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April 11, 2016 at 2:46 pm #187114
Do you prefer hardtail or full suspension when riding on trails? why?
April 11, 2016 at 3:07 pm #187116
fully: more forgiving and more traction and therefore faster (for me) on rowdy terrain
April 11, 2016 at 3:15 pm #187134
BehindBars, are you deciding for purchase or just taking a poll?
April 12, 2016 at 12:20 am #187180
Well, in all honesty my full suspension experience is very limited so I would have to go with the hardtail as my favorite because they have just been more available to me. That being said I am honestly pretty green in the area of suspension forks as well ha ha ha, I grew up riding hand me down rigid rockhoppers and Diamondback sorrento type bikes.
April 12, 2016 at 4:27 am #187181
<b>well, after a few taco’d rims, 3 blown forks, broken spokes, and rear flats, Id say full suspension. Had a hardtail. Cost me more to fix than the bike was worth. Have a full now, and have had no problems.</b>
April 12, 2016 at 6:59 am #187182
full for me. I don’t care about fast. I care about fun, and for me full suspension is just more forgiving and fun.
April 12, 2016 at 9:34 am #187185
It largely depends on:
1. The trail
2. My mood at the time
Some trails lend themselves to hardtails and some to fullys. Since I generally like technical riding, my fully gets more use, but there are times I like the simplicity and challenge of the hardtail, even on a gnarly trail.
Fortunately, I have both, so I can choose on a whim.
April 12, 2016 at 1:26 pm #187244
Prefer full suspension but I use my hardtail a lot too. My full suspension bike is more versatile I feel and I usually have more fun on it but my hardtail on smooth and familiar terrain is usually faster. But for “trail riding” full suspension is the ticket.
April 12, 2016 at 8:07 pm #187271
I personally like hardtails better. Although lockout on shocks and forks has virtually eliminated this factor, I still think hardtails climb better. Also, they are cheaper, help you become an excellent line picker, and I’ve also found some to be slightly better pumpers. My “trail bike” is a Giant XTC 29er 2 (a 100mm XC bike). 🙂
April 12, 2016 at 8:23 pm #187273
IM TAKING A POLL (NOT BUYING)
April 12, 2016 at 10:53 pm #187274
To me, a really good, reliable hardtail, like my Specialized Rock Hopper is way better, dollar for dollar than a low-end, full suspension MTB. Mongoose full suspension bikes are just plain junk. My next bike will be a Specialized Camber in the $2500 to $3000 range.
April 13, 2016 at 8:54 am #187317
FS all the way. simply lock out your shock if you want something more rigid
April 18, 2016 at 2:57 pm #187698
fs seems slower than ht
April 22, 2016 at 12:48 pm #188152
I bought a hardtail two years ago. After a bit of research I settled on a Trek Stache 8. A full suspension model with comparable components would have cost me double and I was unsure of how much I would ride at the time. I have ridden the heck out of it (14 states, 4,000+ miles) and still enjoy my rides. That said, when I upgrade it will be to a full suspension model. The local dealer let me demo a FUEL EX 9.9 for a couple of weeks and I rode faster, longer and over features that I never had before. The folks at my LBS only sell Treks and they have treated me super (they have a “take care of Hap first” sign in the maintenance area) and I like the 23″ frames available on some models, but Santa Cruz, Pivot and Transition are other brands I’m considering.
April 29, 2016 at 10:07 am #188638
Odd man out so far….
have only ever ridden full rigid. I don’t like all the squish of suspension. I feel it separates me from the bike and the trail…I have to work harder to do manuals; hops, climbing etc. Granted, I am not – nor do I ever intend to – ride crazy DH or other real extreme stuff. I grew up on a BMX so that is how I ride. Legs, arms, and brain are my suspension. Mostly ride singletrack and am training to get into bike-packing in the future.
April 29, 2016 at 11:45 am #188655
sXeXBMXer that would hurt after a while especially if i was riding for a double of hours! ever think of upgrading?
May 4, 2016 at 3:24 pm #188875
Arent full suspension bikes mainly for downhill bikers anyways?
May 4, 2016 at 3:31 pm #188877
And hardtail is more for just trail riding and uphill?
May 4, 2016 at 11:25 pm #188884
Well, i don’t consider suspension an “upgrade”. It is a different form of, or technique used for riding, and I have tried it enough to realize that I don’t like it. And as far as I know, yes, full sus I think was mainly intended for downhill at first.
May 5, 2016 at 4:06 pm #188908
For me personally I love the feel of a hardtail. Just recently got myself a new bike, the Specialized Fuse which is 27.5+ and I love the feel. When I was looking at new bikes I demoed a handful of full suspension trail bikes, but there’s just something about a hardtail to me. And plus size does not in any way make up for the lack of suspension, but it doesn’t hurt!
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