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Hard tail or full suss for a newbie?

rdbcamrdbcam Posts: 4
edited October 2008 in MTB beginners

I've been reading this forum for a while and have found it a really useful source of info while I've been looking at buying a bike and I was hoping some of you could help me out with some final considerations.

I live in Cambridge, and have reasonable Trek and Specialized dealers nearby. I had been looking for a hardtail, with a budget of up £1k and will be taking some test rides on a rockhopper and a trek 6700 soon.

However, I noticed today that a Specialized FSRxc Comp is about the same price as the Rockhopper pro - would a full suspension bike be wasted on a newbie such as me (whose only cycling experience so far is the daily thrash to work and back - all on a hybrid)?

I'll mainly be riding fairly light xc, some trails when I can get to them, eg at Thetford.

One final consideration - I tip the scales at a fairly hefty 100kg. The FSR comes with a Tora coil fork - is this likely to have a problem with my weight in comparison with the better fork on the Rockhopper pro?

Thanks in advance for your help!


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