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Feb. 15, 2017, 9:47 a.m. -  Tehllama42

#!markdown I think the most compelling of these is the Hardtail and mid-travel combination. Take a do-everything FS bike and put beefy wheels and tires on it, and the all-mountain side of the spectrum is covered. Get a little spendy on some nice light wheels and fast rolling tires and keeping up with XC buddies on climbs will only be limited by your own legs/lungs. The default combination is of course beefy wheels on the more capable dual suspension bike, but the inverted option is increasingly appealing to me, as I find that spritely wheels and less abusable tires are actually a better recipe for maximizing enjoyment on short rides or after-work excursions where in less likely to be on my A-game through rock gardens our at the traction limit anyway. The Hardtail with beefy tires is still the ultimate winter bike, and a hard hitting hardtail is already the best/worst kept secret in mountain biking for turning miserable weather into indelible grins.

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