I've got my Trek 4300 setup for road, with dropped and reversed stem for lower positioning, and true slicks (conti sport contacts). I'm also still on platforms. Some friends are doing relatively light DH/single trails next wkend, and I'd like to change my setup to suit, but on a budget.
First thing I need is tires, I'm going to go for something relatively cheap. I might need new tubes (contis come with thinner than normal presta tubes). I'll eventually get a complete new set of rims and good tires, but not for the moment if possible.
Do I really need to get clipped-in? I will do eventually, but it's not the best time financially, and I'm wondering whether I'll get enough time to get use to 'em.
If I do, there's a BS near me which deals in Specialized. I want to get some Specialized Rockhopper shoes. I'm choosing them as I need something I can wear at work, and they're pretty acceptable & have good reviews.
And for pedals, I'm thinking the entry-level Shimano MTB spds. Can't remember the model number, but they looked ok in reviews. Next year I can get some chrome egg-beaters or see what else is out there.
Do I need a new stem? When flipping it to get the better angle, I noticed that there was a warning label on it saying it shouldn't be used for DH/serious XC. Are they just covering a$$ with this, or should I be concerned about using this stem on DH? (it's a stock 4300 stem). I also plan to swap the stem back right way up before heading out. (less painful if I hit it for one thing)