I have a hybrid that I ride around my neighborhood to the veloway and back. My twin boys are turning 12 in August and it is time to ditch the 24" Huffy and get them real bikes that they can ride to school as well as some of the trails we have around Austin. One likes the Hard Rock 15" and the other is looking at a Trek 3500. Do they really need disc brakes that can come with the bikes or is it just the cool factor? They are featherweights at about 80# and 5' each.
I want to ride with them so I will need a beginner trail bike as well. I took a Trek Mamba for a parking lot spin and it felt really good but I'd rather keep the purchase price under $700 or less (Spouse doesn't see what is wrong with the anchors they have right now even though they weigh 35# each so spending $2k on 3 bikes is nothing she'd tolerate). I've looked hard at the Airborne Guardian as well as a few of the Gravity bikes from Bikes Direct.
The Guardian comes with an X28 shock while the Mamba comes with an X32. I am about 225# and in my wildest dreams won't be under 180# ever and from what I've read here, the RockShox x28 could be an issue. I doubt I will ever get too vertical in my rides but I guess you never know.
How long do you think I can ride the x28 before I start really noticing problems if I'm not riding over too many logs and boulders?
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