they are different, just that. Some people like one over the other...some like both...I like both. I do have to relearn to ride the other after riding the err...other.
I switched to full suss in 2005 and loved it, you could sit though bumps, especially on climbs with the rear wheel tracking the bumps gaining traction. I felt like a change at the end of 2012 which coincided with my mate starting to make steel frames, so I got a steel hard tail...and loved it...spiced up riding again, had a new challenge, it is a slack head angle with 150mm fork, love that you can feel the trail texture though the rear wheel.
Soon will be switching back to full suss again hopefully, with another frame that my mate is hopefully going to produce.
You just need to try it, give it time to adjust to the style and see if you like it. Don't make a snap judgment on the first ride....it is different.
I love hardtails, but full suspension bikes are smoother and it is easier to go faster on technical trails with a FS rather than a hardtail.
It is all down to preference in this matter, and for once I don't have a preference in this matter. I would have one of each.
I started out on a hard tail, and then went full suspension and I thought it was the best thing since sliced bread... until I bought a carbon hard tail. Now I have a really hard time riding my full suspension and have realized that my technical skills are wayyyyy better on the hard tail. I think a lot of it is the weight difference between the two bikes (20 vs 26-ish lbs), the full suspension just feels so sluggish. Still keeping my full suspension, however... I know the minute I sell it I'm going to have a purpose for it!
I have one of each. Rode both yesterday with this very question in mind. Rode the hardtail first and the FS second. I can honestly say I very much prefer the FS for how it rides, pedals, and overall function of the bike. Of course it is an almost 3X price so I assume it might have a just a little to do with it.
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