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Old 10-10-07, 06:22 PM   #1
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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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Old 10-10-07, 06:25 PM   #2
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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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MulletArgyleMan forgot to include his other suggestion: http://www.walmart.ca/wps-portal/sto...categoryId=282

damn! u caught me.
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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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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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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
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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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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.
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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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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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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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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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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?
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Very impressive.......are you pro?
He's gotta be, the VP10 is pro issue only.
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