I've been riding a Hardtail for about 6 or 7 years and feel like I handle it prety well for cross-country. Lately I've been considering going FS. My LBS loaned me a Giant Trance 1 to try on some local trails. I could easily tell that I'm faster on the smooth trail or road climbs with my HT but the suspension helps a lot with the rocky climbs and obviously the downhill stuff.
The biggest issue I had with the bike was tight turns. Getting my weight forward in a flat turn was a little wierd and on downhills it was downright hard to do. The bike is way heavier in the back then I'm used to and I often would lose control in these turns. It always felt like the front tire was floating and wouldn't get a grip thus my turns tended to be wide.
So is it me or the bike or a little of both? Any ideas?