Posted by: a.funks
Posted by: Kenny
I was up on Seymour yesterday and came across a trail that starts with what is basically several six foot drops a couple bike lengths apart with landings that are just loose chunky gnar and thought of this thread. If anyone could look at that entrance in person and tell me with a straight face that it's be fine a a rigid bike as long as it had good geo, they're either delusional or a super hero. Just no way. There comes a point where suspension matters. Maybe not for you, but it does exist.
Absolutely. I don’t have much experience with rigid MTBs (this century) but about two thirds of my riding since 2009 has been on hardtails. The place where they struggle most is landing into gnar.
But on the whole my skills and bravery are far more of a limiting factor than my current hardtail - that hardtail is running 29x2.4” tyres (Magic Mary front, Eliminator rear), tyre inserts, 160mm Lyrik, 63 deg HA, think it’s about 460mm reach (plus sag). Apart from the lack of rear travel, it’s quite a lot of bike!
Similar situation here: Honzo ESD with 150 Lyrik.
I find it's the best bike I've ever ridden. Super capable and more fun than my full-susp enduro bike on most of the trails...until it isn't anymore. I was not expecting the "gnar limit" to be as far as it actually is, but it does exist for sure.
When the trails are too fast and/or gnarly, riding a capable hardtail rapidly gets a bit too brutal for my taste.