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  • Male - hardtail

    39 43.33%
  • Male -full suspension

    55 61.11%
  • Female - hardtail

    3 3.33%
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    Who rides full and who rides half suspension in TX?

    Looking to get an idea of who does what. I've been in the market for another FS bike...but for my wife. As I have been searching for deals, I've had some shops tell me women specific is the way to go, and that FS is also the way to go if she's going to get serious about off-road riding or if the hardtail is simply too hard for her on the trails.

    I've also had other shops tell me that FS is unnecessary in any part of Texas--and that if someone wanted a more comfortable ride that they should just look into customizing the hard trail to make it more women friendly (i.g. suspension posts, gearing, tire pressure, etc).

    So I'm looking to get an idea of who rides what here in Texas...from the riders themselves. I made it multiple choice for those that do more than one type.
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    I ride a 29er hardtail in the Austin area (rocks and more rocks) with no issues. I wouldn't mind having a full suspension as well though.

    I'm on my phone so I can't see a poll.

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    Depends on what kind of trails you're riding on but ultimately I think it comes down to personal preference. I ride around Fort Worth/Arlington and I've ridden some out in Austin as well, and a hardtail with a good shock and decent travel will do just fine on a good number of trails IMO. I'm a heavier rider so my XC bike with only 100mm of travel was too harsh for me so I went full suspension with a beefier frame.

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    Indeed. I'd really like to see more of what women are riding as well. I like to vary up my ride with fast flowing corners as well as doing some downhill's and minor drops. What are the women doing around Texas?

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    Re: Who rides full and who rides half suspension in TX?

    I ride a SS hardtail and 100mm FS in the Austin area. Wife rides a 100mm FS. We both run 120mm forks on our FS bikes. Helps with cushion on some of the rougher trails like CP and GB.

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    If you want a more comfortable ride and IMO enjoyable ride then go FS. I used to ride a hardtail and I never looked back once I got my first FS. You don't have to ride all mountain to enjoy a FS, on trails in TX there are roots, bumps and all sort of obstacles worth enjoying a FS. Your back will take more of a beating on hardtail but hey everyone has different preferences.

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    I agree with the above post. But I think the real question here is can the same comfort be achieved using a suspension seat post that would be provided by a FS bike.

    You've got some people saying one thing and some people saying another according to the OP. I love my FS, but when you sit on a hard tail you can feel the weight difference for sure. Pedal bobbing is no longer an issue either on a hardtail. On the flip side...FS just makes you faster over much of the trail.

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    Why not just rent one of each and let her ride them on the same trail and let her decide what she likes. Also, if she has never really ridden all that much in the past shes not going to know what shes missing in a FS.

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    Where's the option for rigid?
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    I have both a full suspension Epic Marathon and a hardtail Alma. Love both and just basically pick and chose depending on the trails.
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    It wasn't a choice option for me and to be honest, I didn't think anyone did any trail or AM riding on a rigid.

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    Half suspension:
    Who rides full and who rides half suspension in TX?-690172d1334805565-show-me-pictures-your-29er-lefty-fork-non-cannondale-frame-429.jpg

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    What's important to you...(or your wife)? Some people that work at bike shops will tell you a tire larger than 2.1 is too much for these parts. Or that full squish is the only way to go... My wife and I are in our 40's and we both ride full suspension on mostly rocky trails. I went to a 29er because I liked the fit better as I'm a taller bastid!

    I agree with the above posters, find a shop that rents bikes and try out a few, then let her make an educated decision for herself!

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    Misleading question; _dw link is 1/2 suspension (or less) since it doesn't work when you pedal.

    Anyway, slow, stubborn, luddites shun suspension in TX, and elsewhere.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CBRsteve View Post
    I have both a full suspension Epic Marathon and a hardtail Alma. Love both and just basically pick and chose depending on the trails.
    Ditto: I've got a S-Works Epic & Stumpjumper and my wife has a S-Works Epic & Moots RSL and I'd say that 75% of the time we are on the Epic's and the other we are on the hardtails.

    I had been riding for 8 years before I got my first "full suspension" bike a Titus Racer X back when Titus was still a quality bike.

    With the Epic and it's brain technology it's difficult to find any excuses on why a hardtail would be a better option on any trail in Texas.

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    Forgot to mention, Houston must be excluded as anything with air in the the tires works fine there.
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    rigid in Austin is rough! I have done it, but I am really staring to appreciate my new suspension fork. Walnut Creek on rigid is ok, Barton Creek is not so fun.

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    I'm currently riding a FS, but am dying for a carbon HT.

    My wife, when she seldomly rides, rides a women specific HT.
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    Im on a FS downhill rig. 200+mm.

    Overkill, but whatever. It's like a race car on the street - too much. hah.
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    Re: Who rides full and who rides half suspension in TX?

    I ride half suspension. Usually the left half; I ride the right half, half as much as it deserves; I should reconsider riding the whole half more often. Of course, this information is useless as I'm not in Texas.

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    I normally ride a hardtail in Austin. I rented a fs this past week and took 20 minutes off my normal 2 1/2 hour time at my local trail. It's pretty technical and I found myself bombing over sections where I would normally pick around rocks and slowly roll over. In the FS (which was also a wheel size larger than I normally ride) I just pointed in the direction I wanted to go and pedaled harder. SO much smoother and comfortable than my hardtail. Heavier in climbs, but I'll gladly exchange that for the boost in confidence it gave me.

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    I can ride hardtail and rigid, but prefer full suspension for austin. I'm older now and prefer to be able to do something after I get done riding.
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    That's my main motivation for going full squishy. Physical preservation and comfort. I'm in my early 40s and work in an industry where I need to be on my feet and moving quickly at all times. I can take the technical stuff on a hardtail or rigid, I just choose not to.

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    After riding a FS for 2 1/2 years I will never go back to a HT. It's like trading in your 4 wheel independent suspension for 2 solid axles on your car.

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    Who rides full and who rides half suspension in TX?

    I'm in Dallas and road a hardtail for 2.5 years before switching to FS. Will never go back. Lap times were so much better and body feels half as fatigued.
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    I rode my Trek Fuel Ex8 for a few seasons up here in the DFW area and bought a carbon Specialized Hard Tail..I pretty much stopped riding the FS rig and ride the HT 90 percent of the time now..

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    Who rides full and who rides half suspension in TX?

    Full suspension all the way. I ride in the DFW area. I also travel often and wanted to have FS to ride different terrain. It fit my budget to by 1 bike vs 2.


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    Quote Originally Posted by ramslam View Post
    Why not just rent one of each and let her ride them on the same trail and let her decide what she likes. Also, if she has never really ridden all that much in the past shes not going to know what shes missing in a FS.
    Perfect solution. Let her demo. The more choice she has in it the more invested she'll feel in actually riding with you lol

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    With full you can get twice as much riding in without getting beat up so badly.
    Keep trying to do the awesomest thing you've ever done.

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    Saves your back and helps in too many ways to list if you have any sort of technical riding.

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    Who rides full and who rides half suspension in TX?

    I ride fully rigid in DFW, but I've never tried any suspension.

    Sansom was the only trail that made question my decisions hah.

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    Just switched to FS. I still have my hardtail, but I doubt I'll ever ride it again.

    All these people telling me about how precise the hardtail is and so on and so on; and I suppose that is true, but FS is just soooo comfy; and doesn't rattle the fillings out of my teeth. knees, back, everything feels better.

    they come with "lockouts" now so that you can just flip a little switch and it's like riding a hardtail whenever you want (like for riding up long hills or whatever).

    Also the suspension geometry has improved a lot, so it doesn't feel like riding a pogo stick anymore (like 10 years ago or whatever).

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    I'm on a SS hardtail with front suspension. I gotta have a little squish...just a little. I think I enjoy the pain, makes me remember I'm alive.
    I'm having more FUN than anybody!

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    I'm in Austin and ride a hard tail with a 120mm fork, but would prefer FS for around here. I started riding in Florida (Tallahassee, most trails are similar to Walnut Creek), and never felt the need for full suspension there, but the rocks in the hill country are a different story. We rode about 10 miles of the backcountry in Government Canyon one day, and I had to ice my knees so I could fall asleep that night. Rocks are brutal.

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    Here in SA I ride FS most of the time. My HT is becoming my commuter bike.
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    People ride hard tails still?

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    Some people still ride rigid, no suspension. Hardtail 29er here from an old FS 26 with coil over. I think a 27.5 FS will be in my future.

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    Re: Who rides full and who rides half suspension in TX?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dirt n Dust View Post
    Some people still ride rigid, no suspension. Hardtail 29er here from an old FS 26 with coil over. I think a 27.5 FS will be in my future.
    I was just giving y'all crap... I enjoy my full suspension entirely too much to even think about a rigid bike.

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    Not in TX but I do live in the mountains of NC with highly technical, rocky, rooty and steep trails.

    That being said I love my full suspension bike....I also love my hard tail single speed bike.

    I have also seen guys and girls both ride any combination of wheel size, suspension (including full rigid), and gearing. Yes, I know a girl who rides a full rigid SS and she could probably kick half the guys asses on it.

    Women specific geometry works great for some women but not all. She doesn't need full suspension but she might want it. Point is, it is a personal preference. See what your wife likes and have her test ride the bikes. Buy her what she doesn't want and she may not ride. Go over the pros and cons of both. If she is doing more gravel and smooth hard pack, she might want the hard tail for efficiency. If you are riding a lot of rocks and roots, then she may enjoy the comfort of a hard tail.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jakerfreese View Post
    I was just giving y'all crap... I enjoy my full suspension entirely too much to even think about a rigid bike.
    No worries. I actually know someone who rides the trails in Austin on a 90s rigid. No thanks, I did that when I was a lot younger.

    I actually ride both FS and HT. I love how well my 29er HT handles terrain and downhill but the 26 FS is so easy on corners and climbs. This is why people have multiple bikes.

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    Dallas area here and I love my Giant Anthem FS. Most of the trails I ride can be done with full rigid but I like the comfort.

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    I just got a carbon Superfly FS after coming off a 26 HT. I ride around Austin (Reveille Peak) and I love the FS. I race so I couldn't really get any more travel but the 4 inches is plenty. The only time I rode BCGB was on a rigid (my hardtail with a broken fork) and it beat me up. IMO, a short travel FS is almost a efficient on smooth trails as a hardtail, especially if it has a platform dampener like CTD.

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    I'm a woman. I brought my full suspension bike here to Austin from Colorado. So far, I think the FS is even more useful here than it was there. I have never appreciated it more than those first few rides on the Barton Creek Greenbelt after the flooding last fall--all those tree roots and loose rocks.

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