I went to my first XC race yesterday and it would have been insain if the front-end didn't wash out or the whole bike stands straight up evey time I tried to turn it. I could have made it better but the trail was bearly wide enough for handlebars and you had to turn constantly so after a lap I gave up. I've never really noticed this before but I've never ridden trails that tight either. I'd try following a fast guy and do what he did and I could keep up until I had to turn 5 times in 20 feet and that was it. I'm like 80lbs too heavy for the stock one's and I've asked about suspension plenty of times but I'm finally getting an understanding of what I guess I've been asking about. I know my abilities are part of the problem aswell but I can fix that myself if I can get this straight.