Thanks, as i had just bought an 04 pro frame just before the news on the 120mm was released. anyways had ridden my bike and it just rocks!horns said:Not if there is a big price difference. I suspect that I'll be able to pick up a nice deal on a '04. If that is the case, I will consider foregoing the extra 20mm. I just thought I'd wait it out and see what the 120 is like since it isn't too far off.
I think you may be right. Look at the growing popularity of single speed and rigid bikes. I think outside of the guys that truly freeride and downhill, the extra travel is giving them little except for some extra speed through the downhill sections. I know out here in the Bay Area of California, that there is nothing I ride on my FS bike that I can't ride on my Hardtail. Only difference is the FS bike is a bit faster on the downhill and climbs a bit better in low speed bumpy or loose sections.Mingsta said:I wouldn't be suprised if there is a suspension backlash round the corner - the standard for next year looks to be 5-6 inch and 4 inches is now considered short travel! I can imagine that a lot of this move to bigger suspension is just marketing hype and in reality most of us don't need this much for the kind of riding that we do. I was chatting to one LBS owner who said that he was getting alot of longer travel bikes coming back for 2nd hand sale as people were realising that it was too much for them...should be interesting to see where thing move in the next couple of seasons. Will we all be riding 9inch, 21lb uber bikes in 5 years time?
I just bought the pro-frame and built it up with parts i like including the vanilla fork since i never really liked the way air spring forks to much maintenance and the seals blow. here's a pic ridden it 2x already and i think i made the right choice with the 100mm 04 version.DM-SC said:While I was at a LBS (one of 3 actually, that sell Spec) yesterday, I overheard the shop manager telling a customer that they were NOT going to be cutting the prices on the '04's when the '05's arrive. He said it was because the '05 prices were higher than the '04's. Ya gotta love those LBS folks!
Hearing that was a little disappointing as they are the only shop in town that still has a medium '04 SJ Expert Disc in stock. With my luck, they'll tell me "no discount". Then, some time later, I'll have to hear the story about what a "screaming deal" some other dude got on his left over '04 SJ...from the same shop!