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  1. #1
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    Hardtail AM/Enduro VS FS Trail Bike: Which would be better for rough riding?

    Looking to up my game from an XC hardtail to something a bit beefier, and my max price is about $1800, and the bike that fall into the upper part of that price range are:

    Marin Hawk Hill 2
    Giant Stance 2
    Gt Verb
    All 120mm front rear, 27.5x2.2
    Comencal Meta HT AM Essential
    160mm Front, 27.5x2.8

    Drivetrain isn't my biggest concern

    Which bike would be better for "getting rowdy" and soak up hits better and more comfortably. I currently ride an XC race bike so almost anything would be a better upgrade.

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    FS is going to be more comfortable in the rough. Even 100mm of rear travel is more than none! My first FS bike was a Trek Fuel (130mm, 26 wheels) and I could ride longer before getting beat up and tired from holding on for dear life.

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    Went from a FS to a hard-tail last year,,couldn't be happier,,I don't miss it as much as I thought i would,I actually think i have more fun on the HT,i went to a Comencal Meta HT AM FYI and love it

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    How well does it absorb bumps, drops, and how well does it jump?

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    Just a small advice, if you go for HT chose one with the longest geometry available.
    You need every single mm of wheelbase

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