How many people only ride a hardtail?
Hardtail and fully rigid, but that’s how I like it. Have had a FS it was ok, but soon returned to hard tail, dabbled with suspension forks, but again not my thing. It probably depends where you are riding, but round here it’s plenty smooth enough to not warrant it.Posted 4 years agoThrustyjustMember
Had a couple of full sus bikes, but just didn’t enjoy them. Miss the positive acceleration in a full suss and the weight increase. Ride a scandal, C456 and a Pipedream Ti. Not ‘as’ quick as the full susser mates on decents, but far quicker on the climbs up and feel like I have ridden the descent that the bike riding it.Posted 4 years agomunrobikerMember
I was a hardtail only guy. Then longer travel full suspension bikes got a lot better and lighter and more reliable. I kept my hardtail because I loved the idea of riding it, but now I’m used to riding a full suspension bike I find I never enjoy it as much unless I’m on the right trail. The right trail usually means riding something less exciting at a slower pace, which isn’t really why I enjoy riding a bike.
You will enjoy it, it’s a bike, bikes are fun and as a change it’ll be great but if you’re used to full suspension you may well end up hankering after your old bike after a while.Posted 4 years agocolournoiseSubscriber
Got an FS (my first) in the pipeline, but will still have 3 HTs to choose from. Never found anything for my skill level that I couldn’t ride on a HT – was in Scotland on holiday last week and the BFe coped fine with the Nevis Red (I was however the only rider I saw all day riding it – albeit slowlishy – without full bounce).Posted 4 years agomrblobbySubscriber
The right trail usually means riding something less exciting at a slower pace, which isn’t really why I enjoy riding a bike.
I guess it depends on what sort of trails you regularly ride. Trips to Morzine for example, I’ll take the big FS as it’s more fun. Local rides down south and all trail centres, HT every time. If I lived somewhere with proper mountains and lots of natural rocky trails then my FS bikes would probably not be in bits at the back of the shed.Posted 4 years ago
I’ve just had to sell my Five , partly due to a house move and partly due to being jobless at the minute.
I’ve gone back to only owning a hardtail and have a feeling I’ll miss the five.
Who else only rides/owns a hardtail: and is there anything you used to ride you dont anymore?
Needs must I guess but I’m the only rider in my group on hardtail now and I’m slow enough anyway ha.Posted 4 years agostevedeMember
I ride a hardtail as my main bike, I have a full on dh bike too but my hardtail covers the rest and then some. Mines a ti stanton slackline and I do everything from ride xc to race dh on it. Hit plenty of big jumps, drops etc on it so don’t worry about a lack of bounce, the legs turned out to be great shock absorbers 🙂Posted 4 years ago
It may take some getting used to if you sit down and pedal a lot but it’ll make you a better rider in the long run (maybe, don’t hold me to it).crazy-legsSubscriber
I’ve had several FS bikes (mostly towards the XC/race end of the spectrum) but they’re all gone now and I’m back to my aging Cove Stiffee and my CX bike.
I’d like a new FS (more a trail version rather than full on XC though) but can’t justify it. Barely even ride the HT, most off-road stuff I just use my CX bike.Posted 4 years ago
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