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Old 03-30-07, 02:17 PM
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Originally Posted by BASE892
Not 100% sure what the difference is, but I plan to go 'downhill on rough terrain'. For a while I will definately stick to the downhill tracks that we have so many of here, and later on possible go 'off-track'.

Hope this helps.


Downhill is literally downhilling the whole time, usually from ski lifts with gravity pushing you down. Freeride often requires pedaling on your end - generally slower and more technical.

For example: The Stinky is an example of a good freeride frame but not as accomplished for downhill because the travel is too short. The V10 Santa Cruz is a great DHer but is weak for freeride (in my opinion) because there is too much sag designed into the suspension design. Understanding your needs produces better suggestions..

My last bike (recently sold):

Ellsworth Dare with Risse Champ. 9" travel front with 8" rear. Easier to pedal than the V10, especiallu in technical stuff but the suspension design works more seamlessly DH in the V10.

Kona Stinky (older bike from college)

Rides like the Ellsworth with much less travel.

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