8 Reasons Why Hardtails Are The Best Mountain Bikes!

8 Reasons Why Hardtails Are The Best Mountain Bikes!

Blake Samson is perhaps the biggest lover of hardtails there is and so in this video, Blake is out in Windhill Bike Park to run you through 8 reasons why hardtails are the best bikes to have and why he thinks YOU should definitely own a hardtail Mountain Bike!

⏱ Timestamps ⏱
0:00 – Intro
1:26 – Hardtail cost
2:35 – Low maintenance
3:26 – Simplicity
4:10 – Smooth riding style
5:12 – The foundations of MTB
6:29 – Learning skills
7:18 – The hardtail community
8:23 – Do it all bike

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50 Comments

  1. Paul McA on November 17, 2022 at 5:12 am

    Blake is the reason I bought a Scout !

  2. Neil AQP on November 17, 2022 at 5:13 am

    In my opinion hardtails on rocky chunky trails come alive if you can run it as a 27.5+ . I get beaten up if I ride my Chromag as a 29er on the more technical trails I ride , when I switch out to 27.5+ with 2.8s its perfect . The extra squish helps keep momentum through chunk and absorbs the hits so well .

  3. Glen Huizenga on November 17, 2022 at 5:13 am

    Yo, Blake, love my Hayes Dominion Brakes. What’s your initial review?

  4. Denny S. on November 17, 2022 at 5:14 am

    Love your german and Hardtails to. Ordered a Ragley BigWig yesterday.

  5. Volker H on November 17, 2022 at 5:14 am

    I love my hardtail too

  6. Mc GetRekt on November 17, 2022 at 5:14 am

    Just got my first mountain bike the other day and it’s a hardtail! I don’t think I can use it being a hardtail as an excuse for when I suck!

  7. simplegr33n420 on November 17, 2022 at 5:16 am

    Sure a hardtail could be the only bike in your garage. I mean sam pilgrim could shred a couple donuts mounted to a broomstick, but most of us don’t have those skills

  8. Hunter Dean on November 17, 2022 at 5:19 am

    Positive affirmations

  9. The Bike Hippie on November 17, 2022 at 5:20 am

    Omfg, make a new video already! You guys are the biggest cycling channel on YouTube and all you do is repeat, repeat, repeat!

  10. Canaan Jolo on November 17, 2022 at 5:21 am

    What kind of machete fork do you have on you bike blake?

  11. Georg on November 17, 2022 at 5:23 am

    There are nice subreddits too, Like r/hardtailgang or r/stoicgang

  12. Johnny Doe on November 17, 2022 at 5:26 am

    Over the last 30+ yrs of riding mtn bikes I have owned more Hardtails than Full Suss. When plus tires came about, I felt that was the best thing ever for Hardtails. Don’t get me wrong, I like Full Suss bikes, but love the simplicity of the hardtail.

  13. Никита on November 17, 2022 at 5:27 am

    Love hardtails and fatbikes. So ordered custom built titanium frame with similar geometry. Two wheelsets: 26×4.8 and 29×3.0. Both are Minions. It’s almost like having two bikes!

  14. Old Havertz Kai Hard on November 17, 2022 at 5:28 am

    I purchased a merida big trail 400 ..great bike ..not stupid money either.

  15. ಸಾಗರ್ ಅಜಿತ್ on November 17, 2022 at 5:28 am

    Whats the weight of this Yellow bike…?

  16. Jonathan Pacheco on November 17, 2022 at 5:32 am

    I sold my full suspension bike to come back to the basics, yeah! A hardtail, and I just can say that hardtail are much fun to ride

  17. DJ Dunn on November 17, 2022 at 5:33 am

    I have a Ragley Big Al and man oh man she is near to my heart. So much fun to ride and far exceeds my capabilities. You learn to stay light in the rear when on a hardtail which is a great skill to learn. An aggressive hardtail just looks awesome too.

  18. Glenn Pace on November 17, 2022 at 5:34 am

    Great episode!
    Big fan of the hardtail…I started on one many years ago, and after many years on a full squish, I made the switch to hardtail back in march and I have not missed my full squish.
    As a local resident/rider of the North Shore and Squamish, I can attest that you can ride almost everything on this rigs and have fun doing it…think of it as the same as driving a stick shift sports car, or telemark skiing….it makes everything that much more connected.
    And while it’s great for new riders to develop their skills on, it’s also great for experts looking to refine their skills further….or just have fun.
    Cheers!

  19. Robstar on November 17, 2022 at 5:34 am

    Thumbs Up for your German Blake 👍 I’m trying to convince my Girlfriend that I need a Nukeproof Scout and that definitely helped !

  20. August Landmesser on November 17, 2022 at 5:36 am

    Wow! What an inspiring speech! My eyes are full of tears, I’m not sh**ing you. Recently I was reconsidering buying (again) some FS, but this wonderful episode makes me go on my garret to blow the dust and upgrade my modest but trustworthy Giant Talon and ride it once more time like I was :ahem:… 48 again!

  21. Lord Isern on November 17, 2022 at 5:37 am

    Thanks for the video! Any actual reasons?

  22. Wessel Verheijen on November 17, 2022 at 5:37 am

    I’ve learned to ride XC on a hardtail and have now upgraded to a Canyon Neuron Trail Bike. Honestly, I love the rear suspension to really hammer down the rougher trails, but I have setup minimal sag 🙂

  23. Global Mountain Bike Network on November 17, 2022 at 5:38 am

    What do you love about your Hardtail MTB? Let us know down below! 👇

  24. pyakpepyak on November 17, 2022 at 5:40 am

    As of the price, it would be good to clarify that full suspension frames are just more expensive, especially carbon ones (+ cost of the shock, but it’s not that high). Everything else could be exactly same. So hardtail can easily cost 3-4k, especially if you build it yourself.

    You can find reasonably priced alloy frames these days though, like commencal, where HT vs FS builds would be prices very closely.

  25. jack osborne on November 17, 2022 at 5:41 am

    This is like the 15th fucking video on this lmao y’all need to get a roulette wheel to pick new videos Fr

  26. John Katakowsi on November 17, 2022 at 5:42 am

    Only Bike You ever need!!!!! Go HardTail!!!!!

  27. Alex H. on November 17, 2022 at 5:44 am

    Blake might’ve been a bit hung over for this one but yeah hardtails lol. Still my favorite.

  28. Colby Allen on November 17, 2022 at 5:45 am

    My mom doesn’t think I am beautiful, but Blake does every time!😍

  29. Em84 on November 17, 2022 at 5:46 am

    I have both. If I could only have one, out goes the suss. Love the versatility of that Scout.

  30. Lowcosttravel Club on November 17, 2022 at 5:46 am

    Бачу Блейка – ставлю "лайк" =)

  31. Michael E on November 17, 2022 at 5:46 am

    Yes more hardtail content, love it and keep it coming. I genuinely think it is more fun and better suited to trails most ride.

  32. Jerry Speedbumps on November 17, 2022 at 5:48 am

    I love how it’s capable of pumping a track/trail so well! Also super affordable! Get some bigger tires with a lower psi and a nice handlebar to motogate as much chatter as possible.

  33. Peter Nguyen on November 17, 2022 at 5:49 am

    Hardcore Hardtails group!

  34. Abd. Rahman Shahdan on November 17, 2022 at 5:51 am

    Just bought Orbea Alma M30 hardtail. Not even a single regret. Hardtails rules.

  35. WD99 on November 17, 2022 at 5:55 am

    Love my Honzo CR ❤

  36. Reniel Baluyut on November 17, 2022 at 5:56 am

    Thanks for the inspiration! Will get the new Scout 290 2022 for sure!🤙

  37. James Allway on November 17, 2022 at 5:57 am

    To all the younger generation! Don’t feel that you need to go out and buy a full sus. You can do so much on a hardtail and learn and doesn’t cost you loads. I’m lucky to live in the Swiss alps have a Ragley Blue Pig and it does everything.

  38. Andy Panda on November 17, 2022 at 5:57 am

    Ok, deal, I just bought a gelb frame and I have some spare parts, thus till Christmas going to try it on snowy trails (if, obviously, snow will fall down), my XC is too old to be similar to modern trail geometry and comfort…

  39. Michal Tynik on November 17, 2022 at 6:00 am

    Hi! I have a question. Wouldn´t I damage hardtail bike if I have 110kg and take hardtail on downhill?

  40. Jesper Ek on November 17, 2022 at 6:01 am

    I started with a 26" hardtail without front suspension, than 26" with front suspension. Bought a downhill bike.. sold the downhill bike, but still got my hardtail 😁

  41. Ethan Meads on November 17, 2022 at 6:03 am

    I love hardtails but can they do Redbull Hardline!!? 2023???

  42. Koroviev on November 17, 2022 at 6:03 am

    Hi, i’m interested in the Nukeproof Scout 275, I’am 1,70 m tall and like jump. Wich size do you suggest, S (till 1,67 m) or M ? Thanks 🙂

  43. Nick Massey on November 17, 2022 at 6:03 am

    Blake speaks sense 👏

  44. My Art History on November 17, 2022 at 6:04 am

    Only an HT for me. A lot of bang for the buck.

  45. Andrew M on November 17, 2022 at 6:04 am

    I’ve got a full sus trail bike, all mountain emtb but I love my Nukeproof Scout hardtail…it’s a BEAST
    It makes you ride every metre of the trail…rather than just another trail💪🤩👍

  46. Christoph D. on November 17, 2022 at 6:05 am

    Mein Fahrrad heißt Butterblume

  47. LuckyJack99 on November 17, 2022 at 6:05 am

    Well said as always mate ! Cheers !

  48. Xavier Hulbert on November 17, 2022 at 6:06 am

    Hardtails are awesome but I have to say this: if you ride anything rocky or sharp, go tubeless. At least in the rear tire. I’ve burned through so many tubes that I could have afforded a new tubeless rim, tire, and sealant by now. There are other solutions, but just take the dive.

  49. Mr. Geek on November 17, 2022 at 6:07 am

    Video idea: review of UK bike parks, style and best ones both outside of Wales and in.

  50. Steve Medina on November 17, 2022 at 6:09 am

    REDBULL RAMPAGE , bro..!! With a hardtail. Yeah!!!!

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