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    Freeride limits of "all-mountain" bikes

    Last year I bought my first suspension bike, a 2004 Norco Fluid 1.0, before a 24-hour race. The bike was great during the race and kicks ass when I take it on rough trails on the weekend.

    Norco says it is strictly an "all-mountain" bike, not a freeride bike. All-mountain seems to mean a beefy XC bike, or a light freeride bike that isn't covered by a warranty if it breaks.

    I want to try out some beginner stunts in a freeride park but I don't want to hurt my baby. Can my Fluid handle a 3 foot drop with a flat landing? What about a 5 foot drop?

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    It'll depend on a lot of things like how much you weigh, how good you are at landing, what the surfaces are like. The most likely failure is the headtube/downtube if things get big and crunchy. Once you get beyond 3' dropoffs you're likely getting into more freeride than all-mountain territory. For Norco, I'd guess that they would assume that all-mountain would include 3' drop offs because all the mountains in their backyard do.

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    Thanks for the advice, Rocky. I'm a clydesdale rider at 229 lbs. Most of the drops I would attempt around here are 2 or 3 feet max.

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