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    TAJ
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    hardtail freeride?

    How big of a drop are you willing to do on a hardtail? I ride a hardtail only because that is what I got and I got no money to buy a new bike. I went for a ride today and man I would have loved some rear suspension. Do you feel there is an advantage to having a hardtail?

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    Big advantages are

    Price
    Simplicity
    Reliable
    Climb better than almost any fully.
    Teaches you smooth lines. (which leads to the cons)

    Cons:
    It can get a bit rough at times. But having a hardtail teaches you to be smoother. It also makes you a better rider as well.

    With the price of a halfway decent AM fully, I built up this freeride/AM machine. I can climb with it too.

    Biggest drop so far has been 10'

    Unless you're doing huge hucks or DH racing, I totally dont think you need a fully.

    Check it out, Heres some inspiration to keep hardtail pride going.

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    With buttersmooth trannies you don't need rear suspension. Look at the video footage of the Crankworks slopestyle comp. Most of the guys run dirtjump hardtails and do big drops..upwards of 20 feet.




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    So in all conclusion, Stay hardtail. Go fully if you're doing heavy DH
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    2006 Jamis Komodo 3.0
    2006 Ibex Zone FR-1
    2004 Special-Ed P.2 A.1

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    6 feet to flat no prob, 10 feet to a tranny is fine too. Hardtail is whats up. FS, has it's place, but to get a FS capable over the long term is much bucks and usually you will pay the price in weight. When you're at the sessioning spot the FS freeride rigs are great, but getting there is a bee-yotch. PLus on a hardtail it is fun to rip it up on the way to the spot. I will put a pic up soon of my hardtail that I just put a 170ml Sherman on the front. I am getting another hardtail freeride frame here soon and removing the parts from my FS freeride bike to put on it.

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