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I had a few conversations with random riders on the trails regarding suspension bobs. Most people have no clue about it. They just focus on riding the bike.

Are we the only ones focus on tiny details about the bike?

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Yes, when climbing, so I purchase bikes that do a good job mitigating the issue.
 

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Well that narrows it down.

Bert, Bertie, Berto, Bertus (also short for Albert or Herbert)
Beto, Betinho (Portuguese)
Bo, Bob, Bobbie, Bobby
Beau
Chrodobert, Chrodobrecht (Frankish)
Dobbie, Dobby
Boris (Bulgarian) (possibly not etymologically connected, but linked together through nickname "Bob")
Hob, Hopkin (Medieval English)
Hopcyn (Welsh)
Hrodberaht, Hrodebert, Hrodpreht (Old High German)
Rab, Rabbie (Scots)
Raibeart (Scottish Gaelic)
Rhobert (Welsh)
Roibeárd, Riobárd (Irish)
Rob, Robb, Robbie, Robby (also short for Robin)
Rod
Robbe (Dutch, Frisian and Low German short form)
Roban
Robban (Swedish)
Robbert (Dutch)
Robbi, Hrobbi, Hrobjartur, Bjartur, Art (Icelandic)
Robercik or Robuś (Polish, "Little Robert")
Robere (Old French)
Ροβῆρος, Rovēros (Greek)
Róbert (Hungarian, Icelandic, Slovak)
Robertas (Lithuanian)
Roberto (Italian, Portuguese, Spanish)
Robertino (Italian, "Little Robert")
Robertinho (Portuguese, "Little Robert")
Роберт (Robert), Роман (Roman) (Russian)
Ροβέρτος, Rovértos (Greek)
Raivo (Estonian)
Roberts (Latvian)
Raivis (Latvian form of the Estonian variant)
Robertson (English given name)
Robertus (Latin)
Robetus (Medieval misspelling?)
Robi (Croatian, Hungarian, Romanian, Serbian)
Röbi (Swiss German)

Robin (Medieval diminutive in English, Dutch, Swedish)
Robo
Robrecht (Old Dutch)
Rochbert
Rodbeard, Rodbeart
Rodbert, Rodebert, Rotbert, Roteberht, Rotebert (Germanic)
Rodbertus, Rodepertus (Latin)
Rodebrecht (Old German)
Röpke (Low German diminutive form)
Rotbryht (Old English)
Rothbert
Roopertti, Pertti, Roope (Finnish)
Robertukka, Roopertukka, Tuukka (Finnish nicknames)
Ropars, Ropartz, Roparzh (Breton)
Ruben, Rupen, Roupen (Armenian)
Reuben (Hebrew)
Rutbert, Rubert, Ruby (Old Dutch)
Rudebet, Rudbert, Rudbert, Rudpert, Rudbrecht, Rudprecht
Rupert (Dutch, English, German, Polish)
Ruperto (Spanish)
Rupertus, Rvpertvs (Latin)
Rutpert, Ruppert, Rupprecht, Ruprecht (Upper German)
Trebor (reversal)

Feminine forms:
Bobbi, Bobbie
Robbi, Robbie
Roberta
Robertina, Robertine
Robina
Robyn, Robynne
Ruprette, Rupretta (archaic French)

Surnames:
Robert, Roberts, Robertson, Roberson, Robinson, Robero, Romero, Bertson, Bertke, Robertsen, Robertov, Robrigh

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I know it's a MTB forum, but you left off Bobke!!!

 

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Suspension bob is felt as the bike just pedals poorly, but I don't much feel the actual 'bob'. However I do during the suspension set up or bike test stage look down between my legs at the suspension linkage to observe unwanted movement. Sometimes these things that slow you down, can't so much be felt.
 

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Since we started reviewing different bikes I have come to notice it more. Also the characteristics of the bob between bikes is unique where some are springy and others more spongy. But be for I only really noticed it on my DH bike when climbing lol.
 

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I only noticed it on pavement. The interesting thing is I hate locking out my suspension when on pavement because then I can feel tire bob. Having a little bit of give in the suspension feels smoother.
 

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I notice it a little but not deterred from it. My bike uses the DW link rear suspension and always seems planted. My RS Lyrick works really well with the rear. The bike I'm talking about has 170mm front travel, 163mm rear. I never use the lockout on the fork or rear shock.
 

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Hell yes. That's why you learn to spin, pushing forward and pulling back vs stomping down alternately. Clipped in and consciously thinking forward/back will smooth the bob, for beginners. But for us dinosaurs that had baskets and flats long before spd's that is just serious cycling vs riding a bicycle.
 

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No.

I was a long time hardtail rider and went to a 100mm dually and never noticed it unless I thrashed around on the pedals and bike like I was having a fit.

Then I went to a 150mm Stumpjumper, a bike that some say pedals like a waterbed. Again, never noticed unless I threw a fit on the bike. The only issues I had with that bike was the too low BB and too high gearing as stock.

Now I'm on a 120/130mm Merida and again don't notice it and rarely use the lockout.

You will modify your pedalling style on a dually without even noticing.

I have friends who are newish to riding and gone from hardtails to trail style dually's and they are all faster and more comfortable and having more fun.

Some people just have a princess and the pea mentality with everything.
 

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I was very much aware when the fat bike would get bouncy because it was undamped. It was a good time to work on form.
 
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