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Does anyone DH/FR Mt Bike

post #1 of 24
Thread Starter 
Does anyone downhill or freeride mountain bikes.....and i mean like serious biking.
post #2 of 24
Depends on how you define serious, I guess...
I don't get out that much, but I got about 10 days of lift served and some urban /street in this year
post #3 of 24
Thread Starter 
Well.........What kind of bike do you have?
post #4 of 24
I'm on a Kona HT. It's not designed to do what I do, but I haven't broken it yet.
I need to get myself a FS for next year, HT is too slow going down hill.

What do you ride, and on what?

BTW, isn't it the wrong season to be thinking about MTB'n?:
post #5 of 24
I race DH. I don't make it to all the National races, just the ones out West - but probably 4 regional races and 4 National races a year. And I have a summer season pass to Deer Valley for lift served riding.

What sort of info are you looking for?
post #6 of 24
Thread Starter 
I ride a Specialized Big Hit Spec but im saving for an Ironhorse 7point3.


---LIST YOUR BIKES---
post #7 of 24
Try reposting this one at cyclingforums.com They have a DH section.

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post #8 of 24
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Originally Posted by RossiFreerider
Does anyone downhill or freeride mountain bikes.....and i mean like serious biking.
dude are you kidding? or are you serious about "serious"?

define "serious".

or don't.

I don't care.

I ride DH and FR and technical XC. what are you looking for?
post #9 of 24
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Originally Posted by RossiFreerider
I ride a Specialized Big Hit Spec but im saving for an Ironhorse 7point3.


---LIST YOUR BIKES---
Knolly V-Tach w/888RC
Turner 6-Pack w/36 VAN RC2
Curtlo gearie HT w/ '03 Z1 QR20
Curtlo SS HT w/ '05 Minute 1:00

but none of 'em is very serious about anything, they're too busy providing fun.
post #10 of 24
I'm never serious about pedaling - I just have to smile all the time.

I have raced cross-country, but that was before kids turned up and the fitness dropped off a bit. Since then DH became bigger and some marketing cretin dreamed up "freeride", I thought that was anything except racing - but what do I know.:

Bikes,

Road
GT "something or other" used for winter.
PlanetX Little Audrey - very cute, campag chorus stuff

Mountain Bikes
Intense Tracer full bounce first breed, built up at about 25lbs.
Pace hardtail, used to be the race bike - now singlespeed
Fisher Kahula I think - commuting
Whyte prst-1, er, think I'll let the wife us it now.
post #11 of 24
Iron Horse SGS Pro w/ Monster T. We Had sesaon passes at Mountain Creek (aka Diablo freeride park 1,000 vert)for the past 2 years. We go to Plattekill (1,000 vert) about 5 times a year and this year we headed up to Whiteface (3,500 vert) for 2 long weekends. I've yet to try Snowshoe. Next year we're getting passes to Platty. They have the runs that make you go for it all, or don't ride there. check out www.hcor.net it's mainly the mid-atlantic region, but it's informative. www.pinkbike.com mainly canada. Aceman
post #12 of 24
I've heard Diablo is a lot of fun. figures they'd build it now, now that it's been 8 years since I lived in NJ!

Aceman, one of my friends had the exact same setup (SGS Pro/Monster T) for 2 seasons. With the 888 and other forks available now, the Monster T is pretty irrelevant. besides, it's about 5 lbs too heavy! but burly, for sure.

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Originally Posted by Aceman
www.pinkbike.com mainly canada.
should also mention that PinkBike is VERY juvenile. 12-14 yrs old seems to be the average age of posters there. the guys that run the site are dedicated and passionate, but the people who frequent the site degrade its quality... unless you're a Jr High kid or High Schooler, you would probably find a lot of the discussion inane.

more mature DH discussion is at www.ridemonkey.com

in between is the DH/FR forum at www.mtbr.com
post #13 of 24
correct about pinkbike. as far as the Monster T., I'm 250-260, so I need as much strength as I can get when hitting 3-7 footers all day . It's also confidence. Besides, for me I got used of the weight and it seems perfectly balanced to me. As far as mtbr, I got sick of the "I lightened my 55 lb rig 4 grams by puting a 105 rear deraileur on it." sort of BS. It seemed everybody on that site was a bike shop mechanic wannabe.
post #14 of 24
well then. please do stick with the Monster T. guys your size definintely need the burl.

mtbr.com has some good sub-forums, but DH/FR is closer to PinkBike in immaturity these days. a whole lot of "Konas suck because everyone who rides them sucks" or other nonsense.

ridemonkey is best, I think.

hcor.net is for East Coast though, isn't it?
post #15 of 24
My first DH bike was an RM9 w/Monster T. (bought it used).

Currently I have a Giant DH Team w/Dorado, but I'm getting rid of it and getting a Ventana El Cuervo w/888 for next season.

And a Yeti 575 for XC and a GT Moto for my lame attempts at mountaincross/dual slalom.


I'd also recommend Ridemonkey.com as far as DH specific forums go.
post #16 of 24
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Originally Posted by gonzostrike
hcor.net is for East Coast though, isn't it?
More like Mid-Atlantic. Pa, Nj, Ny, Wv, Va. I don't go to RM too much. I sometimes go to www.bustedspoke.com too. It's mainly New England though.
If any of you are ever on the East, let me know. Whiteface stayed open thanks to DownhillMike. 2,500 vert! Super steep! Cool! Check out what Mike wants to do next season! http://www.hcor.net/postt25194.html
post #17 of 24
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Originally Posted by altagirl
My first DH bike was an RM9 w/Monster T. (bought it used).

Currently I have a Giant DH Team w/Dorado, but I'm getting rid of it and getting a Ventana El Cuervo w/888 for next season.

And a Yeti 575 for XC and a GT Moto for my lame attempts at mountaincross/dual slalom.


I'd also recommend Ridemonkey.com as far as DH specific forums go.
altagirl, do you dislike the Giant DH? not that the Crow is bad, mind you. I'm sure it rips royally. but I've heard many good things about the Giant. I pedaled one around a bit on flat grassy terrain, it felt very nimble for direction change, yet stable/planted as if the weight was mainly down by the BB shell. I even gave thought to buying a Giant DH frame last year, before I got the Knolly.

that 575 is a great XC bike. great price, great weight and from what I hear, a great ride quality.
post #18 of 24
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Originally Posted by uncle crud
altagirl, do you dislike the Giant DH? not that the Crow is bad, mind you. I'm sure it rips royally. but I've heard many good things about the Giant. I pedaled one around a bit on flat grassy terrain, it felt very nimble for direction change, yet stable/planted as if the weight was mainly down by the BB shell. I even gave thought to buying a Giant DH frame last year, before I got the Knolly.

that 575 is a great XC bike. great price, great weight and from what I hear, a great ride quality.
Not at all. I love the way it rides - nice and stable, corners well... no complaints at all. Essentially, I've been racing it for 2 seasons and it's time for a new bike. It's just getting beat up and I've had 2 issues that have made me a little nuts: (Mind you, they could both be fixed, but knowing I wasn't keeping the bike after this season made me not want to spend the money.)

I have the original model that has the shock (Swinger 6 way) locked completely inside the swingarm. You can't adjust air pressure, etc. without completely dismantling the chainguide and such. (And the thing is like a Chinese puzzle). So really... there's not much messing with the suspension unless you have hours and hours of time on your hands to dismantle what feels like 100 little bolts all with a collection of various spacers. They've fixed this with recent models or you can get a different shock with a remote reservoir and rig up something to make it work on the old frame. Also a PITA - The brand new Swinger 6-way was blown when I got it, they replaced it, it blew out last season at Mammoth and they rebuilt it, and it blew up again this year at our local Brianhead race, and they rebuilt it again. Obviously - I'd recommend a different shock. Good service, but the annual self destruct the day before a race got really old.

Second - the proprietary chainguide that came on mine stinks. It shifts around no matter how much you tighten it, is a mess of little pieces and bolts, I started dropping chains regularly, etc. I took it to the Giant techs at the Deer Valley National and they said "This chainguide SUCKS. Replace it with an E.Thirteen as soon as you can". Again, I believe they've fixed this on more recent models.

Other than that, I've had no problems. I love the way it rides. I think they've fixed both of these issues, so on newer models, you're golden. (Or they're easily fixed with upgrades on older models).

The choice of the Ventana is just because Go-Ride is our LBS here so I'm constantly listening to people raving about them, and it's light, and I can get a killer deal on a used but exceptionally well maintained one. The only problem will be that my helmet won't match my frame anymore....

http://photo.pinkbike.com/photo/698/pbpic698233.jpg

Love the 575 too. I bought mine when they first came out and it's a blast, especially on the XC trails up in the Park City area.
post #19 of 24
altagirl, how do you feel with the seat height/bar height? I rode my buddy's DH Comp and it seemed kinda high. Like the bar was around your chest more than your waist. The seat seemed too tall, even though there was only 2-3 inches of exposed seatpost. It kinda felt like you're in the bike instead of on top of the bike if that makes sense??? How does the Ventana feel in comparison?
post #20 of 24
I have a Specialized enduro, though I use it mainly for cross country. I don't mind the pedaling!

I haven't done any serious downhill yet (ie. at a ski resort, though I would like to try it). Not sure that I would use my bike, I would rather rent one of theirs and then hammer on it for the day.

I would be concerned about the brakes mainly, I have a disc brakes, with a huge 8in disc up front, is that adequate? I guess it also depends on how serious the hill is you are on.
post #21 of 24
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Originally Posted by BumpRyder
I would be concerned about the brakes mainly, I have a disc brakes, with a huge 8in disc up front, is that adequate? I guess it also depends on how serious the hill is you are on.
On the East, you want 8" hydro's f/r. Out West, I'm not sure.
post #22 of 24
Aceman's a big dude, so he needs 8" front/rear

more avereage sized riders might be able to use a 7" or 6" rear rotor.

most braking power comes from the front brake. if you have too much power in the rear brake, you will just have lockup/skid where otherwise you could modulate the braking and keep the wheel rolling while you slow it down.

the merits of not locking up the wheel should be obvious, eh?

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on my 34-lbs bike I have 8" front, 7" rear rotors (Hope Mono M4 brakes)

on my 43-lbs bike I have 8.25" front, 7.25" rear rotors (Magura Louise FR)

I ride the Northern Rockies... longish, rough, steep descents.
post #23 of 24
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Originally Posted by Aceman
altagirl, how do you feel with the seat height/bar height? I rode my buddy's DH Comp and it seemed kinda high. Like the bar was around your chest more than your waist. The seat seemed too tall, even though there was only 2-3 inches of exposed seatpost. It kinda felt like you're in the bike instead of on top of the bike if that makes sense??? How does the Ventana feel in comparison?
Hmmm... I never really felt like the bars were any higher than any other DH bike I've ridden - maybe he had a different fork on it??. And I kept the seat pretty low - I think it would only have been an issue if I needed it lower - you could theoretically run out of space.

I haven't done any serious riding on the Ventana yet, so I'm not able to give a good comparison at this point. The El Cuervo's small frame is truly small - I have a friend who is 5'0" and she fits on a small - there aren't many other frames that work for her. I'm 5'8" and on a Medium though.
post #24 of 24
I used to race collegiate DH for my school's team. Never raced a ton of races, but the local series is now dead anyways. So the nearest races are in BC or Oregon.

Owned a Cheetah Prowler with Jr. T at the time. Sold it and bought a road bike, rode that for a year than sold it to pay for skiing stuff

Still hoping to get another DH/FR bike one day though...
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