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True, and I am on totally board with downsizing (to be honest and clear, I am talking about supersizing the fleet with a new downsized bike).
Being overbiked is absolutely real and I really don't like riding mellower trails on a big 180/165 enduro bike. It lacks the trail connection you get riding a hardtail or a short travel bike. Since I got my modern hardtail, I rode at least 2/3 of the time on the hardtail and I had a blast. They are simply more fun...until they are not anymore when they get overwhelmed by trails that are too fast/gnarly. I am now in the process of building a short travel trailbike. Should be a lot of fun.
To stay on topic: I find running a rear insert is a must for a hardtail. I ride with a CushCore Pro and I suspect a rear CushCore will be great on the short travel trailbike as well. On my big enduro bike, I run dual CC Pro for lift-assisted days, but no inserts for general trail riding. Looking at the shape of my rear rim, I should probably ride with a rear CC all the time.
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