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Old 09-21-04, 06:23 PM   #1
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What bike would you choose.

Im just getting into DH biking but I still want to do alot of jumping, hucking, and strait drops. My entire city i live in carries a total of 2 Bikes im interested in... A 03' giant DH comp with boxxer fork, a specialized BIg hit with marzzochi dirt jumper 2. Ive been told the giant is more of a strictly DH bike with little jumping abilities, and the Specialized is an awesome Jumper with very good DH capabilities, and with few upgrades can be made into a full out DH bike. I could also wait and get a 05' big hit with the upgraded fork Manitou kingpin and the Rear fox vanilla R. Im personally leaning towards the 04' bighit wich i can get at a very good price and just upgrading the Fork later. Also this is one of manitous first Dh forks theyve put out so im a little weary of its capabilites..... im looking to get one soon, and just wanted some opinions on thses rides.
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I'd get the big hit.
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Old 09-21-04, 06:36 PM   #3
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I'd go with Konarider24.
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Old 09-21-04, 06:43 PM   #4
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ok, thanks guys, but would you get the 04 model and just upgrade it or, would u wait 60 days and get the 05 model.....
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Depends on how bad you want it, how much dough you got and if the new one's better. A lot better.
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I'd get the 2004.
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I'd go with konarider24.
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Once again, Awesome post hooligan. Very original and helpful. Glad you have your own opinion...
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Back to helping MOther HUcker. IMO, from the style of riding you've described. I think the BigHit would be a good bike for you. IMO, the DJ II is a MUCH better fork for jumping then the BoXXer.

For the price and quality of the Specialized Bighit its a no brainer. Now if you want to do DH mostly with very limited FR and DJ the Giant would be better.

As for the upgrade. I haven't heard much about the Manitou Stance Kingpin, but that and the Boxxer Ride are the two forks i'm interested in. For the rear shock. I love my Vanilla R. Great for anything from DJ to DH.
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Having played on both, go with the bighit. The DH comp is a dh bike only. VERY plush and soft and pretty slack for any pedalling at all.
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I agree that the BIG HIT is a better choice for a more versatile bike.

I do disagree that this is one of Manitou/Answer's first DH forks. Have you never heard of the DORADO?

It may be the first year for this specific model, but I'd take a Manitou over a Rock Shox any day of the week.

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Once again, Awesome post hooligan. Very original and helpful. Glad you have your own opinion...
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Also this is one of manitous first Dh forks theyve put out so im a little weary of its capabilites.....
maybe the person who told you that meant that the manitou stance kingpin is mantiou's first "low budget" dh fork. manitou's been making dh forks for quite a while. like a2 mentioned, they make the dorado, which is an inverted fork popular with many dh racers. they also have the sherman slider plus. mael's recently gotten one so i'm sure he can tell you all about it's goods/bads.

as for your question about which bike, then like the rest, i'm going to have to say get the bighit. it's more suited for the different types of things you want to do. the giant dh is a dh race bike. i mean, i'm sure you'd be able to huck, jump and drop on it, but the bike's geometry not really ideal for that sort of stuff.

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Manitous had many downhill forks.....the old X-vert carbon has better dampening than the Boxxer....and its like 4 or 5 years older. The Giant is a great bike for DH and DH racing....better than the Bighit. But since you want an all around bike, its going to be hard. Heres kinda what im thinking. Drop a bit of cash on a hardtail, and figure out what you really wanna do. Then, later, you can go out and get a more dh oriented bike. You will become smoother if you "freeride" on a hardtail. You could then keep the HT for djing and street stuff, and get a more DH oriented bike for DH and larger "freeriding" stuff. Its pointless to go out and try and get a do it all bike.....I figured that out the hard way....
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