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rockrod 08-29-2012 01:49 PM

How about a Kona Stinky Deelux?

I found one for what appears to be a decent price.

euroford 08-29-2012 06:51 PM

I've never been a fan of Kona's personally.

I'd get out and rent for the remainder of the year, then start keeping an eye out for used stuff after the season is over.

Corbet 08-29-2012 08:15 PM

Corey, bikes are much like anything else. There will be one person how loves a particular bike and the next who hates it for one reason or another. Much like slamming a chevy engine in a Toyota. Some love it, others are purists. I've done it twice so don't think I'm a hater.;)

The best advice you've got is to demo a few and pick what you like in your price range. If you could find something used that would be great. But keep in mind simply replacing the complete drive train on a high end bike will be very costly. So if there is any doubt in condition have someone in the know check it out.

Everyone is going to have a slightly different riding style and ability making each bike different for each individual.

rockrod 08-29-2012 10:17 PM

That's good advice :)

I will let you all know what I end up with.

euroford 08-30-2012 09:41 AM


Originally Posted by Corbet (Post 217653)
Everyone is going to have a slightly different riding style and ability making each bike different for each individual.

Yup. ultimately its a highly personal and expensive decision and the only thing that really matters is that you get out and have as much fun as possible.

everybody has their own personal benchmarks in the sport, and its up to you to decide what that idea of 'fun' really is. its also an overly fashion conscious sport with a nearly unlimited level of bling available and its easy to get sucked into that.

no matter what bike you choose, it will have notable advantages and disadvantages depending on where, how, how often and with whom you ride and i would not take anybody's advice as gospel.

if your racing, obviously the clock is the only thing that counts.

otherwise, fun is the only metric that matters!!

to add: without a doubt the single best thing i've bought to enhance my DH/FR ridding experience of the last couple of years has been a Leatt brace. Do invest in quality safety equipment, the potential for some horrendous crashes exist and having quality safety equipment should definitely be factored into your purchase decisions. on top of the obvious protection, the psychological aspect is pretty huge.

Caribou Sandstorm 08-30-2012 10:28 AM


Originally Posted by ScooterFJ40 (Post 217492)
I've been riding DH for a few years, Norco makes a decent bike. All my race buddies run high end brands like Santa Cruz, Kona, etc. - but they're sponsored and practically get the bikes for free.

If you ever want to ride some fairly level trails or XC stuff, go with a FR. I'm bad about only taking the lift up, crankin my Haro up a hill blows usually.

Hey Scooter, do you know Sean Enners? He is on the downhill circuit local. He is a buddy I work with.

rockrod 09-02-2012 06:37 PM

I went with the kona stinky dee-lux.

The PO put a Marzocchi 888 RC2X fork and the original fox vanilla is still in place. I really like the elixer Rs with the 203mm rotors. The bike can stop.

My plan is to ride it around here and then take it apart this winter and go through it. I need to get some safety gear so I won't go up to a resort until the spring.

Woohoo! I am super excited!

arthog 09-02-2012 07:22 PM

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Originally Posted by Corbet (Post 217562)
I disagree. I really enjoy my Cannondale Gemini. I can ride it up or down. Is it a DH bike on the downhill, no. Is it a XC bike going up, hell no. But it does not require a lift to ride, no. If gravity is going to be your thing and you can live at the lift buy a DH. You'll just need another bike to ride elsewhere. Really its just about having fun.

In the end you'll need a lot of bikes ;) For starters...

XC mountain
Tandem (if you have a partner)

This is the most fun on two wheels without a motor IMO. Ventana soft tail on Slickrock.

I have a Gemini 1000 (for sale) and it does great on all trails. It is awesome in MOAB. I think it climbs very well and hammers the down. My pro friend told me to put a boxxer fork on it and I could do 90% of the downhills in CO.

Here is a pic of my Ventana

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