Should my first mountain bike be a hardtail?
Choose hardtail or full-suss
The rear shock, bearings, linkage and extra manufacturing complication of full suspension all cost money. Consequently, you’re likely to get a better parts spec on a hardtail over a full-suss bike at the same price. You’ll have less maintenance and fewer things to go wrong, too.
Can you ride trails on a hardtail?
Yes, you can definitely ride trails on a hardtail and it will help you get lots of technical skills that a full suspension bike wouldn’t give you, unless you jumped class (enduro) on a trail bike. Plus, it will be way more comfortable riding in the city.
Why are Hardtails better?
It will make you smoother – If you don’t learn how to float your bike over roots and rocks, a hardtail will either bounce you off the trail or rattle your teeth out. … Also, due to the lack of rear suspension, bunnyhops are quicker, it’s easier to pick up the front wheel, and the bike is generally lighter and nimbler.
How bad is riding a hardtail?
The only really bad thing about a hardtail, which is not unsafe, is it will beat you to death. You better have a strong back and some good kidneys for a long ride.
Can a hardtail do everything?
No problem, hardtails are typically more efficient than full suspension bikes and have plenty of room for frame bags. Some slight tweaks are usually all it takes to transform your hardtail into whatever it needs to be. You can ride a good hardtail anywhere and everywhere!
Can you jump a 29er hardtail?
Yes, you can jump ANY bike as long as you don’t land it too hard.
Can you ride a hardtail at Whistler?
I’ve been riding my FR hardtail at whistler for the last two years and it’s been fine. I’ve ridden all the black diamond trails, and a few of the double d’s, but that’s were it gets sketchy on a hardtail.
Is 100mm travel enough on a 29er hardtail?
A 100mm full suspension 29er is going to be able to shred anything you can throw at it for a long time. That’s a good amount of travel to start with, and on a 29er it’s going to feel like even more while staying efficient. The epic has a really well balanced geometry as well.
Is a mountain bike good for street riding?
Mountain bikes are good for urban riding as long as you’re riding a hardtail. They are perfectly capable of commuting your city fast and efficient, but make sure you secure your bike to prevent it from being stolen.