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  1. #1
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    Nov 2005

    is a dirtbag race worthy?

    so i'm looking at building up a new full suspension. i want to be able to use it for both freeride and race dh on it. i'd probably build it up with a 888 or a boxxer. do you think it'll fair well racing or should i get a more dh oriented bike?

  2. #2
    = dirt torpedo =
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    i don't think the dirtbag would make a great racer.. it's more of a thick huck bike.
    It's quite heavy, and the geo is more freeride oriented.

    having said that, i've seen people race on Dirtbags... but i bet a DHR or a Sunday would feel miles better on a race course.


  3. #3
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    Sep 2005
    perhaps you should look at the gran mal and just run a different shock when you want to race

  4. #4
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    Nov 2005
    Top Tube (Effective) 21.1" 22.4" 23.8"
    Top Tube (Actual) 20.5" 21.75" 23.0"
    Seat Tube (center to top) 16" 17" 18"
    Head Tube Angle 66.5 66.5 66.5
    Seat Tube Angle 73 73 73
    ChainStay Length 17.25" 17.25" 17.25"
    Bottom Bracket Height 14.35" 14.35" 14.35"
    Standover 30.2" 30.4" 30.6"
    Wheelbase 43.4" 44.7" 46.3"
    Head Tube Length 4.725" 4.725" 4.725"
    Max Rear Tire Clearance 26" x 3.0" 26" x 3.0" 26" x 3.0"
    Rear Hub Spacing 135mm 135mm 135mm
    Rear Dropout Axle Size 10mm 10mm 10mm
    Head Tube 1.5" 1.5" 1.5"
    BB Shell Width 73mm 73mm 73mm

    Grand Mal
    Top Tube (Effective) 22.5" 24"
    Top Tube (Actual) 21.9" 23.3"
    Seat Tube (center to top) 16.1" 16.1"
    Head Tube Angle 66 (Adjustable) 66 (Adjustable)
    Seat Tube Angle 74 74
    ChainStay Length 17.5" 17.5"
    Bottom Bracket Height 14.6" (Adjustable) 14.6" (Adjustable)
    Standover 31.9" 30.9"
    Wheelbase 45.75" 47.25"
    Head Tube Length 4.725" 4.725"
    Max Rear Tire Clearance 26" x 2.8" 26" x 2.8"
    Rear Hub Spacing 150mm 150mm
    Rear Dropout Axle Size 12mm 12mm
    Head Tube 1.5" 1.5"
    BB Shell Width 83mm 83mm

    what about the geometries makes the grand mal more racey? they're almost the same except the dbag has a slightly lower bottom bracket, shorter chainstays (which i want) and an inch shorter wheelbase. see the thing is i don't feel like i need a 9'' travel bike. i've ridden hardtails for years, this is going to be my first full suspension bike. I already keep up with the full sus guys on my ht so i feel like if travel is the only limiting factor of the dirtbag i'd be ok. plus i don't only want to race this thing so i think the grand mal might be alittle too much bike for me. so am i missing something?

  5. #5
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    Send the guys at transition an email

    Talk to the builders of the bike they are known to be quite willing to help out.

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