Full Suspension vs. Hardtail vs. Rigid (read first post)

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Full Suspension vs. Hardtail vs. Rigid (read first post)
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Posted: Feb 14, 2020 at 9:20 Quote
Some reasons why I have gone for a hardtail.
1, I don't live in the Alps
2, I want to feel a sense of accomplishment on the bike, rather than point and squirt
3, less maintenance
4, less set up, how many people actually set u their suspension (Friday fails is full of them)
5, I like retro
6, I like climbing more than descending
7, mint sauce rode a hardtail

Posted: Feb 14, 2020 at 11:28 Quote
GravityCandy wrote:
I'm a big fan of rigid bikes.
I ride a rigid, hardtail and full sus bike and swap between them throughout the season. The rigid is a bike I have to be in the right mood for. I'll maybe ride it 5 times a year on anything from double black tech to blue flow but it's incredibly fun. It also really helps you learn how to absorb with your body and not just rely on suspension. Most of my friends who try it out can't even finish a downhill since it rattles them so much because they all started on full sus and never learned how to absorb impacts properly. I always tell them that even though the bike has no suspension, your arms and legs have more travel than a downhill bike.
Another thing with the rigid is I think it helps your cornering. Because you're getting bounced around all the time you have less traction so if you don't corner well you just bounce off the trail out of control. If I'm in the zone on the right trail with it I can pretty much keep up to my friends on it.

The full sus and hardtail are what I ride 95% of the time though. I would still say they're way more fun.

Heres my rigid ride.
That Rigid looks sick! What cassette are you running?

Posted: Feb 15, 2020 at 7:30 Quote
JacobyDH wrote:
GravityCandy wrote:
I'm a big fan of rigid bikes.
I ride a rigid, hardtail and full sus bike and swap between them throughout the season. The rigid is a bike I have to be in the right mood for. I'll maybe ride it 5 times a year on anything from double black tech to blue flow but it's incredibly fun. It also really helps you learn how to absorb with your body and not just rely on suspension. Most of my friends who try it out can't even finish a downhill since it rattles them so much because they all started on full sus and never learned how to absorb impacts properly. I always tell them that even though the bike has no suspension, your arms and legs have more travel than a downhill bike.
Another thing with the rigid is I think it helps your cornering. Because you're getting bounced around all the time you have less traction so if you don't corner well you just bounce off the trail out of control. If I'm in the zone on the right trail with it I can pretty much keep up to my friends on it.

The full sus and hardtail are what I ride 95% of the time though. I would still say they're way more fun.

Heres my rigid ride.
That Rigid looks sick! What cassette are you running?

Thanks! It’s just a cheap sunrace 10-42

Posted: Feb 15, 2020 at 12:06 Quote
Oh, it sure doesn’t look cheap though!

Posted: Feb 16, 2020 at 3:49 Quote
I can personally have more fun on a hardtail on 60% of all the trails I've ever ridden than I would on a full sus, I'll never not own one.

Posted: Feb 17, 2020 at 5:06 Quote
I have gone full circle. Working on a restomod on a 99 Bonty, will be going full rigid on that one.
And still have my Blue Pig HT and my gravel bike.
My fs bikes are now stored in a barn in different county.

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