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Old 01-27-05, 01:06 PM   #1
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need new bike - ideas?

been riding about a year. though i am 33 (old - i know) i can't resist the chance to get air, ride logs(or try to), bunny hop big obstacles, and scream down downhill sections. i ride in an area with great xc trails with a few 1-2 foot drops and lots of log jams. i occassionally visit another area with 2-3 foot ramps. i am currently on a trek 6700 hardtail, and my rear tire and rim are taking a massive beating on the drops/jumps (not to mention my face when i soil sample).

my local fat tire society is currently building a true freeride trail that will be open in the spring. i am buying a full helmet and shin guards. the good ole 6700 will probably break in half if i try it on this new trail (big drops, lots of stunts - typical freeride stuff).

here is the issue. i do lots of xc riding, and plan to race in 4-5 races next year (single track). at the same time, i want to go big (or don't go at all) on the fr trail without fear of breaking my frame/butt. ideal would be a carbon fiber xc rig and a big hit tank, but i can't afford both. any suggestions? is the santa cruz heckler too heavy for a xc race?

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Old 01-27-05, 01:42 PM   #2
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The money you spend on a compromise will be lost after the first missed drop.

You can go the route of a bike like the Specialized Enduro, but it won't handle the big stuff. A Heckler isn't bad either.

I'd go for the Big Hit bike and use your current ride as your XC bike. As you get more into the sport, you'll be able to upgrade the Trek to better suit your needs. You may find freeriding more enjoyable and will want to concentrate on that aspect.
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The Kona Coiler would be a great choice for your situation.
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Old 01-27-05, 06:54 PM   #4
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2psykl is right on, keep your xc bike to race and get a good FR bike with the money.33 is not old I do some big stuff and ride sreet and I'm 38
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I reckon you should go down the coiler routs as Kona says....they look VERY nice to me
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thanks for the advice

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Check out the VT series from Giant. Can handle up to 6' drops and pedals nicely.

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