike that doesn't shift well but that has more to do with tuning and adjustments than the level of the derailleurs and shifters. I like full lenght cable housing too. Stiff wheels and a comfortable saddle.

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    The frame, of course.

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    "A part that you demand high performance out of even if the rest of the bike is sub-par."

    That part would have to be....myself. Without me, the bike doesn't climb, needs way too much encouragement on the flat and downhill is just messy. The brakes are useless and it shifts like sh*t, too.
    When I'm on the bike, though, the gear shifter is the component where ergonomic short-falls will bother me the most.
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    Currently the fork, no brainer
    though, considering my main ride is an SSed Urban hardtail and running one brake, it really doesn't have much competition.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beefmagic
    Besides sizing/geometry (which is a no brainer), if you had to choose one thing, what is the most important part of YOUR bike? A part that you demand high performance out of even if the rest of the bike is sub-par.

    I would have to say the hypothalamus.

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    Quote Originally Posted by XC-SOB
    I would have to say the hypothalamus.
    Is that a new shimano component?

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    Ha! some good responses. I was curious what other people favored because I can sometimes get easily annoyed when everything isn't running smooth and efficiently on the bike. Meaning it feels seemless and there is no "disconnect" between me and the bike. The "disconnect" could be a bad grip or a creak in the headset.

    But if I had to choose the most important part on my bike, it would be the front fork.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beefmagic
    But if I had to choose the most important part on my bike, it would be the front fork.
    Ah, as opposed to the rare and mystical rear fork... I see

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    Quote Originally Posted by SnowMongoose
    Ah, as opposed to the rare and mystical rear fork... I see
    It's like a unicorn sighting but yeah it does exist...
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    Ha!

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    It's like a unicorn sighting but yeah it does exist...
    Oh, I remember those...Marin had a full suspension using the same design as well

    nice comeback!!!

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    It's deffinately the brakes for me. I just had a rear BB7 half crap out on me and while it stopped me somewhat, there is no way I would ride as fast as I do if I had bad brakes like that. I might have said the fork, but remembered that I am currently riding a crappy fork and I'am dealing with that just fine.

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    WHEELS!

    Without those, bikes don't roll and if it don't roll, I can't ROCK!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gruzovik
    It's deffinately the brakes for me. I just had a rear BB7 half crap out on me and while it stopped me somewhat, there is no way I would ride as fast as I do if I had bad brakes like that. I might have said the fork, but remembered that I am currently riding a crappy fork and I'am dealing with that just fine.
    Brakes here too

    sometimes you gotta slow down in a hurry, and it's nice to know they're always going to be there preforming

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    Wow! Crazy! Why dont bikes use rear forks like that? Well, and I guess motocycles too... I remember seeing some old dirtbikes and BMW street bikes having a rear fork like suspension....

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    I definatly wouldnt say suspension, but brakes and tires. I ride a fully but could get around fine on a rigid with good tires and brakes. Tires can completely change the way a bike handles. My $.02

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    The engine. Bling all you want, but a great rider will smoke you on a wallymart bike.

    To your post, the engine in the part that "you demand high permance out of even if the rest of the bike is sub-par."

    Too many, myself included, get hung up on the parts/bling.
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