1. The most important thing about buying a new bike is to make sure it fits. The only way you'll know if the bike is right for you is to size up the bike and make sure that the bike's geometry matches your body's geometry. Ask questions and do some research.
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2. If possible, try to find a shop that will let you demo the bike on real dirt. Five minutes in a parking lot won't cut it. You wouldn't buy a car without a real world test drive, and a bike should be no different.
3. Don't belive the hype. Just because your favorite rider or best friend rides a certain bike, that doesn't mean that's the best one for you. Have an open mind and be realistic about your needs and ability.
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    First DownHill Bike

    ok, well i have a specialized 05' specialized hardrock disk...... gonna take it to my first race in a few weekends.....only done xc riding before and 5ft jumps

    if this bike racing thing works out, im looking for a full suspension mountain bike in the 800$-1500$ range.......i was thinking about a k2 or somekind of ironhorse


    any help is great

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    There are a coupple things to think about after you do your 1st DH race. Dou you need a DH specific bike or something more like a FR/DH bike. For most courses 6-7 inches travel is pleanty enough. A dedicated DH bike will run you over 2 G's & is designed to race DH.
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    what do you mean by FR?

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    Quote Originally Posted by thomasmunka63@hotmail.com
    what do you mean by FR?
    Free Ride.
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    ooooo..... thanx

    are K2 bikes any good...do real racers ride them?......rei has some on sale with hydraulic brakes and blah blah for like 1g..... but i havnt heard of people riding them......all i mostly hear about is kona, specialized, iron horse, and yeti, and scott

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    Quote Originally Posted by thomasmunka63@hotmail.com
    ooooo..... thanx

    are K2 bikes any good...do real racers ride them?......rei has some on sale with hydraulic brakes and blah blah for like 1g..... but i havnt heard of people riding them......all i mostly hear about is kona, specialized, iron horse, and yeti, and scott
    Are you looking to race CHDH?

    You should come out & ride Dominican this Sat in SR. You ever riden Pacifica?
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    CH????

    so ur saying 2g+ for a pretty decent bike then....well that means i gotta work more this summer..do'h

    wheres dominican???

    ive ridden in Pacifica like by the beach and that pier...but never on boyscout or any of those official mb trails

    i don't get my drivers license till September, and my dad takes me to p-town only like 2-3x a month, mabe hell take me to boyscout in a cuple weekends though

    im kinda stuck ridin trails IN san francisco......but its better than nothing

    i wanted to go to fat tire, but the actual race is on mothers day.....whens the next big race around here??

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    You need to get out & ride some real trails beffor you get head over heals into buying a DH bike or attempting to race DH. I live across the bay in Pinole & work in Sausalito. If you can get your dad to take you to San Rafael next Sat we will be riding by Dominican College. Depending on your height i can let you ride a FS, Full Suspension, 5in travel bike. It is a loop that generally takes about 2 hours.

    http://www.ridesfo.com/servlet/Page?template=chdh


    1st pic is my 19 year old son at CHDH 2 weeks ago.
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    looks good.....ill c if i can go

    but i read that the bike shop off hwy1 in pacifica can tell me where to go to boyscout and crack, and that those 2 trails are pretty close to some firewood trails....and you can bike there from the shop i think?

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    Quote Originally Posted by thomasmunka63@hotmail.com
    looks good.....ill c if i can go

    but i read that the bike shop off hwy1 in pacifica can tell me where to go to boyscout and crack, and that those 2 trails are pretty close to some firewood trails....and you can bike there from the shop i think?
    You really dont want to ride Crack or Mile till you get more experience. Dominican is a sweet place to test your skills.

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    Now now, not all downhill bikes are over 2gs, the vast majority of them are, but if you search long and hard you can find some killer deals. start out looking at the Iron Horse Yakuza Type R you can get an 06 model with really good parts for around 1600. Check out performancebikes.com

    its a great bike, I race mine
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    Quote Originally Posted by BKnight
    Now now, not all downhill bikes are over 2gs, the vast majority of them are, but if you search long and hard you can find some killer deals. start out looking at the Iron Horse Yakuza Type R you can get an 06 model with really good parts for around 1600. Check out performancebikes.com

    its a great bike, I race mine
    He needs to get out & ride some real trails & find out what he really wants. Looking at pictures, vids & those sex long legged DH bikes will tempt anyone. He lives near me & i am offering him the chance to ride a FS bike & se what he is capable of. I have brought many to the dark side of gravity but it's good to know there skills & develop them. Spending 1500 on a bike he may only get to rid 2 times on a DH course & the rest riding Golden Gate park is a waste of money.

    Im not knocking your suggestion, it is a excelent choice. Just thinking with the big head.
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    Crack and Mile is not someplace you'd want to ride as a beginner... Hell, it kicks quite a lot of intermediete butt... I'd say come on out for a ride with me and dogonfr... XD

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    Dogon, I think im gonna go ride in pacifica firday or saturday

    yeaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!



    just so i kno.......if im buying a used bike, what what should I watch out for and look for

    for example,
    how much should something like this go for: http://sfbay.craigslist.org/eby/bik/327844449.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by thomasmunka63@hotmail.com
    Dogon, I think im gonna go ride in pacifica firday or saturday

    yeaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!



    just so i kno.......if im buying a used bike, what what should I watch out for and look for

    for example,
    how much should something like this go for: http://sfbay.craigslist.org/eby/bik/327844449.html
    That Kona is probibly worth about 1100, wheels are the best thing on it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dogonfr
    That Kona is probibly worth about 1100, wheels are the best thing on it.
    Buying a used rental bike would scare the crap out of me. Would you take pains to keep a rental in great shape? Me neither. Maintence is probably pretty shoddy (though Whistler is probably better than most), and it's been ridden by lots of people who don't give a crap about keeping in in good shape.



    I'm with dogonfr, you need to do some more riding and figure out what really floats yer boat. A full on DH bike probably dosn't make sense as your only bike, since it's going to really suck for doing anything other than racing DH. Pedaling uphill? Forget it. Somthing more versatile, like an Iron Horse 7point, Ibex Zone, Kona Stinky, etc might be a better choice.

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    Wow the expert has spoken, LOL, is a good deal and best to avoid the new bike shills IMHO

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    i thought the stinkys were down hill bikes?

    if not, what are they?

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    ok, now I'm really confused as to the difference between all mtn bikes

    downhill, and freeride......wuts the diffrence?

    btw, today I went riding.....there was this 1 new jump i hit, about 3-4 ft tall I think..... landing into a mixture of grass and gravel, and I nailed it everytime I tried it =)

    also, what kind of riding is this: http://youtube.com/watch?v=QT50W3Z4O...elated&search=


    sorry for all the questions, but relly dont know much, and Im trying to get into the sport so any info helps


    also, is this a good first race? : http://www.eaglecyclingclub.org/mtbike.htm

    and, is this a decent price for this bike: http://sfbay.craigslist.org/pen/bik/327462925.html
    i dont think its a rental company, i think its a bike shop
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    Quote Originally Posted by thomasmunka63@hotmail.com
    ok, now I'm really confused as to the difference between all mtn bikes

    downhill, and freeride......wuts the diffrence?

    btw, today I went riding.....there was this 1 new jump i hit, about 3-4 ft tall I think..... landing into a mixture of grass and gravel, and I nailed it everytime I tried it =)

    also, what kind of riding is this: http://youtube.com/watch?v=QT50W3Z4O...elated&search=


    sorry for all the questions, but relly dont know much, and Im trying to get into the sport so any info helps
    The begining is 4x because there are 4 riders at a time racing a twisty short course. Then there are babes, woohoo. Now you have DH with sweet crash footage because that is what you will be doing at first.



    Quote Originally Posted by thomasmunka63@hotmail.com
    also, is this a good first race? : http://www.eaglecyclingclub.org/mtbike.htm

    That is a XC race, lots of climbing, takes endurance & about 15 miles per lap.



    Quote Originally Posted by thomasmunka63@hotmail.com
    and, is this a decent price for this bike: http://sfbay.craigslist.org/pen/bik/327462925.html
    i dont think its a rental company, i think its a bike shop
    Excelent price if you dont mind a interupted seat post & a company run by Hitler.
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    what's the downside to an interrupted seatpost?

    ....and what do you mean by "company run by hitler?".....

    is the owner an ass or something?



    o, im free for riding the weekend after memorial day.....

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    An interupted seat tube makes it hard/ impossible to get both a saddle positon that allows for full leg extension for climbing, and a low seat for the trip back down.



    He meant Specialized is a large, soulless company run by Darth Vader.

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    oooooooo.... thanks for clearing those 2 up =)

    is the seat tube still standard size, or is it fatter?

    and whats the upside to having an interruped seat post?....or is it just cheeper for the co. to make?

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    Should be a standard size.




    It's just easy to cram all the linkage bits in there without a seat tube in the way. It's also a potential way to make really short chainstays, without having tire-seat tube interverence under full compression of the rear shock, because there isn't any seat tube to rub the tire on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hardtails Are Better
    He meant Specialized is a large, soulless company run by Darth Vader.
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