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    Hardtail: XC vs. Freestyle

    Are there any bikes out there that have the ability to take some good sized drops (like a hardtail freestyle), but can also ride on the trail for 10 miles (like a hardtail XC)? In other words, any freestyles which can be ridden on the trail, or any Xc's which can be shot off a downhill.

    Since I want to be able to sort of do both, is it better to get a XC and ruin the fork, or get a dirt jumper, freestyle type and take that on the long trail?

    Thanks a bunch.

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    I used to have a Santa Cruz Chameleon, sounds like the perfect bike for you. Just get an all mountain fork and you will be able to ride just about anything you want.
    I may be fat but I'm slow enough to make up for it.

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    i'm building up a Jamis Komodo FX with that exact concept in mind (plus allot of urban riding). i can't tell you more, becouse i havn't riddin it yet, but at least by my own theory i think i'm heading in the right direction.

    i guess the concept is a freeride hardtail frame of a lightweight varriety, with a medium travel fork.

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    Chameleon

    I lust after one of those

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    Maybe a Transition Vagrant like mx's new one

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    My friend has a Chameleon but its not the best for XC b/c he has it set up as a SS. But the Chameleon it self would be great for that.
    I like riding bikes :)

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    Commited Suicide WannaGetGood's Avatar
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    Norco Bigfoot. Ands its Freeride.

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    I use a GF Mullet pretty much as you describe.

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    How much are you willing to spend, your biking vocab. tells me not a lot.

    Like WannaGetGood said its freeride not freestyle
    Quote Originally Posted by Killer B
    The way I ride requires the most advanced, toughest wheelset's available.

    Chicago Freeride

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    that santa cruz looks pretty stylin

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    Miguel edoggpepper1800's Avatar
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    thanks for the vote of confidence about the "freestyle" comment. Maybe I should go out back and hang myself over it.

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    Chameleon all the way. I got an '05 frame cheap of ebay, dumped a few parts off my '03 Specialized bighit, added a Sherman firefly and some magura gustavs. I find myself able to handle XC stuff and can jump/drop better than i could on my full suspension Big hit. I think your ability to XC easier/freestyle easier will come down to how big/heavy a fork you put on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by edoggpepper1800
    thanks for the vote of confidence about the "freestyle" comment. Maybe I should go out back and hang myself over it.
    don't worry, freeriding is just riding freestyle, without style.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mcoine
    don't worry, freeriding is just riding freestyle, without style.
    Hah! +1

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    any of you seen the Reken deal on Pricepoint for $99. Is that any good (maybe a little too lightweight for big drops). Any Fork suggestions if one were to get the Reken frame?

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