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Old 11-13-08, 11:23 PM
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This or That! NEED HELP!!

ok so the past 2 months ive been riding every weekend but i have been using my friends bike which is a hardtail so i went to the nearest cycle shop and put a specialized on lay-a-way for about 650.00, now my question is if im starting to become a pretty hardcore rider should i just keep saving for a full suspension or is the hardtail alright for now?
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Old 11-13-08, 11:24 PM
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What kind of riding
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Old 11-14-08, 06:10 AM
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I think learning on a hard tail is the way to go you pick up alot of skills you don' pick pew if you go FS right form the get go.

Also to get a comparable FS bike you need to spend about double what you;d spend for a hard tail with the same component spec
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Old 11-14-08, 06:55 AM
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Originally Posted by Smallguy View Post
I think learning on a hard tail is the way to go you pick up alot of skills you don' pick pew if you go FS right form the get go.

Also to get a comparable FS bike you need to spend about double what you;d spend for a hard tail with the same component spec
Not this hsit again.
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Old 11-14-08, 07:26 AM
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Its all riding style, are you XCing? sticking with a hardtail would be ideal (since you already bought one).

Going all mountain? consider FS but not neccesary.

If you are DHing, FS might be a good idea eventually, but keep riding the hardtail for a while.
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Old 11-14-08, 09:48 AM
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"im starting to become a pretty hardcore rider"

Please define your meaning of "hardcore" (to everyone who may read)...
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Old 11-14-08, 10:47 AM
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What kind of trails will you be riding? I started on a hardtail but if I had to do it over again I'd buy a full suspension bike. I ride XC and find that I can do it much better (I did NOT say easier) on a full suspension bike than I ever could on my old hardtail.

Depending on the type of riding you're doing, suspension benefits you in different ways. Going full gonzo on the super secret, tell you where it is but I'd have to kill you DH run then you want a bike with lots of travel to absorb the hits. Riding some technical singletrack that takes you up climbs with rocks, roots, twists and turns you'll want a moderate amount of travel and good adjustability to help keep your tires planted under you.

Tell us what kind of riding you'll be doing. That will help you get more informative feedback.

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Old 11-14-08, 10:49 AM
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That sounds alot more assuring than this

It's your call, if you make that move to a full suspension bike, you may find that it's just not for you. Same can be said though down the road with a hardtail.
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For XC, anything that is done on a FS can be done on a hardtail... even for the 'hardcore'. It really depends on how long it takes you to save for FS. If I had to wait a year + for a FS, then I'd get the cheaper hardtail. I'm an impatient *******.
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Old 11-14-08, 12:20 PM
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I'm a hardcore breaker of crap. I went from a FS back to the HT...because I'm cool like that.
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Old 11-14-08, 12:43 PM
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Take it from this gnarhack, go with that. It is much better than this. Period.
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Take it from this gnarhack. . . . .


THAT deserves its own logo:

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Originally Posted by dminor View Post


THAT deserves its own logo:

That is freakin awesome!!!!!!!!!!
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Thank you, dminor. Looks like I have a new profile picture.
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