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Benefits to Full Suspension vs Hardtail

Old 06-24-12, 11:16 AM
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Benefits to Full Suspension vs Hardtail

I am thinking of making my next Mt bike, full suspension. Right ride hard tail.

I do all my mt bike rides as X country.

just recently did an endurance mtb event of 100 miles. Which was ridden lots on trails.

Now i found that my lower back was in horrible pain the whole time on the trail, that were notoriously bumpy. I saw that the other rider with their full suspension seem to ride those bumpy back breaking trail way more smoothly with the full suspension.

Now I ask would i find many benefits to a full suspension?

Would that rear suspension help to take off some of the pressure off my back when riding such bumpy trails.?

i will admit i do keep my tires at high PsI as i hit getting flats.

I like to hear all your suggestions? and advice on this
before i go out and spend $3000 or more on a full suspension?
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Old 06-24-12, 12:22 PM
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you don't bounce around with a full suspension bike, your wheels stay on the ground, so you climb better, track better, and are in more control. also you have more confidence and if you take a bad line you usually just keep rolling along. you have waaaay more room for error, it's much more forgiving. today's full suspension are more efficient, most have eliminated pedal bob, so while it will never be as stiff as a hardtail on a climb, it's close to stiff, and whatever you lose in "efficiency" you make up for in ease of climbing.
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Old 06-24-12, 01:43 PM
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Different tools for different jobs, pablosnazzy has covered a lot, with a HT, the suspension is in your legs, get out of the saddle in rough stuff! a FS bike can be a skills compensator, as noted, it allows you to get away with more, for somthings like riding roots it great.

For your tires, what is high PSI, if much over 40 it's probably too much? have you looked at tubeless as an alternative as you can run lower pressure without/ lower the risk of pinch flats or different tires.
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