Da Bomb Mind Bomb and DNM USD-180
I'm just looking for reviews or stories about either of the Mind Bomb DH frame and/or the DNM USD-180 forks.
I'm able to get a a fully built rig with that frame and shocks but really dont know how well they perform.
What I did notice was that the DNM fork was bloody heavy! (went for test ride today)
If people know the weights of the Shiver, Super T, Monster T, etc It would be great if i could have some sort of comparison because i'm thinking maybe getting the fork swapped.
Oh and is there really any massive weight difference from XTR to XT. To save some more money i'm thinking i might get the groupset lowered.
Review of fork - http://www.mtbreview.com/reviews/Fro...ct_87764.shtml
Supet T - around 6 Pounds
Monster T - around 10 pounds
Shiver - around 8.5 pounds
Get XT, the weight between xt and xtr isnt noticible at all. Think about getting cheap parts if your going to be trashing them regularly, like deore.
Gravity Is Yer Friend
What type of riding do plan to be doing? If you plan to do more freeriding then any thing else I would suggest the Monster-T, DH go with the Shiver and if you are trying to keep costs low go with the Super-T which is a good all 'rounder. If price is not a concern for the fork then I would suggest either a THE fork or an Avalance but then you get into the 2k$usd range. I do not know much about the DNM but give the mtbreview site a try, you should be able to get info there. The Mind Bomb frame is a good frame for the price. I know a lot of dh riders and some freeriders who use it. As Klien stated go with the xt over the xtr.
Im goin to be using it for DH thats, what i want it for but i spose it may get a little bit of freerid use. Probably not much tho as its a bloody heavy bike, and you feel it even more running it at 9 speed.
I read the reviews on the DNM fork at mtbreview and didnt really gain a massive amount as not many people reviwed it.
I have to say the inverted fork was resposive as ever but weight was a worry, i had issues getting the bike up to do a mono... even worse when i tried a drop off (tested out that 7" travel tho ). I'm sure the weight factor I would get use to but when the frame is already weighing in at 5.5kg which is at least 1kg heavier than the intense M1 for example it doesnt help to have a 4kg fork!
The control just seemed a bit dodgy until at extreme speed (could tell a bit of flex through the inverted fork aswell)
Hmm maybe i should get a quote with super t's. Monsters are getting back to around the same wieght and shivers are way outa my price range, as well as gettig back to the weight issue.
What are those inverted manitou's worth ($AUD)? they are probably around the same weight but not many shops sell manitou around my area so i havent checked em out at all.
Gravity Is Yer Friend
You will find that most riders with Manitous like them. The only Manitou I would suggest for dh is the Derado but it is expensive. The racers around here that are on a budget tend to go with the Super-T or they get a used RockShox Boxer. Check out ebay, there is usualy some one selling a decent dh fork that they used for one season and took good care of. If cost is a big factor, look at the Risse Trixy. You can pick a new one up w/o a hub for around 450USD. I have herd good a bad things about them each being very positive and very negitive. Also, you will get more flex from an inverted fork then a standard fork. You mentioned weight being a factor with the inverted, any good dh fork is going to be a bit heavy so it can handle the stress put on it from dh use. The inverted might weigh a bit but there is less unsprung weight so the fork will react better to bumps.