Hi I am looking for a new race/trail bike (29er). I can't decide between a hardtail or a full suspension. I ride fairly rocky trails (rides and races) around central Texas. The two main bikes I am looking at are the 2014 Trek Superfly 9.8 hardtail and the 2014 Trek Superfly FS 9.8 sl. How will the rear suspension compare to a hardtail in terms of pedaling efficiency? I am also concerned that the 4 inches of rear suspension won't really make a difference. For this reason, I am also considering the 2014 Trek Fuel EX 9.8 29er. If I lightened it up a little, how would it do in cat 2 (maybe cat 1 later on) XC racing and some technical endurance racing?
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Thread: Which trail/race 29er?