Hardtail bikes are a type of all-terrain mountain bikes that only have suspension forks on the front and not the rear. These are incredibly versatile bikes that help you tackle all different types of off-road trail, and helping you carry on when the going gets tough!
Types of Hardtail Mountain Bikes
This type of mountain bikes come in different categories. Lightweight Hardtail, for example, is for the long-distance mountain biker with endurance, efficiency and comfort is paramount. There are also Hard Trail Hardtail Bikes, which is for the knurly, twisty single-track rider who wants adrenaline pumping through their veins along with technical rides.
There’s also different suspension fork travel available. The more fork travel there is on the suspension, the smoother the ride. However, fork travel increases usually along with price, so it really does depend on how much you want to spend.
These aren’t the only differences you can have within Hardtail mountain bikes. These bikes can also come in the 3 main wheel sizes; 26″, 27,”, and 29″, and each size has various advantages;
26″ wheels are not the most efficient you can get, these wheels are better for younger and smaller riders who are looking to transition from a smaller child’s bike to an adult one.
The slightly larger 27″ wheels are more efficient than the smaller size and stronger than larger wheels. These are usually ridden by the big hit crews that ride on single-track, rough trails that are really tough riding for the bikes.
The largest of the main three wheel sizes is 29″, and provides maximum efficiency and smoothness over rough ground out of the three sizes. These wheels are usually favourable by the Lightweight crew. Interestingly enough, this size of wheels came out after the 27″ size. The 29″ traverses over rough ground very efficiently, often not the chosen wheel by the technical crew due to its lack of side on strength, it’s still great for long-distance riding.
What Hardtail Bike is Best for Me?
As you can see, even if you know that you want a hardtail bike, there’s still plenty of decisions you need to make on what type of hardtail bike. All of these decisions can be based on what you want to use your bike for. If you’re stuck deciding what hardtail bike is best for you, then we’re here to help. You’re welcome to either call us or come down to our store, and we’ll be more than happy to help find the bike that’s perfect for you.
We have an extensive range of bikes and bike knowledge at our independent store in Heathfield, East Sussex. Our 2 highly trained bike technicians will help you find the hardtail bike that fits your needs. With over 40 years of experience in the industry, we know our way around these bikes.
Three of the Main Manufacturers we Deal With
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The brand that gave birth to Mountain biking back in the late 70’s in San Francisco USA, still pushing the boundaries and still the No1 choice of many riders, once a Marin owner always a Marin owner. Very light, strong and well equipped for the money; we’ve dealt with Marin for 39 years!
Produced in Holland, they are the biggest bike manufacturer out there by far; they know more than any other country about bikes, (and rain)! They have an extensive range of bikes and are the best value off the peg bike out there. You’ve only got to watch any Mountain bike race anywhere in the world and Giant will be competing and often winning.
Cutting edge brand, extremely lightweight and aesthetically the best out there, with a fabulous heritage. A strong market leader and it’s British, we’re glad to have them in our shop, a very trendy brand winning many top awards.
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