Video: Hardtail Hooning in South West England

Mar 18, 2020 at 4:08
by joey millward  
Views: 8,260    Faves: 28    Comments: 8


When the race bikes gets packed away and the hardtails come out you know the winter has come. With the help from four of the best hardtail pinners in the south west, we decided to create a tribute video to showcase just how fun hardtails are.

Mike Smith: "To be fair I’ve always ridden hardtails and don’t know any different, but I love how they can turn even a fairly chilled trail into a intense ride and I don’t want to give that up".

Tom Dunn: "I love my hardtail it can make even the tamest of trails exciting or make the most demanding trail even more gnarly. Every time I ride it I smile. It gets wild so easily but and the same time is so Capable of handling anything u throw at it".

Linford Mill:"[I like Hardtails] because they are cheap to maintain they look better and more fun to ride".

James Farrow: "[I like hardtails because] they’re more fun, and give you a much better experience of how trails are meant to feel without that skill compensator helping your back wheel. Nothing beats the feeling of showing someone up on there £7k carbon 6”-7” “trail” bike".




31 Comments

  • 11 0
 Everyone should have one! Better riding techniques learned, ride the trail nor plow over everything, get a set of wheels built to max plus size capability and you have a winter snow whip. I don't recommend for enduro races... never knew charlie horsed muscles could get that bad!
  • 10 0
 I love the responsiveness of the hardtail.
  • 8 0
 Love a good HT, but the recovery time after a hard ride is brutal compared to my FS.
  • 5 0
 Most people I know or have met who ride an fs do so for comfort. Not perfomance, not speed, not smiles, but comfort. Nothing wrong with this for me, but it's not on the top of the marketing blurb very often. I ride steel hardtails for comfort, tune the spoke tension in the back wheel for a more forgiving nature, wide volumey tyres and it's a whole lot better than an alu bike with skinny tyres and stiff wheels.
  • 2 0
 @Braindrain: yes it's surprising how comfortable they can be. I also ride a steel frame and have used the spoke tension trick. Just bought a Cushcore for the rear now though but yet to test it on anything rocky.
  • 1 0
 @Braindrain: I need to find out more about turning with spike tensions.
  • 2 0
 @tremeer023: Cushcore makes all the difference in rocky terrain. I'm running them in both tyres on my Chromag Rootdown. Well worth the added rotational mass.
  • 7 0
 Fackin ell, boy Dru got onto pinkbike. well done lad. i'm taking that as a win for the O.G CFR crew
  • 6 0
 Winter bike? No sir - all year 'round bike. HT by choice, HT for life.
  • 6 0
 Hardtail rules
  • 2 0
 Whoa, Spengle wheels spotted in the wild (green bike). I had Spinergy Rev X Roks back on my Klein Attitude in 1995. I gotta say, I think they look cool (Spinergy and Spengle).
  • 1 0
 90% of my riding time is spent on a steel hardail and I love it so much although in rough / extremely rocky and rooty terrains I must admit that a FS is faster and more forgiving. It`s good to have both actually Smile
  • 3 0
 James? I don't know about that, he looks like a Dru to me.
  • 2 0
 Love my steel honzo, cushcore, 2.5 tires and composite pedals. All the fun, half the sting.
  • 3 0
 A HT bike is ALWAYS fun To ride .. not a FS
  • 2 0
 nice vid, whereabouts are these trails?
  • 5 0
 Kernow
  • 3 1
 @flidhips: Looks like Grog
  • 2 0
 Oof, water bottle wheels rearing their head
  • 2 0
 I can't ride my HT these days... Frown
  • 4 2
 Ditch the skill compensator on the front wheel too then. Smile
  • 2 0
 My knees ached just watching that...
  • 2 0
 My hardtail got stolen 3 months ago and I'm crying watching this video Frown
  • 2 0
 I had a Transition trans am with a fox 36. It was destroyed on a warehouse fire. Miss it a lot!!!
  • 2 0
 There wasn't enough hooning
  • 2 0
 Go Dru!
  • 1 0
 I love my Gary Fisher Mullet...it`s a funny war tank!!
  • 1 0
 Just bought a brand new Trek Roscoe 7, this is really inspiring!
  • 2 1
 *their
  • 1 0
 All about fun
  • 1 0
 I should buy a hardtail

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