Mountain Biking - Anyone gone back to Hardtail after FS?
Bikeforums.net is a forum about nothing but bikes. Our community can help you find information about hard-to-find and localized information like bicycle tours, specialties like where in your area to have your recumbent bike serviced, or what are the best bicycle tires and seats for the activities you use your bike for.
04-12-06, 10:01 AM
Has anyone returned to a hardtail after owning a quality FS bike? If yes, was it just a question of Fun?
I return all the time.
For me it is a question of right tool for the job. I own many bikes and each is fun to ride.
04-12-06, 10:38 AM
I ride my FS, I ride my hardtail. I'm just as fast on either. It's not a question of fun, it's just two "styles" of accomplishing the same thing.
04-12-06, 11:47 AM
I use to own a FS, still in the shed thinking of it, but i never use it and just got my new bike today which is hardtail so yes, i go back.
yes....it feels like a ship on a FS and much more solid on a hardtaill....the feel is much better
04-12-06, 02:06 PM
I sold my FS and got a HT two years ago. After 4 seasons riding FS, I lost all skill. I didn't pick lines, I didn't have to work to get over crap on the trail, etc. The first season back on a HT was humbling. I had to work hard to maintain traction, I had to actually think about where I was pointing the bike - it was so much more fun! It sounds weird, but I got more connected to the ride than on FS. I don't think I'll go back to FS anytime soon. If I ever break my current frame, I'll get something custom done in Ti or Carbon. In fact, I'm going to see if I can ride my usual trails on a rigid single-speed.
04-12-06, 02:14 PM
I couldn't live without both. Given my terrain and my skills (not that great) I think both are needed.
04-12-06, 03:44 PM
I switched for about 9 miles when my shock seals let go. I "locked-out" and rode hardtail. It was certainly more stimulating in the rear. Other than that, I didn't notice all that much difference. My Stumpjumper FSR will out-handle my old hardtail even in FS, so it probaly matters what specific bikes one is comparing. I put new seals in and i'm back to FS; it's the way to go for me.
I can lock out my fork too, and---- I can hit myself over the head with a hammer.
Powered by vBulletin® Version 4.1.12 Copyright © 2014 vBulletin Solutions, Inc. All rights reserved.