I just saw a 2003 Trek Diesel Freeride in a shop for $2300. I can get a similar deal on a Giant DH Team, and I know the Giant would be a better DH bike, but I'm trying to find something I can use for beginner downhilling, and for freeriding, too. The Giant looks to be DH only, period.
The components on the Trek were really good. I know some people rag on Boxxers, but I have had one on a Ventana Tandem for four years, and it has been great. I know how to tune them.
A couple things were weird. It had a floating rear brake, which I didn't see listed on the archive of the Trek website as a standard item. And it had a double ring Holzfeller crank, but no front derailleur. Instead it had a chainguide above and behind the crank. I saw some posts talking about a 'chain torque eliminator'. I assume that is what this is? So if you feel the need to control bob with the CTE, you shift the front with your hands, or what?
Am I to assume the front derailleur should have come with the bike along with the CTE, or is it an 'option'. Are the CTE and front derailleur an either or thing?
How good/bad does this bike pedal without the CTE?
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