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    Quote Originally Posted by downcountry View Post
    In Moab the next. Has this ever been done before??



    Yes, but the offender was jailed and fined.
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    Quote Originally Posted by life behind bars View Post
    Yes, but the offender was jailed and fined.
    was it a jail or a prison? Or a detention center? Or a rehabilitation center? Or a brig? Or hold? oooh, or a stockade....
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    Quote Originally Posted by shekky View Post
    why would you want a bit more travel and geometry if you're just riding gravel and light trails? and why the hell do you need rear suspension for gravel roads?

    i'm confused...
    Ask the OP.....I'm just responding to the resentment of a term.
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    The goalposts on “downcountry” are already shifting.

    For a while, the bike that sprang to mind was the SB100.

    A hybrid short travel “trail” bike that could also be used in an XC race with minimum modifications. New tires and away you go.

    Now, it’s morphing into the 140/120 realm. I’m sure I’ll see “downcountry” bikes with Fox 36s and coils soon enough.


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    I really hate labels, trying to group bikes is only getting tougher, best bet is classify them by rear travel, then let folks decide what they need.

    Any bike can be over or under forked. Add an angleset and make you bike more stable at speed. Get fatter tires and ride like a monster truck.

    Mainly, I get tired of people asking for opinions on which bike, as if all that information ain’t already out there ... just bored in the cubicle, sitting at a computer, and not enough impulse control.
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    Basically down country is to trail, what custodian is to janitor?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nurse Ben View Post
    I really hate labels, trying to group bikes is only getting tougher, best bet is classify them by rear travel, then let folks decide what they need.

    Any bike can be over or under forked. Add an angleset and make you bike more stable at speed. Get fatter tires and ride like a monster truck.

    Mainly, I get tired of people asking for opinions on which bike, as if all that information ain’t already out there ... just bored in the cubicle, sitting at a computer, and not enough impulse control.
    If you're tired of people asking about bikes, you may want to look into other forums

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nurse Ben View Post
    Mainly, I get tired of people asking for opinions on which bike, as if all that information ain’t already out there ... just bored in the cubicle, sitting at a computer, and not enough impulse control.
    Can you explain? Not trying to be obtuse, but most of us can't demo every bike available and MTBR and other sites provide a large community that can help understand where a bike fits in.

    For example, I've demo'd a Yeti 4.5 and liked it a lot (but reach was short) and it gave me a baseline for a bike I might purchase. Reading DGW's commentary/review of an SB100 and Spot Mayhem gave me some insight into not only what those bikes are like, but how they might compare to the 4.5. I don't have an opportunity to demo a Mayhem and the nearest Yeti dealer (with any bikes) is >2hrs away.

    I also demo'd and liked Pivot's FB29. Streetdoctor's (regardless of what you think of him) (Scott) and SunsPSD (Mondraker) reviews give insight into whether I might like those...despite not having the opportunity to demo either of those.

    I've even asked you a question or two (I think on GG and Niner). While I can wrangle a Niner demo easy enough, I'll likely never have the opportunity to demo a GG.

    I'm glad when people ask about these bikes (especially comparos) b/c they might have a question I wouldn't think to ask AND I'm certainly not going to rely solely on paid industry or publications for the info.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Le Duke View Post
    The goalposts on “downcountry” are already shifting.

    For a while, the bike that sprang to mind was the SB100.

    A hybrid short travel “trail” bike that could also be used in an XC race with minimum modifications. New tires and away you go.

    Now, it’s morphing into the 140/120 realm. I’m sure I’ll see “downcountry” bikes with Fox 36s and coils soon enough.
    That's because there was a request for more "down" in the category. It shall hitherto be referred to as DOWNcountry. (hopefully they both die very soon because it's a really stupid name)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Le Duke View Post
    Now, it’s morphing into the 140/120 realm. I’m sure I’ll see “downcountry” bikes with Fox 36s and coils soon enough.


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    Haven't people been trying that already? I'm pretty sure it'll be happening with the Ripley V4 soon enough...if not already. At that point...why not just get a Ripmo...instead of neutering the Ripley.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Train Wreck View Post
    Basically down country is to trail, what custodian is to janitor?
    I like trail janitor - "I clean every trail!"

    Sounds better than down country custodian too

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    I'm a downcountry denier. There, I said it.
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    Damn, some of you guys get all bent out of shape over the dumbest sh!t.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Le Duke View Post
    The goalposts on “downcountry” are already shifting.
    If the frame isn't something you'd normally see on the starting line of an XC race it ain't Downcountry regardless of what the marketing department says.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OldHouseMan View Post
    Damn, some of you guys get all bent out of shape over the dumbest sh!t.
    bam!!!
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    [QUOTE=Tickle;14076525]I like trail janitor - "I clean every trail!"

    TRAIL JANITOR.......Hell yes!! I love it

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