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    full suspension vs hardtrail 29inches

    I would like to buy a mtb but i am not sure witch one is better. I live in south florida and I am new to mountain bikes

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    How many mountains are in South Florida?

    Unless you plan to pack your bike for all mountain riding...or ride over potholes and rocks with regularity...I don't see the appeal of a FS bike for your needs.

    Save some cash by getting a HT.

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    hardtrail 26inches or hardtrail 29 inches

    good question ... there are not mountains in south florida... ok now another question... hardtrail 26inches or hardtrail 29 inches

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    It's hardTAIL...referring to a rigid rear.

    Wheelsize is personal preference. Do a search for the pluses and minuses. I ride a 29er, but don't want to bias you one way or another.

    29ers tend to cost a little more compared to similar spec'd 26" ones. They also are a bit heavier and roll up a little slower. Some say, bigger wheels can be also a touch more challenging to negotiate tight turns. Most of this will likely be inconsequential in 99% of the riding you will likely do.

    The biggest advantage to a 29er is attack angle on the front tire. You can (generally) roll over larger obstacles easier (smoother) with a bigger wheel. You can also tend to run a lower pressure on a 29er tire due to the higher air volume it has. This can allow for better grip on many surfaces.

    If you are a shorter than average person, a 29er geometry can create challenges. If you are taller than average, my feeling is that a 29er can offer a better overall experience.

    In the end, remember that bike FIT is the most important thing in giving you the most enjoyable ride.

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    I say just get a hardtail. Unless you are going to travel north to mountains for some good downhill riding than just get a quality spec'd hardtail. North Carolina/North GA will be about the closest spots for you to travel to.

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    +1 on the hardtail. BTW, I responded to you other thread regarding the 26er vs the 29er. It's not much info but hope it helps.

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