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    Arizona DH bikes suggestions.

    I'm 6'3" tall and have a 35" inseam 195lbs. I'm looking for a DH bike that will fit me and that has a good rear wheel path for square edges or rough AZ terrain. I ride a Transition Bottlerocket for my FR bike but I want to go faster through the rough stuff. I also get airborne a lot so it needs to be good in the air (flickible) too. Looking to spend between 3,000 and 3,500. Thanks for your time and input!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DAM
    Looking to spend between 3,000 and 3,500.
    Frame or complete?

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    What not post this in our arizona forum as there are of ton of us dh/fr/am guys that can give you a better idea on what works for our terrain. Doubt some sude in another state is going to know what our trails have to offer unless they have lived here or ridden here.

    With that said. Older fsr is one to steer from as it gets hung up on square edge hits. Newer fsr has gotten better. I myself have ridden a yakuza,bighit,advent vandal ,dhr,sxtrail 07 and o8 and now own a jedi . It pawns them all of them and speeds up thru the rough chop our trails offer better than the rest . Square edge bumps don't phase my 2.5 rearward travel +7.75 vertical travel jedi.
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    oh I will also add it pops and flys very well
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    Complete for 3,000 to 3,500. I've looked at the RM flatline and the Kona operator.

    CW- I'll post this on the AZ one too. By the way, how is NRA lookin' these days?

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    I'm in AZ. I just picked up a Transition TR250 and it's super fun at NRA and at South Mountain. I was on a bottlerocket before, which rocked at NRA but not so much on South. The TR250 loses nothing at NRA but is much better at South Mountain. If you want something that you can pedal back up, the new Blindside looks awesome and is cheaper than the TRs. I haven't been on anything but transition for six years now, hence the bias!
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    Quote Originally Posted by DAM
    Complete for 3,000 to 3,500. I've looked at the RM flatline and the Kona operator.

    CW- I'll post this on the AZ one too. By the way, how is NRA lookin' these days?

    Its looking good. Our stuff is build to last
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    I've been hearing about a lot of Transition's breaking lately.....not sure why.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ruppguts
    I'm in AZ. I just picked up a Transition TR250 and it's super fun at NRA and at South Mountain. I was on a bottlerocket before, which rocked at NRA but not so much on South. The TR250 loses nothing at NRA but is much better at South Mountain. If you want something that you can pedal back up, the new Blindside looks awesome and is cheaper than the TRs. I haven't been on anything but transition for six years now, hence the bias!

    I guess I would like them also if I was getting freebies/extream discounts like you .

    But on another note I have yet to see another bike brand have so many bike's BREAK in arizona than transition. Also the only respected shop that carried transition took them all out of their store.

    Also there is a reason most all the transition riders in the valley have dumped their rides or not replaced them with another when the broke.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DAM
    I've been hearing about a lot of Transition's breaking lately.....not sure why.

    not a brand arizona. They might have stepped up their game but past issues and warranty issues is enough not to deal with them. I like them in the early years but have only ever bought one of their stems . Could't bring myself to jump on the blindside wagon like many others in the valley. None of them ride one anymore
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    Huh. Can't speak for everyone else, but out of 8 frames that I've had, I've never had a single issue, and neither have any of my friends who have been on Transitions for just as long. Granted, we don't ride South Mountain very often. That place is like The Machine. It sucks years of life away from your bike!
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    How many of those were dh rides? The bottle rocket is really the only stout bike that didn't have many breakage problems.

    Also your changing frames more than the average joe.
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    I think you hear of "lots" of Tranny's breaking mainly because there are a a TON of them out there and they get ridden hard. From what I've seen, the % of breaks isn't anything to get too worried about.
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    Was riding a 2008 demo for close to two years out here with no problem. That bike was built fairly light for what it was and did well at South during that time. Right now looking for a new frame as well and have narrowed it down to a glory or session. Both have done well on riders out here.
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    JEDI FTW! hahahahahahahahaahahahahahahahahahahahaaaaaaaa

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    Quote Originally Posted by doodooboi
    JEDI FTW! hahahahahahahahaahahahahahahahahahahahaaaaaaaa
    Karpiel Apocalypse FTW! hahahaha!
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    Ha maybe if your sailing a cruise liner and forgot your anchor
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    lively, flickable in the air, poppy and rides DH well...sounds like a Intense 951size large...great upgrade from the bottle rocket
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    Quote Originally Posted by doodooboi
    JEDI FTW! hahahahahahahahaahahahahahahahahahahahaaaaaaaa
    We are not all made of money!!!!! lol

    I'm trying to get any entry level rig for now. If I like DH then I'll upgrade to BALLER status!

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    Hell neither am I . I had to piece mine together. But my bike is pretty pimp
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    Quote Originally Posted by DAM
    We are not all made of money!!!!! lol

    I'm trying to get any entry level rig for now. If I like DH then I'll upgrade to BALLER status!
    or in doodoo's case, girthy hawaiian status.
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