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April 27, 2023, 7:59 a.m. -  Andrew Major

Every adult that I know that’s new(ish) to the sport started on FS bikes except two, and that was very deliberate. Actually, almost all the parents I know who are really into riding with kids around The Clairebarian’s age have them on full suspension bikes.  I think a hardtail is much better to learn to climb on (especially adding riders vs. bike weight considerations with kids) but regardless - and I work in the industry - I believe philosophically and financially that a hardtail is much easier and less expensive to keep working well - which is part of my rigid bent as well.  I’m looking forward to the day that my kid is financially responsible for her own mountain bike habit and min-maxing is a key tool to learn (her bike is mostly used parts).  On that note, I told Claire her first full suspension bike can be the first bike she buys herself. Not that we don’t have her in good equipment (shoes, pedals, tires, brakes, awesome frame geometry, 2012 Fox 32, OneUp dropper) but sustainability is a key consideration.

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