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    If I never leave AZ is there any reason to purchase a DH bike?

    I have a 2014, 6", All Mountain bike with all the bells and whistles. Is there any place to ride in AZ that would warrant the purchase of a DH specific bike? I can hit everything on SoMo with my bike. It's chunky but totally rideable. I see some of these beautiful DH bikes coming out and I ask myself, even if I had one, where would I ride it?"

    I drive between Payson and Mesa a lot and often wonder if there are some sick DH lines out there in the wilderness.

    Any thoughts?

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    The old road down the back side or Mt Ord would be da bomb on a big hit bike.... you'll need a shuttle though.

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    Nope but Bootleg is only 3.5 hours away.
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    No, a dedicated downhill bike is pretty useless in AZ.
    For the money you are better off keeping your current bike for south mountain excursions and getting an XC hardtail to ride all the other fun trails we have.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PhxBenK View Post
    No, a dedicated downhill bike is pretty useless in AZ.
    For the money you are better off keeping your current bike for south mountain excursions and getting an XC hardtail to ride all the other fun trails we have.
    Agreed. I used to own a Spesh Big Hit and a Spesh Stump FSR, but sold both. I have a HT 1x11 and a SS, which is all I need.

    I figure when I go to Bootleg or North Star, I would just rent a bike. This way I get the latest and greatest the bike world has to offer, and I don't have a 3-4 grand bike collecting dust that's riden 2-3 times a year.
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    I say yes and no . I can ride it all on a shorter travel bike but there is alot of shuttle stuff that is funner on a DH bike. Besides each of my bikes are setup for different types of riding.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Birdss View Post
    Agreed. I used to own a Spesh Big Hit and a Spesh Stump FSR, but sold both. I have a HT 1x11 and a SS, which is all I need.

    I figure when I go to Bootleg or North Star, I would just rent a bike. This way I get the latest and greatest the bike world has to offer, and I don't have a 3-4 grand bike collecting dust that's riden 2-3 times a year.
    Ditto, I used to have a quiver of bikes including a DH bike, but now just down to a Tallboy LTc which can handle 95% of the trails here in AZ. A dedicated DH is not worth it unless we had a good lift serviced trails within a couple of hours. Yes, there are few trails that a DH would be more fun to ride on, but requires a vehicle shuttle, in which you spend more time driving and standing around than actually riding your bike.

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