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  • Premier Icon ton
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    so am i doing the pics or not โ“

    Olly
    Member

    something as short travelled as an anthem would take the edge off and be rocket fast too….

    renton
    Member

    TON yes please!!

    i dont suppose you know what shock is on it??

    cheers

    steve

    peachos
    Member

    what's all this 'to take the edge off' lark. i thought suspension was designed to keep you pinned to the ground over the rough stuff. you can still pick your line through big boulder fields on FS so it's not just ploughing through stuff – you just get more options than you have on a short travel HT.

    i've just built up a 100mm HT and i love the way that it rides and handle but up in the lakes or the peaks i'll take my big bouncy 6" machine thankyou

    wors
    Member

    i've decided FS is for old people with bad backs ๐Ÿ˜‰

    renton
    Member

    im off to wales in two weeks and we are doing skyline ,whites level and the wall over a log weekend so is this the type of terrain for a full susser or will it be doable on a ht??

    tinsy
    Member

    All doable on a HT, lots of people do….

    I would take my full sus on a trip like that though… not that I got a choice any more ๐Ÿ˜ฅ

    Olly
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    all riding is doable on a hardtail.
    just depends how much fun youll have.

    personally (peachos) i dont find any massive enjoyment in going somewhere challenging, and then taking a Boat of a bike i just have to steer in the right direction and let a monster squish do all the work.

    i think you can either be a: short travel HT/long travel bouncy bike person
    or a: short travel bouncy marathon bike, burley HT person.

    im the second option.
    both provide challenges, both can be fast as sin when in the right mood

    addict
    Member

    well this being my 1st post I might as well upset the applecart, I ride a 6 & 6 full squidge, that I use for trail, 'freeride' the occasional uplift/full body-armour day and general mischievous biking antics.

    I have never seen anyone on a hardtail 'embarrass' anyone on a decent full squidger when the trail points downwards. I'm sure there is those out there who can kill it on a hardtail, but itโ€™s certainly something Iโ€™ve never seen.

    As for the debate about 'keeping it real' and more 'in tune' with the trail and your bike, I have my doubts.

    The speed at which I ride my full susser is much faster than the speed at which I ride my HT (of which I also ride regularly, with only 100ml up front) ergo, the speed of riding means that certain reactions (not all) but some, need to be improved as well. this may be down to my preferred terrain of course, but we must also look at the fact that a year ago, although riding my HT as hard as I could (I started on a hardtail) there is no way that I would have been able to experience certain things (Innerleithen matador trail/cwmcarn uplifts) with the same kind of enjoyment that I did on my F.S.

    I understand (quite clearly) – there are those who can ride hardtails extremely hard, but lets look at those hardtails in particular, they are extremely strong, burly big tyred heavy set machines, with huge 160/180 forks and a geometry specced for airtime and hucking all over the shop.

    There are plenty of full squidgers out there that are designed to be light weight trail xc bikes that would easily show up a burly hardtail if we are going to go down the route of acceleration and ease of climbing, as much as there is vice versa with whippet HTโ€™s and big FSโ€™s

    Again the idea of feeling 'planted to the trail' is something that baffles me in regards to riding hardtail. The reason for rear suspension is exactly the same as the front, to absorb bumps, rocks and shocks, and in doing so, keeping the bikes tracking along the trail. This increased % of time the wheels are on the ground equates to better grip, better grip leads to the ability to corner and takes difficult terrain at a much faster speed. I think the best way to look at that is to think of a snakes climbing over a rock, and then compare that to a wooden ruler doing the same.

    So looking at a full susser, we see nothing but progression, yet looking at the hardtail; I can see nothing but compromise.

    As for the idea of line choosing, if there is no major difference in peoples speed or ability to ride terrain, then this is a non starter surely?

    If there was a huge difference in speed I would understand the finesse of perfect line choice, in the same way I would look at the difference between using a rapier and a two handed sword, but as already discussed and proffered by those who ride HT there is really no obvious difference.

    There is of course then the issue of maintenance that a rear suspension unit can only add to, as opposed to the maintenance free back end of a hardtail. There are those who know how to maintenance a front fork and ensure its continual upkeep as they ride. But they are in the minority. Even more so are those with aircan rear shocks who regularly maintain it. The majority of us, both FS and HT have very little knowledge of what happens inside a suspension unit. And so any maintenance is done professionally, meaning the time spent maintaining either shock is one and the same, being both as likely to malfunction as the other.

    This leaves us lastly with comfort of riding. Something which is only an opinion can only ever be looked at objectively as opposed to factually, but it would seem to me that general consensus is that full suspension is by far and away the more comfortable of the 2 options, translating to me roughly as a further enjoyment to be had. And it leaves us of course begging the question; why purposefully choose to be more uncomfortable?

    Olly
    Member

    your missing the point.

    Faster: Yes
    Better: Maybe, certainly better at the job its designed for
    More fun however?: totally personal opinion.
    its not alll about the outright speed

    If there was a huge difference in speed I would understand the finesse of perfect line choice, but as already discussed and proffered by those who ride HT there is really no obvious difference.

    do you time yourself, to the hundreth of a second, on every descent you do?
    its not about speed, its about the feeling of getting it just right, connecting it all up to make a smooth fluid descent.
    sure it only adds hundreths of a second onto the clock, but makes you feel like a riding god (or pitchs you into a tree when you get it wrong)

    There are those who know how to maintenance a front fork and ensure its continual upkeep as they ride. But they are in the minority. Even more so are those with aircan rear shocks who regularly maintain it. The majority of us, both FS and HT have very little knowledge of what happens inside a suspension unit. And so any maintenance is done professionally, meaning the time spent maintaining either shock is one and the same, being both as likely to malfunction as the other.

    disagree!
    50% of the fun in owning a bike, for me, is taking it apart and looking after it.
    i took great satisfaction in tuning a really simple fork (MXcomp) to fit my riding style by way of varying oil heights, weights, air pressures, etc. simple stuff, not fiddling dials and knobs, but to do it you have to know what each change will do to affect the fork characteristics
    i could have sent it off, sure, but wheres the fun in that?

    ojom
    Member

    Probably a little too much dissection over this topic.

    Try one, if you like it, buy one.

    Easy.

    There is no such thing as a right and wrang answer on this matter. Pick the bike you like and ride it as hard as you can. Have fun and feel like you are 12 again everytime you go out on it. Hardtail or full suspension – meh.

    Just enjoy riding.

    trailmonkey
    Member

    Split the difference. Get a FS but buy a hair shirt.

    *runs and hides*

    simonfbarnes
    Member

    50% of the fun in owning a bike, for me, is taking it apart and looking after it.

    for me the figure is -33%. My ideal bike would work correctly with no intervention for say 5 years and then have to be returned to the shop for recycling :o)

    peachos
    Member

    personally (peachos) i dont find any massive enjoyment in going somewhere challenging, and then taking a Boat of a bike i just have to steer in the right direction and let a monster squish do all the work.

    i get what you're saying mate, but it's not really what i put across. i suppose i must be from the 'short travel HT/long travel bouncy bike person' though. i find it very rewarding hooning it through a rock field whilst trying not to slip out everywhere and avoid the rim-wreckers. but i also like finding the smoothest line on my HT, trying my hardest to avoid as much rockyness as possible whilst going as fast as possible.

    in fact, i'm going to start a third 'type of rider'. the type of rider who actually just enjoys riding any type of bike. that's me that is ๐Ÿ™‚

    Olly
    Member

    lol,
    its like a STW niche of niches, amongst all the orange 5s, 69ers, rigids steels and "Speccy pitch is the best bike ever"…ers theres an elite of "Just riiiide maaannn"

    who seem to fit into the same group as that aetheist bloke, who is SO aetheist, hes religious about it ๐Ÿ˜€

    ๐Ÿ™‚ but yep i do see what you mean peachos

    peachos
    Member

    so, in conclusion we can firmly say:

    whatever.

    trailmonkey
    Member

    no, we can't put it to bed yet. there's been nowhere near enough indignation or willy waving.

    sofatester
    Member

    I think we should start a new niche:

    The "Whatever" niche ๐Ÿ˜†

    peachos
    Member

    or the anti-niche niche

    sofatester
    Member

    or the anti-niche niche

    I think that would be to niche to be a niche. What is the definition of a niche anyway?

    addict
    Member

    my personal feelings are pretty much the same as most peoples, i just wanted to put in writing some of the things i think when i read stuff already written.

    I think most people are of the same ilk;

    " u ride bikes too!!? that's awesome…"

    haddock
    Member

    Hard tail ridden nicely IMO

    I'm sure there is those out there who can kill it on a hardtail, but itโ€™s certainly something Iโ€™ve never seen.

    Twice over the last month i've had advice on how 'I should get a full Susser' and statements like 'I dont know how you manage on a hardtail', from talking to people i've met out riding. This was just harmless chatter, but on both occaisions they rode very very slowly. The last pair I met actually had me concerned that one of them had fallen off they took so long to get to the bottom of the descent.

    I dont consider myself a very fast nor good rider, so ended up giving their astonishing slowness some thought; a lot people must be buying 5 inch FS bikes before their ready for them – and get stuck in rut unable touch on the bikes ability. As long as their enjoying themselves so what? but I do get a little miffed receiving bike choice advice from them!

    Renton – I dont mean you by the way, you've had a few bikes, so treat yourself another FS, but keep your Hardtail too, you'll miss it otherwise. ๐Ÿ™‚

    renton
    Member

    **** ell im nowhere near that good on my ht!!

    craig1975
    Member

    I have a FS and a hardtail, there are pros and cons with each of them, but it doesn't matter Cu's I have fun on both, It's good to have a choice. I'm completely over biked with them too, but I don't care because they keep me interested which equals me going out ridding more ๐Ÿ˜€

    haddock
    Member

    Thats not me! I'm nowhere that good either! ๐Ÿ™‚

    renton
    Member

    i will keep the inbred i think as i like riding it !!
    but still going to look out for a full suss frame!!!

    I've just built up a 6" FS'er that has the stiffest platform setting on the shock you could wish for, the forks drop to 4.5" (110mm), it weighs 28lb, descends like a demon and climbs better than any bike I've ever owned.

    (I'll put my willy away now, but it was in context with the thread)

    I've owned rigid, short travel HT, longer travel HT, a 5" FS and now a 6" and give me the FS'ers every time. I get to pick a line, only on the FS it's avoiding lines where you think "shit no, not even on this bike", in comparison to the HT's "best stay away from those pointy rocks". On the occassion that you do end up on the "shit no" line, sometimes the bike surprises you and you get through it. All adds up to a bigger buzz for me.

    Premier Icon metalheart
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    I'm not that long returned to FS ways.

    Its miles comfier (for an old tosser with a bad back) and I'm not so beat up when I get to the bottom. Its also made me a bit less skittish. Course it would be best to get the HT built back up and see how fast you can ride it with the FS gained confidence…

    (Mind you it might have been something to so with the Pikes being over pumped on the HT) ๐Ÿ˜€

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