so, those that have ditched the FS bike and gone back to HT – how old are we ?
Went back to a HT as my main bike a couple of years ago, about 37, after about 5 years on a FS. I still have FS bikes but mostly ride the HT.
I don’t really understand the older riders needing FS thing. Though reckon if you are unfit then you’re more likely to prefer a FS.Posted 4 years agoesselgruntfuttockMember
I don’t really understand the older riders needing FS thing. Though reckon if you are unfit then you’re more likely to prefer a FS.
Complete bollix. Why would you ride a (probably) heavier bike if your’e unfit? HT’s are ‘easier’ to ride IMO but I prefer to take the FS on long hard rides cos it’s miles more comfortable! I’ve done the Alps, Scotland, most of the Dales, the North Pennines, Wales & the Peaks on a HT but I’m 56 now & I know which bike I prefer for the hard days out. Did Torridon last weekend on the FS which is a ride my knees & backside wouldn’t want to do on my HT.Posted 4 years agoavdave2Member
47, went from rigid to full suss to hardtail to hardtail and rigid and the rigid gets the most use as it’s my off road commuter. All I can say is that rigid today with carbon forks wider tyres handlebars that aren’t made of scaffold pipe and the option of bigger wheels means they are a damn site more comfortable than in in 1986. I no longer feel the need for a Flexstem! I generally only use it for rides of below 2 hours though.Posted 4 years agodeadkennySubscriber
I haven’t ditched the FS. I just added a hard tail to complement it 😀
I mix the two depending on the ride or just how I feel. The FS lets me go nuts and hit things fast and hard, but then I like to get the hard tail out and take it down the same stuff and surprises me how I can do much the same stuff. Hard tail alone I’d maybe be more cautious. That said the hard tail is a lot more work. I also use the hard tail for less gnarly things where a stupidly expensive AM bike is a bit out of place 😉
And… 40Posted 4 years agomrblobbyMember
HT’s are ‘easier’ to ride
Really? How so? Definitely not my experience. Find you need to work a HT more to go as fast, especially over tricky terrain. You’re out the saddle a lot more, working harder to pick better lines, weighting and unweighting the bike over obstacles that you’d not bother with on a FS. It’s because it’s harder work that i find trails a lot more rewarding on a hardtail. You can of course do all these things on a FS, but to go as fast on a HT is more demanding.
Edit: HT may have a bit of an edge uphill, but they are still not easier to ride if the terrain in tricky as you usually need to work harder for traction.Posted 4 years agomattsccmMember
I am thinking that many of you are confusing easier to ride with faster. It isn’t the same at all. I ditched my full suss bike a couple of winters ago for a fully rigid SSer. It’s not great deal harder to go up hill, its faster on many hills as you attack and much less time is spent fussing over things. Its not faster on rough downhills. But thats not harder, just different.Posted 4 years agoJAGSubscriber
I’m 45 I’ve been riding for about 15 years. I’ve tried FS but have never owned one.
I currently own a Bfe and I love the way I can feel the trail as I ride along – someone said it earlier in this thread, I think it’s more involving and whilst more difficult to go as fast downhill it is more fun trying 8)Posted 4 years agoaphex_2kMember
I’m 37. Had hardtails since I did paper rounds when I was 14! I had a Spesh Enduro S-works frame but built it up with a really bad mix of parts (Coil Toras!) and it was more of a bike than I knew what to do with. I’m contemplating getting another fully sus but there’s too much choice. I love the look of long travel enduro style bikes but will probably get something more XC short travel as that’s the kind of riding I prefer.Posted 4 years agocoolhandlukeSubscriber
I still have my FS, (2010Enduro) it goes to the Alps with me every year.
Ht gets to ride everywhere else.
Last year I started off on the FS, picking lines as I would on the HT. To be fair the Enduro is pretty much set up to rip down Alps and I found myself going faster and faster until my eyes and brain simply couldn’t keep up so I just pointed it to the fastest line and held on.
Fast, not much finesse, the frame removed any actual requirement for skill. The thrill of the speed was good but I was only steering the thing. Slightly unrewarding, which is why it never really gets a ride in the UK.Posted 4 years agomrsoaneMember
I’m 43, riding for about 20 years and have owned several FS bikes, the last being a Cannondale Gemini about 5 years ago. I’ve only just built up a GT Avalanche which I intend to take out on it’s maiden ride this weekend at Llandegla. FS lets you go very quick downhill over virtually anything, trade off being if it goes Pete Tong it’s going to hurt a lot more. HT winds that enthusiasm in a little and concentrates the mind on neater lines and the climbing is should be a little easier.Posted 4 years agolondonerinozMember
Not me, I’m a comfort subscriber. Back pain during races forced me off hardtails when I was 32 in the UK to a raceable 4″ full susser, and now I’m 40 in Australia I’ve just added a trail 5″ 29er full susser partly because it’s more comfortable.
I do wonder though if a carbon 29er hardtail would be comfortable enough, but I’m not going to win any races any more so there’s no point for me. The ground is harder and rockier where I ride now since emigrating, for example it can really knock it out of you when you have a crash, but the weather is mostly dry and I only see mud for a month at most each year.Posted 4 years agoargooseMember
51Posted 4 years ago
Went HT two years ago. Started by building HT to go with FS. Ended up using FS for pootles with the girlfriend, so brought another HT frame and swaped all the parts across from FS.
Living in the Brecon Beacons most of my rides are longish XC, with occasional trail center.
Th group I ride with are on average 15 years younger than me. They reacon I’m quicker on the HT, up and down.
But main thing is I’m a lot happier and it just feels right for me.bikebouyMember
Ex Roadie, I like my bike(s) rigid, light and fast. Never owned a FS, always been HT MTBs/29erSS though I did look at a TallBoy last year to compliment my 29erSS but for some reason I’ve just not got that feeling for one (yet)Posted 4 years ago
Next bike I change is my Roadie for another super sexy light climbing machine.
Mid 40’s if that makes any difference to anything.
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