One of the most common questions asked in a bike shop is “How much travel does this bike have?”
It’s followed closely by “How much travel do I need?”
While the first question is answered easily by looking at the bike specs, the second requires a much more nuanced answer. There is no single answer to this question, of course, just like there is no single type of trail that you will ride exclusively for the lifespan of your bike.
To get the best answer to the “how much travel” question requires one of the most frequent replies we hear at Contender Bicycles - “What kind of riding are you going to do?”
Are you planning on long rides through the forest? How about fast and furious descents down tricky trails with big jumps and chairlift rides back to the summit? A little of both? With each question and answer we can narrow down the type of bike and amount of travel that might best suit you.