I use it for everything. So far, I raced dual slalom at parkfield on it. I want to race 4x also. I have a hardtail, becasue this was all I could afford after my level betty broke. A hartdail is nice becasue its simple- relibible, easy to tune (only fork). FS 4x bikes like tazers are fun too though.
Imperial SL. Hardtail because I took a realistic look at what I'd be doing with it. Sadly there really aren't anymore slalom races, and only a couple 4x races around if I'm lucky. Realistically, it sees more time at dirt jumps, etc. Also a hardtail to try something different. I have been on a full suspension slalom bike going back to 1999, it was time to mix it up.
My Yeti 4x (#11), Fox 36 Talas R, Sram X9/X0, Holzfeller cranks, MRP system 1, DT FR 6.1 on Hadleys, Protapers, Thomson post, Juicys 7s...
I have always ridden hardtails for that sort of stuff (skateparks, jumping and 4x) and i wanted to try something different. Yes the Yeti is heavier (~3pounds over my last hardtail frame) but it is so much faster on tighter corners, as well as giving a lot more grip on the flat turns. I run mine setup pretty hard, so i rarely bottom it (if at all) and it doesn't soak up any of the lips of jumps. Time/position wise i'm not sure if it's any better, but it feels a lot more fun to ride.
Flat bars, 40mm stem, Shimano Deore brakes, Gamut guide, etc. This bike barely cost me anything and I love it. The 5th element air sucks, but I'm stealing Biscuit's newer Fox float shock soon. It's a longer frame, and it has a longer wheelbase than an Orange 222.
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I like a ht because I dont need a fs on the tracks I usually ride.
I have tried a Tazer VP, Tazer FS and a yeti fs though and if I was rich Id prolly get myself a Tazer VP or a Yeti.
Thanks, the SX rips. It's the closest thing I could find to a Tazer FSR, but a lot stronger and with a better warranty. With a new shock, it's a super fun ride. The flat bars are rad, and make it handle really well. I'm only 5'9" and run the fork slammed. Flat bars are lighter, stiffer, and stronger than riser bars. The SX is fun cuz you can dial the fork out and go ride XC all day without any probs, and ripping on the downs.
I use my MXS for rougher, steeper courses and generall messing around, but it is really fun at the trails too. I mess around with geometry on it alot, but it's pretty set at 5" of travel up front and 4" in the rear most of the time, with a slammed 12.5" bb and 67 degree head angle. It is too heavy for me to use as my only gated racing bike, so I also run my '04 DNA, which is about 6 pounds lighter. The old DNA is pretty steep in the front end, which isn't as optimal for my cornering style. The geometry on the '05 and later DNA's is spot on for me, but i'm waiting on a new, lighter bike.
Sinister is building a run of 4x and slalom specific Ridge hardtails that are designed around a 4" fork. They will have a 68.5deg head angle, 23" TT,16.25" inch stays, an 1.125 head tube and a 12.25" inch BB height. Weight should be around 4.5 pounds for the frame. This is really similar to the DNA geometery, but without all the over-the-top beefyness, and a little bit slacker, lower and longer. I'm stoked, for sure.