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    New question here. FS 29er as a Commuter? (X-Post with Commuter Forum)

    Here's my dilemma. After a major 100km race where my body got beat up pretty bad - I was riding a fully rigid Soma so probably deserved it - I've decided I want to step up to an FS 29er. I really enjoyed my first marathon and want to do more, but my body will not be able to handle a fully rigid in these sorts of conditions.

    My problem is that I can only have one bike, so the FS I choose will also need to fulfil commuter duties as well - 25km each way on the road. My other issue is money (or lack of it!) so it needs to be built on a budget, plus being in Australia I need to factor in shipping costs and the like.

    I have my eye on the Voodoo Canzo, or maybe even a Kona Hei Hei 2-9, but am worried about the level of suspension bob when it comes to on-road duties (up to 75% of my riding each week will be commuting). It's been nearly 10 years since I was last on a full squish. I realise that FS is a major compromise on road but I have to make that sacrifice so that I can complete marathon races.

    My questions are this:

    • Are there any Voodoo riders out there that use their Canzo to commute? If so, how do you find it? What about other FS commuters?
    • What is the RS Monarch shock like with regards to bob? Is there are lockout or 'pro-pedal' like function?
    • Any tips or tricks from FS commuters on eliminating any bob?

    On a slightly different note - does anyone race their Canzo? How is it? Are their any funny little quirks about them I should be aware of?

    Hope this makes some sense...

    Cheers and Beers.
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    I looked at and test rode a Hei Hei around a parking lot and it's perimeter. It peddles very well when you turn on the shock platform. The bike does come with heavy wheels...which might work out for you...put slicks on the heavy wheels and have some good off road wheels built.
    In the end, I bought a Fisher HiFi Pro mainly because it was a more complete package for me. It had better wheels and was lighter. It also peddles really well...take a look at one.
    Back in the mid 90's, a friend of mine did the Race Across America on a f/s Proflex with 700c wheels...claimed it saved him some bodily abuse.

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