My descent into MTB Endurance racing continues unabated, and I
recently got a hardtail MTB to complement my full-suspension Epic.
To the uninitiated "hardtail" means it's only got a suspension fork
up front and is rigid at the back; while full-suspension is both
front and rear.
The bike I got is the new Cannondale F-Si launched late last
year; and its a sub-9kg weapon.
For someone who mainly does road riding, and now a bit of
gravel, a lightweight hardtail is an easy next step. It feels like
a gravel bike in many ways...
One thing I do struggle with is on really rowdy bits, when you
hit a big bump the front fork absorbs it - but the rear does not
and it feels it wants to kick up. I call it the "bucking bronco"
moments. But that can be tamed with careful weight distribution,
it's just a case of acclimatising to a new sort of riding. However
the flip side is that its incredibly light, and very direct (with a
frame built from the same superlight, super-stiff high modulus
carbon fibre as Cannondale's top road bikes).