This is Matthew from New Brunswick’s hardtail build, in his own words.
This is a 2016 Giant Talon 4. I purchased it used for $500 and have done upgrades over time.
My first major upgrade was switching out the fork from the Suntour XCM 100mm to a Rockshox TK Silver 30 coil fork.. The fork is basic and has lockout and basic compression damping, enough for the XC trails I ride.
The bars and stem are stock, 690mm with a 100mm stem (I’m planning on switching them out for longer bars and a shorter stem).
Brakes are Tektro Auriga hydraulics with 160mm rotors.
The bike was a 3X8 but I upgraded it to a 3X9. Rear derailleur is an Acera Shadow 9 speed. I have an 11-36T cassette.
Rims are standard Giant. Tires are Serfas Krest 27.5 X 3.
I love everything about my hardtail.
I love it because I have chosen the parts myself and taken the time to research what parts are inexpensive but still quality.
I’m a Dad of 3 kids, so when I’m not on the trails I’m pulling my kids in the bike stroller.
It may not be the most expensive and it’s certainly not a 1X, but it suits me and my lifestyle. It’s a working man’s hardtail, and I hope people see that you don’t need to spend thousands to get quality and have fun!
Spend what you can afford and just have fun.
Well put Matthew! Having fun is the name of the game.
I sold a hardtail to one of my friends who also has kids and he says the same thing–a hardtail is perfect for pulling double duty between trail riding and family time!
Thanks for the submission, Matthew!
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