Hard to say - kind of got forced into the hardtail arena, after some 15 plus years, when I sold my Sugar last fall and had to fall back onto my "play bike". I had built up a GF Ferrous as a fully rigid 1x8, goofed off on it intermittently and then got "jackhammered" on it while trying to keep up with the boys. The next morning it got upgraded with a Reba and a triple Then after finally going with the Jet I got caught up in the delays and then ... well you know the story. Anyway, after over a half a year on the hardtail, intermixed with the four rides on the Jet and a ski season I have a whole new appreciation of "steel is real". With that being said I miss the extra traction that the full suspension gives, my arms don't "talk" to me after a ride, and jumps aren't quite so scary - on the other hand my line choice has improved (sometimes, my "lightweight" wheelset has taken some hits) ,the steel really is real, and the jumps are scarier. . Now all I really need is to ditch the EBB and go with a real dedicated geared custom steel steed. Anybody, anyone, Bueller.:thumbsup:
I guess where you live has a lot to do with what you ride. Or, if you race or just ride xc. Here in Colorado, I ride single track and jeep roads at altitude, so fully geared suspended is the only practical way to go. Have yet to see someone on these trails with a rigid SS. Wouldn't that be cool to see!
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