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    Rothrock... hard tail or full suspension???

    Picking up a bike in the very near future. I live in the Shingletown (State College) area, and will be riding Rothrock a lot. Is a full suspension bike the way to go riding here, or do the hardtails do just fine??? Any help is greatly appreciated!!!

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    I've ridden a rigid bike there, and a FS, the FS made me happier.

    You'll want one that is good at climbing as well as descending.

    Good thing there are a lot of good options and some good shops out there.

    Best thing is to pick a shop and see if they can help you with some demos to try out on the trail until you find the one you want to buy.

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    short travel fs

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    I have to shoot down any mention of a single speed and/or rigid rig. I go fast on all trails and clip into a ultra long travel trail bike.

    I agree you should try any available options out to see what's good for YOU

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    You'll see all sorts of bikes in Rothrock. I ride a 5" FS (VPP design), and think it's ideal. Good on the climbs, and great on the descents. There are no smooth trails in Rothrock so unless you like a bumpy ride, and getting tossed around, a FS is a must. I'd even explore some of the newer 6" FS designs - Yeti's SB-66, Intense Carbine, etc.

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    take a drive a check out rothrock outfitters in huntingdon

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    Cool-blue Rhythm

    Considering I've hit it on FS, HT and SSer Rigid 26er here's my take...

    If your going out for a long rides of + 20 miles... ...then I think you have to ask yourself how much comfort do you want to have later on a long ride you will much appreciate the FS, but for shorter rides the HT would be fine.

    Of course money is always a consideration unless the object is unlimited, but a cheaper FS rig isn't a plus in fact it can be a big minus whereas for money spent on a HT rig you could get a really nice light rig for the price of a so so FS rig. Hook up with your Local Bike Shop(LBS) and have them set up a personal deal for you, you can always get help on set up and swapping parts to give you better fit.

    Some days I love hopping on the John Worth Path(JWP) on the SSer 26er Rigid and other times it's the FS and the (Magic Carpet Ride)MCR!

    It's all good!
    Enjoy your ride...
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    Rode Rothrock yesterday on a hard tail ss 29er and had a blast!!! Hope you enjoy riding those great trails!

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    I pulled the trigger tonight... Went with a hard tail. Can't wait to get out there!

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    What did you get for a hardtail? Introduce it to Rothrock yet? I'm riding Cooper's Gap today. See you on the trails!

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    Quote Originally Posted by wi1trackrider View Post
    What did you get for a hardtail? Introduce it to Rothrock yet? I'm riding Cooper's Gap today. See you on the trails!
    I ended up w/ a GT Zaskar Pro 29er... I never even considered that brand, but I found a deal on a brand new leftover at nearly 55% of MSRP and could not pass it up. It's a full XT bike with a Fox Float and Formula R1 brakes. Weighs 24lb 14oz out of the box. I haven't taken it out yet... hopefully one evening after work this week.

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    Re: Rothrock... hard tail or full suspension???

    Great bike

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