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    F5 Freeride?

    Hey, I already asked Mr. XD about this, but I wanted to get a few people's opinions: I found a good deal on an F5, and I do a lot of Dh, but I'm wondering how well it does on the freeride side of things (drops, rollers, and jumps). It looks like a 100% DH bike, and that sounds awesome, but is it made to handle rough drops etc?
    thanks for any input

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    It hucks fine. Jumps amazing, which is sort of part of that whole dh thing. It is definitely very slacked out so would be more sketchy on slow balancing type north shore stuff, but doable if you got the skillz

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    yeah no shore here

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    Hey kipdrunner... Good to see you've made it here...

    Like i've said before, the F5 is a very capable machine and will handle FR stuff just fine. The progressive travel makes it feel bottomless and thus will make those gnarly drops you speak of cake... Plus the big seller i think is the geometry. Just dialed!!! XD

    There are quite a few guys who have F5s on here as well and i'm sure i'm not the only one using it for dual duty DH and FR... Someone will chime in soon...

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    I think this photo speaks for itself:


    p.s. one word to describe the F5 would be "plush." whatever's your game, you're not going to feel it.

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    Well that picture pretty much does it
    Don't necessarily expect anything in the immediate future, but I'll see what I can do about obtaining one

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    Quote Originally Posted by kipdrunner
    Well that picture pretty much does it
    Don't necessarily expect anything in the immediate future, but I'll see what I can do about obtaining one
    good to hear dude... you're gonna love the F5... let us know how it goes and keep us updated...

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    Two questions: Does it need new bearings often, and is it easy to get them from Chumba? Is it optimized towards any certain chainring size?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kipdrunner
    Two questions: Does it need new bearings often, and is it easy to get them from Chumba? Is it optimized towards any certain chainring size?
    Run a 40T on there and it'll all be good. Some might say it's too big but you wont when you're outpedalling yourself... trust me... XD

    As for bearings/bushings, no problems here... Dont think you'll ever have a problem seeing as unlike a VPP design, there isnt much flex points... You shouldnt have a problem...

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    The website makes it look like there 2 sizes with the only difference being the headtube length. I'm going to call Walter, but do you guys think a s/m would be ok for me at 6'3? If the only difference is the headtube size, then I would think there isn't much of a difference, and i can only find s/m ones for sale.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kipdrunner
    The website makes it look like there 2 sizes with the only difference being the headtube length. I'm going to call Walter, but do you guys think a s/m would be ok for me at 6'3? If the only difference is the headtube size, then I would think there isn't much of a difference, and i can only find s/m ones for sale.
    Probably get the one with the big headtube... I think Lars Tribus is like 6'3 also no???

    Walter's a cool dude... He'll make sure you're taken cared of... Tell him Poh says hi...

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrpercussive
    Probably get the one with the big headtube... I think Lars Tribus is like 6'3 also no???:
    Definatly not, the last time I road with him, 11 months ago, he was my height 5'9/5'10. I dont think any bike labeled s/m will fit a 6'3" rider. Check your facts. XD

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    Mine is a 5" headtube. I'm 6'2"ish. The effective TT is about 1" shorter than my bottlerocket which is a large. I probably should be on a medium BR but I'm used to the large (it could be just a hair smaller).
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