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Hardtail Mountain Bikes

Hardtail Mountain Bikes start at a lower price point as they lack the rear shock and more complicated frame design (which does add a little weight and can sap a little pedalling efficiency too). While it is certianly better if you are on a budget to go for a hardtail with a better fork than a low end full suss bike, many now opt for a high quality steel framed 'hardcore hardtail' bike from the likes of Orange, Ragley and Production Privee for simplicity and fun. These will still get around most UK trail centres although you may have to be more selective with your line on the really rough stuff than on a more forgiving full suss bike. Of course super light big wheeleed hardtail bikes are the weapon of choice for the XC racer.