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Great point - I'm right there with you as a not small rider who likes big rides. I've always bought the 150-160mm bike, not necessarily because I want more travel, but because I figure I'll quickly break anything smaller built with lighter bits. I can't imagine keeping a SID alive for long. Carbon cranks? I give them a couple weeks, and the list goes on.
I've got my eye on a shorter travel rig to complement my smashier daily driver, but wondering if I'd just end up with the same (durable) parts, so what's the point? I mean, will rims less than the MK3/KOM30/XM481 actually hold up for most of a season? You couldn't pay me to run lighter bars. It's not like we'll dial it back on a trail whip, we'll just ride hard differently. Still tempted...
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