02-09-05, 12:06 AM
Hi all im Dave! I just received my 2003 Specialized Hardrock Pro Disk. I never down hilled before or trail other then 4 wheeling with my friends banshee. but i would thing biking is a whole lot diffrent. I purchaced my bike off of Ebay due to lack of funds. I know that, thats the cheap way out and im not supporting my local LBS but will spend lots of money there in the near future due to upgrades. I also puchaced a full face helmet along with the THE mud fender and a nice pair of blue down hill gloves also my helmet and fender are blue. I figured i would cordinate the colors with the titanium frame color. In my future posts i will post pics i have some in my digital cam but batteries are dead so i have to charge to get them. well i am very excited to be part of down hilling and trail riding. i give thanx to the person responcible for getting me into this sport my uncle (INCIPIT). He is a member of this forum. Well hope to chat with you people later on in the near future laterrrrz!
02-09-05, 11:49 AM
Welcome to the forum :)
There's no shame in buying a bike online. You'll support your LBS in the future with new parts and repairs, for sure ;)
The only way to get good at downhilling is to put your fear aside and just do it. You will fall. How fast you get back on the bike is what makes you good. Oh, and make sure you have good health insurance :D
02-10-05, 01:09 PM
Welcome, good luck with that bike. I'm a big fan of Specialized products and think you made a good choice for your first bike.
Just so you know, chances are you'll mostly do "trail riding". Downhilling is a subset of the sport of Mountain Biking where the bikes resemble motorless MX bikes with about 8 to 9 inches of suspension travel.
Your bike is more XC (Cross Country) or Trail Riding oriented. Going down is just the fun part.
To bring you further along in you mountain biking nomenclature. There is another subset of the sport call FreeRiding. This is a type of riding that was popularized (notice NOT started) in the Pacific NW and in many parts of SW Canada. The riders in the area built elevated trails to protect the natural vegetation and as a result built stunts and drops into their designs. A new style of riding developed. There are terms such as Drops, Huck, Gaps and other stuff to further explain.
So, in a nutshell you have XC - Cross Country, what most riders in the world do. Trails through the woods, up, down, small jumps, racing...etc.
FR - FreeRiding, extreme riding, elevated trails, stunts, drops....etc.
Urban - FreeRiding in the City using loading docks, stairs, ledges...etc.
Trials - (Not Trails) this is a series of tricks incorporating tonnes of balancing skills, back wheel hops over obstacles, really awesome stuff.
DH - DownHill, these are Single Riders racing down a marked course against the clock. Going over drops, and jumps, through rock gardens, around bermed turns...etc. You against the clock.
There are more, but you'll learn as you go. E.G. Bikercross or 4x, Slalom, Marathons, Endurance...etc.