I live in the DFW area. Had a good ride today crashed a couple of times but the guy who was coaching me said "if you ain’t bleeding you ain’t mountain biking" now that last tree gate I didn’t clear is going to hurt a couple of days. He basically told me I need to work on cornering and need experience picking my line which will come in time. Thanks for the grip recommendation I’m riding ergo grips and really don’t like them that much. as for the damper, does it replace the lockout? I may do that upgrade when it’s time to do a rebuild. Since my schedule is more flexible than everyone else’s I have decided to try and get as many rides in before spring and either be riding at their pace or start calling them from the parking lot.