Right now hardtail trail bikes are making a resurgence in popularity. The Honzo ESD is made for riders that want to grab the bull by the horns and rip the hell out of every trail they ride. True to its intentions as a gravity slaying machine, the Honza packs a super aggressive geometry chart which features a 63 degree headtube angle, a mm wheelbase model size large and mm chainstays. A mm fork is matched with its 66 degree head angle and a well thought out parts spec from front to rear. Can you get any more British than square tubing and gussets? Just looking at the Orange Crush is enough to tell you this bike is more than ready to get rowdy. While the tubing profiles and CNC junctions give a classic look, the geometry is one hundred percent modern. The 64 degree head angle and mm fork are ready to get rowdy in the steep stuff. Using custom butted T6 alloy the frame is strong, while light enough to pedal to the party. Full external cables, threaded BB and no gimmicks, some say the Crush is more practical than pretty.
2018 Hardcore Hardtail Highlights
Hardcore Hardtails – Why so Aggressive?
The glorious weather of the past weeks has been a treat, but deep down inside we all know the slop and mud is on the way so what better time to plan a hardcore hardtail build than now. No pivot points to worry about just minimal effort for maximum fun and this is why I, like many of you, am looking for my next hardcore hardtail build. It just so happens that the marketing teams behind many brands know that hardtail fever is about to hit, and there are a ton of great bikes on the market already to choose from. The following list of hardtails includes bikes that I myself have either ridden already, plan to ride, or would love to build. Not the slackest or the longest bike in the list, but one which will make a lot of sense for a lot of people.
1. Pace RC627
Skip to Content. Looking for a fun and reliable ride for your weekend session? These trail-shredding hardtail mountain bikes are the best you can currently buy. Written by James McKnight Updated on Looking for a new mountain bike? Also known as hardcore hardtails, they are defined by their front-suspension fork and rigid frame, low-slung geometry, robust build and, most importantly, versatility.
As Autumn hits and Winter looms, many riders yearn for a simpler bike; no shocks to service, no pivot bearings to replace and a more direct relationship between rider and terrain. Sometimes life is too easy, too candy-coated: your riding becomes muted, you feel detached from the challenge that used to be mountain biking — you need a hardcore hardtail to breath life into you riding. Firstly, hardcore means that the bike can be thrown off, down or over anything. Beautifully welded steel, aluminium or titanium tubing is the expectation and if it can be built by hand and in a shed, then so much the better. Cool frame details, masses of mud clearance and plenty of character. Development of hardcore hardtails is the generally the domain of small rider owned brands, able to tweak designs at will, who specialises in innovation and quality, so we expect to see progressive and conflicting geometry as designers carve their ideas out of metal. A slacked out head angle is the minimum requirement and long travel forks feature widely to soak up the hits at the front in the hope that the back follows behind. Wheel sizes vary: