Altitude vs Instinct for trail centres

JeepingNet

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Apr 21, 2022
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New Brunswick, Canada
Most people suggest I pick an Altitude vs Instinct since it's an e-bike it can handle more suspension. I get this suggestion, but I'm having a hard time accepting it. If I lived in BC then it totally would make sense but I'm riding more trails.

I'm currently on a Giant Stance E+, which is a 120mm/130mm emtb and I certainly need better shocks/more travel. But I also love my bike for my terrain. I'm just concerned a more travel bike will be too much suspension for 80% of our trails. Does that make sense?

I'm in Eastern Canada, so we aren't talking about big mountains. It's more like very root-filled trails with many hills, but none are more than a minute or two up/down.

A few videos (not mine) of our local trails:
Our new flow trails
 

daju

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Apr 21, 2019
122
83
manchester by the sea, ma
Most people suggest I pick an Altitude vs Instinct since it's an e-bike it can handle more suspension. I get this suggestion, but I'm having a hard time accepting it. If I lived in BC then it totally would make sense but I'm riding more trails.

I'm currently on a Giant Stance E+, which is a 120mm/130mm emtb and I certainly need better shocks/more travel. But I also love my bike for my terrain. I'm just concerned a more travel bike will be too much suspension for 80% of our trails. Does that make sense?

I'm in Eastern Canada, so we aren't talking about big mountains. It's more like very root-filled trails with many hills, but none are more than a minute or two up/down.

A few videos (not mine) of our local trails:
Our new flow trails
Good videos. I live in New England and just upgraded from a Levo to an Instinct rather than the more readily available Altitude because of similar concerns.
 

Badd0g

New Member
Mar 18, 2022
8
2
Canada
I ride a 2022 instinct on Vancouver Island it's very steep and rocky and tons of roots as well I'm not a big jumper but 1 meter drops are no problem. What I love is how the Instinct climbs like a goat and has a ton of power. So for me no regrets
 

daju

Active member
Apr 21, 2019
122
83
manchester by the sea, ma
I ride a 2022 instinct on Vancouver Island it's very steep and rocky and tons of roots as well I'm not a big jumper but 1 meter drops are no problem. What I love is how the Instinct climbs like a goat and has a ton of power. So for me no regrets
Bad Dog--Wonder if you are struggling a little like I am with the brisk cadence needed to get the maximally efficient awesome power delivery from the Dyname motor. We also have lots of wet roots and I find the rear end is going sideways more than I remember what my old Levo did.
Regardless, the Instinct is a big step up from the Levo
 

DNE87

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Oct 4, 2022
23
29
UK
An Instinct can be an altitude with just the shock mount and longer shock if required, so essentially 2 bikes in 1.
 

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