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No doubt I absolutely love my Fuego. But recently have been riding my custom built Ahrens Apex HT and absolutely enjoying it! Just curious if you guys on FS bikes still ride hardtails to mix it up a bit? If so, which one?
 

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Not very often!

They opened a new trail in the north Atlanta area in late March. It is in pretty open country without the roots and such that most of our trails are blessed with. It is just smooth singletrack, so I decided to take my Kona Caldera out there a few weeks ago. I forget how fast you can ascend with HTs, but the overall loss of comfort wasn't worth it to me. Especially noticeable on trails with small bumps when you can't just sit and hammer as comfortably as you can on a FS bike. I'll take a little time hit for the comfort any day!
 

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The Yeti still comes out to play!

sc_slite said:
No doubt I absolutely love my Fuego. But recently have been riding my custom built Ahrens Apex HT and absolutely enjoying it! Just curious if you guys on FS bikes still ride hardtails to mix it up a bit? If so, which one?
I still ride my hardtail. The x-5 is an awesome bike, but I still have a love for my hardtail. You have to pay attention to your line and get out of the saddle for the bumps, but the stiff response of a good hardtail is a fine thing. I love both bikes and wouldnt get rid of either. I've seen a lot of people say that once you get a FS bike you will never ride your HT again, but I will keep and ride them both. Mashing the pedals on a hardtail and feeling that instant acceleration is something I will always enjoy.
 

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sc_slite said:
No doubt I absolutely love my Fuego. But recently have been riding my custom built Ahrens Apex HT and absolutely enjoying it! Just curious if you guys on FS bikes still ride hardtails to mix it up a bit? If so, which one?
Yeap, I just picked up my first FS last year (El Chamuco). I also have a rigid singlespeed that I ride a great deal of the time. FS is good, but I am still not completely sold on it yet. I like to feel the trail under me, and with FS, it feels like I am on a hovercraft floating through the woods. However, depending on the terrain, my Chamuco can be balls to the walls fun! FS definitely has its place in mountain biking, but I will always keep a hardtail around as well.
 

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nice to mix it up

After riding nothing but FS for a few years, I recently bought a rigid SS and have really enjoyed getting back to a hardtail. So far I've been splitting ride time about 50/50 between the Salty and the SS.
 

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I still have my old C-Dale sitting around that I used to ride as a HT, now it's currently rigid.

My next bike will most likely be an El Chiquillo. I need to sell off the C-Dale and my road bike that is collecting dust.

The trail LoneStar mentioned along with Big Creek are perfectly suited for a hardtail.

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sc_slite said:
No doubt I absolutely love my Fuego. But recently have been riding my custom built Ahrens Apex HT and absolutely enjoying it! Just curious if you guys on FS bikes still ride hardtails to mix it up a bit? If so, which one?
Refuse to let go of my Interloc. Just something right about a good steel hardtail.

One can never have to many bikes.

JmZ
 

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Yeap, I just picked up my first FS last year (El Chamuco). I also have a rigid singlespeed that I ride a great deal of the time. FS is good, but I am still not completely sold on it yet. I like to feel the trail under me, and with FS, it feels like I am on a hovercraft floating through the woods. However, depending on the terrain, my Chamuco can be balls to the walls fun! FS definitely has its place in mountain biking, but I will always keep a hardtail around as well.
Me too.

I have a fully rigid single speed and a new single speed on the way, but with a front fork. I just sold my virtually new Rocky Mountain FS race-bike to fund the new hardtail single speed but will NEVER sell the Ventana. I love the X-5! Having said that, I now ride the fully rigid Surly more than the Ventana :confused: and am sure when Larry gets me the new single speed, the Ventana will see even less time on the trail. Nevertheless, for the times when i will be wanting a sweet FS ride, there is none I would rather have.

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Me too.

I have a fully rigid single speed and a new single speed on the way, but with a front fork. I just sold my virtually new Rocky Mountain FS race-bike to fund the new hardtail single speed but will NEVER sell the Ventana. I love the X-5! Having said that, I now ride the fully rigid Surly more than the Ventana :confused: and am sure when Larry gets me the new single speed, the Ventana will see even less time on the trail. Nevertheless, for the times when i will be wanting a sweet FS ride, there is none I would rather have.

cheers
Yes, yes indeed. When is your PissOff going to be done anyway? I have a Phil wheelset in the queue with Larry and I was hoping to make it to the shop to see the "SS Masterpiece" he is building for you before it ships. You are going to love that bike!
 

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Yes, yes indeed. When is your PissOff going to be done anyway? I have a Phil wheelset in the queue with Larry and I was hoping to make it to the shop to see the "SS Masterpiece" he is building for you before it ships. You are going to love that bike!
Actually, I only wish it was the PissOff. I went with the Phil Wood SS which is the steel version that Sycip makes with Phil Wood.

What are the specs on the complete wheelset build? Are you also getting Phil Wood disc SS hubs or going cassette hub?
 

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Nah, after I got the X my other bikes were no longer any fun to ride. The Bonti went first, and after more than a year of hanging, so too did the Surly. Of course it was a recent touch of UGI that help push the latter out the door.
 

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Actually, I only wish it was the PissOff. I went with the Phil Wood SS which is the steel version that Sycip makes with Phil Wood.

What are the specs on the complete wheelset build? Are you also getting Phil Wood disc SS hubs or going cassette hub?
Oops, my mistake. Your still getting one sweet bike though!

The wheelset I ordered is made up of 700c DT Swiss rims laced to Phil SS fixed/free rear hub and QR front hub. Wheels are for a CX bike build.
 

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Oh Yes

My Bianchi single speed sees plenty of action. My Pantera goes about 70% of the time but I love the SASS!!

Russ
 

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Hard Tail Pride

My La Bruja is my newest and first choice out of my quiver for now, but I have 2 hardtails in the rotation.

My daily commuter (NYC) Raleigh M80 w/ White Brothers SC90 fork, XT Disc/Rhyno Lites etc...

My Voodoo Bakka is a monster steel GS/Jumper...2000 Z1 CR 130 mm w/Blackspire arch, XT Disc/D321 downhill rims with Maxxis 2.5 " High Rollers, Rockshox Suspension seatpost, Avid Mech Discs. This bike crushes everything.

Hard Tails Rule.

CR
 

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Still riding that steel 853 Kona Hot hard tail and what a sweet ride it is. Climbs like a mountain goat on steroids. I also put in about 1 ride a week on my Kona King Kanhuna Ti hardtail which I converted to an SS. This is fun too but it is a lot of work and you have to be in the mood for it. The 125 mm of plush Talus up front smooths things out pretty nice. Finally, if you consider road bikes, I do my commuting to work a couple three days a week on my road machine.
 

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Of course!

I have 5 vintage Miyata rigid MTB hardtails (inc. 2 sweet new-old-stock frames as yet unbuilt), A Kona Jake the Snake cyclocross bike, a '98 KHS Team steel hardtail w/ 80 mm Marz fork (really my main off road squeeze), one Surly Instigator hardtail w/ 130 mm Marz., a new Litech magnesium rigid hardtail bike that's 99% completed and a Schwinn roadbike, and a coupla beaters along with my beloved Pantera. Each has its own personality, purpose and enjoyable reasons to ride it.

The 2004 Pantera is actually my first full suspension bike ever!
 

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Bought the frame to build up as a back up bike, but I like the ride except at the 2 hour mark. I stll love the look of a hardtail. Still have my old cromo Hardrocker which I am thinking of having repainted and converted into a SS. Also considering the purchase of a rigid SS Karate Monkey. Or a custom steel frame. But then I ride my X5 and I am rid of UGI for another day. But then again I have had the X5 only for about a month.
 
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