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6-7" bike conundrum - Commencal Supreme FR, others?

Discussion in 'Downhill & Freeride' started by voltaren, May 21, 2013.

  1. voltaren

    voltaren Chimp

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    Hey all,

    first post here, but have been lurking for quite some time.

    Been drooling over DH bikes for a long time, but never had the bones to buy one, until now. I am, though, moving to a place where lifts aren´t an option, and I have no idea if there´re any DH/FR crews around (wrt shuttling).

    Well, I´m mostly focused on the descent, being an at times big mountain skier, and fairly good at it, but big mountains on skis require snow, and you don´t get that all year. Enter the bike.

    I am a 177cm/90kg male, plan to get down to 80-82kg by the end of the year, and stay there until next bike season. I live in N.Norway, steep mountains everywhere, but unsure of trails.

    The bike I´m predominantly looking at;

    Commencal Supreme FRV3 (fox), slack head angle, lots of travel, no idea on pedalability, and it´s not light. (all ok by me - I need the exercise). I love the geometry, and hear good things about the DH version. Are the DH and the FR the same frame with the rear shock linkage being placed a little differently? There is a lot of travel, and I´m frankly unsure if I´m going to need all of it.

    Why aren´t there mini DH bikes with 6" travel and 64deg head angles? Can I, in the case 7"/180mm is too much travel, simply shorten the travel?

    In case it´s not obvious, this would be my first FR full sus bike.

    Any advise would be very welcome. Yes, I´ve searched! :)
     

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  2. gawdodirt

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    Hi,
    I can only offer the advice that I know of, or be a know -it-all and offer nothing. Your first choice will be a good first guess. From that you will gain knowledge on what you want, for your circumstances. It appears that you have a good point 'A'. There are many good bikes in the area that you speak of. I'm a Santa Cruz fan so I would suggest a bike similar to the Bronson or the 5010. For older bikes, my favorite is the Lenz PBJ. I do not own one, but it is what I would pick as an all in bike.
    Do not get hung up on the travel as the wheel size will change the dynamics of the angles. Honestly, 27.5, or 650B seems to be the future.

    GD
     
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    What u r looking for in a bike is exactly what I own, and I would definitely recommend it. An 2013-14 Intense Uzzi. It has 6.5-7" of adjustable rear travel, 3way adjustable geometry at the rear dropout. It climbs good and descends great. I have a 36 Fox Float 180 on mine which I love, but if u want adjustable travel, put on a 36 Fox Talas 140-180. :thumb:
     
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  4. voltaren

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    Thank you both! Decided, in the end, to go for the yet to be released banshee darkside. Even put in a deposit with the importer. Maybe a bit along the lines of the Uzzi, with adjustable travel/geo and all that. can also run 27" wheels with a different dropout, if thats something I want to do.

    Starting off with 26ers, though.

    Edit: Regarding the fork, I'm leaning towards either a float180 or a boxxer wc. The weight would be more or less the same, cost about the same, about as stiff (from research),and they're both air sprung, in line with the ccdba that's going in the back. Question is, which of these forks would be the easiest to service and work with in the garage?


    Thanks again!

    -arild
     
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