Most mountain bikers start out on hardtails. They are great for learning all the vital techniques and skills required to be a complete mountain biker and tackle any obstacles you come across on the trail.
Frenchman Nicolas Quéré agrees. “Hardtail is the foundation of mountain biking,” he says in this video, in which he talks about how he started on a hardtail. He believes a hardtail to be the basis for mountain biking. You can do everything on a hardtail he says, and he certainly shows how he is able to put a hardtail to good use, demonstrating his extraordinary talent.