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    Looking for a 4X bike- thoughts?

    I'm thinking of getting into 4X, thought this would be a good place to ask around. Thoughts on frames / anybody have a frame/bike to sell a beginner? I'm thinking about either an Ndiza ST (morewood) or a Specialized SX. Anybody ridden them (and have thoughts on the differences), or have one?

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    Talk to the guys at Mojo Wheels. Many of the riders and employees know 4x pretty well. I've seen people ride Specialzed P.2's to the SX's. Its a mix, but the cheapest way to start is with a DJ type frame with gears.
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    Start cheap and work up. I rode a p.3 last year and loved it. If you are not used to riding an HT or bmx, you may be more comfortable on a 4 inch bike.
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    I know NOTHING about 4x, but Chainlove seems to have cheap 4x frames on their site quite often...

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    Quote Originally Posted by picea
    I'm thinking of getting into 4X, thought this would be a good place to ask around. Thoughts on frames / anybody have a frame/bike to sell a beginner? I'm thinking about either an Ndiza ST (morewood) or a Specialized SX. Anybody ridden them (and have thoughts on the differences), or have one?
    What bike(s) do you currently own? Because honestly, if you're "just getting into it" you can likely try out racing 4X on one of your current bikes. Got a hardtail dirtjumper? Perfect. 4-5" trailbike with slack(ish) geometry? Throw a bit shorter stem on it and DONE. If you find it's something you really want to pursue, then start looking around for a "dedicated" 4X/slalom bike.

    Of course, if you're h3ll bent on buying a new bike, I can totally understand!
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    Tru Dat FT.

    Know what I do to my trail bike to get it ready for 4x/DS? Lower the seat post. Of course I bought the bike knowing I would do the occasional gate racing gig, but mostly its a heavy duty XC bike.

    The Nathrop 4x/DS Mtn States Cup race (coming up 14-15th) is a great place to try it out.
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    Hey Picea, I have a 2008 Morewood Ndiza ST frame (size long i.e. 585mm TT) for sale. PM me for details.

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    For everyone who's saying you can race 4x on your trail bike:
    I like my sx so much I made it my dedicated trail rig, which for me required a front derailleur, long seatpost and some shock work. I wasn't fast, but I raced the WP hillclimb on it last year, even.
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    Are you saying you bought your SX for 4x, then made it your trail bike?

    Brilliant!
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    Quote Originally Posted by dbabuser
    For everyone who's saying you can ride trails on your 4X Race bike:
    Fixed that for ya.
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    Maybe I'm crazy, but I have a Yeti 4x that I use mostly as a trail bike as well these days. It is 1x9, and the geometry is not ideal for long, steep climbs which I hate anyway, but on rolling terrain and downhills, it is superb. Perfect combination of stable and nimble and leaves me grinning after every ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SylentK
    Are you saying you bought your SX for 4x, then made it your trail bike?

    Brilliant!
    And coincidentally, I still have never raced 4x on it. hehe
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