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    prophet mz3 vs prophet mx2

    Just wondering about these two. I test rode an mx2 and loved it. I was wondering how much lighter the z3 would be. I want a bike that will take some hard trail riding and a trip to a bike park once in a while. I am not a hard core free-rider and I am not very heavy (160 lbs) but I have just about been talked into buying the mx. Would I be buying too much bike? I currently do 2-3 ft drops and jumps with my hardtail, maybe 4 feet if the landing is really nice. Lots of singletrack, some smooth, some pretty rough. The guy at the shop said the regular prophet is only rated to 2 ft drops? I should go with the mx for anything higher than 2 ft? For comparison, my bud says his Specialized Enduro Elite is pretty ideal for most of our riding, but a little bit small for the bike parks. The enduro is 140rr, DHX 4, 130fr, Float 32.

    The problem is, I really didn't want to like the mx. I wanted it to feel like a tank. It actually seemed to fit me pretty well, so now I really have to think about it.

    Thanks for any thoughts.
    Last edited by Uncle Six Pack; 10-13-2007 at 07:36 PM.
    You better just go ahead and drop that seatpost down to the reflector... the trail gets pretty rough down there.

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    The weight gain is pretty marginal isn't it? I'd love to go MX over regular prophet frame... All you're gaining is the weight of a few gussets and the thru 12 rear... This is only a guess but wouldn't it be less than 1 - 2 pounds weight difference.

    To me I view the MX is Specializeds equivalent of the SX Trail...

    If you love the bike, why hesitate..

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    Quote Originally Posted by ar1981
    The weight gain is pretty marginal isn't it? I'd love to go MX over regular prophet frame... All you're gaining is the weight of a few gussets and the thru 12 rear... This is only a guess but wouldn't it be less than 1 - 2 pounds weight difference.

    To me I view the MX is Specializeds equivalent of the SX Trail...

    If you love the bike, why hesitate..
    It is like 5 lbs difference (30 vs 35 according to the website)-gussets, heavier fork, thu axle, burlier stem, bottom bracket, etc.

    And yes, it is similar in build to the sx trail, but that is honestly a little bit more bike than I need. I don't want a bike to go freeriding on every weekend. I want a trailbike that can go to a bike park a few times per year.

    And yes, I loved the test ride, but that was mostly on pavement and the bike felt a little sluggish there, pedalling uphill on trails is where I'm really worried. The other problem is that I haven't tet ridden the lighter version yet.
    You better just go ahead and drop that seatpost down to the reflector... the trail gets pretty rough down there.

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    I think that ar1981 meant the difference in weight between a regular frame and an mx-frame.

    I have used my regular Prophet in i bike park, and the front end (Lefty max) comes up a bit short on travel when it is steep and fast. The rear copes well. I don't jump anything bigger than 2-3 feet.

    So, I think that a Prophet with two different forks, one for singletrack and one for freeride would be a good allrounder. Lefty/Pike/Fox 32 for singletrack and Fox 36/Lyrik/ Marz 66 for freeride. But, to achieve this, you will need the mx-frame, as the regular doesn't support forks higher than 140 mm travel.

    If you want the low weight of the regular, buy a lightweight wheelset and a lightweight fork for the mx, and swap when needed.

    Good luck!

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