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April 11, 2016 at 14:46 #187114
Do you prefer hardtail or full suspension when riding on trails? why?
April 11, 2016 at 15:07 #187116
fully: more forgiving and more traction and therefore faster (for me) on rowdy terrain
April 11, 2016 at 15:15 #187134
BehindBars, are you deciding for purchase or just taking a poll?
April 12, 2016 at 00:20 #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 04:27 #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 06:59 #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 09:34 #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 13:26 #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 20:07 #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 20:23 #187273
IM TAKING A POLL (NOT BUYING)
April 12, 2016 at 22:53 #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 08:54 #187317
FS all the way. simply lock out your shock if you want something more rigid
April 18, 2016 at 14:57 #187698
fs seems slower than ht
April 22, 2016 at 12:48 #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 #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 #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 15:24 #188875
Arent full suspension bikes mainly for downhill bikers anyways?
May 4, 2016 at 15:31 #188877
And hardtail is more for just trail riding and uphill?
May 4, 2016 at 23:25 #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 16:06 #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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