Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Mountain Biking
Reload this Page >

switch from hard tail to full suspension. Is it time?

Notices
Mountain Biking Mountain biking is one of the fastest growing sports in the world. Check out this forum to discuss the latest tips, tricks, gear and equipment in the world of mountain biking.

switch from hard tail to full suspension. Is it time?

Old 03-14-11, 03:19 PM
  #26  
Pint-Sized Gnar Shredder
 
Zephyr11's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Somewhere between heaven and hell
Posts: 3,549

Bikes: '09 Jamis Komodo, '09 Mirraco Blend One, '08 Cervelo P2C, '08 Specialized Ruby Elite, '07 Yeti AS-R SL, '07 DMR Drone

Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by Rob P.
For smooth fireroads, the FS is overkill most of the time. On rolling hills/descents you will be locking/unlocking the suspension a lot so your fingers will also get a workout. On the plus side this means you will KNOW where the controls are even in pitch darkness. On the minus side you will get sick of doing this so much you will leave the suspension locked out even on the downhills most of the time.
I don't lock out my bike. Ever. You really don't lose that much power.
Zephyr11 is offline  
Old 03-14-11, 07:59 PM
  #27  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Posts: 317
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by dminor
It's posts like this that keep these kinds of threads entertaining.
I realize some folks don't mind spending every free dime they have (and then some) on bicycles. But for those of an economical mindset, hard tails are a better deal. Friend of mine blew out his rear shock and that was $300 he didn't have to get it fixed. But hey, maybe you're rich.
BlueRaleigh is offline  
Old 03-14-11, 08:28 PM
  #28  
Custom User
 
never's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: T0L0K0
Posts: 3,739
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Who brought up "economical mindset"? The OP is looking at spending between $2000-2500.
never is offline  
Old 03-14-11, 08:44 PM
  #29  
Redheaded Stepchild
 
samburger's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: GA, USA
Posts: 1,912

Bikes: A fat tire & a skinny tire & two others I loaned out

Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
Originally Posted by BlueRaleigh
I realize some folks don't mind spending every free dime they have (and then some) on bicycles. But for those of an economical mindset, hard tails are a better deal. Friend of mine blew out his rear shock and that was $300 he didn't have to get it fixed. But hey, maybe you're rich.
Dude, I work at a chain drug store making just above minimum wage at less than full time hours with no benefits. You don't have to be rich to afford a decent FS bike, you just have to be passionate enough about the sport to sacrifice beer money for bike money, & either save it or build as you can afford parts. Think of all the things you own that you could survive without & then tell me you can't afford a $1200 custom build. You're on a MOUNTAIN BIKING forum. Most people here are incredibly passionate about the sport, & it seems you are not. That's fine, but don't pull the 'you're a rich *****' card just because we like biking more than you.
samburger is offline  
Old 03-14-11, 09:03 PM
  #30  
Reppin' the hacks
 
crazyotte's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: North Alabama, or Auburn
Posts: 325

Bikes: '07 Diamondback Respones XE-based frankenbike (since deceased). '92 Schwinn Hurricane. '97 Trek 800.

Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
^+1. Another 19 yr old college student, splitting paychecks between groceries and bike parts.
crazyotte is offline  
Old 03-15-11, 11:23 PM
  #31  
Senior Member
 
Dilberto's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Posts: 969
Liked 19 Times in 9 Posts
...what Samburger said. Word.
Dilberto is offline  
Old 03-16-11, 12:07 AM
  #32  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: las cruces, NM
Posts: 131

Bikes: 07 Quintana Roo Lucero Lite 99 Bianchi B.A.S.S. 05 BPStealth 09 Giant Trance X2-with a few upgrades 09 Republic Fixed gear 89 Specialized S-works 08 Giant Anthem Advanced(carbon frame) 07 Titus RacerX Carbon

Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
x1000 on what Samburger said.

I am a college student (turning 21 soon) and these are the bikes I brought with me to college. I make $8.25 an hour at a call center working 30 hour weeks and traveling ALOT, plus I have a jeep addiction so that is where alot of money goes too.

I support myself completely and yet I can still enjoy the sport. Doesnt sound like your heart is in it fully, the more you race too the cheaper it gets. I have alot of part and fuel sponsors just because I am ambitious. I am not a Cat 1 rider by any means (altho I have cat 1 equivalent bikes) but I am always competing and in good spirits and companies look at that. I do everything TT, tri, road, xc, am, SS, and cyclo cross. Just a matter of setting your heart to it.



as it is for maintenance I can go to our on campus bike shop and do my own free of charge (even tho I have all the tools here at home).







you dont have to be on the podium every race to get a sponsor to help out either. Hell I always do one of the local bi-monthly rides and am at the local races, I am known for just being there and having fun, I had our LBS come up and ask me what I do to order parts I stated I normally go through Trisports.com, but for anything I cant get thru them I shop around. We got to talking and now I am on our LBS "supported members" list so I get things at cost from him.... Just gotta get in the mind set.

Also(not to derail the thread to much) but if you get a little backing from a LBS and then start asking for "help" in trade for advertisement alot of companies will go for it. Rudy Project is one company that I have a deal with. i get 1 "credit" a year just as long as I run their glass, helmets and put them on my Jersey's whenever I can. Easy and simple, I hold up my end and I get my "credit"






Attached Images
File Type: jpg
0315112359.jpg (91.3 KB, 57 views)

Last edited by 96_xj; 03-16-11 at 12:26 AM.
96_xj is offline  
Old 03-16-11, 09:54 AM
  #33  
Te mortuo heres tibi sim?
 
scrublover's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: East coast
Posts: 3,486

Bikes: hardtail, squishy, fixed roadie, fixed crosser

Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by BlueRaleigh
I realize some folks don't mind spending every free dime they have (and then some) on bicycles. But for those of an economical mindset, hard tails are a better deal. Friend of mine blew out his rear shock and that was $300 he didn't have to get it fixed. But hey, maybe you're rich.
Yeah...you don't have to be rich. You make priorities. I drive a small, cheap, used (and paid off) car. It will get driven until it dies. I live in a smaller, less expensive house than I "could" be in. We cook a lot at home vs. going out or eating pre-made crap. We don't pay for cable. Save. I use cheap cranks and some other parts, to stick the money into other parts instead. I ride to work most of the time, and run errands bike bike quite a bit. Hell, I do most of our grocery shopping and coupon clip and hit sales like mad. Do as much of our home work and repair on my own. Do my own bike wrenching.

All of that means I have several pretty nice rides.

And your implication that all shocks will blow up because your buddy had one blow up is just dumb. Sorry, but it is. Dude, he could buy a new shock for $300. $300 to have it repaired? If it wasn't under warranty, and he paid $300 for a basic shock repair, he's an idiot.
scrublover is offline  
Old 03-17-11, 06:48 PM
  #34  
Reppin' the hacks
 
crazyotte's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: North Alabama, or Auburn
Posts: 325

Bikes: '07 Diamondback Respones XE-based frankenbike (since deceased). '92 Schwinn Hurricane. '97 Trek 800.

Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
After riding my "dream on a budget" HT for the past few months, by a twist of fate I hit the trail on a loaner Stumpy FSR comp 29er. And I shall say, YES, it is time to switch.
crazyotte is offline  
Old 03-18-11, 06:42 AM
  #35  
Single-serving poster
 
electrik's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Toronto, Canada
Posts: 5,098
Likes: 0
Liked 2 Times in 2 Posts
It's true FS bikes are a bit more maintenance, but $150 to repair a damaged shock is usually the limit, you also have bearings to replace but that depends on your local soil conditions mostly... some guys have to rotate once a season others never. Aside from the rear shock and bearings, it's probably worth it... be careful whose frame you buy also, big S doesn't warranty and part of the rear triangle so if you're the type to break stuff...
electrik is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
Bravin Neff
Hybrid Bicycles
57
08-23-23 05:39 PM
worldtraveller
Mountain Biking
2
06-24-12 01:43 PM
pablosnazzy
Mountain Biking
26
04-18-12 09:59 AM
formicaman
Mountain Biking
52
11-07-11 01:22 PM
gargant
Mountain Biking
12
05-21-11 10:55 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Your Privacy Choices -

Copyright © 2024 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.