my old cheap mountain bike had both suspension. My newer one is by this definition a hardtail and it's a nut cracker when riding on unpaved trail. If I can go back I would choose a full suspension. I've ridden both and chose a hardtail. Lighter, more efficient, and usually less maintenance required. Just gotta get outta the saddle more often, but I don't mind.
And beatnik28 is right. The Tahoe 1.0 is a better deal IMHO with the slightly better XT parts, better brakes, and fork. It's also about 1 1/4 lbs lighter, but these aren't superlight race bikes so I'm not sure how much that matters. Oh, and I like the color scheme better but that's all personal preference.
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