I was thinking about buying a slopestyle frame as my next bike and normally i ride dirt jumps and I was just wondering if you could really tell that much of a difference between the frames when riding them.
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The slope bikes rear suspension adds a lot of weight to the bike and the shox soak up tons of pedal power.
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Yes, you can tell a difference. Most slope bikes don't offer as much pop as a hardtail will. Plenty of people jump them, though, so they are still very capable.
Jumping suspension isn't that different from a hardtail. It's mostly a difference in the timing of your pump. On a hardtail you pump/pop off the top of the lip. On suspension you just have to start your pump a little bit earlier so that you get your pop off the top. When I was learning to jump rhythm, I used to do new lines on my Super 8 first and then come back later with my hardtail. By the way, the same Super 8 that used to climb so well. (See forum topic What to do with an old frame.) Also, with an air shock you can increase the pressure so that it feels almost like a hardtail but with a little squish in case of a case.