This weeks poll: hardtail vs full sus
Currently on 2 hardtails one geared, one single – both 29ers.
I have been through numerous full sussers and hardtails but just finding a 29er hardtail does the job for me now.
I believe regional differences in the mix will show some significant trends adding wheel size into the mix would be very interesting, as with fork and rear travel.Posted 4 years agofrankiMember
Around my way, rigid SS or at least SS is very popular with the “old hands”, with many of the SSers also having a full suss for big days away.Posted 4 years ago
I guess it depends where you ride. If you live in the Lake District instead of the West Midlands, I suspect the ratio of stiff to boing would be somewhat different.The PinksterSubscriber
With my riding regulars it’s a 60/40 split with HT’s being the most popular.
I’ve got 3 FS & 2 HT (+1 fully rigid commuter) but only ride the one FS at the moment as I can’t get to grips with the 3×9 set-up on the others any more after riding 2×10 for a couple of years.
Tempted to convert one of the HT’s to 2×10 and get shot of the rest.Posted 4 years agoPJM1974Member
I’ve two full sussers and a hardtail.
My hardtail is ace – I won’t BS anyone by saying “I never ride my other bikes” because that’s a lie – I have my full sussers for a reason and I hugely enjoy riding them both. My hardtail was originally built out of spare parts as a posh commuter that would cope with some offroading, but it quickly morphed into the perfect all day bike. It climbs beautifully, never feels harsh and gives huge amounts of feedback. That it will happily do the commute in and out of London makes it a very special bike in my eyes.Posted 4 years agoJunkyardMember
I’m surprised there are (at least) 6 people on STW without mountain bikes who told the truth…!
I suspect a number on here rarely ride tbh and are only here for the crack
As for the bikes what I always say is if I could only have one bike it would be a FS but it also get the least use.
if I leave the county I take my FS if not I ride HT summer and SS hardtail winter
Syaing that will be FS tonight as it is dry and it is workingPosted 4 years ago
Ah, ok, I fail the ‘pro’ test with spds, and occasional Oakley ( v old half jackets if that makes it less pro) no camelback though….
Having thought about it though, it’s covered in XtR Easton and Hope, so massive ‘pro’ fail…. I’m shit as well, but at least I look good eh? 😆Posted 4 years agomindmap3Member
To be honest I ride what I like and don’t get too fussed about looking pro or not. I’ll happily admit to be overbiked too but I’m having fun so who cares? Don’t ride in Oakleys though because in too tight and would be hacked off if they broke.
I love hardtails and can happily get along with having one as my only bike, however I have a bouncy bike because I can.Posted 4 years agoandytherocketeerSubscriber
depends what and where you ride.
100% HT now in my usual group. 2 FS riders have recently got a 456 and C456 between them, and that’s what they’ll be riding mostly, and on our next Scotland trip. Five and a Trek are resigned to the garage.
On the trails round here, I’d guess 75% HT, 25% FS, with quite a noticeable number of CX bikes. But there are hills, and they need to be ridden up.Posted 4 years agovertical climberMember
2 x hardtails here (1 fully rigid)
me too like to know whats going on when on a bike
never quite got the measure of full suss even though my ASR SL only had 90mm rear travel . agree some stuff quicker on full suss but realistically overall reckon they are the same point to point over 20-40 milesPosted 4 years ago
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