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    jekyll 400 or 500 ?

    After a couple of weeks of research it's time to spend my tax refund on my first mountain bike. I've narrowed it down to a 2003 500 or a 2004 400 which are the same price. I'm 190 Lbs. and want to X/C with a bit of downhill. I've read posts of rear bob and platform rear shocks...... it's all new to me. Comments, suggestions, please help.

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    I went Jekyll shopping last summer for my daughter. We ended up with the 2003 500, but the 2004's were not out yet. Her's doesn't bob with her at about 130lbs, but I have ridden almost all of the 2003 Jekylls and they bobbed easily under my hulking girth even though we set them up properly before I test rode them. They bobbed about like my 99 Super V used to before I went to a Swinger 4-Way Air recently.

    I would say to go with the 2004 400 over the 03 500 (but see the bottom * for the one I would really go for). Here's why. I like the Black over the Axel if comparing like models, but the 2004 400 comes with the Axel Elite with Rapind wind Down instead of the Rapid Travel Adjust on the Black Comp. Big Difference in my book. The travel gets much stiffer on the RTA when in the lower travel setting and you can only go 100 or 120. With the RTWD, the spring rate stays the same and you can put it anywhere in the range. Additionally, the 2004 400 comes with a ProPedal rear shock which should address the bob factor sufficiently. Other than that they are so close, there isn't anything to make one that much different from the other.

    One other thing to look for is the wheelsets. I have noticed Jekylls in this range to have many different rims come on them new. My daughters came with Mavic 225's which I have not seen much of. but the look similar to my 223's. The wheel I usually see on Jekylls in the 400 and 500 series are usually 221's or 117's which don't come with eyelets. The 225's did.

    * Also, I seem to remember the 2004 Jekyll 600 V-Brake and the 2003 Jekyll 500 being about the same price. You're saying the 04 400 and the 03 500 are the same price?

    The 04 600 at the same price as the 03 500 is a no-brainer. They were both priced at about $1,250.00US. The 04 600 V-Brake comes with the Black Elite with RTWD too and is stiffer than any Axel.

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    At your size, Go for the 2004 J600 if possible.

    Quote Originally Posted by fatty2
    After a couple of weeks of research it's time to spend my tax refund on my first mountain bike. I've narrowed it down to a 2003 500 or a 2004 400 which are the same price. I'm 190 Lbs. and want to X/C with a bit of downhill. I've read posts of rear bob and platform rear shocks...... it's all new to me. Comments, suggestions, please help.
    The Float pro-pedal on the 400 will help with the bob, but the rebound on the float is not adjustable. This becomes important if you are on either side of the "intended" weight for the rebound circuit. (120-170lb) Between that and the Black fork over the Axel, go for the 600 if at all possible. The 600 has a Float RL (adj. rebound and lockout.)
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