Hard Tail

Discussion in 'Mountain Bikes' started by ridinslow, Jan 27, 2006.

  1. factory61

    factory61 New Member

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    I just did a back to back test as well and the FS won the battle. It's 6 lbs heavier than my HT and on the rougher climbs I was actually quicker on the FS. The HT was quicker on the smoother climbs and my HR was just a little lower on the HT. Maybe I'm not quite good enough to get the full benefit from the HT. I definitely felt fresher coming off of the FS.


    Actually just got back from the LBS looking at the new light weight FS bikes out there. Hopefully there will be a new addition to the garage soon!
     


  2. j.r.hawkins

    j.r.hawkins New Member

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    +1 :)
     
  3. tt1106

    tt1106 New Member

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    I ride a Diamondback WCF.2. It is somewhere around 10 years old. It still rides great!
    Although I predominantly ride on the road.
     
  4. Eggyolkeo

    Eggyolkeo New Member

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    I'm riding a 17yo hardtail with cro-mo forks. My wrists take a BEATING on rough downhill sections though. Now I'm torn between fitting suspension forks to it, or just buying a new hartail.

    For my budget, any dually would be crap. Would rather a half decent hardtail.
     
  5. woodchuck

    woodchuck New Member

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    You bring up and interesting question. I have been racing a FS Specialized Epic (26 lbs) the last 3 years. I am building up a HT for use on some courses next year. The HT should be a hair over 22 lbs when it is complete (is about 23.3 lbs right now but am changing the wheelset soon). What courses do you think would be a target for the FS and what for the HT. I am thinking that hilly courses are good for the HT and flat bumpy courses for the FS. I train mostly on the FS because my 40 year old back requires it.

    Thoughts?
     
  6. Nubes

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    I only ride hardtails(well Im going to build a Turner this winter) I raced my hardtail all summer, its hard for me to sacrifice the weight savings I get from riding a hardtail...I'm currently riding an S-WORKS M5, Easton flat bar, Chris king HS, Thomson stem and seat post, with Crossmax wheels and all XTR group, she weighs 22lbs.
     
  7. 3rensho

    3rensho New Member

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    Just built up a GT Zaskar re-issue. I was riding a Santa Cruz Bullit and an old Stumpjumper hardtail.
    Having ridden both FS and HT I still prefer my HT bikes. But I started out on a GT Avalanche back in the early 90's so it is probably more of what I am used to than anything else.

    Everybody has their own style (both technical an aesthetic) and when it comes to stuff like this it is more of preference than anything else I find. Just ride what you enjoy and don't worry about anyone elses ride.
     
  8. K50

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    You're absolutely right. The hillier the course, the more advantage the hardtail has. If it's a course with very little climbing, but lots of bumps over rocks or roots, why bother with a hardtail? The FS will soak all that up allowing you to maintain power and a smooth cadence. Hardtails are the king of the mountain for climbing.

    So yeah, for the hardtail, use it to its full advantage on courses with lots of climbing.
    For the FS bike, use it on flatter courses or courses that are compiled of mostly rough sections.
     
  9. velo711

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    Yeah, I ride a 99 Rocky Mountain Oxygen Race, it has 5,600km and is still sweet.
     
  10. Vanden

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    I ride a Gary Fisher Marlin. This thing is a beast. I need a big bike and sure as hell fits. Everyone else that rides it has to be at least six feet tall or they have major problems.
     
  11. pqken

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    I ride a Trek 5800 hardtail. If this gets trashed I'd buy another... Getting close to 10,000 klicks on it and still going strong. My legs are a higher tech version of any rear suspension with a lot less maintenance.
     
  12. threaded

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    Most of the MTB racers out here in Denmark are using hardtails. There again, it ain't exactly mountainous...
     
  13. Meek One

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    I still have my stupid light Caad 3 Cannondale F2000 with full 8-speed XTR. :cool:
     
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