Mountain Biking - are hardtail free-ride bikes good for trails?
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im new to mountain bikes (i have been riding road bikes for the past 3 years).
so far i have been looking at bikes like the giant stp zero and some norco hardtails.
are hardtail bikes like these good for trails? i see these bikes ridden ridden on the street or being dirt jumped a lot. i have a lot of bmx friends so it will get some use that way but i would also like to trail ride.
thanks for the help and sorry for the ignorance =)
05-23-08, 08:26 PM
Yes. They will work on trails but they are slack and heavy and probably don't climb great compared to your roadie.
I LOVE my 07 STP 2.
I have a Manik with a Pike that is a lot of fun as a trail bike.
05-23-08, 08:37 PM
Never is there any bike you don't have?:D
I only have four bikes that I ride plus another three in the garage so I would guess there may be one or two models I don't have.
05-23-08, 09:24 PM
They will work but would not be anyones choice frame, if you are looking for XC riding (this can depend on the trails around your house, i wanted to DH but had no choice due to trails and am now a XC) then i would go with a XC hardtail frame but if you're looking for "hardtail DHing" than it will do.
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