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Full Suspension vs. Hardtail ?

Old 01-04-21, 11:44 AM
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Full Suspension vs. Hardtail ?


I am a novice when it comes to bikes.

I was considering purchasing this bike (my budget is not huge):

ST 540 S Bike from Decathlon in the UK (£499.99).

But I am unsure if I should get this full suspension model or a hardtail.

Most of my riding will be on pathways (70% of the time). I may also go for some rides in the forest (30% of the time).

Any thoughts on best bike suited to my needs? Is it a mountain bike or something else perhaps? If mountain, full suspension or hardtail?

Thanks for any advice.

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Old 01-04-21, 02:53 PM
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I would not get a FS for that usage. I might not even get a MTB. Unless you intend to hit roots and rocks HARD, consider a rigid fork hybrid.

Whenever you’re on a budget, look for a bike with as few extras as possible. The fewer features to spend money on, the more money there is for each feature you actually get.
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I second. My bike is an old Trek mountain bike with no suspension at all and I have no problem taking it through a forest path. I feel as though the rigidness allows me to feel the path better. As to pathways, the knobby tires of a mountain bike will probably not allow you to sustain higher speeds for anything other than short burst. If speed and flexibility are your priorities, go the the hybrid way. If you don't care for speed so much but rather have better traction in the dirt, go the MTB way.
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