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    Rode a HT for 1st time in 4yrs...I like! So what FS bike compares to HT ride best?

    I am looking for a FS ride that best mimics a HT. I weigh 200lbs, (210 with adventure race gear). I have been looking at an NRS or an Epic. Any others? Suggestions? I won't go with a suspension seatpost, thats what was on the HT for 1/2 my ride until I swopped with my regular seatpost.

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    Nrs??

    Quote Originally Posted by DCepp
    I am looking for a FS ride that best mimics a HT. I weigh 200lbs, (210 with adventure race gear). I have been looking at an NRS or an Epic. Any others? Suggestions? I won't go with a suspension seatpost, thats what was on the HT for 1/2 my ride until I swopped with my regular seatpost.
    I've heard lots of good things about the NRS. In particular, its ability to reduce bob. I would also suggest posing this question in the Clydes forum (not at all a shot) - and see what people there have found. Being 130lbs. myself, our definitions of 'firm' and 'plush' would likely differ substantially.

    Good luck. Be sure to post a pic of the new steed when you decide.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DCepp
    I am looking for a FS ride that best mimics a HT. I weigh 200lbs, (210 with adventure race gear). I have been looking at an NRS or an Epic. Any others? Suggestions? I won't go with a suspension seatpost, thats what was on the HT for 1/2 my ride until I swopped with my regular seatpost.
    If you like the HT ride so much, why aren't you considering getting a HT. Not being a smartass, but might help us to get a little more info to give an informed reply.

    That said, the SPV-type suspensions will best mimic a HT. Think Epic, Blur, or others.... (These bikes are not for me, but I rode the Epic and thought it was like a hybrid HT/FS)

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    Hands down, NRS.

    After that, Epic. NRS is the best "stand and hammer" dually that I have ever ridden, and at 5.25# or so, very light.

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    Thanks for the reply. I forgot to include that I have heard of problems with the frame for clydesdales. I have heard of the top tubes denting. Is this fact or fiction?

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    cannondale scalpel

    take a look at a cannondale scalpel (with the lefty of course). from my experience it rides quite a bit like a hard tail with the added benefit of the short travel. i have a jekyll now and am looking at a scalpel for a second ride.

    BTW--what adventure races do you do?
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    Specialized Epic?

    I've never ridden a hardtail on a trail but my Specialized Epic is totally locked out when climbing and on the flat. The rear shock only activates on bumps. It has absolutely no bobbing when climbing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbykr
    take a look at a cannondale scalpel (with the lefty of course). from my experience it rides quite a bit like a hard tail with the added benefit of the short travel. i have a jekyll now and am looking at a scalpel for a second ride.

    BTW--what adventure races do you do?
    New England Adventure Race Series (VT,NH,ME) 12 and 24hr races, 40-90 miles in length. Check out www.racingahead.com.

    -Dave

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    Quote Originally Posted by bmateo
    If you like the HT ride so much, why aren't you considering getting a HT. Not being a smartass, but might help us to get a little more info to give an informed reply.

    That said, the SPV-type suspensions will best mimic a HT. Think Epic, Blur, or others.... (These bikes are not for me, but I rode the Epic and thought it was like a hybrid HT/FS)
    I had back surgery 5 years ago and due to my size I think a HT frame will be a little too stressed due to my riding style. I was thinking about the Epic too.
    -Dave

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    adventure racing

    i was asking because i work with OAR:

    www.oarevents.com

    i am from NH (currently living in VA, but always from NH) and always interested in AR from home. with that said the scalpel is a great bike as well as the santa cruz blur. both will give you the feel of a hard tail ( the blur has more travel in the rear) i have a lot of experience with both bikes, and while the blur has a little more travel in the rear the scalpel will have a little closer feel to a hardtail. whatever you end up with you can send the rear fox to push and get them to build it with a platform damping in it and it will be superior to anything off the shelf.

    Good Luck
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    Maverick, actually.

    http://www.maverickbike.com

    No, I don't work for them, I just like the bike a lot.

    Quote Originally Posted by DCepp
    I am looking for a FS ride that best mimics a HT. I weigh 200lbs, (210 with adventure race gear). I have been looking at an NRS or an Epic. Any others? Suggestions? I won't go with a suspension seatpost, thats what was on the HT for 1/2 my ride until I swopped with my regular seatpost.

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