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Hard-Tail vs Full Suspension Newbie Situation

Old 08-12-17, 07:02 PM
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Hard-Tail vs Full Suspension Newbie Situation

This is my first year out mountain biking and I love it! I bought a Trek X-Caliber 9 because I ride on flat trails for cardio as well as mountain biking. This is my first ever bike with any type of suspension and I I spent the little extra money for an air fork in the front. So far I love it! It's quick on the trails, and suits me well enough for the flat trails to trails I do too. However, I feel I am always taking my bike in for a tune up as I beat it up on the trails. Nothing has ever broken on me (and it's been through a lot so far), but everything seems to need readjusting after every aggressive trail ride I do to make it feel perfect again. I also feel I am not confident yet in riding some more difficult trails and would like to move up to a full suspension bike. I would like to know if I should keep riding my 29er hard-tail and just keep practicing with it, or buy a used full suspension next year. Also to note, the tires on my bike are starting to get worn from riding all the time and I have flat pedals that I sometimes slip off of on jumps. I don't have a huge budget and would also eventually like to go clip-less and have the full suspension bike on plus sized tires. Can anyone recommend their thoughts to a newbie and/ or have a full suspension bike they are looking to sell in the near future? Thanks!
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If you're going to do real mountain biking, you are going to break stuff. You should really consider learning to do basic tuning and repairs yourself.
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Can I ask how old you are?
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What are you constantly needing to have fixed/adjusted?
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A few thoughts:

1. Learn to do your adjustments yourself. It will save you a lot of time and money, plus you'll be more aware about how your bike works.
2. Many say that a hardtail will make you learn how to become a better technical rider - a full suspension bike can mask flaws that you might have. That said, when I had a FS bike, I was able to ride areas that were too tough for me on a HT.
3. I found the FS bike to need more attention than the HT, and that makes sense since it had a lot more moving parts to adjust and tweak. There are trade-offs - you have a smoother ride with the FS, but it likely will need a fair bit more attention and tuning.

Presently, I have a HT 29er that I'm pretty happy with. I guess I'd recommend sticking with the HT and really learn how to handle that baby. Save your $$ for the FS bike and get a good one when you can. By then, you'll likely have the skills to really enjoy the FS bike.
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Really depends on your riding. I have a Giant Trance 27.5. I am sure the bike is capable of way more than I throw at it. I like the suspension except when climbing but that more of a technique thing. The suspension has saved me more than once.
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