Do you recommend that pump track bikes should have front and back suspension?
Hardtails are much more efficient than suspension bikes. You can ride them faster with less effort. Over the past week I’ve done a couple 100-lap pump enduros:
P.1 hardtail: 23 minutes
SX suspension: 25 minutes, with much higher effort; and that’s with a rock-hard shock
If your technique is clean, you’ll get more pop out of a hardtail. But a suspension bike is still super fun. You can carve turns harder, and the suspension erases some of your mistakes. As a matter of fact, if you know your business you can RAIL a suspension bike on a pump track.
As always, it comes down to style. I’ve seen great riders rip on both types of bikes:
Hardtails: Brian Lopes, Jon Watt, Ross Milan, Elliot Hoover
Suspension: Steve Wentz, Chris Herndon, Curtis Keene, Bobbi Watt
I’m all about guidelines, so here’s one:
For pure pump track action, rock a hardtail for sure.
For a mix of pump track, dirt jump, 4X, slalom and whatever, rock whichever you prefer.
Pump Track Nation!