Riders always ask, “what can I ride on my hardtail MTB? Dirt jumps? Enduro? Freeride? Downhill? Is it only good for XC?” Well, they’ve been listening, so here’s GMBN to demonstrate exactly what a hardtail can do!
Note that these are aggressive hardtails, not the ones we got introduced to 20-30 years ago. Head angles are slack, very slack and dropper posts are highly desired. The upside is cost and simplicity. These hardtails cost about a half or third of what comparable full suspension bikes will set you back. $1000 will get you going and $3000 will get you a very nice rig. The entry point to a nice full suspension rig is considerably higher.
The other upside is simplicity. Choices are simpler without a having to understand leverage ratios, axle paths, and kinematics. The buying experience is simpler and so is the setup and riding experience. And finally, maintenance and clean up is quite a bit simpler as well so there’s more time to focus on the ride.
Skill is required as well since the bike is not there to cover one’s mistakes. And the body needs to be honed in to take the beating and live to tell the tale. The body and joints can act as suspension so the rider has to be in the ready and neutral position to take on the hits and keep on ticking.
Here are some tips on how to ride aggressively. Master these tricks and it’ll help you ride your capable full suspension bike as well since all these hardtail skills transfer over to bikes with front and rear shocks.