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Feb. 28, 2024, 9:59 a.m. -  mikesee

"I think that when you’re dealing with 120mm travel or less, the quality of suspension performance from a “give me a magic carpet” standpoint isn’t as critical. People who want plush, highly effective suspension are going to want more travel anyway. People who want to go fast are (maybe) willing to deal with a little compromise, a little less perfection to their cushion, if they feel like they are getting a fistful of giddyup in return." If you're willing to think outside the relatively narrow bun that the industry has distilled itself down to, you can run 3", 3.25", 3.5", or even 4" tires on a flex stay bike.   Then you have the ability to tune the suspension toward stand-and-deliver efficiency and damping out the bigger hits, while the wheels and tires can be tuned toward that magic carpet you alluded to. Is this gonna fly for everyone?  Ha.  What one bike suits everyone now? My idea of the quiver killer, for where I live and ride:  [](

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