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    Would a hard-tail be ok for these trails.

    I am going to get a new bike, and I am wondering if, dollars for donuts, a hard-tail will be good. Being 45 y/o, I am in good shape but I am not interested in anything too crazy. For me it's mostly about cardio endurance and nature. 95% of the trails I ride are Mr Toads in, Deer Dancer, Triple Barrel, and Sycamore.
    Thanks for the advise.

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    I ride a rigid SS on those trails like those all the time. HT would be fine. Plus, you'll get a little more efficient acceleration away from the apex predators.
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    Everyone one has different preferences. I ride those very same trails. HT's are just fine for some. With as many good FS bikes, I prefer the more controlled ride (and perhaps a bit easier on the backside).

    As far as getting away from the APEX predators..... hmmmm. The one we are most concerned with is on a low center of gravity 4 wheel drive fully suspended lightweight and balanced frame..... we don't stand a chance if they want to "race"

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    Quote Originally Posted by CEB View Post
    As far as getting away from the APEX predators..... hmmmm. The one we are most concerned with is on a low center of gravity 4 wheel drive fully suspended lightweight and balanced frame..... we don't stand a chance if they want to "race"
    Well, true to a point. You're really not racing them, but someone who hopefully gets off the start line a little slower than you.
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    Race was used tongue in cheek........ it's the race for survival! Ride on and look around often!

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    Long as it's a 29er you'll be fine.

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    A hardtail will work well out there. I actually prefer my hardtail to my FS (both 26" wheels) on those trails -- it climbs more efficiently and the descents aren't so rough that not having rear suspension slows you down much. YMMV.

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    as long as you don't have a bad back you'll be fine out there with a hardtail

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    ^ I only have a bad back when i ride those trails with a hardtail. =P
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    Thanks all!

    Are there some trails in SD county where you would stay away from a HT?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mantrain View Post
    Thanks all!

    Are there some trails in SD county where you would stay away from a HT?
    Numerous paved roads within city limits, for starters. Potholes are horrendous.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mantrain View Post
    I am going to get a new bike, and I am wondering if, dollars for donuts, a hard-tail will be good. Being 45 y/o, I am in good shape but I am not interested in anything too crazy. For me it's mostly about cardio endurance and nature. 95% of the trails I ride are Mr Toads in, Deer Dancer, Triple Barrel, and Sycamore.
    Thanks for the advise.
    I've ridden all of those trails in my hardtail without issues. Give it a go!

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    It's simply personal preference.

    For some, I think, there's a bit of crazy factored into the decision.



    Them's 24" wheels as well. I wonder if unicycling suffers from the wheel size debate? Suspension? Kinda makes rigid SSers look like, well, weak...

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    Absolutely !! anything out there can be riidden on a hardtail..I rode one for years. Roy still rides one every week out there
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