I posted this in 'Racing' yesterday but haven't got a response yet. Thought I'd try here, too.
***Since the thread is HT vs FS relative to racing, here is something I've wondered: how much rough trail can a HT handle relative to FS? I know the HT will be harsher on the body but how about the bike?
I ride an '05 Kula with the Easton Ultralight race frame (I'm not sure if the rear triangle is the same tubing or not) and the bike is fast, light, climbs like a rocket and is a really forgiving ride (for a HT). However, when I get into some very rough sections of course that seem almost all-mountain or downhill style ('Where's the trail? Straight ahead and down this bumpy hill, apparently!') I start to wonder if a HT can typically handle it without too much stress. I'm not talking big air but more of a fast, major washboard course section with occasional small air (under 3 feet). Am I at risk of cracking or bending the chainstays or other frame sections?***