- Anyone gone back to hardtail after a full sus bike ??
Your bad back probably came from bad sizing or set up.
It is very much and each to their own personal thing. I went to full sus in 96 and have tipped back in to HT whne I have built up rigid SS's (see classified for my Trek carbon SS for sale)…. For me full sus is right for you it may not be.
Someone above said
If you're not faster on your FS that means you can't ride it properly
For most peeps the full sus gives more comfort, traction, peace of mind and also means they can go for longer not just quicker.
I would say see if you can get some decent test rides on a few materials to see how it feels. 😀Posted 8 years agoneilforrowMember
rode my hustler for the past 4-5 years… and it is a great bike… but I became a bit lazy on it… yep go flat out into everything… but didnt really care where the bike ended up…
I have got a 456 along side now… and it has meant i have had to learn how to ride a bike again… to save my back and to save the back wheel, and to keep your speed…
hardtails are great fun… but for all day trail riding / comfort / speed you cant beat a 5" full susPosted 8 years agosingletrackbikerMember
My Blur LT2 goes into hibernation for the winter – it doesn't like the mud : 😉Posted 8 years ago
I've been riding an alloy frame for winter / wet riding, but after some selling on here, I raised the cash for a 456 and a few bits. Should have it next week, then need to build it up. Aim is a softer ride, as the alloy HT beats me up too much. Last rode a steel frame in the early 90's!
HT is good for remembering those handling skills and making line choices – FS will simply flow through most stuff. After a winter of riding HT you do feel the benefit and ride faster & smoother on FS as a result.WozzaMember
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Yes, didn't get on with a full sus and found I prefer HT's each to their own.
Truth is the Full Suss nearly killed you in the peaks… i've got a picture of you somewhere sat as far away from it as possible looking properly pissed off!
But to answer the OP…
Yeah I had one of those 1998 Marin Full Sussers, it was a nightmare, so i went back to a hardtail and then got an Epic… snapped the back end off it… bought a hardtail again instead.
Next one will be a full suss no doubt!Posted 8 years agocookeaaSubscriber
Went back to only having Hardtails after owning a couple of DH full bouncers, couldn’t justify having a bike that got used every other weekend yet cost more than twice as much as my main HT…
I did decide instead to have a DH only HT as a compromise though, still gets similar levels of infrequent use, but cost’s a relative pittance to own and maintain…
Only ever owned one bouncey” trail bike”, bought an old Enduro frame and cobled it together using various spare parts, rode it for about 2 months and flogged it on, 5th shock on it was shite, and I couldn’t be bothered spending anymore time or money on a novelty bike, just not for me…
Horses for courses though, I’d only ever consider buying another FS for DH now, and that’s pretty unlikely as I’m still loving the odd DH race/uplift on my Exalt…Posted 8 years ago
but I can still see the benefits of a trance or similar for proper fast XC riders, that’s just not me, HT’s work for me at the minute… but that's just me…jonbMember
Got both although I find myself wanting to take my (SS) hardtail for the challenge a lot of the time.
At this time of year I ride my hardtail on night rides because I can't face cleaning my full suss at 11pm when the ss hardtail takes a quick blast with the hose.
Not sure I'd buy another full suss. Think I might prefer a lighter weight racier hardtail (ti inbred/soda or similar) for longer rides and races with something like a 456 for general riding and winter.Posted 8 years agotrusslebabesMember
I'm currently riding a Cotic Soul, the ht 853 frame is fantastic you can feel it flexing and almost winding up to ping you forward. With a high roller on the back over rocky stuff it soaks up the bumpy stuff really well.
I had a go on my old aluminum ht yesterday and it was no where near as good and comfortable as Cotic, defo recommend a 853 ht, beautiful. 😀Posted 8 years agoiDaveMember
just done first decent ride on my new soda, after 5 years on a maverick.
the soda is lighter and is a great bike to ride. however the maverick climbed better, descended better, rode better on twisty stuff and, didn't hurt my back as much but to be fair it was a lot uglier
as soon as i can i'll go back to full sussPosted 8 years ago
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