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Offline no-name

Which Bike: Great Divide MT
« on: April 06, 2007, 10:10:21 pm »
Howdy:
My wife and I will be riding the Great Divide MT this summer and I am trying to decide which bike to ride.  My choices are my hardtail (Gary Fisher Wahoo) or my full suspension (Giant Reign).  As I see it, the considerations are as follows:

Hardtail--It is a simpler system on which I can fix nearly any problem trailside.  I commute nearly daily on this bike and have put over 2,000 miles on it in 2 years.  but I paid alot more for the other bike and it is very sexy.

Full Suspension--it is a fun and very comfortable bike.  however, with hydrolic brakes and compressed-air shocks all around, I am less confident of my ability to fix problems that arise.  if the rear shock goes out I may be without a ride.  I have never had a problem with the shocks, but Murphy's Law. it is quite a bit heavier, but climbs very well.

So, should I go simple, reliable and familiar, or full tilt and hardcore, and trust he engineering?

thanks for the input.

matt


Offline Julie

Which Bike: Great Divide MT
« Reply #1 on: April 09, 2007, 10:17:36 am »
I rode the Great Divide two years ago. I chose my hardtail over my full suspension bike and was quite satisfied. I chose that bike because I thought it would be more reliable(it did wonderfully) and it fit me better and was more comfortable to ride. I suggest going with the hardtail.

Julie


Offline TwoWheeledExplorer

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Which Bike: Great Divide MT
« Reply #2 on: April 09, 2007, 10:48:57 am »
"Aye sir, the more they overtech the plumbing, the easier it is to stop up the drain." -- Scotty, Star Trek III: The Search For Spock

Go with the hardtail.

Ride safe,
Hans

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Offline no-name

Which Bike: Great Divide MT
« Reply #3 on: April 10, 2007, 04:30:06 pm »
Well, as I typed the original message, It started to appear to me that
this is a false dilema--not a choice between two equally good or bad
options, rather a conflict between what I want to do and what I know
the correct decision to be.

Thank you for the thoughts.  I am leaning strongly towards the
hardtail, which is what everyone I have spoken to who is familiar with
the ride has recommended.  all my local buddies are recommending
the full suspension, for comfort, but I think simplicity and reliability are
the keys.

Is there anyone who feels that the full suspension is beneficial on this
ride?

mw


Offline TwoWheeledExplorer

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« Reply #4 on: April 10, 2007, 06:10:51 pm »
The ACA and Mike McCoy's guidebook to the GDMBR strongly suggests the combination of a full-suspension bike and BoB trailer for the route. Not my choice, and we'll see if they are still suggesting it when the new edition comes out in May.

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Offline Derek

Which Bike: Great Divide MT
« Reply #5 on: April 20, 2007, 05:45:17 am »
If you want the added comfort of full sus' on your hardtail use a Thudbuster seatpost. Very comfy.


Offline no-name

Which Bike: Great Divide MT
« Reply #6 on: April 23, 2007, 03:58:59 pm »
Thank you.  I'm not so concerned about the comfort issue--maybe I
should be.  My big concern is getting on a washboarded surface and
not being able to keep my back tire on the ground.   It sounds like that
is not enugh of an issue to keep others from having a great time on
their hardtails.


Offline no-name

Which Bike: Great Divide MT
« Reply #7 on: July 30, 2007, 02:36:59 pm »
Well, for posterity sake, I just got back from the tour, and was pleased
with choosing the hardtail.  there were some extended sections of
washboard, and so I would not dissuade anyone from taking a full-
suspension bike--there were lots of them on the tour.  Also, the
mechanic was ever present, so had there been problems, help was not
far.

It was a great experience.  I cannot wait to do it again.

Thanks again for all the advice.

Matt


Offline SherryOlson

Which Bike: Great Divide MT
« Reply #8 on: September 28, 2007, 04:21:50 pm »
Just finished the Great Divide and loved my full suspension bike.  My husband rode full suspension as well.  No bike issues except for 2 flats coming into Silver City from glass. We were riding tubeless so the Stans sealed them up and we finished the ride without any repairs.