First of all I have to say major thanks to you all for your advice!! You guys really seem to know your stuff. I dont really follow the mountain biking sport or industry but its something Im getting into more.
Basically I guess I want a good all round bike so I can go on roads for generally getting around town but be able to hit the off roads at the weekend for some fun.
The main route I take is just sweet as fuck, it has every type of terrain you can think of. Its a costal route with gravel paths, tarmac paths with fairly extreme dips and raises, grass, cross country, part of a beach (I know sand sucks) and a few bits of tricky terrain. Theres a few long stretches on good tarmac ground where you can get a decent speed up and heres even a big set of steep steps where you have to dismount and carry the bike up. Like I said it goes along the coast and on a summer evening its just perfect.
Anyway would it be a good idea to go for rear suspension and tighten/loosen it as need be?
I wont go into budget as Im not in America but lets just say my budget aint too high!!
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A good ole hardtail with front suspension looks like it would fit the bill. If you need to take the edge off some bumps get a thudbuster suspension seatpost by Cane Creek. It will give you 3 inches of cush.
I don’t think you are going to do any drops or stair gaps things that suspension is good for. I would only get full suspension if you feel you are getting beat up on a hardtail from the terrain you’re riding on.
A hardtail will keep things cheap(good) but still be fun. I have 2HT’s and a 6 inch full susser. I ride all of them. The susser was for my lower back problems and riding specific terrain(stunts,downhill). I still love riding my HT’s. One of them is for commuting but built to go on trails too. I wouldn’t commute on my susser. Too heavy.
Wish you the best in getting hooked up. Interested in what you will choose. Keep us posted.