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MTB Hardtail



Hardtail MTB



In the early days of mountain biking the bike forks were of a rigid construction and offered no help in dealing with the rough and varied terrain. Early mountain bikers developed necks like bull-dogs caused by the constant demand of taking the rough with the rough. Along came suspension forks. These telescopic forks fitted with springs and later hydraulic fluid enabled the rider to tackle the more severe terrain with a little more ease and comfort. Bikes with just front suspension are commonly known as hardtail.

Today bikes with front suspension have a varied use and the amount of travel gives some indication of the bikes purpose. The larger the travel (60mm, 100mm, 120mm, 140mm, 200mm) the more suited to rockier, severe terrain. A bike with 60mm of travel is likely to be suited for rough road and light trail use whereas a bike with 200mm would be considered suitable for bigger drops, rocks and downhill. Forks for mountain bikes are commonly categorised as cross-country (XC), downhill (DH), freeride (FR) or enduro (ND)
As well as offering comfort to the rider, suspension helps a lot with traction by helping the wheel remain in contact with the ground Some of these forks come with the facility to lock-out the suspension which helps with pedalling on smoother terrain or going uphill. In some cases the lock-out can be operated remotely from a lever/switch on the handlebars and on others a simple dial on the crown of the forks. A more advanced fork can adjust the amount of travel the fork offers.

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