Pinkbike Poll: Do you ride a hardtail anymore?



When was your last semi-rigid ride? I’m talking about a real ride, no laps around the pump track or across a dirt jump line, a proper off-road excursion done without the bump-erasing comfort of a rear suspension at all. For many riders, that last hardtail tear can be hard to hold back. After all, there are full suspension bikes that are more affordable than ever, including options for the little ones. This means that we are entering an era where there are riders who have never pedaled a hardtail. at all, passing directly from a scooter to a small, fully suspended machine.

My first six years of mountain biking were spent on a hardtail, first with cantilever brakes, then with V-brakes, but I’m not the type to wander around clenching my fist to the sky and mumbling how “kids these days have it easy.” On the contrary, I think it’s good that the learning curve isn’t so steep and that advancements in technology have made mountain biking a lot easier to ride. appreciate for beginners.

There have been several articles on hardcore hardtails posted over the past few months, and the comments tend to be split between interested runners and disdainful runners. Being an avid hardtail enthusiast is the equivalent of being a telemark skier – actively choosing to make an activity more difficult is not something everyone will understand. After all, who in their own right would buy skis with an unlocked heel, or a steel hardtail that costs the same as a full suspension carbon fiber bike?

RIBs aren’t for everyone, and that’s part of their appeal. It’s easy to question their usefulness other than a cheap entry into the sport, but I’m glad the hardtail scene continues to exist. I can appreciate the simplicity and added challenge of a hardtail, although more often than not I will go with a full suspension bike if the choice allows. I also recently traded my ski lifts for an alpine touring setup, so there is a possibility that I will get slack …


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