Frick Park, Pittsburgh: Hardtail or FS?
I'm going to be moving to Pittsburgh from Chicago in August. It just so happens I'm going to be living two blocks from Frick Park, so it's time I finally got a mountain bike (currently a cat 3 road racer). My question: for the terrain in Frick Park, should I be looking at hardtails or full suspension bikes? I'd like to race eventually, and I know hardtails are generally preferred by XC racers because of their weight. But then again, I've heard that Frick has some pretty serious downhill sections, and I also have a history of lower back problems. Any thoughts? What do you ride in Frick?
I would go with the full suspension...because Frick is fairly rough. I don't think ive seen too many hardtails there, either. Same goes for Hartwood Acres as well. Good luck!