• 01-05-2013
    davidlax12
    How are the trails for hardtails?
    How are the trails in the Las Vegas area for hardtail bikes? If I have a budget to get a low-end full suspension or mid-line hardtail (both used), is there a clear choice based on the type of terrain that is out here (rocky?)
  • 01-05-2013
    toddmeyers
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    Hardtails? Depends on which trails you ride, your skills, how much you hate yourself etc... The majority of bikes out here are full suspensions.
  • 01-05-2013
    Bone Saw
    I would opt for a decent hardtail over a low end full suspension. There are many trails that are great for hardtails. Cottonwood has tons of fairly smooth flowy trails that don't beat you up. Heck, even Bootleg has lots of XC trails that would be just fine on a hardtil. Low end FS bikes are just plain heavy and inefficient. I'm old enough in the sport to remember when no one had a hard tail and most people (including me) even rode fully rigid bikes. Go for the hardtail and ride it lots.
  • 01-06-2013
    Redmon
    Im riding hardtail on all the trails out here. Get the better bike for now. You will notice plenty of HT bikes out on the trails.
  • 01-07-2013
    AntagonistHero
    All I ride is a hardtail and I've ridden nearly every trail in town. You don't NEED suspension for anything. There's always someone who will show up on a rigid single-speed and make everyone look like a wimp anyways.
  • 01-07-2013
    Bone Saw
    It's only really bad when a 12 year old girl on a rigid single speed passes me.
  • 01-07-2013
    knoob
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by davidlax12 View Post
    How are the trails in the Las Vegas area for hardtail bikes? If I have a budget to get a low-end full suspension or mid-line hardtail (both used), is there a clear choice based on the type of terrain that is out here (rocky?)

    Buy the bike with the better components. There's NOTHING that can't be ridden on a hardtail!

    A hardtail will teach you better bike handling,then when your ready to upgrade,you'll know what type of riding you want to do more of and what bike will suit you best.
  • 01-07-2013
    Seb89135
    I agree, hard tail with better components will keep you smiling on the trails. Once you clear a 5-7 ft jump, start looking for a full suspension! All that matters is that you have fun going down... and back UP!
  • 01-08-2013
    dorcrycrystal
    hardtail, f/s , whatever you feel comfortable with, cwood has every trail for hardtail,
  • 01-08-2013
    702xjcruiser
    I'm a hardtail xc type rider. I used to be a full suspension guy, but unless I plan on getting into downhilling and taking big hits I'll stick with the hardtails. I like the simplicity, weight, price, and direct power delivery.
  • 01-08-2013
    CalebR
    I'm having a harder time with my tires than anything closely related to suspension.
  • 03-28-2013
    lokomonkey
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    I ride this one everywhere, it has a 5in fork and 2.4 tires....lots of fun!!
  • 03-28-2013
    nvphatty
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by AntagonistHero View Post
    All I ride is a hardtail and I've ridden nearly every trail in town. You don't NEED suspension for anything.

    then why have front suss if you don't NEED it??
  • 03-29-2013
    Blade-Runner
    Those who related a hardtail with better components are correct.

    Currently I'm exploring our trails with my cross bike.....
  • 04-10-2013
    vegascruiser
    There's really nothing in Cottonwood that can't be handled with a rigid. I'm out there pretty much every weekend in the early morning on a fully rigid. 2.35 Panaracer up front and a cheapie 1.95 knobbied tire in the back. Keep pretty low inflation so it absorbs the bumps and grabs better on climbs. And of course pick your lines with care. Riding rigid, for me, is about its ability to climb and nothing else. Hard tails and FS blow me away on the downhill.