A great way to get into MTB, a hardtail mountain bike has suspension at the front and a fixed rear wheel. The suspension fork up front takes the sting out of the trail while the rear wheel is rigid, which offers better pedalling efficiency. Built for riding cross-country off-road trails and mountain bike tracks, hardtail MTBs also make great utility bikes as they are versatile enough to be ridden on the road too.
Most hardtails feature a 100mm travel suspension fork and are ideal for riding cross-country routes. Trail hardtails are more robust with a longer, 120mm or more suspension fork which makes them ideal for more technical trails and a better choice for trail centre loops.