Having been riding various suspension bikes over the last 5 years I recently built up a 456 summer season with some spare parts I had knocking about.
It's got 140mm Revs on it, some fairly nice kit ranging from Formula brakes, mostly x9 kit with a SRAM XX rear mech (I bought a 10 speed chain and cassette to finish the build). Running it 1 x 10.
Having taken it out for a blast recently I'm enjoying riding it a lot more than my 5" trail bike. It is so much more flickable and accelerates brilliantly,
I'm not sure whether its the skinny 27.2 seatpost or it is the internet heralded "feel of steel" but it's so much more compliant than the rigid frames I've ran in the past.
Rather than slogging it out and panting I'm finding myself pulling small whips and table tops off of some pretty small jumps and natural features in trail. I'm finding myself flicking the back wheel out before corners and generally playing on the bike much more than i have done in years.
I am enjoying my riding so much more than I have been doing recently. I didn't even realise how much my suspension bikes have been taking away from my enjoyment of the trails.
I'm going to give myself a summer of choice and if I keep finding myself picking up the hardtail I reckon I might sell the "big bike" on in the Autumn.
There's no question to this post, I just wanted to share my recent experience of my renewed enjoyment of riding.