Frequent question: Are Hardtails dead?

Do people still ride hardtails?

Hardtails are largely absent from the party, though. Even XC racers (yes, those still exist) are most often riding short-travel full-suspension bikes because they’ve become so light in recent years that there’s no reason to go without some cush.

Are hardtail mountain bikes dead?

Hardtails aren’t dead. They’re just turning into a low demand bike in their higher spec guises. It is what it is.

Are hardtails still good?

Hardtails are great for goofing off, hitting jumps, riding some street trials, or just enjoying on the same trails as usual. Hardtails are a little rougher, but that just adds to the sense of speed, even if you’re not riding as fast. … Hardtails are all about fun at the end of the day, just get out there and ride!

Are hardtails making a comeback?

Hardtails are making a comeback. More trail friendly builds are finding their way into shops every year. They’re a real alternative to expensive and maintenance-intensive full suspensions, or for people who want a purer riding experience.

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.

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.

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Is XC dead?

If you are wondering whether cross country (XC) mountain bikes are dead, rest assured, they aren’t. The discipline grows more popular every day with new bikes are being churned out to meet the technical demands of new courses.

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.

Can you do jumps on a hardtail?

Hardtails are great for jumps. You can boost on the way up. They’re more sensitive to the transition when you land, though. There’s a reason that dirt jump and trials bikes are hardtails and AM and DH bikes are (mostly) full-suspension.