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Old 11-29-06, 03:25 AM
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when does a freeride bike become a downhiller?

when does a freeride bike, like the kona stinky, become a downhiller? this has bugged me for ages, and i have asked everyone, and there are mixed opinions. what is your opinion?
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Old 11-29-06, 05:47 AM
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In most cases a freeride bike is a totally different from a DH race bike. Head angles are usaly slacker on a DH rig and a DH race bike will weigh less than a freeride rig. You can freeride a DH bike and do some DH on a freeride bike they are made for different purposes.
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Old 11-29-06, 08:41 AM
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When you reach the top of the hill.
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Q: when does a freeride bike become a downhiller?

A: when he takes a chair lift to the top!

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When it gets used for DH racing.

When you finally shuck any multiple front-ring setup for a single-ring-and-guide, that pretty much commits a bike to DH
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When ever its not going uphill
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Old 11-30-06, 08:57 PM
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When the bottom bracket height is sky high.
When you run a guide as dminor said.
When you get picky about tire combinations.
When you worry about axelt to crown heights.
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Originally Posted by dminor
When it gets used for DH racing.

When you finally shuck any multiple front-ring setup for a single-ring-and-guide, that pretty much commits a bike to DH
For the most part I would agree...fr bikes usually (speaking in generics here) are do all's. Heavy duty all mountains. DH bikes...not fun on anything but pointed down.

Personally, both are the same in regards to how to make sure. If you don't race dh...you don't really ride "dh"...dh is speed...timing. If you have never put your time up against someone else's than you are simply riding downhill. Dh is equal parts competition and pointed down. Is there anyone who is an f1 racer who has never raced?
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I don't think you need to race DH to ride DH. Thats like me saying i dont ride XC because i dont race XC.
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I don't think you need to race DH to ride DH. Thats like me saying i dont ride XC because i dont race XC.
I guess for me xc is more of a description of the ride. DH, at least for me, has always been an event. Due to its limited station (you essentially have to be near a lift of some kind) dh is more of an event.

I can ride or race xc....even if I am riding whistler mountain 20 runs 5 days a week...I am not downhilling...fr offers the ability to escape time trials and constructed runs...
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So does this mean that, pretty much, a DH is completly useless on technical trails, climbing, etc?
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Old 12-01-06, 07:30 PM
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So does this mean that, pretty much, a DH is completly useless on technical trails, climbing, etc?
uh, I dont know about you but I dont want to drag a 40-50lb bike up a hill. I'm no weight wienie but man that is heavy. I would say a downhill bike is probably about as good for XC as a XC bike is for downhill. You could, but why would you?
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This is an odd assumption I've always made, but I classify a bike either downhill or freeride whether a bike has 200+mm of front travel as DH, or 150mm-especially 170mm, as FR.
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