Originally Posted by BSS07
does anyone recomend having a hardtail downhill bike? if not can someone link me a full suspension frame like one of these that is decent quality, i want to build a bike up and the frame to be less then $1000...
Hardtail will be OK for beginner DH and partway into Sport maybe. Hopefully the races you go to will have a hardtail class (ours do here). Otherwise, you will quickly be at a disadvantage.
It is hard to build a FS DH bike for $1000. I came close with my first frame build but that was with some sponsorship help. Best way to stay anywhere near that figure is used. Something like a used Specialized BigHit or Iron Horse SGS might fill the bill. There were a bazillion of both sold three or four seasons ago.
I'm going to add to this post: I have a young friend who is finishing up an Iron Horse SGS DH build. It is his first try at this and he shopped VERY carefully with my only-occasional guidance along the way. I think he did VERY well and is going to wind up with a capable machine; but even at that, he came in a tick over $1,200:
Frame w/ rear shock ___150___Iron Horse SGS w/ Fox Vanilla RC
Front fork: ___$250___’03 ? Super T
Seat post:___ $70___29.8mm x 330mm Thompson
Seat: ___$15___T.H.E. DH seat
Seat post clamp:___$15___Salsa lip-lock.
Brakes front and rear:___$130___Hayes Mags with 8 inch rotors – came complete with adapters, discs, pads, and everything
Wheels and tires:___$270___Alex Supra DH rims with Tioga 2.3 tires and Dimension? Hubs front and rear came with rear cassette (unknown) (cost me 130 to get the wheel re-laced and buy the new hub, which is included in this price of 270 – took them a long time, so they gave me free labor)
Pedals: ___$15___Blackspire Mr. Chunkie
Handlebar: ___$25___Answer Pro-tapers
Shifters: ___$ 35___SRAM X.9’s
Front derailleur:___$20___SRAM X-Gen
Rear derailleur:___$40___SRAM X.9
Front chain rings:___$80___Blackspire super pro chain ring set
Headset: ___$80___Blackspire Shore DH Headset