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    Jamin, Applesause, No?
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    New question here. Pais Mtn Downhill Race?

    Who is planning on doing this race?

    Do I have the proper equipment for the job?

    2.3 Tioga Psycho Genius tires - Set up Tubeless.... Will these work?
    5.5 inch travel Pivot Mach 5 - Light set -up for trail riding 28lbs - ?
    Easton Haven Wheels - 20mm TA up front -
    Regular Giro helmet - no face guard ?
    27" wide handle bars on a 90mm stem...
    Magura Marta Sl brakes - 180mm front and 160mm Rear.
    Air Shock and fork.

    Are pads needed?

    Any insite on what to expect?

    Thanks!

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    I'd suggest you ride the course and see for yourself.. Most of the racers are on much bigger travel bikes with armor and full face helmets. But there is/has been a hard tail class as well. I'm sure you could race on a fully rigid bike and survive. Your probably at a disadvantage but so much more depends on the skill of the pilot. So go for it.

    Heck, that dude on the tall bike puts up some amazing times.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Senor StrongBad View Post
    Who is planning on doing this race?

    Do I have the proper equipment for the job?

    2.3 Tioga Psycho Genius tires - Set up Tubeless.... Will these work?
    5.5 inch travel Pivot Mach 5 - Light set -up for trail riding 28lbs - ?
    Easton Haven Wheels - 20mm TA up front -
    Regular Giro helmet - no face guard ?
    27" wide handle bars on a 90mm stem...
    Magura Marta Sl brakes - 180mm front and 160mm Rear.
    Air Shock and fork.

    Are pads needed?

    Any insite on what to expect?

    Thanks!
    come down to Paris and ride the Trail there were handful of folks a 5in travel bikes



    pads only recommended if you crash a lot... not required full face not required

    all of the Tech spots will have a slower line around



    the only rock garden is this messed up left hand turn





    Here's a Map of the Course (trails are closed to bikes on Saturdays)


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    a guy on an Orbea 29er won the Hardtail Class in '08!

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    A good friend of mine had his trail bike and DH bike at the last Paris race but chose to ride his trail bike to be more competitive. It definitely has advantages on some parts of the course, especially if you're a smooth rider who can stick their lines.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Senor StrongBad View Post
    Who is planning on doing this race?

    Do I have the proper equipment for the job?

    2.3 Tioga Psycho Genius tires - Set up Tubeless.... Will these work?
    5.5 inch travel Pivot Mach 5 - Light set -up for trail riding 28lbs - ?
    Easton Haven Wheels - 20mm TA up front -
    Regular Giro helmet - no face guard ?
    27" wide handle bars on a 90mm stem...
    Magura Marta Sl brakes - 180mm front and 160mm Rear.
    Air Shock and fork.

    Are pads needed?

    Any insite on what to expect?

    Thanks!
    Your set-up looks ok....except your brakes. Take them off and you will be very fast
    I have only ridden that course on a 4" travel bike(A dozen times) and never felt like it was too much trail for me. (Disclaimer: I don't race downhill)

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    the very very top section may be easier (extreme roots) on a dh bike but otherwise you would prob be faster on a 4-6" bike

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    ps I love that photo the other 2 guys look pissed loosing to mr mandex .... as would I though

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    to good.

    "Take them off and you will be very fast."

    That is funny.
    The Highlander was a documentary, and it was filmed in real time.

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    not pissed, amused. that guy put in a time that beat alot of people that day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by motobutane View Post
    Your set-up looks ok....except your brakes. Take them off and you will be very fast
    I have only ridden that course on a 4" travel bike(A dozen times) and never felt like it was too much trail for me. (Disclaimer: I don't race downhill)
    Ok... You talked me into it... I will take off the brakes... I think it will save me a pound or so on weight which is a good thing too.

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    Where are these pictures you speak of?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Senor StrongBad View Post
    Where are these pictures you speak of?
    posted in my response... you not seeing pics?

    Paris Mt. DH 2009 - a set on Flickr

    Paris Mountain DH Race 2008 - a set on Flickr

    DSC_1263

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    I am hoping to make it to this race with a few friends, will be driving up from FL! Cant wait, just rode at snowshoe a few weeks ago and I am already hooked on downhill! Heard about this race and it is probably one of the closer DH races to me. It will be my first DH race if I can make it, so I am pretty stoked!

    FWIW, I will be riding a 5.5" Stumpjumper(which I rode at snowshoe just fine), judging from the video, looks like a trail bike will do just fine with a competent rider!

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