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    What's the point of a DH race?

    No, seriously, racing down a hill for a couple of minutes? Everyone knows that races are won on the climbs and flats, not the descents. What gives?
    I've made some bad decisions like taking the gears off my bike. So here's the warning: Do not as I say, nor as I do.

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    I can't stop laughing long enough to come up with a useful comment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by erik1245 View Post
    No, seriously, racing down a hill for a couple of minutes? Everyone knows that races are won on the climbs and flats, not the descents. What gives?
    You should ask that here: Downhill - Freeride - Mtbr Forums
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    I would think that in Downhilling, like motocross, it is about being smooth, selective in line choice, and who can beat the clock. Oh! Having enough Balls to hit the features on the run might help! I am by no means an authority, but can relate.

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    I think you are confusing XC racing with other forms of mountain bike racing....noobie mistake.

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    same reason the Olympic uphill slalom is not quite as popular.

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    Quote Originally Posted by osmarandsara View Post
    I think you are confusing XC racing with other forms of mountain bike racing....noobie mistake.
    I think you are confusing downhill-riding with actual racing.

    Quote Originally Posted by GhostRing View Post
    same reason the Olympic uphill slalom is not quite as popular.
    That's an interesting concept. See who can sprint the hardest and the fastest up a course, rather than seeing who's best attracted to gravity, as is currently the case.
    I've made some bad decisions like taking the gears off my bike. So here's the warning: Do not as I say, nor as I do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by erik1245 View Post
    I think you are confusing downhill-riding with actual racing.



    That's an interesting concept. See who can sprint the hardest and the fastest up a course, rather than seeing who's best attracted to gravity, as is currently the case.
    Stop trolling.
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    Maybe I'm missing something, but isn't the point to try to be the first one to the bottom, or am I over simplifying things?

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    Quote Originally Posted by erik1245 View Post
    I think you are confusing downhill-riding with actual racing.
    I think you are confusing riding down the hill with racing downhill.

    "it IS possible that you are faster or slower than anybody else who is having at least as much if not more or less fun"

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    Quote Originally Posted by erik1245 View Post
    No, seriously, racing down a hill for a couple of minutes? Everyone knows that races are won on the climbs and flats, not the descents. What gives?
    I hate to point out the obvious but if it is a downhill race then there are no flats or climbing, so your question is well,

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    Quote Originally Posted by erik1245 View Post
    What's the point of a DH race?


    Uhmm, to win?

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    Just because you don't like something doesn't mean there's no point to it.

    I don't DH, but I can certainly appreciate the skills, athleticism, and balls to do what they do. And don't make the mistake of assuming DH guys can't climb too... seen a looot of fast DHers make it to the top of a mountain first, more than once.

    Bottom line though, you are just trolling.

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    It takes big balls to fly down a hill as fast as you can, i respect the DH guns a lot, its a real skill and an art..
    Erik you must be takin the piss here, is this a real question?
    If it is i dare you to post exactly the same question in the DH section of this forum, lol, it would be an entertaining read Erik lol.......
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    Yeah, post it the DH forum, their patient and quite understanding in there and would probably welcome the opportunity to explain things to you. What say the Mods?

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    IMO downhill looks like a blast and have only attempted my version of it in the early 90's on a hard tail on trails in WV and it was a blast but after the 5 th time over the handle bars bent rims and handle bar I gave up.

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    I always thought the point was to make the highlight reel, as these colorful fellows demonstrate.


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    What's the point of skydiving? You could have just stayed on the ground in the first place.
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    What's the point of this thread, but to troll and annoy people who love watching and racing DH?

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    why have you tried down hill? It's a different skill set.

    Oh and the point of a DH race is to win duh

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    I think this is shapin up to be a hum dinger of a thread lol...
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    Quote Originally Posted by erik1245 View Post
    What's the point of a DH race?

    No, seriously, racing down a hill for a couple of minutes? Everyone knows that races are won on the climbs and flats, not the descents. What gives?



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    DANNY - STAY ON YOUR BIKE!!! hahahahahahaha!!!

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    For those that haven't checked out the above video of Danny Hart, may I suggest you do. The dude has mad skills especially when he opens it up at the end. I don't DH but coming from a motocross background and having done some crazy DH on a normal 5" bike I can certainly appreciate the skill involved. I have watched the pro's in action and it is impressive. And for the question "what's the point" ummm to get to the bottom the fastest without dieing.
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    This thread is full of fail even for MTBR standards, which are pretty low to begin with.

    There are 2 types of people that hate on DH. The first type has never even thrown a leg over a proper DH bike, but will spew their ignorance about it everywhere. The second type has tried riding DH and it scares the crap out of them. Instead of coming to terms with the fact that they just don't have the confidence to ride this stuff, they hate on it.

    Which one are you OP?

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