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Downhill road biking

Old 04-05-09, 04:56 PM
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Downhill road biking

I was talking to a friend about this and was wondering for a downhill run on a street what bike would be the fastest or more specifically handle the best. Similar to what a longborder or a street luge person's goals would be.

I know that technically a 20" BMX bike would be better handling than a 29" but I wouldn't see it as practicable. Would something like a rigid 26" with some kind of street tire be good (if they make a big 26" street style tire)? Now I know a road cycle can reach some good speeds but I'm not so sure how well they'd go through a turn since they have a small contact patch. Which I really don't know because I've only ridden my road bike a few times and that was on fairly straight and flat roads. Straight away speed is not my ultimate goal.

I just think it would be fun to roll through a turn looking like a sport motorcycle.

I'm mainly just curious and I don't plan to go buy a new bike to do it. I was just thinking about it.
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Old 04-05-09, 05:03 PM
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I would think a down hill racing dirt bike would be good. The tires are tested for some pretty high speeds on dirt and rocks and the forks look like they came off of a 125cc Motorcycle.
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Been around for a while I think.
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Awesome!!! I youtubed Gravity Bike and found some cool vids. All done pretty much in Europe.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kxtvFYwmZZw
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