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    2012 Element 970 or 2013 Instinct 950

    I've norrowed my search down to 2 bikes - 2012 Element 970 and 2013 Instinct 950. I can get them both for about the same price. Has anyone ridden both? Any thoughts on which is better would be appreciated. I am a big guy (6'6" 235 pounds) who will do the occasional race but will mostly ride the trails for fun and fitness. Any thoughts on these bikes would be greatly appreciated.

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    I test rode an Element 950 last summer and bought an Instinct 970 in December. The Element 950 is a bit racier and more nimble with the shorter seat stays and a shorter wheelbase, but the Instinct has the Ride9 adjustable suspension geometry and more travel. The longer shock on the Instinct will also give you a better shot at getting the suspension tuned.

    When I test rode the Element 950 it took 240psi in the shock to get the sag tuned and I'm around 200 pounds. If you weigh 235 pounds then that tiny little shock on the Element will likely be up around 280psi.

    The Instinct is more of a trail bike but the adjustable geo and BB height means you can dial it in to your riding style.
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    I am 230 lbs, the shock on my 950 works very well at 250 psi, however I do not do a lot of jumping.
    Last edited by Learux; 04-04-2013 at 09:01 AM.

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