'''Sure, some can ride North Shore blues on a hardtail, but most can't. And the same terrain that most mountain bikers would like to have a capable dual suspension bike to ride is simply out of reach for people looking to get into the activity on a casual basis. '''

I ride a hard tail every time on the shore and Squamish,  Whistler etc, it's not an expensive bike and it takes a trail I point it down. Black's no problem, even the odd double black, skill level accounts for a lot yes but you can ride pretty much any trail on a hardtail ☺ just avoid the really big drops !!