Eeegad! Don't you dare put a wimpy squisher on the front of that thing!
I've been riding mine full rigid quite a bit lately and have loved it. Actually, my buddies have had quite a good time of poking fun at me for being on an archaic ride but I'm still cleaning the same rock gardens, drops and downhills as they are on their Blurs, Intenses, and Titus's.
I just keep telling them..."if you guys were better bike handlers you would not need all that suspension"
I've no doubt your tough enough to ride it as it was birthed, just enjoying a little sarcasm my self.
Somewhere in all these threads I've covered this before, but I can't find it...the Hardcore was designed to be the first full on East Coast trail bike. The trails here are extremely rocky, have lots of fallen timber and are a nemesis to all pedals as they are constantly being beaten to death. The Hardcore uses a 13.5" BB to raise the pedals therefore reducing strike, allow more clearance over boulders and logs, and puts the rider in a powerful forward pedal stroke position to churn up hills. The ride is a bit unusal at first but once dialed in, corners very tightly, rolls over anything you choose to throw your body at, and does get you a bit high due to the elevation
A classic tough as nails build...mine has been in some heinous crashes without nearly a scratch or dent present. Gotta luv it!