I was reading the 'Gearhead' section in Bike Mag March issue titled 'Professional Therapy'. They asked pros from different disciplines of mountain biking various questions including the subject of this thread and what was your first bike. Some answers to these questions stuck out at me from reading recent threads in this NG. - What is your one piece of must-have equipment? A full suspension bike. I hardly ever choose a hardtail over full suspension. I allows you to use less energy while riding faster over rough terrain. - Ned Overend XC racer. What do a lot of freeriders have on their bikes that they don't need? I think people have too much travel; [they should] learn technique before they ride [full suspension]. [If you] learn to ride on a hardtail first, you have to become efficient and smooth. Transferring skills from a hardtail to [full suspension] makes you a better rider. - Wade Simmons freerider Discuss and have a fine weekend, I'm going skiing in Utah. Mike - I'd be a bike frame, it makes the most difference in a bike.