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There is no difference.

No need to say fully rigid.
A bike with a suspension fork is called a hardtail.
A bike with a shock* is called a full suspension bike, unless someone is dumb enough to put a rigid fork on a FS frame.

Nobody would do that, so let's not even go there.
But if they did it'd be called a hard front.
Yeah, that's why you've never heard of one.
Nobody's that dumb.

Let's review:
[] Rigid
[] Hardtail
[] Full suspension

"Fully rigid" is redundant.
Whew... thanks for tuning in.
Needed to get that off my chest.
Another beer, please. {burp}

--sParty

*Coming up in lesson #2: the difference between a suspension fork and a shock.
Hint: there IS a difference this time.
 

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don't forget the soft tails..

and what category would the rigid bikes with suspension stem and seatpost fall??
 

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There is no difference.

No need to say fully rigid.
A bike with a suspension fork is called a hardtail.
A bike with a shock* is called a full suspension bike, unless someone is dumb enough to put a rigid fork on a FS frame.

Nobody would do that, so let's not even go there.
But if they did it'd be called a hard front.
Yeah, that's why you've never heard of one.
Nobody's that dumb.

Let's review:
[] Rigid
[] Hardtail
[] Full suspension

"Fully rigid" is redundant.
Whew... thanks for tuning in.
Needed to get that off my chest.
Another beer, please. {burp}

--sParty

*Coming up in lesson #2: the difference between a suspension fork and a shock.
Hint: there IS a difference this time.
:thumbsup:
Redundant and repetitive. A fully rigid unsuspended two wheel pedal bicycle.

Though there were many suspension frames with rigid forks in the '80s and early '90s. First the small builders then Offroad (Girvin/aproFlex/K2) sold them as did Cannondale.
 

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how about

rigid fork + rigid frame + suspension seat??
No change in terminology -- the labels above apply.
"Suspension" stems, seatposts & saddles are called "comfort accessories."
A "softtail" is a full suspension bike, just one without much travel.

Next question.

{burp}

--sParty
 

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Well then, by Sparti's logic, we need to change full suspension and FS to just suspension and S because we all know that a front suspension only is a hard tail or HT. For that matter, we could just call it a tail or T since we would know a tail has front suspension and a rigid doesn't. vrrrrrrrrrt.

I tried to rep Sparti for this but I'm currently locked out until I spread some love to others first.
 

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Fully rigid only apply if your bike doesn't use rubber/air pressure tire or your knee and elbow doesn't have hinge*.

*(CMIIW because I use google translate)
 

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This reminds me of a bike ride.

Most of my bikes are fully rigid until I go for a rigid rear and a front shock during the summers.

This thread reminds me of the threads started (mostly by me) for people to use the search function and read the FAQ. Nice to read and all, but won't change a damned thing.

I also have sMarty pounding Ninkasi Total Domination. I'm on my third Hop Czar (Bridgeport).
 

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<snip>
A bike with a shock* is called a full suspension bike, unless someone is dumb enough to put a rigid fork on a FS frame.

Nobody would do that, so let's not even go there.
But if they did it'd be called a hard front.
<snip>.
wth is a hardfront...? a bike with a shock and a rigid fork should be called a hardhead. :D
 
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