Anyone gone back to hardtail after a full sus bike ??
I am really not sure !
I seem to be looking at a lot of classifieds for some nice hardtail frames at the moment esp Ti.
The thing is I went to full suspension a couple of years ago because I was getting a bad back after some longer rides, but the bike I had at the time was an alu hardtail which was a very harsh ride (bloody quick though).
Anybody gone back and regreted it or was it the best decision you madePosted 8 years agomcmoonterMember
I bought an M4 frame and some forks on here recently as a cheap box of bits winter bike. I hadnt ridden a HT for years as I have a dicky back. I'm loving it, It's so quick. Takes a bit of getting used to on super gnarly downhills after my Flux and 5 Spot. Looking forward to some dry/frozen trails.Posted 8 years agoNorthwindSubscriber
To be fair, my full suss wasn't quite as good as my hardtail, but I've ridden it about 4 times and I doubt I'll ride it again. My Soul hits the sweet spot of being good enough without being too good, the Zesty and Five I testrode are both better than my Soul but then a motorbike is better than a pushbike at going up hills
They're both great. Get what you like. Or both. Or 2 of both.Posted 8 years agocarlosgMember
used to have an xc I-drive and a 6" ruckus I-drive , bought a P7 cheap to do up and sell but after a quick go on it pulled all the best parts from the xc fs bike and built up the P7 nice.
I only ever use the 6" bike now for gravity assisted riding unless it's an easy flat route that I need to make feel harder(for the workout)Posted 8 years agohandymanMember
i have both i use the them equally, but i race on the flux fs as it allows me to take rough but direct lines to pass people on the downhills, if i do rides lasting more than 3 hrs again its the fs otherwise i am just too tired to pick smooth lines, then again i use the ht for fast training blasts, i am running a 1×9 so i have to work harderPosted 8 years agotakisawa2Subscriber
I've swapped between Enduro, Pace 303, Enduro, Soul, Enduro, Ventana El-Ciclon.Posted 8 years ago
Now building a cheap Trek SS for Winter.
Of them all the Soul was ace & could honestly do anything the FS could do with me riding it.
Keep thinking of wiping the slate clean & getting back to basic P7 with nice bits.
Would love a Ti456, & reckon I'd be out of my FS days if I did.ir_banditoSubscriber
Yes. Sold my Heckler and replaced with a Rohloff'd hardtail to reduce maintenance time and increase riding time.Posted 8 years ago
Only missed the Heckler once, on one of the descents at the Dyfi Enduro when I landed hard and got a pinch flat. Otherwise, I've no regrets whatsoever.
Glad I kept the 130mm forks though 🙂metalheartSubscriber
Yes and no.
I have both (a Chumba vf2 and a Cotic Soul).
I love them both. The Chumba gives me the confidence but the Soul is more 'fun'. But I guess thats really because I'm happier with the limits of HT than of 5-6" FS and if I had to choose just one it would be a hardtail (and preferably a Lynskey built ti, but thats another thread now isnt it).Posted 8 years agoOrang HutanMember
I ride an ancient Rocky mountain Elevation, ali hardtail and am currently looking to replace it. The HT/FS conflict has really got to me. I love to ride so I feel like I'm on the edge, with a HT thats pretty easy to achieve so the adrenaline rush is at less insane speeds and smaller jumps. If I went to FS would I just get soft or risk injury by looking for that buzz by going faster and bigger, I'm still trying to solve that one.Posted 8 years agosaladdodgerMember
I had a trance but tbh I felt like it was always holding me back as did my old sub5
Sold the trance and now I am a happy bunny with a poverty 456
No i do not miss the soft back end because when it is rough I stood up anyway
Problem is the 456 makes me decend too quickly hence my big stack on the Q's saturdayPosted 8 years agophiljuniorMember
Although if you were getting back problems I'd suggest that even the "zing" of Ti will make around about no difference whatsoever, so keep it for shorter rides.
To be honest, I don't really buy into the whole "woo really nice ride from a ti hardtail", having owned one. Then again mine lasted 3 months and snapped halfway down a hill with a very very long walk home (if the guides hadn't been able to sort us out a lift)…Posted 8 years ago
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