160mm or 180mm?

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    I need some advice. I am looking to get an all-mountain bike from Specialized bicycles, and I cannot decide whether to get the 160mm travel Enduro or the 180mm travel version. I ride lots of normal trails, but I would really enjoy doing some more difficult stuff, like racing Enduro or DH. I cannot do these events currently because I ride a hardtail 29er(nough said).Please give me some advice and don’t hesitate to point out non-Specialized models that fit in this category. Also do not worry about my price range.


    IMHO 160 is plenty for a bike that is not dedicated to downhill, some places actually recommend 140/150 max for an all mountain bike because they climb better.  My good friend and riding buddy rides a StumpJumper with 160 for everything except when he goes to Whistler, then he rents a full downhill bike.


    I agree with Alvin.  160mm is plenty for anything short of dedicated downhill racing.


    What about wheel strength? Should I consider updating to a stronger set once I purchase, or do you think that the stock wheels will be fine?


    Most bikes with 160mm and have pretty tough wheels. Unless you are going to be riding full downhill and jumping 10+ foot gaps regularly, I doubt any stock wheel would really need to be replaced.


    I was thinking more like 25 foot gaps. And 15+ foot drops. With 360s off of’em. Think bike park/some freeriding/super-aggro trail riding. Now, let me pose the question again: would I need to upgrade the wheels? By the way, thanks to Alvin Mullen for all of his responses.


    Don’t worry about upgrading your wheels until you ruin them.


    Great advice. I’ll do that. Thanks Aaron.

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