Saturday, April 14, 2012
Mountain Bike Ontario-Suspension Guide Part 2: Full Suspension Ontario
This is part 2 of our post about how to select the right suspension for your mountain bike in Ontario. In part one we explored what people love about hardtail bikes, and in part two we’ll look at full suspension. Some of your consideration of suspension will have to do with the type of riding you are doing, but ultimately, it comes down to personal preference. Most people lean one way or the other, and its up to you to decide what you like.
Full suspension bikes offer the cushiest, most comfortable ride. They have great traction, and absorb the impact of rough terrain so you will never again go rattling down a mountain like you are on a rickety roller-coaster! They offer maximum control of the rider, empowering you to take on the most ambitious terrain if that’s your pleasure.
For cyclists who love to push the limits of technical trail, these bikes tend to be the preference. They really don’t slow you down despite these advancements in control, so you’ll find they are ruthless on the climb and smooth and speedy on the decline.
With the evolution of full suspension bikes, they have seen a burst of popularity in the past decade. These are not your mama’s full suspension- they are now light and efficient, unlike the 90’s models which tended towards being heavy, cumbersome, and not very hot looking. They are now almost as light as rear suspension models, and stylie too. The introduction of rear suspension lockout mechanisms has made them much better ascending hills, earning them their newfound loyalty among competitive cyclists. Now they are only about a pound more than a hardtail, and many people feel the comfort and other benefits of full suspension are far outweighed by their nominal heaviness.
Come in and try out our full suspension models to see what feels right to you.