- Why are Hardtails/SS's often referred as "winter" bikes?
My hardtail is lighter than my Full Suss. I dont need the 6″ travel bike when i’m going 4mph through thick mud, so why carry the extra weight.
My hardtail is also Alfine hubbed, so there’s very little to jam up, and no maintenance required after every ride.
Them’s my reasons.Posted 5 years agotheotherjonvSubscriber
I just can’t be arsed to clean out all the little nooks and crannies on my FS after every bloody ride. And if i don’t, then the bearings all get siezed up, and if i clean it with the hosepipe, the water gets in all the bearings and they sieze up. And if i do it properly, with a bucket and sponge and cotton buds for all the hard to reach places, in -2 with a biting easterly wind, at night, because there isn’t any daylight left by the time you’ve had a decent ride, i end up with frostbite.
So, I ride a hardtail which is considerably less nooky and cranny-ey, and more tolerant of a blast with a dirtworker. And a singlespeed for when it’s really shit, which positively relishes a clean once every blue moon and an occasional wipe of the chain with an oily rag.
I do still ride the FS in winter, but it has to be worth getting out and cleaning after.Posted 5 years agobinnersSubscriber
Have you seen what North West of England grinding paste mud does to moving parts? The price of having the LBS replace a full set bearings and pivots on a VPP full suss soon convinces you about the relative benefits of a hardtail for winter
Bearing kit + pivots + LBS labour to fit them all = same price as a half decent hardtail framePosted 5 years agorosscopecoSubscriber
I explained to my wife that I needed a winter bike to prolong the life of my full-sus – thus saving us money.
I’ve since bought a second winter bike saving us even more money.
Times are hard and we all need to do our bit.
Tremendous…that lad deserves a medal.
HT all year round for me…it requires more skillful riding 😉Posted 5 years agorob1984pMember
Summer is for showing off to the girls just how awesome your bike handling skills are and winter is for gaining said skills while everyone else is sitting in watching gash in the attic.
Mad skills are gained far quicker in sketchy conditions with no spensions to disguise your shortcomings!Posted 5 years agokhaniMember
Do people really spend a lot of time riding through paths of crap like that above?
That’s pretty much every trail round here at the moment, if your not on the road or a hard pack trail that’s it.. 😥Posted 5 years ago
I went to a rigid singlespeed in the end cos anything more is pointless..molgripsSubscriber
It’s a roadie thing, cos people didn’t want their bling italian fancy bike corroded up with road salt.
There’s almost as much mud round here in summer as in winter, and just as many rocks, so there’s sod all difference in bike requirements. I’d love to know how you lot manage to spend all summer on dusty trails…
There is an argument for a mud proof bike but a SS isn’t it. Still needs its chain cleaning which is the most important bit to clean, and still eats pads. Belt drive hub geared hub braked bike might be worth it, but like I say you are pretty likely to need it in summer too.
If mud and hoses destroy your bearings them you need a new bike.Posted 5 years agochivesMember
In the perpetual winter that seems to have descended on the UK since the last warm summer on record – 1976 – (I think I bought that record) any bike’s likely to get shagged without sweet love, care and attention.
Oh, and I only have a hardtail, so what else would I ride? Single speed might save on this however.
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