OK, here my situation: I am looking at 2 KHS frames for my wife's new build: the XC204 and the XC604. They are identical frames other than the color and rear shock.
The one with the RS Bar 1.1 is $387, and the one with the Ario 2.1 is $440. Now, I am pretty sure that she/we are not going to be happy with the Bar 1.1 (no damping control, not even rebound) so at first it might seem that I should get the one with the Ario 2.1, but my fear is that we are not going to like that one either. If I am going to replace either, I may as well get the cheaper one.
So, is the Ario good enough for a not-to aggressive or discriminating rider? Or does it really stink? If it were me, I'm pretty sure I would scrap either one and get an RP323whatever or something, but my wife is not too keen on spending more if she won't know the difference. I have convinced her that the Bar 1.1 will need replacing, but I am trying to get an idea if the Ario 2.1 is an acceptable base level shock for a relatively new rider who does not ride too hard.
To give you an idea of the level of her discrimination, she could tell the difference between the Manitou X-vert on her bike now (it is in great condition) compared to the shot Manitou Spider that was on it before, but could not feel any real difference between her X-vert and my PUSHed Pike when set to a similar travel as the x-vert.
So, should I spend the extra $53 for the Ario 2.1, or just save that towards a better shock that could run about $150?
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