Trails get us into the woods and away from the cars. Some of the best rides you’ll ever take are through the trails of the beautiful Pacific Northwest. With a half dozen trail systems within 30 minutes of the shop, you’ll never have to look far for trails to ride. From entry level to full-blown downhill, our area has every type of terrain imaginable and we have a huge selection of mountain bikes to choose from in every discipline!
Suspension helps the wheels track the ground better, so they stay attached to it. That’s good for cornering and also climbing as a the suspension keeps the rear tyre hooked up. This is important and perhaps not widely understood.
Good suspension doesn’t just absorb the bumps, it makes the bike handle better and so reduces your chances of crashing.
With the rear suspension absorbing hits, your body doesn’t get pounded as hard by the trail. For long rides in particular, this means you’ll finish feeling a lot less beat up.
The combination of extra traction and bump-absorption makes full suspension bikes the fastest thing on the hill, at least when you’re going down. That’s why downhill racers abandoned hardtails the instant full suspension bikes became available.
The downside, sort of, is that the extra speed takes some getting used to and can catch you unawares. You hit corners, and everything else, faster so you’ll need to build up your skills.
Better comfort, better handling and traction and higher downhill speeds all combine to make a good full suspension bike immensely fun and enabling.
1. Mechanically simpler
With no pivots, rear shock and other complications, there’s simply less to wear out or go wrong with a hardtail. That means you spend more time riding and less time on repair and maintenance.
At any price point, you’ll get better components and frame for your money with a hardtail, because the manufacturer doesn’t have to pay for the extra cost of a pivoting rear end and a rear shock.
That rear shock and those extra tubes and pivots all unavoidably add weight. Manufacturers try and compensate with better, lighter materials, but that brings more cost. If having a light bike matters to you, because you love being the first up the hill, for example, then a hardtail is the way to go.
The challenge of tackling difficult trails without the ‘purchased talent’ of rear suspension appeals to many hardtail fans.
men’s & women’s
Bicycle sizing is dependent on factors such as bike make/model, rider height/inseam, and riding style. Refer to manufacturer websites for size charts on individual bikes.
Kids bikes are sized according to wheel size and stand over height. Use the chart below for reference.
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Consult with an Element Bike Advisor!
Our advisors are here to help answer your cycling questions. Whether you prefer to keep the tires on the ground or get your kicks hucking off of the biggest jumps around, we have a bike to fit your needs. From cross country, trail, all-mountain, enduro and even downhill, we cover all of the bases! As our most experienced team members, advisors help guide you towards the ride that is right for you and where you ride!
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