Originally Posted by Huzband
Yes & no. Of course technique is important, but to say suspension setup doesn't have that much to do with it is leaving half the equation out.
If a rider weighs 159 lbs & gets on a bike set up for a 230 lb rider, how well can he hop? And vice versa. Suspension certainly has a definite effect on hopping.
But I agree with you on brakes. If they don't work properly, you're hosed.
Bike set up is very important indeed, and especially so for newcomers with little of no hands on riding experience.
However proper set up doesnt just relate to one or 2 area's, for the simple reason that unless all areas of the bike are working well together, its quite impossible to get the very best out of it.