For a mountain biker, the biggest question which arises to his mind while going for a new bike to ride upon is – which of the two bikes, a Hard Tail or Full Suspension is better for use?
Although the decision to go with a Hard Tail or a Full Suspension is based entirely upon the personal preference of a biker, we would like to offer you a series of thorough comparison among the different features of both these bikes to help you pick one of the best mountain bikes.
The Full Suspension is too costly and complex to design when compared to a Hard Tail mountain bike. It is because, unlike the Hard Tail, Full Suspension requires a rear shocker and a pivot attached to the rear end frame to make the bike comfortable to ride upon. However, this added complexity of the Full Suspension makes its parts less durable than the Hard Tail one.
To be fair, the Hard Tail also punches above its weight and would be suitable for those bikers who are looking for a bike with less weight, lower maintenance and a larger manipulation attached to the frame tubes.
After the frame, we look forward to all the different components of the good mountain bikes. In terms of the tires used, handlebar or stem, there would be no difference in the two bikes as they are both nearly the same. However, the Hard Tail comes with a better suspension fork than the Full Suspension bike.
Besides, suspension fork, the wheels, and the brakes on the Hard Tail is a huge upgrade over the Full Suspension as it looks like the later has tried to put its all weight behind the rear suspension shockers.
The Weight of the Bikes
The weight of the mountain bike is an important thing for a biker. A bike with a less weight is able to be maneuvered better than a heavier one. You will also find it easy to accelerate or decelerate on a lighter bike. However, it would be difficult to maintain a balance on the light weight ones.
The way a Full Suspension Mountain Bike is made with cheaper tube construction and the slightly lesser quality of parts used to make a Full Suspension bike effect to the low weight of the bike.
No matter how much we discuss on the different components, their quality, weight of the bikes, the most important thing about mountain bikes is how they are felt when we ride upon them. The Full Suspension ones are built for riders who are looking for a larger suspension travel which helps to boost their comfort and control over them.
However, Hard Tails are better suited for those riders who are kind of aggressive in their riding style. If you want to go all out with speed and aggressiveness, the Hard Tail is the bike you are looking for.