Originally Posted by DiabloADV
This talk about off-road capability...my two cents is that it depends on *how fast you want to ride.*
The need for long travel is a product of (1) how bumpy is the road, and (2) how fast you're going. If you ride slow and easy, you don't need long travel for anything but genuinely rocky and technical terrain. A slightly higher standard works fine. It's all about the desired speed.
Excellent point. If the average to good skill rider wants to ride trails, over rocks, and through the woods, what's really useful is four things. Light weight, low gearing, knobby tires, and good ground clearance. Mega suspension travel isn't really much help unless you're riding *very* fast, way beyond what most of us ride on trails.