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Need a Freeride/Downhill bike

Discussion in 'Downhill & Freeride' started by Dare2Dream, Aug 25, 2005.

  1. Dare2Dream

    Dare2Dream Chimp

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    Hi, I am thinking of getting a new bike, either freeride or downhill.
    I am currently riding mostly on dirt roads and on a lot of hills. I ride in the woods some and my boyfriend and I are working on a trail since he wants to ride more in the woods and so do I. Anyway, I currently have a Trek 4500 with a brand new Marzocchi EXR Pro front suspension. Id like to get something better since I want to learn more jumping etc. I want to go out and have fun on my bike and not have to worry about having the frame break or something stupid like that.

    Anyway, any suggestions? I really enjoy watching people jump off the dirt hills etc and would love to go all out and learn the stuff, but just can't on my Trek 4500. I really dont like the hard tail and I find it is not stable on the ground at all and jumps all over the place. Even riding down the rocks on the road makes it difficult since it slides everywhere and I have no control of the bike. My price range is up to $1500.00 CDN.

    Tnx all.
     

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  2. JacobDW

    JacobDW Monkey

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    Check out transitionbikes.com I just bought a dirtbag and I absolutely love it
     
  3. BMXman

    BMXman I wish I was Canadian

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    I would look into Bullit, Gemini, or any of the Kona bikes...D
     
  4. Dare2Dream

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    I checked out transitionbikes.com .... awesome bikes for sure!
    Only problem, Im not from the states, Im fron Ont.Canada.... so i sent em an email to see what they can do for me. What the difference between the single ring and dual ring kit? what does that mean?

    tnx.!

    Dare2Dream ...
     
  5. punkassean

    punkassean Turbo Monkey

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    My friend has a really nice Kona stinky for sale, there are specs in my signature. The price is killer. You can email him from the link that's also in my signature.

    Kona is your best bet for an affordable and durable freeride rig.
     
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    gemini2k Turbo Monkey

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    geminis, konas, dirtbags are all way out her range. Youre not gonna find a decent fr or especially dh bike for 1500 cdn. you might be able to find some okay shape used ones for that range. in which case you just want something single pivot with a simple fork.
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  7. Dare2Dream

    Dare2Dream Chimp

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    I have 2 options of bikes from the local bike store in town ...
    Specialized P2 or Specialized Stumpjumper FSR. Any good?

    I want something to go downhill with also ....

    Tnx all.
     
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    Dare2Dream Chimp

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    I sent Transitionbikes.com and email to see whether or not they ship to Canada .... also I was asking a bout their other bike that go on the trail and on the pavement, I forget it name but it looks good....
     
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    Defidently see if you can get a used bike.
     
  10. SK6

    SK6 Turbo Monkey

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    Shut up and ride...

    My personal opinion would be to check out used bikes. Ipersonally think Iron Horse has some great stuff for a great price as well.
     
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    Kntr Turbo Monkey

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    Kona, Devinci, Rocky Mountain, Specialized
     
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    gemini2k Turbo Monkey

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    stumpjumpers not a freeride bike, unless youre really smooth youll break it.
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  13. JacobDW

    JacobDW Monkey

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    Im pretty sure Transition shipps to canada....when I bought mine they had to get a frame from their canadian distributor..... they are awesome rides and awesome customer service....

    RING KITS: A single ring means you have one chainring on your crank, this is my current setup and Im quite happy with it, sometimes I miss my granny gear, but I am a retard when it comes to front deraileurs, so I did awaywith it all together....
     
  14. Dare2Dream

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    Hey, they got back to me and they said I would probably be suited for their Preston FR bike in a medium frame. Do you know of any canadian distributors? How is the Preston FR? I think I will probably order it but id prefer to order from a Canadian distributor. Also, about assembling the bike, I wonder how difficult that is.

    Tnx.
     
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    gemini2k Turbo Monkey

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    if youve never put together a bike before a freeride bike is not the place to start....it'll probably take you many hours and many explitives.
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    haromtnbiker Turbo Monkey

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    Once you get your headset pressed in, the fork installed, and the bottom bracket/cranks on, it shouldnt be overly hard. You probably need to take the frame and parts to a shop to have some parts installed, onces that take fancy tools.

    Your not going to find a preston for under $1500cdn though. The build kit is around $2500 american, I do believe. You get what you paid for.

    And the stumpjumper will be no better for what you want to do than the trek you have. The p2 is a decent urban/dirtjumping bike. But, you said you want a full-suspension, and I really think the preston is a good choice. They are good bikes. :heart:
     
  17. Dare2Dream

    Dare2Dream Chimp

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    Hey again:

    What about the Kona Dawg Matic? One of the bike shops can sell it to me for about $1650.00 ... how is that one ?

    Your giving me good info here ....

    Unfortuantely I cant pay in installments :( for the transition bike.
     
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    Dare2Dream Chimp

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    Or even the Kona Kikapu ... or however it spelt...
     
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    haromtnbiker Turbo Monkey

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    Either a dawg or a coiler would be perfect for you. The kikapu, once again, is an xc bike. A no-no for drops. Small ones maybe.
     
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    That would be a good one to look at. If you're in Canada, look at some of the norco completes as well. You can get a lot of bike for the money. I'm also selling one but it may be a little too much bike if this is something you're looking to do a lot of climbing on.

    Other companies that sell inexpensive, good completes are already mentioned.....Iron Horse being a good one.......
     
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    you need some thing with 5'' travel and strong parts look for a 04 coiler or if you want a build up a frame look at the SWD 6Gun it should be out shortly

    JT
     
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    haromtnbiker Turbo Monkey

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    If you mention it, its probably a piece of junk. :stosh:





    ;)
     
  23. freeridermtb4

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    dont get a rocky mountain 6 month warranty thats so ****ty, banshee scream has a 10 year warranty, or go with a bullit those things will last you a very long time expecially when your doing north shore
     
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    The Transition build kits are expensive but you really get what you pay for. I have an '04 with the build kit and it is absolutely bombproof!!