Neil G wrote:
Try it, it's quite an experience..if your quick on a hardtail you can just ride as fast but with far less effort....I found myself hardly on the brakes at all!
I'm scared I might like it and thats a slippery slope.
I like simple things, I view front suspension as a necessary evil and I'm even building a fully rigid bike for winter use 'cos I can't be bothered with the extra maintenance/care that sus forks need when the weather is grotty. Last winter I rode a rigid singlespeed so I didn't have to worry about any maintenance at all.
All those links, pivots and bushings in a bouncy bike needing to be looked after would do my head in.
Do fancy a go though.
Something basic like a Santa Cruz might suit. Only one pivot to go wrong, and guaranteed for life...
I had a Scott G zero for years- hated it, and only ever rode my Kona.
I bought a Salsa 4" full Susser last year, and loved it, but had to sell to fund a Dekerf. Just bought a Santa cruz for medical reasons. we'll see.
There is no reason why a moderately light 4" full susser , with prodiddle an all that ,shouldn't descend AND climb better than a 30lb Hardtail, and be easier on the componentry. You'd still need a certain amount of finesse to get the best out of it though!
But that's probably missing the point...