Hardtail mountain bikes are sometimes more suitable than full suspension bikes. There are a few reasons for this, but mainly it comes down to your budget and the terrain you ride. Finding a hardtail mountain bikes sale online is a great way to get your perfect bike cheaper. In this post, I am going to outline why a hardtail may be the best choice for you and where to find it at the best price.
Why choose a hardtail mountain bike?
I hadn’t ridden a hardtail for a long time, but when I jumped on an Orange Crush at Llandegla last year, I loved it! I’d forgotten how much fun they are to ride. However, there are lots of other reasons why some riders prefer a hardtail over a full suspension bike.
Maintenance – Hardtail mountian bikes are a lot simpler to maintain than full suspension bikes. This is because there is no rear shock and pivot. All you need to do is keep it clean, lubricated and cared for.
Pedal Power – When you pedal a full suspension bike, you lose quite a lot of efficiency. This is because energy is lost as you bob up and down while pedalling. A hardtail doesn’t bob, meaning your pedalling is way more efficient.
Budget and weight – The fact that your hardtail has less components, means that it is much cheaper than a full suspension bike. The lack of rear shock, pivot and extra bolts means that hardtails are cheaper to make, putting them at the lower end of the mountain bike price bracket. This also means that they are lighter, making it easier for you to pedal up hill.
Skills and Fun – As I said before, hardtail mountain bikes are great fun. But, they can be ridden on most types of terrain. Riding a hardtail adds an extra element of difficulty on technical terrain. This means you learn certain skills to make it along the trail. Additionally, the rear end cannot absorb the bumps, making it playful and sometimes challenging (in a good way).
Will it do the job?
Before you hit the hardtail mountain bikes sale, you need to make sure that the bike you are looking for can fit your needs. Therefore, you need to consider a few different things:
The terrain you ride is a big decider in what type of bike you choose. If you are riding super technical downhill or doing lots of jumps, a hardtail is not for you. If you are riding trail centres and terrain that is reasonably smooth, a full suspension bike will be overkill and a waste of money.
26″ wheels seem to be being phased out now, in favour of larger wheel sizes. This size was found on all mountain bikes in the recent past. The advantage of 26″ wheels is that they are a great in tight corners, as they make it easier to change direction easily. However, 26″ wheels don’t roll over rocks and roots as well as larger wheels. My current bike has 26″ wheels, and it works fine though.
Currently 27.5″ is the most common wheel size (also known as 650b), they are the middle ground between 26″ and 29″. 27.5″ wheels offer better maneuverability than a 29″ wheel, while being able to roll better than a 26″ on technical terrain.
You will also find 25.5″+ wheels too. These are a slightly wider version of the 27.5″ wheel, making your ride a bit more comfortable. They also have less rolling resistance.
29″ is the most recent wheel size manufacturers are selling their bikes with. The increased diameter helps the tyre roll over rough terrain easier. However, bikes with 29″ wheels are harder to change direction quickly. If you watch any of the downhill world cup races, you will notice that many of the bikes use this wheel size. This is because the courses don’t have that many tight corners, but have lots of technical sections that need to be “straight lined”.
You really need to get the size of your bike right. The wrong size bike will leave you uncomfortable, and you without the confidence to ride to the best of your ability. Therefore, you need to know how to choose a correct mountain bike size.
Bikes are sized S, M, L and XL. The sizes of bikes are very similar across most manufacturers and they all have sizing charts.
Disc brakes are very common on mountain bikes, as they are very responsive and have good stopping power. You can still get the old style V brakes on cheaper mountain bikes. However, I wouod not recommend buying a bike with these, unless you are just using it for commuting.
Hardtail Mountain Bikes Sale
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Which hardtail mountain bike do you want?
I am interested to see which bike you chose and why. Please let me know in the comments section below. Also, if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me.