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    Smile Upgrading to a downhill bike.

    I have been looking at upgrading my cannondale prophet to a downhill bike. I was looking at the session or maybe the demo, but I was just given the chance to buy a used 2007ish norco atomic. The atomic would be the much cheaper way to go but would the demo or session be that much of a better bike? Any help on this would be greatful.

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    Depends ... a good rider can make a bike better ... if its your first time to start downhill and will use it for the bike park only then buy a used cheap bike , learn , build up better skills , and upgrade as you progress later on .

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    Agreed. Spend a season on it, then you'll have a better idea of what you want when you buy a better bike.
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    So I us emy Xc bike for a dh trail a lot but I'm still new to this stuff. So your saying stick with the atomic and pass on the new session or demo for now?

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    The prophet far from an XC bike, in the slack FR mode with a 160 fork you can very easily get a feel for what a bigger bike is going to handle like. Maybe a cheaper thing to try then going straight for a cheap DH bike. Your HT angle will slacken up to about 66-66.5 depending on your stack height and thanks to the already low BB height the bike will fit in quite nicely with most bigger travel bike geo. You won't have the travel, but you will have the geo. Nice way to experiment and find what you want.

    Quote Originally Posted by Micheal Keene View Post
    So I us emy Xc bike for a dh trail a lot but I'm still new to this stuff. So your saying stick with the atomic and pass on the new session or demo for now?

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    Its still not a DH bike tho no matter what you do . I would save the time and money spent to try and make your bike capable. Rent a bike at a bike park first and maybe have a tour guide show you around and give you a quick lesson for a couple hours.

    Ive built up a am/fr bike and its just not a DH bike unless you want to ride only the smooth manicured trails and jump lines. The bike worked fine but its nothing compared to my Demo 8 which handles ALL trails.

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    Does it make a difference that my bike has a lefty max?

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    He is right on this though, in the end of the day this setup will not perform like a DH bike when the rough really gets rough. Baby head size boulders quickly become quite rough and difficult at high speeds. I should have mention that you should probably only go this route if you weren't planning on riding DH parks exclusively on this new bike you are planning on purchasing. If you did, do what he said vvvvvvvvvv

    Quote Originally Posted by aedubber View Post
    Its still not a DH bike tho no matter what you do . I would save the time and money spent to try and make your bike capable. Rent a bike at a bike park first and maybe have a tour guide show you around and give you a quick lesson for a couple hours.

    Ive built up a am/fr bike and its just not a DH bike unless you want to ride only the smooth manicured trails and jump lines. The bike worked fine but its nothing compared to my Demo 8 which handles ALL trails.

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    Would a status two be a upgrade from a cannondale prophet or would that be just a waste of money?

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    That would be a great bike !

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    I would stay away from a going-on-7-year-old DH bike. God only knows where it has been.

    Heres my logic:

    Do you live close to a bike park? Or can get to a bike park frequently? Or just want a DH bike real bad? Or have enough money laying around to get a DH bike?

    Get the DH bike!

    If not, your prophet will do fine, you just wont be able to ride as hard for as long.

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    i would say if you afford it then get the newer bike, it will be more enjoyable to ride with its modern day geo, and latest suspension,,,, if your finances wont allow then go for the second hand option, but maybe somthing a bit newer than the norco, though the norco's are good bikes. both of the bikes you mention get great reviews,,, my brother has a new carbon demo and loves it, i have a knolly podium and love that, to be honest having ridden both bikes there isnt much between them, but im biased ha ha so id say get a podium,

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    Is 2700 a good price for a new 2012 specialized status? I know 2014 models are coming out soon.

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    I found a 12 demo 8 for 3200 new too.

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    $2700 is to much for a Status, plus I personal would not touch a Status unless it was almost free.
    $3200 for Demo is not bad, but you can find better deals for 2011 and save $400-$600.
    Here are some good deals. The green Demo spec is weak but still a great price. the Glory is a great deal all Saint spec, Fox 40RC2/RC4.
    Specialized demo 8ii medium - Pinkbike
    2013 Specialized Demo 8 1 Medium w/ Extras - Pinkbike
    Giant Glory 00 size medium - Pinkbike

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    I second the vote for a Giant Glory. Awesome bike. Feels lighter to me than the Demo when riding. More lively. It's also usually a fair bit less expensive for the same level components and suspension.
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    Wow thats a DAMN good deal on that Giant Glory , pick that up ASAP... Throw in an adjustable angle headset and your golden.

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    Yeah glory's are probably your best bet financially. I just picked up a 2012 glory 2 (with saint brakes, derailleur and azonic outlaws) for 1400. I think its one of the best bangs for the buck for used bikes.

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    sorry to burst the excitement on that Glory but the owner does respond to text, email, etc and that post has been up for weeks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jumpcaser View Post
    sorry to burst the excitement on that Glory but the owner does respond to text, email, etc and that post has been up for weeks.
    You mean "doesn't" right? It would not surprise me. The great deals alway post before I'm ready to buy and when I'm ready to buy there are none to be found. That's how it goes.

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    haha, yeah, the seller doesn't respond. Think one thing, write the opposite...

    Anyway there are good deals to be had by patiently scouring the ads. Almost got a used Glory but the seller didn't have his stuff together and a status was ready to go and the lower price sealed the deal. good luck!

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