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Old 02-12-05, 06:45 PM   #1
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I'm looking into getting A Norco VPS B-Line or a Norco Manik. Im getting into more downhill riding and north shore style. The manik has a 170mm travel fork (which would help absorb the stuff that I run over ), but the b-line has a back shock rather than a hardtail like the Manik has. The prices are the same except the b-line is $9 more (big price difference huh?). I'm not good at making decisions so could someone help?
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Can't really decide for you, but I can give you some advice.

If you personally have never ridden a bike, go with the hardtail and gain some more skill before moving on to a full suspension. A full suspension will only hinder your progress unless you have some background knowledge and skill.

I would personally go with the Manik. It has a better build and should be more benefical.

my 2 cents. Feel free to disagree.
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what are the levels of components on both bikes? is the FS bike a bottom end FS bike?
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Can't really decide for you, but I can give you some advice.

If you personally have never ridden a bike, go with the hardtail and gain some more skill before moving on to a full suspension. A full suspension will only hinder your progress unless you have some background knowledge and skill.

I would personally go with the Manik. It has a better build and should be more benefical.

my 2 cents. Feel free to disagree.
I usually do dirtjumping and urban but I'm really getting into the whole downhill scene now but then agian I love the whole north shore thing. I have alot of experience in dirtjumping/urban so I think i might go with the manik. I can get the manik at my lbs but the b-line i'd have travel some distance to get to the shop that has it.
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what are the levels of components on both bikes? is the FS bike a bottom end FS bike?
The FS is Norco's bottom end downhill/full mountain bike, but I've heard its pretty good for the price even if it is entry level.
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The FS is Norco's bottom end downhill/full mountain bike, but I've heard its pretty good for the price even if it is entry level.
just realize you get more bang for the buck on a hardtail.
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Manik. Better "stuff".
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Id go for the Manik and just save up for a FS frame afterwards.
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Thanks for the help, Im leaning more towards the manik but I think I'd still like to test ride the b-line.
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Buy both

On l@@ks alone, I'd choose the B-Line....
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ya get the manik, and then save up and get an A-line or similar bike
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Just wait and save up for an A line.

Or I'd just pick the Manik. A high end hardtail beats a low end FS IMO, but the Manik wouldnt be a great jump bike.
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Manik all the way... Given an equivalently priced HT & FS, the HT is going to have better components on it. You're paying extra for the rear suspension. Plus, the Manik just plain looks better.
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Get the Manik.
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As many people have said the B-line is a low end downhill bike. The Manik on the other hand is a pretty high end bike. Id go with the Manik because it has better parts, but both are strong bikes.

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Im going with the manik, mostly because it's a Norco and I like those big nasty 170mm shocks on the front . Now I'll just have to see how many are left at my lbs, last time I checked there were 7 but around this time they run out of stock, fast.
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you say it "the big nasty 170mm fork" not shock, shock is on the back
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you say it "the big nasty 170mm fork" not shock, shock is on the back
to each their own.
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Yeah, just ask any MXer.
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sorry my bad... I was up late I meant fork not shocks.
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