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harahapcyntia21harahapcyntia21 Posts: 2
edited June 2014 in MTB beginners
So I have been looking for a MTB. I'm interested in hardtail bikes, since they are usually lighter and faster. When I look at full suspension bikes, they seem to be able to sustain more extreme riding. My question is, how much more can a full suspension sustain than a hardtail bike? is it worth it to go for the more expensive full suspension? track.gifwould I have to worry about the bike jumping off a rock riding a hardtail? thanks in advance!

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  • jimothy78jimothy78 Posts: 1,407
    All depends on what your idea of "extreme" is, and how biga rock you're picturing yourself jumping off, but in reality, I think it's unlikely that as a beginner you're going to be taking on anything that a good hardtail can't handle. I ride a hardtail, and I'm a bit of a wimp, but I can still comfortably handle all of the "red" graded trails at Bikepark Wales, for instance.

    You get more for your money with a hardtail - you can get a really good hardtail for £1000, but for the same money any full-suspension bike is going to have real compromises in the spec sheet somewhere. If you're thinking of spending double that or more, then it opens up a whole world of good full-sussers, too.
  • Pretty much what jimothy said.

    A full-sus can go some way to hiding a poor choice of line down a trail by absorbing the bouncing that you may get at the back end.
    Riding the same trail on my hardtail is harder work than on the full-sus in current conditions (wet, thick mud, lots of tree roots) - I can roll over more stuff that I would normally run around.
    But once it dries out, I reckon that my hardtail will be faster but will be liable to rattle me about on the ruts that have formed this winter.
    Ultimately both bikes will work - but different bikes will make certain conditions easier. Most importantly, both are fun to use.
    I would rather have a well specced hardtail, than a poorly specced full-sus.

    Just make sure that you buy a well-specced bike that feels good to ride.
    2007 Felt Q720 (the ratbike)
    2012 Cube Ltd SL (the hardtail XC 26er)
    2014 Lapierre Zesty TR 329 (the full-sus 29er)
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