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MTB travel for Xtri

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Just interested in people opinion on suspension travel for a 29" dually for Xtri.

I currently have an old Cross Country dually MTB (Giant NRS 95mmR/100mmF)  but am looking to update for the Xtri qualifiers.

In my head I firmly had in mind to buy a Cross Country dually again, approx 100mm travel, lighter (I'm not that powerful), efficient geometry and with either lockouts or Live Valve if the money tree shoots (eg Giant Anthem 90mmR/100mmF).

Speaking to the LBS however they were saying to go bigger on the travel (which also brings the weight up) and they say you gain more on the decents than what you lose on the climbs.... they were recommending for example the Norco Revolver FS 120 (120mmF&R) even in preference to the Revolver FS 100 (100mmF&R) and my other LBS shop recommended the Specialised Epic (100mmR/120mmF)

I'd really love any thoughts or opinions on this.... are XC bikes not necessarily the best for XC?

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Thats a pretty good point Diamond, probably better off by keeping the weight out of it in that case. Thanks for your thoughts!

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I did a few qualifiers and worlds in 2018. 

100 would be enough. No jumps etc. Some technical with rocks, slippery, climbing etc. But pretty tame really so go lighter. 

I went big and chose poorly. 

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Really good points there too Turts, thanks for these. I'm thinking you're right also. Seems to be consensus so far on the 100mm

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