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Old 05-31-05, 10:42 PM   #1
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I need major help!

I am 18 withe a slender 6'4" frame at about 190 pounds. I have been riding about a year on a trek 4500, that is mostly stock. I am going to invest about $1400 in a new bike but am thinking of sticking to a hardtail mainly because of the nicer components i will get. I am seriously considering the Specialized Stumpjumper Hardtail with disc brakes. I mostly prefer to ride downhill and i am thinking about getting more agressive and start riding the park and getting some air. What bike would you guys recomend? Any help is appriciated. Thanks. Andrew.
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Old 05-31-05, 10:52 PM   #2
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Kona Cowan maybe?
The stumpjumper really isn't a bike meant for getting air. It'll be great for racing, going fast, etc. Get a beefier bike if you want to do that, you won't be happy when your brand new $1400 bike breaks because you used it for a purpose it wasn't designed for.
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Yeah, if you try riding downhill on the stumpjumper you'll have 2 halfs of a very expensive trail bike.

Check out the Kona Stuff too, it's a bit cheaper than the Cowan, I'm gonna get one myself.

I have the Kona Hoss right now and have nothing but nice things to say about it. I should have gotten the Hoss Dee Lux but they're out of them and I got my Hoss for 30% off.
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Old 05-31-05, 11:04 PM   #4
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But the Stuff and Cowan are strictly jumps and not downhill. What would be a good cross?
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Well, for a hardtail, a jump/freeride trail bike will be as close as you can get to a downhill bike.

'Real' DH bikes will, of course, be full suspension, and those might differ a little from a 'real' full suspension freeride bike.

Strict dirt jumping bikes will probably have a rigid fork, small, short frame, and single speed with only one brake in the back. The kona stuff/cowan are a good compromise... they have gears, suspension, and good geometry for trail riding OR jumps. Not as good for trails as a Stumpy... possibly not as good for jumps as a dirt BMX.
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When you say Dh, are you talking about shuttle runs with a very technical course or just bombin' down fireroads and nice single track with smallish jumps and drops?

When you say park, are you speaking about a mountain bike park or a skate park?

If you are going to be doing real DH specific (no brakes, ripping down the hill as fast as possible) rides and going to a mtb parks I would suggest a fs instead of a ht. 1400 will get you a decent fs frame with moderate components. I would also suggest staying with nothing more then XT because as the parts break (or should I say brake ) it wont cost as much to replace them and they will break if you do serious dh'ing and jumping.

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I have decided on the Specialized Enduro FSR. I am talking about more of ripping down hills ,big drops and more agressive stuff. Fire roads are no problem. So do you think im on the right track?
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Also im really stupid but what do you mean by XT?
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XT as in Deore XT level derailleurs, shifters, cranks, etc.
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