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    Rate these freeride bikes!

    Hey everyone, i'd like you to rate these freeride bikes on a scale from 1 to 10...1 being crappy and 10 being godly! Base your ratings on quality, price, wieght, etc.

    1. Santa Cruz V10 =
    2. Santa Cruz Bullit =
    3. Specialized Demo 9 =
    4. Specialized Bighit =
    5. Rocky Mountain RMX =
    6. Kona Stinky =
    7. Norco VPS =

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    just copy the bikes and paste em into your message to avoid having to scroll up

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    the v10 and demo 9 are the best, i like the v10 mor though, cuz it has 10honking inches of travel! and i think thats why they called it v10? and the demo 9 cuz it has 9inches...the rest i dont know anything about. So these 2 get a 10 from me.

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    to the above, the demo 9 and V10 aren't good for freeriding, they are too heavy and don't pedal well up hill, which is the point of a freeride bike. They are good for DH and extreme freeride.


    1. Santa Cruz V10 =6.5-good for hard hits, but not the best for climbing due to long travel, good for DH and extreme freeride. SC are also expensive bikes though.

    2. Santa Cruz Bullit =9-shorter travel good for climbing but still very strong. Only problem is that it still has the problem that lots of single pivots have like pedal feed back, but can be fixed with floating disc brake and SPV, good for DH and freeride/extreme freeride.

    3. Specialized Demo 9 = 7- similar probs as V10, pedals a bit better but still not great. good for DH and extreme freeride. It is pretty expensive but is reasonable price for a DH ready bike and it's components.

    4. Specialized Bighit =
    Spec or FSR
    FSR-10- proven design, strong as hell and pedals brilliantly and I used to have one. good for freeride/extreme freeride and DH
    Spec-7- weigh a lot for what they are. like lots of single pivots but has less travel. good for freeride and tail riding.
    Both these bikes are some of the best value for money bikes around.

    5. Rocky Mountain RMX = 8- Are a well known brand and have very good quality control. The RM7's had problems with the linkage but the X is supposedly fixed. However it has a high leverage ratio in its suspension, which makes it hard on the shock and harder to adjust Honestly I don't know how they pedal. good for DH and freeride/extreme freeride. All RM's are very expensive, but that goes towards quality control.

    6. Kona Stinky =9.5- old but reliable lnikage, they do have a problem with brake squat though. Pedal very well up hill, yet feel plush on the big hits, did I mention they are extremely strong. good for freeride/ extreme freeride and entry DH. Also a very cheap but qua;lity bike like the Specialized

    7. Norco VPS = Don't know enough to comment.

    Was a long post but I hope it helps. Others please add to these and point out any errors and talk about the Norco.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hopper
    3. Specialized Demo 9 = 7- similar probs as V10, pedals a bit better but still not great. good for DH and extreme freeride. It is pretty expensive but is reasonable price for a DH ready bike and it's components.
    Demo 9 only good for extreme freeride, not DH. Although can be used for DH, they are too heavy for serious racing. Look at a Demo 8 instead for DH.
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    well, i read reviews, and the v10/demo 9 are one of the best but i geuss not for freeride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hopper
    7. Norco VPS = Don't know enough to comment.

    Was a long post but I hope it helps. Others please add to these and point out any errors and talk about the Norco.
    Ride is similar to the bighit but heavier bike, this is kind of made up for by the 26" wheel which makes riding a little easier. Newer frames are nicer as they don't have the norco DING sound.

    Otherwise hopper has the same views as I do when it comes to the fr bikes

    well, i read reviews, and the v10/demo 9 are one of the best but i geuss not for freeride.
    V10 is a great bike but long wheelbase makes for dh riding characteristics. Since a lot of freeriding is quick fluid movments some people have difficulty moving such a big bike (although I know people who didn't notice)

    Demo9 is a great fr bike. But it is a big park bike. Not much pedalling up Again you can build the strength to ignore this.

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    the vast majority of my judgements and comments here are based on reviews i've read and the general reactions to these bikes that i've seen on forums and online mags - so don't bite my head off if i say something that might seem utterly ********, heh.



    Quote Originally Posted by Jason Brown
    1. Santa Cruz V10 =
    santa cruz bikes are generally pretty expensive, so price-wise, i wouldn't say the v10 is one of the best bikes you can get for the cost. the v10 is more of a downhill race bike than a freeride bike though. in my opinion, the vp-free or even the bullit would be a much better choice for a freeride bike than the v10. overall, i guess i'd give the v10 a 6 or 7.


    Quote Originally Posted by Jason Brown
    2. Santa Cruz Bullit =
    same as above with regards to price. the suspension design leaves a bit to be desired - although, i've read some pretty good reviews on the bike and how it pedals, especially when you get the spv/propedal shock in the back set up correctly. i'd give the bullit an edge over the v10, but not by much. a 7 or an 8.


    Quote Originally Posted by Jason Brown
    3. Specialized Demo 9 =
    better suspension design than the two santa cruz bikes above - a tweeked version of speicalized's famed horst link suspension. the bike is a heavy at 45lbs+, but from what i've read, can be pedalled up hill... although, i wouldn't expect it to be at a fast paced clip. for gereral freeriding, i'd give it a 7. the bike's still gotta be able to go up, and unless you've got legs like lou ferrigno, i don't think it'd be much fun lugging that rig uphill.


    Quote Originally Posted by Jason Brown
    4. Specialized Bighit =
    horst link, which is great. i'm not a big fan of the 24" rear... but it does have its advantages. the big hit's a proven ride and is quite popular with freeriders and downhillers. decent pedeller. pretty good freeride rig, but a tad heavy for all around riding. better than the demo 9 though, i'd think. i'd give it an 8 or a 9.


    Quote Originally Posted by Jason Brown
    5. Rocky Mountain RMX =
    the past rm bikes have been notorious for linkage problems. the new rmx is supposed to have fixed those issues though with an all around beefier linkage. i personally, think that it'd be a great freeride... kind of expensive, but great nonetheless - although, i know there's many who'd probably disagree. three of the top freeriders in the world ride them - wade simmons, richie scheley and thomas vanderham. but having said that, for us mere "mortals", to get the full potential of this bike - i.e., without the breakage problems etc, i'd think you'd have to be one heck of a skilled and smooth rider. i'd have to give this a 7 just cause of the rep associated with it.


    Quote Originally Posted by Jason Brown
    6. Kona Stinky =
    from everything i've read, this is a great freeride bike. the suspesion design isn't the best, but it works - especially with the new spv/propedal shocks coming out. in terms of value, i'd have to say that kona and norco are tops right now dishing out great bikes with great specs for decent cost. of the bikes on the list, i'd have to say this would be the best choice - although, i favour norco over kona, you'll see why i'm saying this below... i'd give the stinky a 9.


    Quote Originally Posted by Jason Brown
    7. Norco VPS =
    this is biased, but i'd be giving norco a 10 if it wasn't for the fact that technically, you haven't listed a norco bike here. there are a number of norco vps bikes in their fleet. the flagship of which is the norco team dh (their dh race rig). followed by the shore, the a-line, the six, the atomik, the savage, the b-line (their extreme and general freeride rigs), the two fluids (their all mountain trail bikes) and the 4by (their supercross dually).


    current ride: 2003 norco vps fluid 3.0 (custom build).



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