When it comes to buying a new mountain bike, the first thing you have to ask yourself is whether you want a hardtail steed with only front suspension, or whether you want a more beasty full-suspension set-up. What’s the difference, and what are they for?
With the exception of downhill riding, where long travel full-suspension bikes rule the roost, both hardtail bikes and big suspension rigs are often seen at the bike parks and trail centres.
Both types of mountain bike are built for different purposes, and while your inner child wants you to get the “big one with all the suspension travel”, this might not be suitable for your skill, or style of off-road riding you want to do.
Hard tails are perfect for honing your skills, as well as being the most efficient of the mountain bike family.