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    Can hardtails ride AM trails?

    Can hardtails ride AM without ruining your bones?

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    Impossible - you will die and your bike will self-destruct

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    ^ What he said.

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    lol i do believe there are all sorts of HT AM bikes.

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    Re: Can hardtails ride AM trails?

    Depends, a trail with a class 3 Am certification is acceptable for hardtails with minimum t6001 al and minimum 1.3 mm wall thickness at the lower chain stay junction (this is using Imba am trail classification handbook version 3.2.1.2, not norba tsclf cert 2.6, they are a splinter group).

    However, when you get up to am trail classification 4 and 5 (again, imba 3.2.1.2 criteria only , you know, average trail feature 6.3 inches height with a frequency of 12 features per 20ft trail distance, I'm sure you've seen it), then you need a min 2mm wall thickness, which is only prevalent in a handful of production run bikes. I don't need to tell you because I'm sure you'd have found the same after a little research.

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    When you find some AM trails, let us know...
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    Do mullets mean less teeth?
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    They can. But you should first have both a will and a durable power of attorney. You should also carry contact information for your next of kin.

    It's thoughts of riding hard tails on AM trails that keeps causing lawmakers to consider laws about what kind of bikes can be used in different places. It is just irresponsible to consider it.

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    steel frame, big tubeless tires, good fork and your bones may be ok.

    theyre poking fun because AM is a type of bike not trail.
    if youre a troll, go f**k yourself.

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    You can ride whatever you want on any trail, just depends
    on your testicle fortitude. Used to be you bought a bike and rode it, didn't
    have all these classifications. Just use your head and don't get stupid.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigfruits View Post
    steel frame, big tubeless tires, good fork and your bones may be ok.

    theyre poking fun because AM is a type of bike not trail.
    if youre a troll, go f**k yourself.
    I'm not a troll. I am a noob

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    Quote Originally Posted by charging_rhinos View Post
    Do mullets mean less teeth?
    There is a correlation, but science has yet to prove a causative link between mullets and both toothlessness and halitosis.

    There is a proven inverse correlation between number of hard tails owned and time to fix a pinch flat though.

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    As long as you carry a gun
    To put yourself out of horrible misery when your bike explodes ripping your legs off miles from nowhere

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    It's not about the bike. For proof, take a look at this video:

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    The unfortunate truth is, if you ride an AM trail with a hardtail, it can no longer be classified an AM trail and is reclassified a sissy xc trail... PLEASE don't ride one with a ht and destroy any more AM trails! there are so few as it is!

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    I would think the rock piles on downhill burst would be a freaking nightmare, but your legs are your main suspension!

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    Okay I understand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WarBoom View Post
    As long as you carry a gun
    To put yourself out of horrible misery when your bike explodes ripping your legs off miles from nowhere
    "Miles from nowhere" does that mean somewhere???
    And by the way real men ride hardtails...

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    Only if you wake up early.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WillT19 View Post
    "Miles from nowhere" does that mean somewhere???
    And by the way real men ride hardtails...
    Miles from nowhere is a somewhere right next to nowhere it's also under the up there and nearer than that over there

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    Quote Originally Posted by MountainBiker8 View Post
    Can hardtails ride AM without ruining your bones?
    It really depends on your bones, not the bike. I used to ride Downieville on my steel HT and had a blast. Now I have lower back and herniated disk issues and I have to use my 6 inch squishy bike for everything. Using the HT is no longer an option for me (except to run some errands on paved roads), but if my spine was still OK, I sure would be still riding it. That being said, IMHO a squishy bike does give you more margin for error (which over time may get neutralized by the fact that you tend to go much faster on a squishy bike for the same kind of trail, thus erasing the margin of error advantage...LoL).

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    Quote Originally Posted by fizzywater View Post
    It really depends on your bones, not the bike. I used to ride Downieville on my steel HT and had a blast. Now I have lower back and herniated disk issues and I have to use my 6 inch squishy bike for everything. Using the HT is no longer an option for me (except to run some errands on paved roads), but if my spine was still OK, I sure would be still riding it. That being said, IMHO a squishy bike does give you more margin for error (which over time may get neutralized by the fact that you tend to go much faster on a squishy bike for the same kind of trail, thus erasing the margin of error advantage...LoL).
    That makes sense. Thank you.

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