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We are getting a small bike skills park soon as work is already underway. It's not going to be downhill but more a jump skills park with flow trails and jump lines. I currently only have one bike which is my Hei Hei but honestly I don't want to learn to jump on it. I was thinking of building up a hardtail for this task.

How much front travel should I be looking for in a bike like this? Basically looking at 3 frames:

Honzo ST with 120mm fork
Pole Taival with 150mm fork
Commencal Meta AM HT with 150mm fork

Which frame would suit me better for this?

Here is more info on it plus the layout.
https://sdmba.com/san_diego_county_bike_park.php
 

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Taival with 150mm fork is a trail/enduro hardtail with impressive reach and wheelbase which doesn't sound like a good jump bike. I love this bike and it replaced 2018 Stumpjumper I used to have. But it gets alive once you start to push it.
Before Stumpjumper I had aluminum Honzo and it was great xc/trail bike but very harsh. Modern steel hardtails are real game changers for me. I believe Commie is a good compromise for do it all ht.

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For DJ bikes and jump lines, you typically run high fork pressure so you don't lose momentum. 150mm is overkill. My Airborne Wingman has 100mm and I probably only use 40mm. Focus on a smaller wheelbase, imo.
 

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For DJ bikes and jump lines, you typically run high fork pressure so you don't lose momentum. 150mm is overkill. My Airborne Wingman has 100mm and I probably only use 40mm. Focus on a smaller wheelbase, imo.
I was looking for something not so specialized as a DJ bike but more something I could jump and do other stuff with.
 
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