Time for a change.
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: 6 miles inland from the coast of Sussex, in the South East of England
Bikes: Dale MT2000. Bianchi FS920 Kona Explosif. Giant TCR C. Boreas Ignis. Pinarello Fp Uno.
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Originally Posted by CranxOC
So because you're comfortable you shouldn't consider changing over to something better?
To the question regarding how to turn the FS rig: you just have to ride the bike and learn how she works. It may take you a couple of trips out because you're so used to another type of bike but, once you get used to it, you'll realize how the FS bike gives you confidence to take on technical sections faster and smoother than you ever would have considered doing on a HT.
Is it something better? I ride hardtails- mainly because I can't afford the few FS suspension bikes that work for me, but Hardtails do have advantages over FS bikes, and FS does have advantages over HT. Not tried many FS bikes, but so far, the only ones that work as well as my HT, are not within my price range. The ones I can afford are, heavy, have too low a spec parts fitted, or basically are not a good bike. Now if I can get a Whyte46 for less than £2000 then I may be interested.
Regard to the Technical sections, It depends on your skill, Knowledge and capabilities. Take it you mean downhill, and I don't find that I am slower on any technical downhill than my riding mates. I will forgo the Full downhill speed thing for the ease of technical uphill sections on the XC rides that I do.
The only reason I would change to FS is if it works for me and is better than my HT,and I could afford it. So far those things together have not occured.