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Looking to Buy My First Downhill Setup


Old 05-19-14, 10:59 AM
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Looking to Buy My First Downhill Setup

Hey guys, I have been renting a downhill bike at a course for a few months, and have grown very fond of the downhill.
I have been wanting to purchase a bike for a while, and I have just came across a 2007 Specialized Big Hit 2.

Here are all the components:

Frame Construction: TIG-welded

Frame Tubing Material: 6061 aluminum

Fork Brand & Model: Marzocchi Drop-Off

Fork Material: Magnesium/aluminum/steel, single crown

Rear Shock: Fox Vanilla R coil, 8.75x2.5", 190mm travel


Component Group: SRAM Mix

Front: Avid Juicy 5, hydraulic disc brake 8" Polygon rotor
Rear: Avid Juicy 5, hydraulic disc with 8" Polygon rotor
Shifters: Avid Juicy 5 levers Shift Levers SRAM X-7 Trigger, 9-speed

Front Derailleur: Not applicable

Rear Derailleur: SRAM X-9, micro cage

Crankset: Truvativ Hussefelt, 170mm with Truvativ chain guide, 34 teeth

Pedals: Alloy platform, 3mm pressed pins, 9/16" Cr-Mo axle

Bottom Bracket: Truvativ Howitzer XR

BB Shell Width: 73mm English

Rear Cogs: 9-speed, 11 - 34 teeth

Chain: SRAM PC-971 with Power Link

Seatpost: Titec Scoper telescopic

Saddle: Specialized freeride, 8mm steel rails, with X-Brace

Handlebar: Specialized Demo rise bar, 6061 alloy, 31.8mm, 6 degree up, 9 degree back

Handlebar Extensions: Not included

Handlebar Stem: Truvativ Hussefelt, forged/CNC stem, 5 degree x 40mm, 31.8 clamp, black

Headset: 1 1/8" threadless, OS Cro-Mo cups


Hubs: Front: Specialized disc, 20mm thru axle, Rear: Specialized disc, bolt on axle, 135mm spacing

Rims: Sun Single Track SL-1, 36-hole

Tires: 26 x 2.70 Rotation INTENSE Sticky Rubber DH

Spoke Brand: Stainless steel, 14ga. (2.0mm) straight gauge

I also found this 2009 Kona Stinky:

Fork: 2009 Rock Shock Totem Air With 2011 internals.

Rear suspension: 2011 FOX DHX Air 5.0

Brakes: Shimano Saints - brandnew pads and bleed

Brake levers: Straight Line reds

Derailer: Sram X-7

Trigger Sifter: Sram X-9

Handlebars: Race Face Atlas Free ride

Stem: Transition Temple light

Grips: Deity Classics

Chain Guide: MRP

Headset: Cane Creek

Tires: Kenda Kentics

What do you think would be a fair price?

Thanks for the help guys!
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Either bike would make a fine first DH rig. I lean toward the Stinky, just because the component mix is a bit more custom-picked and a definitely a notch above what's on the BigHit. You'll want to ditch the Kinetics tires for something better if you get it but that's to be expected anyway.

Somewhere on one side or the other of $700-800 would probably be fair, depending on condition. Inspect frames scrupulously for cracks, especially around suspension pivots and check for bearing play in linkages, swingarms, seatstays. etc. Good luck!

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I don't know what might be a fair price on a used bike. However, I think you should checkout the REI anniversary sale, that ends on the 26th of this month.

REI has really nice FS Diamondback mtbikes for sale!


For used bikes checkout the following:

Bicycle Blue Book - Used Bikes

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Well I contacted the guy about the Kona, and he says that he can't go any lower that $800.
I am still waiting on the reply from the guy with the Big Hit.

Here are some pics of both of them.

Pic of Big Hit: http://i.imgur.com/OGVuuK9.jpg Pic of

The Kona's frame has been sand blasted.
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