FS bikes today are quite efficient, they can climb and bomb downhills. A lot of 5.5"(140mm) travel bike can do that easily and still weight under 25lbs. Choosing FS bike is more for intended use, and budget for most. Plus I doubt that if you spend a lot of time riding Rigid or HT to hone your skills would make significant difference than riding FS.Leighton said:I just want a bike that will allow me to become a good, strong rider... I don't want to become dependent on an overly forgiving suspension.
The RZ has a price range of $1600 to $3200 depending on model.SLOCanucker said:Wow!!
You're throwing down some coin for your first bike. The Scalpel is 7K online and the RZ is 3K. Guess you're pretty serious. (take a look at the Norco Range... sweet!)