6 Things To Know Before You Buy A Hardtail MTB | The Best Things About Hardtail Mountain Bikes

6 Things To Know Before You Buy A Hardtail MTB | The Best Things About Hardtail Mountain Bikes

If you’re thinking about buying your first mountain bike, chances are that a hardtail MTB is pretty high on your list. They are an affordable entry point into the sport and the lack of rear suspension makes them simple to maintain and ideal for honing your skills. Here are our top six things to know before you buy one!

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50 Comments

  1. Sean Benton on September 25, 2022 at 2:07 am

    I love watching GMBN. These are some of the most entertaining host. Pinkbike could take some pointers those guys are so boring to watch.



  2. Motorcycles And Things on September 25, 2022 at 2:08 am

    I learned my pumping skills eating beans ,,, l o l



  3. xcx on September 25, 2022 at 2:08 am

    This presenter’s voice could use a drop of oil



  4. Richard “Dutch” Holland on September 25, 2022 at 2:09 am

    I’m in the process of picking up my first MTB in over 30 years. It’s only for riding the forestry roads around my home in South Wales so I imagine a hard tail will be more than adequate for me.



  5. Emory Holley on September 25, 2022 at 2:10 am

    I have 3 mountain bikes. An E bike, hard tail, and a full suspension. Guess which one I ride the most……..HT baby!



  6. Thomas Strugar on September 25, 2022 at 2:10 am

    Is that Taival 29 or 27.5?



  7. asylumDAYS on September 25, 2022 at 2:12 am

    Hardtail 🙌🏻



  8. Darrin Kulyk on September 25, 2022 at 2:18 am

    Just bought a 03 Brodie HT Will Awesome When Im Done With It



  9. Henrique Esteves on September 25, 2022 at 2:18 am

    Almost cried… The time when a suspension fork that actually worked was amazing to our eyes



  10. Guy on a Moose Adventures on September 25, 2022 at 2:19 am

    Hardtail life is the only life.. for me. Full send



  11. SoloRide ZX on September 25, 2022 at 2:19 am

    Easy Big smile on Hard ride tail.. ,.. Yes..



  12. Sebas D on September 25, 2022 at 2:21 am

    Very cool i want a hartail🤪



  13. Galaxtech Gaming on September 25, 2022 at 2:23 am

    I’m buying my first hard tail on Thursday, it’s a 2011 Specialized Stumpjumper Evo



  14. Timmothy Copeland on September 25, 2022 at 2:23 am

    loud enough?



  15. smoke3y on September 25, 2022 at 2:25 am

    Please tell me should i gat a trek hardtail for 400 bucks used with air sus a dropper with I believe about 10 or smth gears
    Or do i get a used focus hardtail for 400 bucks with coil suspension and i think there are 10 or smth gears aswell
    Both are 29” and the trek can be used as a slope style bike if you drop the seat all the way down
    Please tell me help me



  16. Wile.E.shaggedmyshihtzu on September 25, 2022 at 2:26 am

    Less ‘settings’ to fry your brain trying to tweak perfect. Forks are enough of a pita trying to get perfect Sag, pressure, rebound. Thank goodness RockShox have an app for that. Then there’s motion control damping and you’re on your own with that. A little bit more, maybe a little bit less, oh I think it was better the last time. Fuck it I don’t bloody know! Paying through the nose to have that x2 would give me suspension setting nightmares but then, I have no plans to take my life in my hands by hurtling down a cliffside at ridiculous speed so, there’s that. I get that if that’s what you need to do to get your jollies, or, if you have huge amounts of money for a carbon full suss and you you’d like to make the ride more comfortable or compliant, then full suss is what you want. But I have no such requirements (or funds) so staying hardtail allows me get the best bike and best componentry I possibly can.



  17. K F on September 25, 2022 at 2:28 am

    Bought the first mountain bike ive had for about 20yrs a few weeks ago, getting back into riding at 37yrs old now. Went for a Vitus Nucleus, sticking at the budget end of the spectrum for now.
    Nowhere near at the level to start at trail parks or that sort of thing yet although when feel more confident I do have the MTB tracks built for the 2012 Olympics just up the road from me in Hadleigh, Essex.



  18. クラウドシルバー on September 25, 2022 at 2:30 am

    I Really Love the simplicity of Hardtail.

    All I Need is a simple bike and enjoy my Local Trail.



  19. Finn Duggan on September 25, 2022 at 2:30 am

    I am currently living your past

    And I am loving every second of it.



  20. Dirtyworks on September 25, 2022 at 2:32 am

    Got two old 2007 Cannondales. F3 Caffeine and an F5. USA made. Great forgiving aluminum frames. 26 AIN’T DEAD!



  21. cosgrove notts on September 25, 2022 at 2:33 am

    Just ride around on something shitty



  22. John Robert Ochavez on September 25, 2022 at 2:33 am

    93 fullsus users dislikes this video



  23. Johny Hewitt on September 25, 2022 at 2:33 am

    Damn right



  24. dan given on September 25, 2022 at 2:33 am

    I picked up my 1st hardtail at the weekend, I went with the Giant Talon 2, mostly for my commutes to and from work which is around 3 miles each way, and I honestly can’t get over how quick it is, on my old baracuda draco it took me around 25 -30 minutes, struggling at most uphill climbs, and on my talon it took me 14 minutes, it is an absolute game changer.



  25. Rampant Lion Smiddy on September 25, 2022 at 2:33 am

    guess my 12 year old hardrock pro isnt dead yet then!! it’s pritty much standard have orderd a dropper post for it though as wacking your plums off the seat i have found isnt much fun!! might be crap by todays standard but it gets me out there having fun!!



  26. Steven Killeen on September 25, 2022 at 2:35 am

    Most guys buy full suspension because the have no technic helps hide it



  27. RED-ACE on September 25, 2022 at 2:36 am

    I just want a 🚲



  28. K on September 25, 2022 at 2:38 am

    Last time I remember legs was your suspension



  29. Walter T on September 25, 2022 at 2:39 am

    Bought my first bike this week. Its a 2022 BMC Twostroke 01 three. I haven’t rode in 37 years and I’m having a blast. Feel like a kid again. 😂



  30. Casey Lewis on September 25, 2022 at 2:42 am

    Awesome! I have a couple full suspension bikes and they collect dust. My hardtails collect mud and scratches



  31. Asimov on September 25, 2022 at 2:44 am

    HARDTAIL IS FOR REAL MAN! Full suspension is only for girls!



  32. mendyviola on September 25, 2022 at 2:44 am

    Have had my Trek hard tail since I got it new in 2001. Never had any mechanical issues with it, and it’s seen lots of miles and different types of trails. Love it. I don’t ever see getting a different one.



  33. Andrew Ince on September 25, 2022 at 2:45 am

    Don’t cheap out too much with hardtails. Because they’re so simple there are lots of really bad ones aimed at the weekender who toddles down the Towpath. These do the job they’re built for but if you want to send it, they won’t last. Full sus can often avoid this due to the higher cost forcing quality through customer expectations.



  34. JD C on September 25, 2022 at 2:49 am

    Too many peeps, especially new peeps think ya can’t have fun or go down fast without full suspension… WRONG



  35. mar1ann8 on September 25, 2022 at 2:49 am

    https://youtu.be/XAhgAiO0sh8?t=40 I’m a bit surprised with the mud on your face 😅😆



  36. EFJ 5's CHANNEL on September 25, 2022 at 2:51 am

    Thru axle hub ???



  37. Andrew Marelli on September 25, 2022 at 2:53 am

    Hardtail 4 lyfe. Seriously, been riding my hardtail for years. It’s seen many upgrades over the years but it’s still a solid machine that takes everything but the hardest downhill.



  38. Wolf on September 25, 2022 at 2:54 am

    Riding a hardtail is love, hardtails are life.



  39. wujekcientariposta on September 25, 2022 at 2:57 am

    The actual truth is modern trail bikes are engineered to perfection to shred any difficult and heavy terrain with enormous jumps as fast and easily as possible. Which means it’s not remotely as fun or actually technical as a hard-tail for us amateurs on a less demanding trail. I’ve had multiple opportunities to ride an actual full suspension bike, maybe not the top of the line one but still. I don’t live anywhere close to any mountains. Near me are multiple forests with bike trails. Excluding the typical bobs and weaves of a forest the terrain is flat. I had nowhere near the fun or challenge I had on my own hard tail when riding full suspension, and the one time I timed myself I was slower on the trail bike.



  40. Michael Mann on September 25, 2022 at 2:57 am

    Your credit list doesn’t even mention the bike your riding, Pole bikes that is 🤷🏼‍♂️



  41. Juan Pack on September 25, 2022 at 2:57 am

    Those who ride hardtail "Beast!"



  42. Marc Cardinal on September 25, 2022 at 2:58 am

    Great advice , Cheers !



  43. viperdemonz jenkins on September 25, 2022 at 2:58 am

    still rocking my old 2014 giant talon love hardtails.



  44. Brian Chibbaro on September 25, 2022 at 2:58 am

    Sweeeeet



  45. No.1 Bike on September 25, 2022 at 2:58 am

    Sold 👍



  46. Jason Mateus on September 25, 2022 at 3:02 am

    32 years of MTB, 25 years on FS, back to HT, I got better components now on my new custom built hardtail than on any FS bike I ever had, for less money.And amazing ,AMAZING fun.That freaking feeling of being ONE with the bike.



  47. Richard Jensen on September 25, 2022 at 3:02 am

    If you are looking for the fastest downhill time, or ride steep, chunky stuff at 20 mph, full-suspension is better. For just about EVERY other situation, the hardtail holds its own. I still don’t understand why there are XC full-suspension bikes, maybe you win a race by 5 seconds but if the same pro used a 21 lb carbon hardtail 100% of the time, I really think they could make up those 5 seconds through experience and familiarity.



  48. Jamie Fardon on September 25, 2022 at 3:05 am

    What bike do u have??



  49. Mark Halden on September 25, 2022 at 3:06 am

    Great advice, I was looking a full suspension set up late earlier in the year but couldnt justify the price (on par with the cost of my motorcycle..) so I’ve been thinking of getting a hard tail.
    This video reassures me this will be a better deal.



  50. Global Mountain Bike Network on September 25, 2022 at 3:07 am

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