For many, a hardtail is hard to beat. Offering a level of simplicity and an engaging ride that full suspension bikes struggle to match while also boasting far better value for money at most price points up to about £1000, a hardtail makes a lot of sense for a lot of riders.
Hardtails are available in many shapes and forms, from uber-light carbon race-ready frames to long-forked burly trail bikes, there’s a hardtail to suit all riding styles. And at most price points hardtails offer the best value for money, with no expensive shocks and complicated suspension design to ramp up the price, more money can be spent on important stuff like forks, wheels and components.
So, here’s a look at six of our favourite hardtails: