For those riding obstacle-strewn singletrack on a hardtail, may I ask for your impressions re: if/when you decided to upgrade to a full sus rig. Most of the singletrack I ride is quite nasty, rock and root strewn, very windy with steep and quick ascents/descents, at the end of which descents often lie massive root groupings jutting several inches out of the ground...then time to turn on a dime etc.
I ride a 2006 Iron Horse Warrior Comp (no snickering pls) on these trails and have adapted/learned to live with the hardtail bounce. I have tamed the bike, essentially, but there are times when I'm in the thick of the nastiness, having committed, when things feel a bit sketchy and I long for more control in the rear.
The Warrior is my only bike. I use it to commute to work everyday, 7-mile round trip, so this is another issue/factor potentially influencing my decision on a full sus rig (e.g. preserve the commuter, get a new bike for the heavy stuff only)
Some of you may have seen my recent posts on the Santa Cruz Heckler vs. Cannondale Gemini, now you have the backstory, FWIW. All of this, of course, feeds into my elaborate plan to get a new bike -- a plan which necessarily must clear the General's desk before it can become reality. But...my concerns are genuine.