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Nov 29, 2012 at 8:20Nov 29, 2012
The Argument For Short Travel Bikes - Opinion
Really have to thank you for this article - that's what I#m sayin'for a long time: "On a Hardtail you learn riding well, get a feeling for the terrain you're in and pick your line carefully!" I own a lot of bikes for different terrains - beneath some trackbikes and fixed roadbikes i got a Freeride Bike, a BMX for my Pumptrack, a CXFR for fun and a Hardtail MTB for some jumping, trailsurfin and whatever comes to my mind. I my area you didn't really need a DH rig for the majority of the trails - and i see a lot of youngsters wigglin' their DH rigs down the trail - not realising that a huge percentage of the run is getting done by the bike itself. So it's just like a MX as a beginner or even a horse - if you want to learn to ride it - it's really necessary to train on a bike which supports your skill level! None gets his first drive in a car on a Maserati - in driving school you'll stick with something smaller and less powerful - same goes for flightschool as someone is training on a chopper or plane. So for the start get yourself a proper Hardtail which is versatile and with time comes skills and a better knowing of what type or rider you are and what terrain or kind of riding you'll prefer. Buit most people seem to choose a "krasses" or "derbes" Bike over a clever decision to master the bike itself. Takes patience and most people didn't seem to have to confidence so start on a "low" bike.
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