I know I should try before I buy (which I am going to do), but different bikes are better for different things. I am 5'4 and weigh 125lbs, so 7" is enough for me as I want a lighter bike that can be thrown around and have quick handling. I would use it for DHR (not completely serious racing, when they come up once in a while) / more FR (dh jumps, drops, rockgardens, fast trails, slow technical trails, etc..) and not alot of climbs. RIght now I only have a hardtail. My biggest drop on a rental dh bike at whistler was about 7'. I am looking for a sub $1500 used complete bike. I would get a super t if it doesn't come with one and sell the original fork.