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Old 05-17-09, 08:54 AM   #1
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Dirt Jump geometry ok for XC?

I just got a dirt jump bike that I use for urban assault around town and I'd like it to double as my XC bike. Nothing too crazy or steep, just some moderate level mountain trails and maybe some singletrack. I'm planning on changing the tires and getting a longer seatpost and different saddle. Other than that, anybody see why the geometry would be problematic for climbs, cornering, etc?
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I would think it would be fine, just in some spots, it might be a bit twitchy.
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Sounds like you're on the right track, xavierjaquilar
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It should be okay, but climbing can be an issue. The geo just isn't make for going up. Jump frames tend to be heavy too. What bike did you get?
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It should be okay, but climbing can be an issue. The geo just isn't make for going up. Jump frames tend to be heavy too. What bike did you get?
It's a DK Asterik, and you're right, it's pretty heavy. But i can deal with the weight, I'm thinking more along the lines of the geometry being used for a non-intended purpose. If I were doing more serious offroad stuff, I'd have a dedicated bike for that purpose, but the kind of trails I do aren't heavy artillery enough to warrant a specific XC bike. I think it'll be fine, but it couldn't hurt to ask.

Anybody know of a cheap, slim saddle that could double as both XC and urban assault? Most of the ones I've seen so far are too wide.
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It's a DK Asterik, and you're right, it's pretty heavy. But i can deal with the weight, I'm thinking more along the lines of the geometry being used for a non-intended purpose. If I were doing more serious offroad stuff, I'd have a dedicated bike for that purpose, but the kind of trails I do aren't heavy artillery enough to warrant a specific XC bike. I think it'll be fine, but it couldn't hurt to ask.

Anybody know of a cheap, slim saddle that could double as both XC and urban assault? Most of the ones I've seen so far are too wide.
Check out some saddles from WTB, usually aren't priced that bad. Can't remember the model of the one I rode but it was comfy.
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When I ride "urban" on my jump I just slam the seat. So go for what you like on trail. Saddles are subjective. So what some like a lot, some will hate. Everyones but feels different. I personally like Specialized saddles. Go to a specialized dealer and they can measure your sit bones and help pick one that fits you nice.

One thing I should add, is don't go over board with price if you ride urban or jump more then trails. My saddle on my jump bike is all sorts of messed up from bailing and wrecks. To the point I'm thinking of getting another saddle and seatpost for trail riding on the bike, and switching it out for when I hit the dirt track.
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