Post by travellingtales on Sept 11, 2007 8:08:00 GMT 8
there's the question of 'learning curve' too... some people say that while you're learning, HT is the best because you'll learn how to balance and manage your bike over rough terrain faster. also, your body will adapt to higher pain tolerances, which will ultimately make you a stronger rider - providing you don't injure yourself
the argument follows that FS bikes provide too much rider support for just the weekend warrior or short-trail rider. FS riders will always rely on the bike managing the terrain (tracking etc.) and providing cushion for your arse...
however, i'm riding an NRS lately - my first FS bike ;D i've been riding HT for four years prior. FS has given me much more confidence to ride through the rough stuff really fast, and tackle downhill more aggressively so, for everything but commuting and short races, i'm sticking with FS!
I do mt. biking since 1992 with muddy fox mega seeker that time. base from my long time experience w/ this hobby of ours i would suggest better go for F/S by now. Better buy the cheaper first for you to experience and compare the ride. you can call it a demo bike coz later on if you appreciate the then upgrade.just buy the frame then transfer the components from your H/T to F/s frame.Try to learn to do maintenance on your bike by your own or even assemble it by your own its very easy to do because its your hobby just observe those bike mechanic what they do. Be the cowboy who knows how to take care of his horse.
This thread is interesting, but for my own opinion it depends on your preference, i use to ride a FS and HT way back then and its suits me either of the two and now im going back to this old hobby of mine i prefer HT coz i will use more on streets and on roads... hehehehe and from the previous replies if you have the dough buy both and enjoy them... just my 2 cents! cheers!
Post by Jan Atienza on Oct 30, 2007 15:31:57 GMT 8
Hardtails for me, the symmetry of lines just appeals to me (form over function, nuts no?). Had an Anthem once, sold it after 2 months yata. The only FS I intend to get is the Rocky Mountain Element..onobtrusive shock and cleans lines but no one has imported them yet.
I have both but cannot really compare. Of course I will not use my Hardtail in Rocky Muddy Roads, ( mild maybe ) but not that kinda moontype trails. My hardtail is for Commuting, City Riding, of course in climbing from Southwoods to Tagaytay and Mild Rough terrain only.
...and I will use my FS in the Trails ...I will not use my FS if our ride is a Long and Winding Road drama....
For me i Feel the same on my butt, hardtail or FS, its just that FS sinks a little but I feel the same on the saddle. FS cannot serve the comfort of the motorbike because motorbike has wider saddles. To find comfort maybe, look for a wider saddle, like the old classic leather saddles.
I don't need expensive parts, I need tough/reliable parts!!!
If you can afford it , get a hardtail and a full suspension frame. If you are worried about the hard ride a hardtail bike produces I suggest you try a 29er hardtail. The added 3 inches of wheel on a 29er gives extra cushioning thus releiving your arse of the pain normally experienced on 26 bikes. Niner, Voodo are great hardtail 29ers. Fuji 29er is also very good with a price tag of only 30k for a whole bike tricked out with Sram X5, truvativ and wtb parts.
If you watched MTBiking Racing on the Cable ( S-Sports, Balls etc ) most of the riders are using hardtails, so HT for Racing is their choice ( not all but most? )
The reason for this is because most XC races are less than 2 hours long. The Hardtail gives the rider every advantage in terms of transfering power fro the crank to the rear wheel. Also since cross country races involve climbs the HT is a light enough bike to give the rider an advantage over heavier bikes.
If you watch endurance, Super D races you will notice that the same pros who ride HT on XC races will opt for FS bikes (with lockout) because the suspension keeps them fresh and rested over long hours on the saddle.