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q. about mountain bike suspension/travel terminology

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I am embarrassed to admit to this confusion after a good 12 years riding full suspension mountain bikes ...

 

Okay, so, when a bike is listed as having "Xmm of travel" - that refers to the rear shock, not the fork travel, right? I mean, you can build the bike with a different fork, but I figure the rear shock is integral to the bike. Am I correct? (Technically you could build a frame with a different rear shock, I suppose, but that seems like a less common approach.)

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Normally both are listed if it's a complete bike, or you can at least look them up in the specs.  They'll specify fork travel and shock travel.  They can be, and normaly are, different.  If you're looking at frame only, it's the possible travel in the rear suspension but it could be less than that depending on the shock you choose to fit. 

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Normally both are listed if it's a complete bike, or you can at least look them up in the specs.  They'll specify fork travel and shock travel.  They can be, and normaly are, different.  If you're looking at frame only, it's the possible travel in the rear suspension but it could be less than that depending on the shock you choose to fit. 

 

Thanks, Scott. Yeah, I'm thinking of reviews that say "this bike has Xmm travel" without specifying. Maximum rear travel makes sense.

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