Yesterday I saw a hardtail MTB with a very long travel fork. I am talking 4-6 inch downhill type fork. It caught my eye due to the way it looked with the fork on it. I have been thinking about it and wonder what the advantage of long travel such as that would be on a hardtail. I can see 80 - 140 mm of travel to help soak up some little stuff but you still have the hard tail to deal with. I think a long travel fork such as that would be a hindrance the front is soaking up big hits but the back is bouncing hard through the same spot. I have ridden hardtails all my life and can see how with proper handling you can get over some of the big bumps by being loose on the bike but with the front soaking up the hit it seems it would be hard to be loose as needed to ride the rear out. Some one with more experience help me understand it. How effective is a long travel fork on a hardtail?