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    Racing Classes?

    Can anyone who is active in the race scene explain the standard classifications for downhill racing? I will be getting a Giant STP 2 fairly soon and I'd like to know which class(es) I could be competitive in a year or two down the road. I love downhill, but I won't be getting an FS bike for it. If there's no way I could be competitive in downhill on a hardtail, can someone recommend a racing type for me?

    Thanks and sorry about the beginner questions.

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    mountain-cross (4-cross) and duel slolom are better suited to a hardtail... but it is possible to race DH on one just don't expect to be super competative.
    Classes are beginner, sport, expert, semi-pro, pro. You can jump into sport without any results, but after that you need to have a race resume to prove you deserve the upgrade.
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    Thanks for the answer. What mods will I want to make the bike race-ready, or is it pretty well ready to go stock?
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    you should be good to go for gravity events, but I don't know what you're racing or anything about that bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CrankshaftYQX
    Can anyone who is active in the race scene explain the standard classifications for downhill racing? I will be getting a Giant STP 2 fairly soon and I'd like to know which class(es) I could be competitive in a year or two down the road. I love downhill, but I won't be getting an FS bike for it. If there's no way I could be competitive in downhill on a hardtail, can someone recommend a racing type for me?

    Thanks and sorry about the beginner questions.

    Ethan
    To paraphrase: There's no such thing as a beginner question; only amateurish answers."

    Ethan, with any luck you will be racing where there is a hardtail class (we have them at our DH races here). The drawback to the HT class, though, is that it is usually not age-/experience-specific; in other words, you may be up against Expert racers who chose to run the HT class.

    For Beginner through Sport DH racing your STP will do you fine - -especially if the courses have good flow and/or are particularly jump-infested.

    As far as being race-ready, I'd recommend some 2.5 tires. They won't roll quite as fast as 2.35s but they'll give your hardtail just a little more 'suspension' to take some of the edge off the harshness and be a little more forgiving.

    Have fun and lets know how it goes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dminor
    To paraphrase: There's no such thing as a beginner question; only amateurish answers."

    Ethan, with any luck you will be racing where there is a hardtail class (we have them at our DH races here). The drawback to the HT class, though, is that it is usually not age-/experience-specific; in other words, you may be up against Expert racers who chose to run the HT class.

    For Beginner through Sport DH racing your STP will do you fine - -especially if the courses have good flow and/or are particularly jump-infested.

    As far as being race-ready, I'd recommend some 2.5 tires. They won't roll quite as fast as 2.35s but they'll give your hardtail just a little more 'suspension' to take some of the edge off the harshness and be a little more forgiving.

    Have fun and lets know how it goes.
    Thanks for the answer. My first race will most likely be June 30th on a Motocross course, and I'd say I'd have to run stock there. What issues would I have with my disc brakes from the 2.5 tires?
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    Quote Originally Posted by CrankshaftYQX
    Thanks for the answer. My first race will most likely be June 30th on a Motocross course, and I'd say I'd have to run stock there. What issues would I have with my disc brakes from the 2.5 tires?
    A can't imagine any other than they'll hook up a bit better.

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