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Full suspension or hard tail
« on: December 11, 2010, 10:30:13 PM »
I want to buy a mountain bike, but I'm confused. Full suspension or hard tail?

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Re: Full suspension or hard tail
« Reply #1 on: December 11, 2010, 11:36:52 PM »
Depends upon your budget and purpose. If your budget is less than $800, I would say that you are better off with a hardtail as any full suspension for less than that has to make more serious compromises on componentry. If you are in a higher price range, a full suspension makes for a more enjoyable ride, with the possible exception if you are looking for a no compromise race rig.
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Re: Full suspension or hard tail
« Reply #2 on: December 12, 2010, 08:25:06 AM »
I had the same question a year ago prior to purchasing my bike - in fact that thread may still be in here somewhere. Here is what I ended up doing. First, I already had a 26" full suspension bike so the decision to collect an 29 HT seemed to make more sense. Also, I ride 99% of the time at Town Run and when I'm not riding there, its because I'd doing a DINO race and like the idea of a hard tail when racing. TRTP is so flat and smooth the need for full suspension is lessened. Also, as we all know, it rains A LOT in the spring and I find myself riding on the road more. I figured it didn't matter if I had full suspension when I spent so much time riding on pavement. For all these reasons, I ended up buying the HT.

The result.. since buying the HT this summer I have not ridden my full suspension bike - not once.

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Re: Full suspension or hard tail
« Reply #3 on: December 12, 2010, 08:48:49 AM »
Agreed. A hardtail 29er is ideal for most trails in the area.

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Re: Full suspension or hard tail
« Reply #4 on: December 12, 2010, 09:49:18 AM »
FWIW, I picked up a HT 29er this year.  After that, my FS bike (a nicer bike on paper) rarely left the garage. 

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Re: Full suspension or hard tail
« Reply #5 on: December 12, 2010, 09:53:36 AM »
A hardtail 29er is ideal for most trails in the area.

Yes, that's basically the reason why you don't need to buy a full suspension here in Indiana.  Now if you find yourself traveling to out east a fair amount because of family or what not, you might look into a full suspension because of the east's naturally rockier, more technical trails.  Along with that, on some fs bikes, you can lock out the rear suspension when you don't need/want it, much like how you can lock out the suspension on your fork. This would basically make it kind of like a hardtail which would give you the best of both worlds.  Nonetheless unless you are looking to spend upwards of $1700+ for a good fs bike, I'd stick with the hardtail.  

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Re: Full suspension or hard tail
« Reply #6 on: December 12, 2010, 11:15:07 AM »
Are we to assume you are on step 2 of your article "Tips on Buying a Mountain Bike", from your website "Mountain Biking Tips"?

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Re: Full suspension or hard tail
« Reply #7 on: December 12, 2010, 03:37:01 PM »
The original poster was banned.  Something seems wrong with someone having a "Mountain biking tips" web link and yet asking basic questions. 

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Re: Full suspension or hard tail
« Reply #8 on: December 12, 2010, 04:01:29 PM »
I deleted the account as well so the link wouldn't show... The follow up discussion is good though.

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Re: Full suspension or hard tail
« Reply #9 on: December 13, 2010, 06:58:06 PM »
I have a HT 1X8, a HT SS and a FS 3X9.

The HT 1X8= spring riding to get in shape, BCSP, adventure racing and anyplace unfamiliar.

The HT SS= summer and fall riding, VSP, or anytime @ TRTP.

The FS 3X9 spent the summer in a friends garage. I did not miss it one bit.

I thought when I turned 43 it would be a treat but, the extra moving parts, weight, maint..........not as much fun IMO.

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Re: Full suspension or hard tail
« Reply #10 on: December 13, 2010, 09:32:43 PM »
I luuuurv the plush ride of my FS Niner, but for everyday riding and the weekly urban a hardtail 29er is fine for me.  For traveling to a ride like BCSP, I take the Niner. 

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Re: Full suspension or hard tail
« Reply #11 on: April 22, 2011, 10:51:24 AM »
Once you ride a good Full suspension it is "hard" to go back to hard tail.

But I think a single speed 29er HT would be fun some places like TRTP
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