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April 15, 2016, 12:32 p.m. -  JohnnyV

#!markdown Ehh… plenty of 160mm bikes have great climbing platforms with their shocks wide open. You can't make broad assumptions about how a bike climbs based on travel anymore. Only argument might be geometry, but trail bikes are chasing "enduro" geometries so hard now that even that doesn't amount to much. At best, a trail bike might get a lighter fork and shock and maybe a degree steeper HTA to recommend it as a more efficient bike. But then toss that handful of grams out the window with the big tires and call the slack HTA a wash against the slow-steering plus tires, and what have you got? I'll tell you: 30mm less travel traded for undamped tire suspension.

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