It’s hard to imagine it now, but I still remember reading articles in magazines about whether or not suspension was a waste of time, and I’m not just talking about rear suspension either, the validity of suspension forks was even being questioned. To be fair those early forks were heavy, unreliable, expensive, and offered about 50mm of terrible quality travel, so I suppose it’s not really so surprising that people were questioning the need for them. I spent a grand on my first ‘proper’ bike, and that was a fully rigid steel hardtail with an XT groupset. And people say kit is expensive these days?
Anyway, despite years of what can only be described as fairly awful suspension, we still managed to come to the sensible conclusion that suspension can be a massive benefit when it comes to riding off-road, especially if you want to go fast. As much as I still love a hardtail (I’m afraid fully rigid is a step too far for me), I really wouldn’t want to be without suspension, it has just opened up so many new doors. Also, imagine how boring it would be if we couldn’t geek out and lust over the latest and greatest bits of suspension.