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chris_17chris_17 Posts: 14
edited July 2009 in MTB general
I could take my current bike a Giant boulder down the 'extreme' trails at my local trail over the jumps etc etc or would it just break up and eventually die?


  • Define extreme?!

    I'm gonna go ahead and say that its an xc bike, not really suitable for big drops/jumps...
  • blister pusblister pus Posts: 5,780
    Depends what fork you have on that Boulder. If it's a crappy 75mm travel suntour jobby then it won't take sustained abuse.
  • chris_17chris_17 Posts: 14
    Yeah everything on there is stock, extreme, sort of the most difficult, challenging of the four trails where I live, has some pretty big drops etc 8)
  • blister pusblister pus Posts: 5,780
    It'll do it and take it - but don't expect to keep doing it over a period of time. :lol:

    Look at the Boulder documentation and the Suntour fork leaflet it tells you what the fork is and isn't suitable for.
  • chris_17chris_17 Posts: 14
    Thanks. I'll just stick to light downhill and trails.
  • It's fair to say that a Boulder won't have been designed with trail centre "skill section" riding in mind, but it depends on how smooth you are.

    If you regularly land heavily then it's not going to take much abuse, but if you're the type of rider who can jump and land smoothly on the transition then you might get away with it.

    I've got a Giant Granite, which I think is roughly the same price/model range as a Boulder, and I've put it through some heavy duty riding over the 13 years I've had it and it's still in one piece.

    That said, I was a pretty smooth rider when I first got it in its rigid form, because you just have to be with a rigid, but years of owning a full sus' mean I'd probably kill it & me now.
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