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  1. #1
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    Dec 2006

    moving from commuter bmx to trail riding...advice?

    i'm riding a 24" redline bmx for the city but want to venture into trails, etc. i don't want to lose the capability of hopping and banging around streets and staircases, but i also don't think i need to go full-shock all-mountain with a new bike. will an xc hardtail allow me to do my piddly jumps and bang-arounds on a trail? any suggestions? i still need to get sized up (5'8", 150). i'm looking to spend around $1,000. it seems a kona caldera might be what i'm looking at. i'm hardly a stuntman, but not a country cruiser either.

    i've read the reviews but i'd like to find out ideas of exactly what type of bike to get. the mazrochi (sp) list was helpful, but i think i may want something above xc/touring and below an urban assault. or maybe xc bikes will hold up?

    i appreciate the advice.

  2. #2
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    Aug 2006
    The more suspesion you have the faster you can go over rougher ground.
    A forty pound downhill bike will pound through a rock graden or down a flight of steps faster and more comfertablely then a hard tail and will hold up longer doing it.But It will be harder to move that weight for stunts.
    Or simply yes a hard tail will handle what you want

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