That cannot be resolved. I demoed a couple road bikes last weekend. One was even a carbon fiber. My back and ass said no way. My ass said "I don't give a [email protected]#% if you are $7,000 bucks, you are bone jarring" My legs said "Oh c'mon, its sooo lightweight, you'll get used to it" My shoulders said "Oh yeah, Mr. legs? How about me after a century ride?" I don't even like hard tails, these are even worse. I have the money but I want to live at least until 60. BTW--take a look at a 40-50 something road biker and tell me they look as young as the same aged mountain biker. They look spent IMO.