What it is? I'm very new to the doings of rock eating. Me and the SO are going on a 5 day trip to Hot Springs, Arkansas to do some dirt chirping. I had an '03 Marin Bolinas Ridge; she had a walmart special steel tank. I fixed that. She now has an '04 Haro V3 and I purchased an '04 Marin Nail Trail. I see so many peeps with dual suspension bikes, I'm curious to know why. I've always felt more in control of my bike with the hardtail. I almost feel like a moron for purchasing the hardtail, though, but I know I shouldn't. I wanted the hardtail. I could've bought a thousand dollar dual suspension and then upgraded from there, but I wanted the top of the line Marin Hardtail Alloy. I'm not looking to take nasty 8 foot drops; maybe an occasional 3 or 4 footer. I am pretty confident that the bike can handle it, too. At least, I hope so. I've had no problems so far. I've hit curbs hard enough with the rear wheel to knock me into a different gear, but no damage. I need opinions.