Originally posted by Rat
**Banshee Chaperel, Specialized Enduro SX, The new heckler, Norco Fluid. are the bikes I see coming on in the future. Strong enough for the shore and you can pedal them too
I have found that when you get more travel and go heavier you give up as much as you get. Hucks get easier, tight trialsy sections get harder. You can go faster on the open downhill sections but you climb uphill slower. **
I think Rat brings up a good point, for many people it seems that the bigger bike is all about more travel for bigger drops and going faster. Most of the things we do can be done on a 6/6 or 7/7 type of bike. It takes more skill to fly down Ned's on a 5/5 bike than on an 8/8. Same for doing 6-10 footers. I wonder if we're getting to the point where we are substituting a larger more capable bike for rider skill. If I'm out riding and see some guy do the big drops on Ned's on a hardtail with 5 up front and then some guy do it on a bike with monsters and 7 or 8 of rear travel, you start to think if it is necessary to have all that bike.