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    What FS frame/fork would you buy for a cheapy park bike?

    Hey all. I recently moved from hardtail SS to a 5" trail bike and have kind of fallen in love with jumps and drops.

    I looked around my garage and realized I've got a 26" stans flow wheelset, some saint cranks and BB, a RF atlas wide bar, thomson elite x2 stem, bashguards, avid code brakes, seatpost, flats, etc...

    I mean, to me that sounds like I should probably build a park specific bike and stop bottoming my trail bike.

    So what kind of frame/shock should I look for? Maybe around $500-$800 or so.

    And what kind of fork? The wheelset has the old 20mm through axle (maxle) and I know it fits older lyrik forks so that might be the way to go. I know a coil version can't be that spendy used.

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    The lot of DH bikes takes a 150mm rear hub, not sure if that affects your decision or not.

    I've built a bike from scratch. It costs me more to do that than to buy a new 2013 Kona Operator for $2800 (it was a new one, but last year's model instead of this years). That was half of what I budgeted, and that included upgrading the drivetrain, handlebars, stem, and pedals.

    If you can, see if you can find something that's been collecting dust at a shop or overstock from last year by the bike vendor. In the $500-$800 price range, you're looking at used AFAIK. I got the Boxxer RC with my bike, and it's been great.
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    I don't know that I need a full on DH bike. The park I ride is more FR/jump oriented. So you're not blazing though rock gardens, just hitting mid/large tabletops, gaps, a few drops, etc...

    150mm rear rub would throw a wrench in the works cause I'd need a whole new rear wheel vs the wheelset I had. See my OP, I have most of the parts, really just need a frame and fork.

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    Status?

    That's what first comes to mind.

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    Look for a used Knolly Delirium. 170mm travel (perfect for park bike), 135mm axle spacing, and a 1.5 headtube.

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    You have a 12 x 142?

    Then Airborne Toxin. I'm looking for a (relatively) cheap DH bike, probably going to end up with Pathogen.
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    The rear is 12x135 (came off an intense SS1). The knolly delirium looks like it would be a great option. Just gotta cruise pinkbike a little for a L frame for a decent price.

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    Quote Originally Posted by big_slacker View Post
    I don't know that I need a full on DH bike. The park I ride is more FR/jump oriented. So you're not blazing though rock gardens, just hitting mid/large tabletops, gaps, a few drops, etc...

    150mm rear rub would throw a wrench in the works cause I'd need a whole new rear wheel vs the wheelset I had. See my OP, I have most of the parts, really just need a frame and fork.
    I know a 150mm rear would cause problems, which is why I was telling you to watch out for that.

    Did you decide on a fork? I've seen a lot of RS Totems in the 180mm on FR bikes, and some are running the Xfusion Vengeance or Metric, but you could also look for a Fox 180mm 36.

    Good luck, let us know what you find!
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    Thanks for the help! I'm just in the looking stage right now. We'll see what comes up.

    I did some gap jumps at the local park today and again started seeing how a dedicated park bike might be a good idea.

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    I'm guessing u don't have the ss1 anymore? That's what I used for park/dh before I got a full on sled

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    Quote Originally Posted by pizon View Post
    I'm guessing u don't have the ss1 anymore? That's what I used for park/dh before I got a full on sled
    I wish. I built that bike as an AM, found it was a bit too heavy for long XC rides and sold the frame. Now I'm wishing I'd have kept it cause it would be perfect for the park.

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