Talk me into buying a FS, not a hardtail (Motobecane Fly)
I'm about to buy a mountain bike. I used to ride an intro-level 30lbs Gary Fisher bike which was eventually stolen =(, and since then I've been a road cyclist.
Am going to get back into mtn biking. I love climbing, but don't enjoy descents too much - I'm not a particularly strong downhiller, but I can keep up with all but the racers on hairy descents. Amongst nonracers, I'm considered a good climber (I train with competitive road cyclists.)
I was going to buy a light hardtail like the Motobecane Fly, but after hearing folks swear by their FS bikes, I'm wondering if I should go that route.
THe one time I rode a FS, it was pretty sweet, but again, I'm not a ferocious (and will never be) downhill rider. No big drops for me, but somewhat challenging singletrack will be expected.
What do you think I should go for - FS (to climb FAST) or hardtail?