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Offline Ozzie Saez

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advantages of riding a rigid bike are...
« on: June 21, 2012, 08:37:20 PM »
what are some of the advantages of riding a rigid bike over a hardtail or full suspension bike? i heard some talk of it and i would like If some of you can help me to understand the whole purpose for mountain biking with no suspension. :o ???

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Re: advantages of riding a rigid bike are...
« Reply #1 on: June 21, 2012, 09:08:15 PM »
The only real usable advantage would be that you learn how to read the trail. You are forced to focus on the terrain and make quick decisions regarding lines otherwise you'll be eating dirt!! On the maintenance side, the less moving parts the less to maintain.

Bottom line is .....no advantage......a rigid will beat the hell out of you, destroy your joints, throw you over the bars the first chance it gets and then laugh at you because you thought you could tame her!!!!!

How I love the rigid :) :) :)!!!!

 

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Re: advantages of riding a rigid bike are...
« Reply #2 on: June 21, 2012, 09:17:43 PM »
wow!!, : she sounds incredibly unstable... i think i will try it
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Re: advantages of riding a rigid bike are...
« Reply #3 on: June 22, 2012, 06:39:40 PM »
You could also try a rigid single speed fixie 29'er.....it's kinda scary looking.

But, seriously though it's because it forces proper line choice (good for training); maximizes pedal energy not necessarily keep more momentum though; some feel it makes them more 'connected' to the trails.  I've never understood that, down hillers are running upwards of 9.25" of travel and they look like they are pretty well in tune with the trails.  All of it is preferance, rigid is fun at times and so is full squich so try em out and pick for yourself.
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Re: advantages of riding a rigid bike are...
« Reply #4 on: June 23, 2012, 07:26:49 AM »
the first-glance advantages (as I see them) include simplicity of maintenance, fewer things to break when out riding.  The advantage I can't prove on paper though is ease of ride.  I think it's easier to ride rigid single-speed (than full suspension 27 speed) on all Florida trails except for a few which are difficult regardless of bicycle choice.   I feel that my bike carries speed well, using a 32/17 ratio I can climb and spin and hang well enough to enjoy my day.  My cardio conditioning sets my limits much more than my bike.

I also love the way the steel frame/fork resonates. It absorbs and transfers trail feel in a way I find comfortable and predictable.  It feels right, to me. ymmv.

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Re: advantages of riding a rigid bike are...
« Reply #5 on: June 23, 2012, 03:44:37 PM »
For me I don't think it gets much better than singlespeed rigid.  Hard to explain why but it just does. Perhaps it is the simplicity of the thing.

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Re: advantages of riding a rigid bike are...
« Reply #6 on: June 25, 2012, 08:34:35 AM »
power transfer no loss,
works on your bike skills if you have any,
climbs awesome,
puts you more in touch with the trail,
simple less to go wrong,
fun if your body can handle it,
can be light.
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Re: advantages of riding a rigid bike are...
« Reply #7 on: June 25, 2012, 09:15:46 AM »
ZERO!
 
That help?
 
Unless, it is your "go to the store" or urban bike...  ;D
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Re: advantages of riding a rigid bike are...
« Reply #8 on: June 25, 2012, 07:18:59 PM »
^ hater

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Re: advantages of riding a rigid bike are...
« Reply #9 on: June 25, 2012, 07:45:38 PM »
If you have to ask, you would'nt get it anyway 8)

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Re: advantages of riding a rigid bike are...
« Reply #10 on: June 25, 2012, 07:50:06 PM »
Rigid minority for sure!!!

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Re: advantages of riding a rigid bike are...
« Reply #11 on: June 27, 2012, 02:15:32 PM »
Rigid 1X9 Karate Monkey here!  Wouldn't have any other way.  Sure, I've eaten it a few times, but that was undoubtedly my fault, my choice of line, failure to maintain speed are the primary reasons.  Witha 2.4 Ardent on the front, it's a beast!

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Re: advantages of riding a rigid bike are...
« Reply #12 on: June 27, 2012, 03:15:48 PM »
Rolling my wrist over the grip when landing flat on drops and hitting rocks or roots with the front wheel at speed have taken me out a few times so quick line choices can save your bacon!.

 Letting the handlebars float in your hands by having a loose grip makes the ride at speed much smoother and lessens fatigue but can have you sampling soil if you're not careful :-[

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Re: advantages of riding a rigid bike are...
« Reply #13 on: June 27, 2012, 08:24:36 PM »
get a suspension fork you bunch of hippies...

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Re: advantages of riding a rigid bike are...
« Reply #14 on: June 27, 2012, 10:44:03 PM »
Heeeeeyyy maaaaannnn  why so hostile duuuuude?  8)

A rigid fork keep me in tune with mother earth unlike the suspension fork that supresses the loving "come shred me" vibe the soil emmits  :o :o





 

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