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    Hard tail and Full Suspension........Soft tail?

    So I get the HT and the FS, but soft tail? Is it just for people that can't decide and want to split the difference? Are they easy to find or very niche? Is there a type of riding they accel at? To be a soft tail does it need to have a spring and damper, just a spring, just a damper? Is it just a hard tail with a ton of flex or is there an actual suspension in the rear? Is there an accepted design for a standard soft tail or is it a very loose definition?

    I know a lot of questions, but...I guess I just like to learn. Thanks guys!
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    Soft Tail usually means...

    A bike where the rear swingarm flexes without an axle....Usually found on a Ti frame.

    They often have a shock and sometimes linkages...

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    fully rigid or rigid = no suspension
    HT or hard tail = rigid rear, suspension front
    FS or full suspension = suspension front and rear

    Soft tail just means it has some sorta suspension to make the rear softer over bumps. So when it comes to bikes if it has rear suspension it's pretty safe to say it is a FS. At least that's what I think.
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    So is a soft tail something that people just kind of ignore? Does it have it's place? It seems like it might be a good compromise between the two extremes. Do you end up a best of both worlds or worst of both worlds?
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    Quote Originally Posted by kwikshift View Post
    So is a soft tail something that people just kind of ignore? Does it have it's place? It seems like it might be a good compromise between the two extremes. Do you end up a best of both worlds or worst of both worlds?
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    I think they have up to 4 inch rear travel on some soft tails....

    They have their place.

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