I love hardtails besause they’s so simple there’s no power loss, everything’s fast and responsive and they don’t let you get away with anything, so they force you to learn good technique. You have to learn to ride properly on a hardtail, and you can take those skills to full suspension, but it doesn’t work the other way round. Because there’s no safety net of suspension you must be smooth and know how to find grip something that most of the downhill racers in the Uncle Bully n Gang have learnt. If you can ride a hardtail fast, you can ride anything fast. The hardtail is the starting point for every rider, but it’s also the best bike anyone could own. 8in travel bikes can only be ridden in certain places, whereas hardtails do the lot, up,down, along and off.
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