There comes a time when every seasoned mountain biker will lust after a full suspension mountain bike. It’s nothing personal, hardtail enthusiasts! It’s just time to try something a little different.
What’s the difference between hardtail and full suspension mountain bikes? The hardtail has a solid frame and usually carries a suspension fork on the front of the bike. A full suspension bike also has the fork in the front, but its frame has two pieces. The front and rear triangles in the frame are joined by pivots. This allows the front and back of the frame to move independently while being supported with a shock absorber.
It’s not that there’s anything wrong with hardtail bikes. The basic hardtail design has existed for over 100 years and there are some fantastic bikes on the market. It’s just that it’s exciting to flirt with something new and revolutionary. Exciting new developments are being made in the technology of full suspension mountain bikes. If you want more information about which new models available right now can tempt you, check out the following beauties.
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The SB6c was designed for the most challenging enduro tracks in the world. What does that mean to you? It’s going to be really, really fun bombing down hills on this bike! The frame is remarkably light which will keep you at the head of the pack climbing as well. Yeti and their development partner, Fox Racing Shox, have designed the patented switch infinity technology suspension mechanism for this bike. For your ease, it has external grease ports to keep the bushings and seals working smoothly, they recommend applying lubricant after every 40 hours you ride.
The SB6c will cost you a pretty penny. The base model starts at $3500 with their standard Fox Float X Factory DPS Shocks. At the highest end, the SB6c XTR runs $10,599. They’ve added on Fox 36 Factory Forks, and a Chris King Internal Headset, as well as a Shimano XTR rear derailer and shifters, to name just a few of the added goodies.
Ibis Mojo HD3
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The Ibis Mojo HD was first launched in 2014 and met with acclaim from critics and riders from the start. Its 2015 model was Ibis’ most popular bike, and this year they’ve made a major update to the design. The new Mojo HD3 is now both Boost and Plus compatible. What does this mean to you? Boost is the new standard setting for axles and drivetrains…and it allows you to put larger tires on this bike then you ever could before. Think tons of rubber and superb grip on rough, muddy terrain.
The newest Mojo HD3 full suspension mountain bike will start out at $2899 for the frame only. It comes with Fox Factory Float shocks. They have 15 different models available after that. The most expensive is the XX1 which caps out at $8898 and will have you riding on Schwalbe Nobby Nic tires.
Santa Cruz Nomad
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Santa Cruz Bicycles has been consistently known for putting forward top of the line mountain bikes for years, and the Nomad is no exception. Designed specifically around one-by drivetrains, Santa Cruz has made the Nomad suited to handle the biggest, roughest mountains on the globe. With tons of options for different kinds of riding, the steep seat post angle will thrill capable descenders down the mountain.
The initial model starts at $5199 and is a c-level carbon frame. It’s just as strong as the complete carbon bike, which starts at $6599, but it will add about 280 grams more to the weight. The c-level carbon frame also features Shimano SLX brakes, Raceface Aeffect cranks, and a Rockshox Pike RC fork. If you splurge for the complete carbon bike, or Nomad CC, you’ll also enjoy the recessed lower link protecting your frame from rocks flying up, and a stealth and external seat-post cable routing.
If the cost of these bikes has you shaking your head, don’t worry. Full suspension mountain bikes can be incredibly expensive because of the amount of new research and components being poured into them, but it is possible to find a great bike for less than the ones listed above. The Santa Cruz Heckler and Trek Superfly FS are great options to look into.
Of course there’s also the option, if you’re handy with your bike, to upgrade a frame only over time, or to decide which components you need to have now and which you can live without until you can pump a little more cash into your ride. A good full suspension mountain bike is a great investment and a totally fun way to tackle any mountain.