What Are the Advantages of Hardtail Ebikes and Full-suspension Ebikes?

What Are the Advantages of Hardtail Ebikes and Full-suspension Ebikes?

Actually, an ebike is not hard to get. They consist of the same components. For example, there are electric parts like battery, motor and sensor, and mechanical parts like frame, seat and suspension. If you are wondering, “What are the advantages of hartail ebikes and full-suspension ebikes”, you might have already had quite a good knowledge base of ebikes, and are considering which choice would be the best for your ride.

In this article, we will walk you through the definitions of hardtail and full-suspension ebikes, and their own advantages. After reading, you’ll understand their unique features and know which one fits you the best.

What is suspension on an ebike?

No matter on an acoustic bike or an ebike, you will suffer from the shock that is produced from the traction between the wheels and the ground, and that is not comfortable, especially on rough terrains. Although the air in the wheels can insulate the shock in some way, on very bumpy terrains, they only have a limited ability to absorb shock, so that when the suspension system shines.

Suspension is the system used to suspend the rider and bicycle in order to insulate them from the roughness of the terrain. Suspension can be implemented in a variety of ways, but the most commonly seen suspension systems are front fork suspension, rear suspension, and suspension seat. The former two suspensions have more impact on shock absorption than the last, so based on the combination of these two suspension systems, ebikes are generally categorized into two genres - hardtail and full-suspension ebike.

What are hardtail and full-suspension ebikes?

A hardtail ebike is one that only comes with a front fork suspension. As there is no rear suspension, you may feel more shock in the back part of the ebike, hence the hardtail name.

Hovsco ebike all contains a front suspension fork with 60-80mm travel from Zoom

A full-suspension ebike comes with both the front fork suspension and the rear suspension system. With both suspensions, a full-suspension ebike has supreme shock absorption capability. There are very few ebikes in the market that comes with no suspension in the front and back at all.

This is the rear suspention system of a full-suspention ebike

You may wonder, so is a full-suspension ebike fundamentally better than a hardtail ebike? Don’t rush, read along to see their own advantages and see which suits you the best!

Advantages of hardtail ebike

Simpler to maintain

A full-suspension ebike, especially the rear suspension system, requires regular maintenance, such as changing oil, rubber and anti-dust cover, which can often be very pricey. On the other hand, a hardtail ebike is easier and cheaper to maintain.

More efficient

When you are pedaling on a full-suspension ebike, your energy might be consumed on the up-and-downs of the ebike instead of being put to move the ebike forward, therefore wasting a certain amount of energy. This is especially obvious when you are riding on smoother terrains or climbs.

Lighter Weight

The rear suspension system is separate from the frame, so it adds a considerable amount of weight to the ebike. While the front suspension is integrated with the front fork, so it does not add a lot of weight to the ebike. With less weight, you are able to pedal and turn more effortlessly on the ebike.

Natural riding feeling

On a hardtail ebike, you can feel every bump and crack in the road more than on a full-suspension ebike. Some riders like to be engaged in nature and get the essence of it, so they would choose a hardtail ebike over a full-suspension one.

Lower cost

A hardtail ebike is often less expensive without the rear suspension system, while a full-suspension ebike can often cost hundreds of dollars more.

Advantages of full-suspension ebike

Hovsco HovScout full-suspension ebike, 750W Bafang motor, hydraulic disc brakes, torque sensor, Samsung or LG batteries

Increased stability and comfort

With the help of the additional rear suspension system, a full-suspension ebike is definitely excellent at shock absorption. When you are riding on very rough terrains with many bumps, or very fast on downhills, the full suspension system can absorb much impact from the ground, so you can be more stable when riding. Even if you are doing a jump on your ebike, the full suspension can help too! If you are looking for a smoother ride, you should choose the full-suspension ebike.

Faster on trails with obstacles

Full-suspension bikes maintain better traction on uneven surfaces because the wheels can attach to the ground nice and tight with the ups and downs. As a result, more energy you put into pedaling can be transferred into the force pushing the bike forward.

More capability and versatility

Full-suspension ebikes are more versatile and suitable for a wider range of terrains. If you enjoy off-trail riding, there will be many obstacles waiting ahead of you on those trails, so full-suspension ebikes are a solid choice.

Reduced Fatigue

The rear suspension helps to reduce rider fatigue by absorbing shocks and vibrations, allowing the rider to maintain better control and comfort during longer rides. More turbulence can also be off-putting to some riders. Your legs or bum may get sore after a few hours of driving. You may also have trouble traversing rough or unpaved roads. This can increase your risk of getting into an accident if you’re not used to handling rough terrain. Less turbulence will also help you focus on the road. You can relax instead of worrying about losing control of your bike when you hit a bump in the road.

Many people choose an ebike because they suffer from certain body pains, such as from their back or knees. If you still get a lot of bumps from riding, it will potentially trigger the pains and make them even worse.


Ultimately, there is no winner between the hardtail and full-suspension ebike. The choice mainly depends on your riding style, the terrain you plan to cover, and your personal preferences.

You should choose a hardtail ebike, if you don’t ride very often, mainly ride on smooth and flat terrains, and do not worry about suffering from the bumps on the road.

You should choose a full-suspension ebike, if you are a frequent rider, often ride on rough and bumpy terrains, and worry that the bumps on the road would potentially hurt your body.

Where to get hardtail or full-suspension ebikes

Hovsco offers eight kinds of ebikes in total, including hardtail and full-suspension ones. Seven of the total ebikes are hardtail with the front suspension. But they all serve different purposes. For example, HovAlpha fat tire ebikes fit soft terrains better, HovBeta foldable ebikes fit limited storage space better, and HovCart cargo ebikes are suitable for people with hauling needs.

And Hovsco also has a full-suspension model, the HovScout. If you want a smoother and less bumpy ride, check it out!

Hovsco HovScout ebike, full suspension, 750W Bafang motor, Samsung LG battery, torque sensor

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