Hey, I Yesterday (Opening Day) I went up to my local Downhill MTB area (Skibowl) To do some ski lift mountain biking for the first time. I ride a hardtail and have been wanting a new bike. I had a blast yesterday, but I got beat to **** on my hardtail. I want to keep my current bike for XC riding, but previous to my Skibowl experience, I wanted to get a DJ Hardtail for Downhill/Freeride. There is also a large dirtjump area and skatepark next to my house that I want to ride in. My question is if I were to get a Freeride Dually such as an Ironhorse Yakuza or similar bike, how would it perform in dirtjump style riding? What about like a Norco VPS Buzz or Drop? Thanks, I do enjoy riding hardtails, but I just felt like my hands were going to fall off after a day of riding downhill.
PS- I figure I should include my riding level. I went for my first real downhill yesterday, but I have been doing some significant trail riding/ jumping. I am by no means shredding down expert trails, but I felt comfortable and had alot of fun on the black runs, and feel like I can be a pretty competent downhill rider fairly soon.
Both of those bikes look great, but I am on a pretty tight budget. I am a broke schoolkid who is very short on money. I have about $650 max for a used bike. How about the Haro Shift Series, it looks very similar to the Parker, but you can find them used for a reasonable price. I also found the Mongoose Otero, what do you think about those bikes?
By tire clearance, I mean try to find a hardtail with a frame and a fork that can fit large tires, somewhere in the range of 2.5 - 2.7. Running larger tires with lower pressures will make the ride less bumpy.
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If ya got the skills or the jumps are not 10' high with almost vert lips then a full squish over 4" will work just fine.
The smaller DJ are pretty easy to hit with a full squish and the benefit of a fs is if you case a landing you will have a bit less impact then that of a hard tail. While it still hurts like a biyatch and still may destroy a tire it is not as bad. Here are a few vids of a local spot with guys of full squish rigs.