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June 14, 2022, 9:17 a.m. -  Mammal

Agreed on the aluminum stays being more durable. I had the full aluminum frame of this era, and although it was pretty damn flexy, I put 3 hard seasons on it without breaking anything, and I had received it as a 3 season-old frame. The gravity racers that had altitudes ran the aluminum stays on their carbon fronts for that very reason. The pivots were an issue for those who aren't OCD maintenance freaks, but when the upper link went to BC2 it made things significantly better (only the stays remained with ABC bushings). I was an intern at Rocky for 4 different work terms throughout this era of production cycle, so I worked on countless roached bushing bikes (nightmares).

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