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    What bike should I use for the xc course?

    I have both a light weight hardtail and a light weight dual suspension rig. What bike is more ideal for the SO course?

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    hardtail

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    Easy one.........

    A ROAD bike silly!!

    (sorry to a hater)


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    Sea Otter terrain is 99% sand, I think they'd have to import rocks if wanted.
    Minimal suspension is probably all anyone would need. If you like hardtails, (ugg), you'll probably be fine with one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DMFT
    A ROAD bike silly!!

    (sorry to a hater)

    hahahahaha... scowl.... you (seriously) probably could. HARDTAIL for sure. I am going full rigid fo sho....

    Quote Originally Posted by kneecap
    Sea Otter terrain is 99% sand
    not sand, DG fire roads... this years loop is prolly 20% sand, 20% dirt ST, and 60% fire road/DG/pavement.

    just sayin

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    Yeah, your observations are more accurate than mine, I don't do the race course, just been there riding the general trails, I suppose there is dirt, I just remember so much soft sand ..

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    Thanks for the feedback everyone. Looks like I'm packing the HT.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scaryfast
    I have both a light weight hardtail and a light weight dual suspension rig. What bike is more ideal for the SO course?
    Whichever you are more comfortable with.
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    Pre-rode the course this past weekend and were plenty of ruts from this season's rain (the new changes to the course were interesting to say the least). That said, I took my FS 29er and it performed admirably but I think I'm going to take my HT for the race because 60% of the course is fireroad.

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    Lightweight hardtail. Most are racing hardtails so I think you are at a disadvantage if you race a heavier bike. The course is very smooth with no technical sections. Very fast and smooth.

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    I'll be racing my Trance X. Mainly because I don't own a hardtail and its only 25.5 lbs. Just going to pop the pro-pedal on and git'r done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shiggy
    Whichever you are more comfortable with.
    shiggy, do you attend the event?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kneecap
    shiggy, do you attend the event?
    Only every year since ~'97
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