Mountain Biking - Anyone gone back to Hardtail after FS?
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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.
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