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I am planning to buy an MTB for learning stunts...(BTW my family wont allow me to buy a BMX because of its height). So my question is shall I go for MTB with front suspension or not and with gears or not?

What i think is i should consider bike with gears,although they add extra weight but they can be removed later if i find them annoying... However i have no idea about front suspensions whether they will make a bicycle stronger/flexible for stunts or not...

and which one will you prefer for my requirement btwin or schnell

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I would talk to your family. I'm not sure why they object to a BMX because of height, but always get the right tool for the job. If you're doing vert/park riding, it's going to be awkward on a mountain bike, and quite possibly dangerous for you and other riders. Some parks may have restrictions not allowing it as well. Figure out what style of riding you want to do, then gather your arguments and present them to your family. –  JohnP Apr 10 at 15:36
    
While I was in college, I admired some fellow students that was able to do stunts on mountain bikes (year 2000~2003ish). They might have been hard tail bikes, but they was not BMX. They was able to go from the ground to top of trash cans and balance on the back wheel then jump on the nearby bench and back to the ground. I would provide this as a answer if I had better memory of what they rode. –  BPugh Apr 10 at 17:00

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If you plan on doing slopestyle/dirt jumping, you'll want at least front suspension in the range of 80-120mm (80-100mm being preferred) and no rear suspension. With larger slopestyle type jumps you may want a full suspension bike, but it's not worth it when you are just learning.

On the other hand, if you are looking at doing more street BMX and park style riding, you can get away with a rigid fork, but a suspension fork wouldn't be unusual here either.

For gearing, most dirt jumpers and street riders ride single speed and just vary the ring/cog sizes as needed to suit their pedaling needs.

As for brand, I would say Schnell, but neither of those brands look like they make a good trick-related bike. I would spend some time researching Dirt Jump/Slopestyle bikes, you can get one for the same price new or used and it will fit your purpose much better.

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You could certainly get a suspension front fork with lockout. –  JohnP Apr 10 at 15:38
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@JohnP Yes, but hitting jumps and whatnot with a locked-out fork is definitely not recommended as it can damage your fork. –  Aaron Apr 10 at 15:50
    
True, but which is worse, doing some of these tricks with less momentum/velocity because the fork absorbs energy, or eventually ruining the fork? :) –  JohnP Apr 10 at 16:16
    
@JohnP I'd saying ruining the fork! It's money, plus if it fails while riding your could seriously injure yourself! And a stiff 80mm fork, won't kill too much speed, that's what I use. –  Aaron Apr 10 at 16:59
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There are forks that are designed for dirtjump, and they are in the range of 80mm. Please, never use a XC fork for stunts or dirtjump, the travel may be the same, but they aren't built the same way. –  Jahaziel Jul 29 at 20:43

If you want to learn BMX type tricks then rigid

  • BMX bikes come rigid
  • BMX bikes also come single speed

Suspension and gears cost money. Put that money into better frame and components.

In a mtn bike don't worry about dedicated single speed. A single speed conversion kit lets you go to gears later. Even if you don't want to convert it for yourself it will tend to have better resale

Get mtn bike with a low slung frame and a tube that lets you go way down with seat
(some seat tubes have a bend).

Consider a 26" used mtn bike with a nice frame that has a worn out shock and gears and convert it to rigid single speed. Since mtn bikers want 29" there are some really good deals on used 26" mtn bikes.
Especially 26" mtn bikes without disc brakes. You don't want to go so old that it has the 1" treaded fork. You want a 1-1/8˝ threadless steerers.

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On a non-horizontal drop out frame, chances are you need a chain tensioning pulley anyway to go single speed, and a redished wheel if your wheel takes more than 1 gear in the back. Its not entirely trivial. –  Batman May 29 at 23:58
    
@Batman I consider a single speed conversion kit with tensioner trivial. –  Blam Jul 28 at 17:10

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