so, those that have ditched the FS bike and gone back to HT – how old are we ?
I’ve only been back riding about 3 years but I’ve only ever rode one FS which was a mates GT something and it felt weird.
I only potter so a HT is fine as I think a FS would make me do things I’m not capable of doing.
I’m 36 and never rode a bike from the age of 17 to 33 😳Posted 4 years agoHerman ShakeMember
28, the FS bikes I had allowed a solid progression in my riding but I now ride better than before on the same trails with my Blue Pig X. I don’t wallop through stuff so much now and and land more quietly.
I think being back on a HT has refined the progress I made on the FS, as you can’t get away with as much. A big part of this for me is improved lower body technique and learning to have more control of weight shifting on/into the bike.Posted 4 years agorichmtbSubscriber
Went from a full-sus (Spesh FSR)to a hardtail (Pace RC305) then back to a full-sus (Turner 5 spot and Superlight).
Other than smooth climbs I just felt no advantage to the hardtail, at trail centres it felt like I was being shaken to pieces on the hardtail if I tried to ride at the same speed. On longer all day rides I missed the comfort of the full-sus.
It was good on shorter rides from my back door which were a mix of tarmac, path and trail but these are also good on my Superlight
I guess I like the easy speed and safety net of a full sus above the involvement of a hardtail
I’m 36Posted 4 years agowilde86Member
Got rid of my Alpine 160 and replaced it with a Ragley Blue Pig. Im 26. My riding has advanced on the HT as I started to ride the Pig the same as I would with my Alpine.. soon to realise I had to be far more picky over lines etc instead of just ploughing down anthing. Now I’m used to the hardtail I can still keep up with the full sus boys on the downs and I actually prefer it! Certainly helps on the climbs aswell! Looking forward to getting back on to a full sus but for now (whilst my arse and arms can handle it) I’m more than happy on the hardtail!Posted 4 years agoneninjaMember
I’m 42 and since building my hardtail 6 weeks ago I haven’t ridden the FS once.
I’m sure I will get back on the FS but right now I love the feel of the hardtail. I knocked over a minute off a previous PB on a Strava trail only 8 minutes long on the hardtail last night in less than perfect conditions (gale force cross winds)!
I’ve gone back to spd’s on the hardtail and it just feels like it’s floating over the rough stuff.Posted 4 years agoStefMcDefSubscriber
41, have migrated from 5″ full suss to rigid ss 29er in the last couple of years. Still got the full susser for the odd trail centre weekend but the hardtail is the default bike now. Only on long stretches of baked/frozen solid rutted mud does it ever occur to me that I really miss suspension.Posted 4 years ago
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