so until now i was used to riding a full suspension X-mart bike. so Hardtail and it's limitations are new to me. so right now i've just been riding around the neighborhood to get used to my bike and and climbing. i thought that it could handle going off a curb (not jumping but lighting rolling off while standing). but when i try to absorb the shock with my legs, the back the bike still seems to take a beating.
so i was wondering, exactly how much can an xc hardtail take? i know no freeriding, but what about the in-bewteen? and how do you properly absorb shock with your legs to minimize stress on the frame?