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GOT ME A 29ER!!!
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I currently ride a 100mm full suspension aluminum bike and it is just the right amount of travel for the trails I ride. I have been looking at some of the Motobecane bikes and it is hard to resist those components for that price. I have heard that titanium is more forgiving than aluminum but would it be enough to make up for the lack of rear suspension? Or will putting a 120mm fork on it make it better? I know I am being a bit of a wimp about this but I just want my new bike to be comfortable. Any opinions are helpful.

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Just went from 26 inch stumpjumper full suspension to 29 inch Lynskey Ti Hardtail. I had also heard Ti was more forgiving, but 3 rides of my usual loop, and my back was killing me. I've never had back issues and have ridden the same loop on a carbon hardtail without issue. The Ti was real stiff. I would say if your current bike is perfect for you and your area, why change, especially why change to something you have to order and can't test ride.
 

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What is the appeal of the ti hardtail for you? Is it the components? I'd guess that most people make the change from full suspension for simplicity's sake and are willing/fit enough to put up with the more lively ride. I don't think titanium is going to make much of a difference if you are coming off a dually. No way to know until you put some miles on one...

That being said, I went from a 5" full susp. to a softtail 29er (maybe an inch of travel) and don't miss the rear suspension that much. But I ride a lot more and am in better shape. Plus the trails I ride now are not as burly as what I used to ride on my full susp. so that definitely helps...
 

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GOT ME A 29ER!!!
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I am currently in Mexico and plan to sell my bike when I return to Canada, even though it is perfect for riding at home. Ti appealed to me because I have heard that it is the best "real trail" frame material, almost as light as carbon but more fracture resistant. As for Motobecane over other brands, as far as I can tell their bikes offer the most bang for your buck and I won't have alot of bucks to spend. I guess i could look for an used dually like I did for my last bike but I thought just buying one of these would give me almost as much value minus the work of hunting for an used one in good condition, the right size, for sale near me etc.

Thank you for your ideas, I still have a few more months to make up my mind so there is no rush.
 
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