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    Downhill racing

    I'm thinking about getting into Downhill action. Can you recomend a brand of bike to start with, or which components ? I'm 6'1" 200+ lbs. and 45+ yrs old. Don't worry I have good medical insurance.

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    I don't do DH, but its always good to have a price range.

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    As already mentioned a price range would be helpful. Also how much travel you want on the bike? Weight preference? ect.

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    umm...., how about Norco? http://www.norco.com/bikes/mountain/...ity/atomik.php

    Kona? http://konaworld.com/08_stabdeluxe.htm

    or the cooler, calmer, stinky (more/freeride bike) http://konaworld.com/08_stinkydeluxe.htm

    what's ur budget?
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    MulletArgyleMan forgot to include his other suggestion: http://www.walmart.ca/wps-portal/sto...categoryId=282

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    Quote Originally Posted by BenLi View Post
    MulletArgyleMan forgot to include his other suggestion: http://www.walmart.ca/wps-portal/sto...categoryId=282

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    Quote Originally Posted by ItCostsWhat? View Post
    Don't worry I have good medical insurance.
    Forget the medical insurance, get some good life insurance.. think of your wife and kids.. jeez.

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    Price ? depends- will I crash the hell out of it and have to replace it when I get good enough to race. or even with crashes do they repair well ? if it's just a bike to learn on and I'll need a race bike, then $500. but if it can take the abuse and repair well. then $3000.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ItCostsWhat? View Post
    Price ? depends- will I crash the hell out of it and have to replace it when I get good enough to race. or even with crashes do they repair well ? if it's just a bike to learn on and I'll need a race bike, then $500. but if it can take the abuse and repair well. then $3000.
    I think a decent downhill rig will set you back at LEAST 3 grand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BenLi View Post
    MulletArgyleMan forgot to include his other suggestion: http://www.walmart.ca/wps-portal/sto...categoryId=282
    [SIZE="5"]Sweet Ride !!!![/SIZE]

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    ItCosts...

    My recommendation is look on MTBR classifieds to find a decent rig for a good price.

    I was lucky enough to get a VERY lightly used Specialized Big Hit for less than a grand delivered to my door. I am learning and beating it up, and since I got a good deal and a decent platform to build up from, I am slowly replacing what needs to be replaced.
    Downhill bikes are made to be beaten up. You can always demolish something, but when spending, consider what a bike can take and if it will be strong enough to keep you safe if you do get into trouble and have to get out.
    I think I'd rather have to repair a strong bike than save money and replace a cheaper bike after I get out of the hospital. I have been in a couple situations where the strength and long travel of my Hit helped me avoid problems that would have arisen from less travel/strength.
    But I am less than 2 years riding, so what do I know.

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    specialized bighit is a good place to start
    hi

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnbk3000 View Post
    specialized bighit is a good place to start
    The big hit is a god awful dh bike. Geometry is way off for dh racing.

    I'd look into a used demo8 that is in decent shape.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnbk3000 View Post
    specialized bighit is a good place to start
    keyword was start, i never said he would end up like cedric gracia while riding a bighit.
    hi

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Smashy View Post
    The big hit is a god awful dh bike. Geometry is way off for dh racing.

    I'd look into a used demo8 that is in decent shape.
    saw one over in the mtbr classifieds, might want to take a look

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    Surfing around, I liked the looks of the Mountain Cycle brand, how does it hold up against the rest ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ItCostsWhat? View Post
    Surfing around, I liked the looks of the Mountain Cycle brand, how does it hold up against the rest ?
    googled it. It isn't a very well known brand, but their bikes don't look half bad. However, you may want to get some reviews. Also, you may pay high boutique prices.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Smashy View Post
    The big hit is a god awful dh bike. Geometry is way off for dh racing.

    I'd look into a used demo8 that is in decent shape.
    Hate to have to disagree with you, Smashy; but the BigHit was a decent DH bike. It pedalled decently, had pretty fair geometry and there were a bazillion sold, so pickings in the used market should be good. The big drawback of the BigHit was the 24" rear wheel - - which ended up NOT accelerating like people hoped and did not do well on square-edged hits and other momentum-sucking features.

    For getting into DH on a budget, the OP might do well to look to high-single-pivot bikes like the Santa Cruz Bullit or the Yeti ASX. Both a plenty DH capable with the right fork and can take a lot of abuse.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BenLi View Post
    googled it. It isn't a very well known brand, but their bikes don't look half bad. However, you may want to get some reviews. Also, you may pay high boutique prices.
    Mountain Cycle is a very well known brand.

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    Mountain Cycle is a long-time boutique brand that was tied for years with Kinesis of Portland, OR. They were known particularly for their almost-art-metal monocoque frames. A large shakeup of the whole way Kinesis operates split Kinesis USA from its Taiwan facility and divested them of the MC brand. The brand has since been revived by a new investor group and headed, the last I'd heard, by none other than Doug Stuart, formerly CEO of FSA.

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    I prefer the boutique variety:

    Santa Cruz VP10, best I've ever used for DH.
    Ellsworth Dare. Better for freeride than downhill... assertion true for 4-bar linkage designs in general.
    Intense makes good bikes.

    I've heard great things about the Orange single pivot as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by colombo357 View Post
    Mountain Cycle is a very well known brand.
    Their suspension design is outdated and bobs too much.

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    ellsworth dare with risse champ.



    SC VP10 with Boxxer fork.





    My first FS rig was Kona Stinky D. It treated my nicely until I cracked the swing-arm.


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    Very impressive.......are you pro?
    Like a circus monkey on a stolen Harley......

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnbiker66 View Post
    Very impressive.......are you pro?
    He's gotta be, the VP10 is pro issue only.

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