Splatter Paint wrote:
But if you need 8" of travel for the terrain, surely the back end needs to follow the front? I mean up to 100mm fork takes out some of the buzz, but if you want to keep the wheels in contact with the ground a matching sprung back end is required?
Thats exactly what i used to think, hardtail totally useless cant do anything on them bla bla bla, but if you was ever to ride a hard hitting hardtail you would see that you dont need rear suspension, i have a mate with an orange 5 and we ride hard on rough footpaths / bridleways and he cant loose me at the bottom, hne now has a Ragley Ti and seriously fell out with it at the start but now he has got used to the total diffrent way of riding hard he wouldnt swap it for anything, its light fast 150mm travel same as my Bluepig and you can do anything on it it has never thrown me off, the rear suspension is your legs on a hardtail
The secret to mountain biking is pretty simple. The slower you go the more likely it is you'll crash.
1989 Falcon Bannana
2010 Cube Fritzz The One
1997 Kona Koa
2010 Ragley Blue Pig