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    Best Dh Rider Ever

    OK you know the names of em all. They are FAST but who do you see as the best. The cause for this is NICO winning The Megavalanche this year after being retired for 4 YEARS! My vote is Nic Vouilloz
    10 Time World Champ
    5 Time WC Champ.
    litterally unbeatable...... who do you think is the fastest ever?
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    What you said.

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    Vouilloz hands down.

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    Yah Vouilloz is crazy, but you should add Sam Hill to the list.
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    Nico is the best rider ever.

    Tomac is the best all-around rider ever

    Kovarik is the fastest rider ever with a 14 second gap at Fort Bill be-ai-atch!!!

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    what kind of poll is this??

    What is Nico.

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    Forgot to add the greatest, f0ggy.

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    Nicolas? You are kidding?

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    huh why is chris kovarik there?

    Nico, Peaty, Minaar
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    am I the only one who thinks that steve peat is the best?
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    Quote Originally Posted by xKREDx
    am I the only one who thinks that steve peat is the best?
    Dumb question - look at the poll.

    Nico's DH resume is unbeatable and what's more amazing is how after retirement he came back this year at megavalanche and beat all the young guys for kicks
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    I voted for Shaun Palmer.
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    sam hill?

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    I'd be willing to bet there's probably a few no name guys out there who don't even race that are faster than any guy you could name...

    and I'm not talking about anyone I might know...
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    Well as Peaty is my native counterpart i have to support him!!

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    Ever? Nico is a incredible rider.

    Other DH Catagories I like:

    Style Master: Cedric Gracia....the guy is great to watch during practice runs and such, throws in mad flava/style.
    Fast like none other: I found Mike King and Nathan Rennie pretty impressivley fast, as well as Steve Peat.
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    There is no way to tell until you are in the gate and the clock is ticking. Being fast on local trails is one thing but absolutely ripping and I mean USA guys vs. WC racers there is a noticeable difference. Chris is on there because he held the biggest lead ever in a WC race 14 seconds! STUPID FAST........
    Sam Hill too young yet.

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    Shaun Palmer wrote the fvckin' book.
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    Minaar should be on the list if Barel and Pascal are. My vote still goes for Nico however.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ianjenn
    There is no way to tell until you are in the gate and the clock is ticking. Being fast on local trails is one thing but absolutely ripping and I mean USA guys vs. WC racers there is a noticeable difference. Chris is on there because he held the biggest lead ever in a WC race 14 seconds! STUPID FAST........
    Sam Hill too young yet.
    I'm not talking about just the local trails...there are people who are rippers, who could care less about races...but could still beat the pants off of some of the top pros on any trail, worldwide...this world is large, and the race world doesn't cover it all..just MPO though...as is every other post...
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    Quote Originally Posted by irieness
    I'm not talking about just the local trails...there are people who are rippers, who could care less about races...but could still beat the pants off of some of the top pros on any trail, worldwide...this world is large, and the race world doesn't cover it all..just MPO though...as is every other post...
    I agree 100%......take someone like "Tripple the nipple" Sean....if that guy would just train he would be fast.....heck his first and only race 4 years ago at Big bear he was 16th fastest on the mountain (out of everyone including pros)
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    Maybe and that is a big maybe. Racing at that level in itself stresses you alot. so on top of fast guys you are racing yourself also or the clock I mean. Sure there are fast guys out and about who don't race, but we only know about those who do and the times they get at the end of their runs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ianjenn
    Maybe and that is a big maybe. Racing at that level in itself stresses you alot. so on top of fast guys you are racing yourself also or the clock I mean. Sure there are fast guys out and about who don't race, but we only know about those who do and the times they get at the end of their runs.
    I hear ya...but my point was that no one knows who is really the fastest...I bet some guy in "some odd country" is probably faster than whomever won the WC this year...which is why I was just bringing up the discussion of the no namers and how it's kind of pointless to ask people their opinion of who is the fastest...it's just personal opinion...and I wouldn't judge a person on just one run...you always have to take into account human error and an off day...I'm talking more about fastest overall...

    so what you're saying is: the only reasonable answer in this poll is for people to answer with is the winner of the WC this year...at least according to your definition of fastest...the clock has to be there...so there could be no discussion in the answer...it would HAVE to be whomever won, because the clock said so and no one else beat them...just my half azz attempt at friendly debate this morning...
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    Quote Originally Posted by irieness
    ......just my half azz attempt at friendly debate this morning...
    maybe you should go back to bed untill the other half of your ass decides to chime in as well......


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    Quote Originally Posted by .WestCoastHucker.
    maybe you should go back to bed untill the other half of your ass decides to chime in as well......
    I'd tell you to stick it where the sun don't shine...but you can't tell your head from your ass anyways...
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    Nico for sure as the best all aound.
    Chris Kovarik is an awesome rider to watch, Sam hill is super fast
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    Nico for sure. To even podium at a world cup you have to be insane. I know plenty of top 5pro's at local races like diablo, mt snow etc.., they entered a mount ste anne wc, and didnt qualify, the level you have to be at is nuts.
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    I hear ya...but my point was that no one knows who is really the fastest...I bet some guy in "some odd country" is probably faster than whomever won the WC this year...which is why I was just bringing up the discussion of the no namers and how it's kind of pointless to ask people their opinion of who is the fastest...it's just personal opinion...and I wouldn't judge a person on just one run...you always have to take into account human error and an off day...I'm talking more about fastest overall...
    Yup you are right that is possible. But WCup and WChamp racing is different. The best rider is the one who can adjust to different tracks and trails. So the guys who races these event are the best DH racers in the world because the can ride the any terrain against the clock.

    Also if you are riding in some odd country, on your own or your freinds, there is no pressure. If you feel good you go fast, if not we can just skip the day. You can't do that in racing World Class. Whether you feel good or bad you have to race. There is alot of pressure in racing. However, controlling and harnessing that pressure within yourself will put you on the podium. The challenge is conquering your fear, yourself that is, against time...

    For me, Nico is the best DH racer ever. In 1995, 1996, 1998 & 1999 he won both WCup and WChampionship. Now thats consistency and dedication to the sport...Mastery of his art...

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    NICO the one he is the best DH rider.........

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    Overall best rider - Nico, but best rider relative to his/her competition - Anne Caroline Chausson. She used to just humiliate her competition and probably would still be doing it today, but I think she got bored.

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    no Cedric?

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    while it is possible for some Disney-like storyline for a complete unknown to show up and spank the top Pros at a WC or Worlds event, it is very, very unlikely. the amount of experience, training and preparation beforehand, and the amount of support that you need while participating is HUGE in racing such as this. might happen, hell anything can happen, but i doubt it.

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    i dont know much bout all he different riders but the ones i have seen id have to say steve peat would be the best ive seen others i think are awsome riders are cedric garcia,Australia's Sam Hill.

    just my opinion.

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    Nico. He was a racer. He was professional and with his support he had a really good race team. It was science for him.

    Minaar is similar but not fast enough.

    Sam Hill is getting crazy fast. He's young, but focused. He's going to develop into a GREAT rider.

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    Yeah Sam is fast but young as I said. I know Peat is fast but for 8 or so years he was always trying to catch Nico. Kovarik is there due to his 14 second lead, he is not consistent but when the boys were sketched out on the muddy rocks he was PINNING it and sliding his way through and across the rock garden that day!

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    Yea put Sam Hill and Sedric Garcia up there.
    But out of those i have to say Steveo gets it. Just for his insanity. Gad that guy can drink with the best of em. And he's a badass rider to boot!

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    Nico for sure. There are alot more stylish racers out there now which makes them popular with the kids but no one was as pro, had their shizle as dialed or as consistant.

    I have a sneaking suspicion we will see him doing wc's again soon

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    This must be the "I got into mountain bikes last year" poll. Not that there's anything wrong with that, but the history of downhilling didn't start when you did.


    Besides, everybody knows Missy Giove was the best.

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    Not to offend you but back what 13 years ago NICO was beating the top PROs time down the hill he was too young yet? Anne was doing the smae but by insane margins, she spanked Missy and well everyother girl rider for over 10 YEARS! Nico since about 93 was laying the smack down on the gravity circiut. And most of those listed are older, I think he will come back and that will be good for us but bad for.........
    SAM HILL
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    and all the others!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ianjenn
    Anne was doing the smae but by insane margins, she spanked Missy and well everyother girl rider for over 10 YEARS!!
    Yeah, but there was no fish. What about the fish????

    I'm just annoyed that only one person mentioned Tomac. Ignore me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by irieness
    I'd be willing to bet there's probably a few no name guys out there who don't even race that are faster than any guy you could name...

    and I'm not talking about anyone I might know...

    I agree........
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    Props to Tomac and Missy. Guess I'm an old mtn bike fart.

    Tomac taking XC and DH back in the day speaks for itself. Incredible athlete.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SHIVER ME TIMBERS
    I agree........
    Not so sure about that. Racing and riding are 2 very different things all together. The WC will be in New Mexico next year if anyone wants to hitch a ride out and try a qaulify and heck I am driving!!!

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    What about Cedric Gracia?

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    I would have to vote for Napolean.He's fast and smooth.

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    Ask in another 10 years and the answer might be different, but for now nobody can touch Nico. A fast mofo with one hell of a resume spanning over a decade of dominance in dh

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    Quote Originally Posted by irieness
    I'd be willing to bet there's probably a few no name guys out there who don't even race that are faster than any guy you could name...

    and I'm not talking about anyone I might know...

    yah, like Earl "The Goat" Manigault:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Earl_Manigault

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    Hey all,
    Best downhiller ever?
    Why it has to be Jammin' Jimmy Deaton of course.
    5-time kamikaze winner, 68 mph in 1993.
    2-time Re-pack {!!} winner
    won everything, everywhere.
    Beat JT, Nicholas, Peat, Cully, Carter, Kite, King, Vories, Myles, etc. ALL THE TIME!

    nuff said,

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    Quote Originally Posted by [email protected]
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    Best downhiller ever?
    Why it has to be Jammin' Jimmy Deaton of course.
    5-time kamikaze winner, 68 mph in 1993.
    2-time Re-pack {!!} winner
    won everything, everywhere.
    Beat JT, Nicholas, Peat, Cully, Carter, Kite, King, Vories, Myles, etc. ALL THE TIME!

    nuff said,

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    Quote Originally Posted by BillT
    Overall best rider - Nico, but best rider relative to his/her competition - Anne Caroline Chausson. She used to just humiliate her competition and probably would still be doing it today, but I think she got bored.

    Ahh I was hoping that someone would bring Anne Caroline Chaussen into the limelight. I thought she held more titles than Nico? She used to just hand people their @sses. I do hold a soft spot for Missy too. There was some race recently that was in Decline (in the past year or so) where Missy entered her first race in I don't know how many years, riding on her old Orange, with her old helmet she used on the kamikaze, and she took the pro women's field by like 15 seconds or something ridiculous like that.

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    Another one for Sam Hill.

    He's fast in the dry and the wet on REAL DH courses.
    Meh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prettym1k3
    Another one for Sam Hill.

    He's fast in the dry and the wet on REAL DH courses.

    Some would argue the courses today are not near as hard, steep and tech as they should be to challenge these riders at all?

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    I agree, anybody who had difficulty at champery was a total hack

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    Holy thread revival batman!

    If Steve Peat keeps riding like he does, he might change my vote.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SHIVER ME TIMBERS
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    Mark from SoCA? If so, he may have been fast back in '06, but he was even faster after his trip to BC last year !

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    Steve peat, at 30 something he's still beating the young lads. Nico isnt, kovarik isnt...
    Consistency is king.

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    sam hill hello !!

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    Quote Originally Posted by snowskilz
    Steve peat, at 30 something he's still beating the young lads. Nico isnt, kovarik isnt...
    Consistency is king.
    How could you possibly say that Nico wasn't consistent??? Yes, Nico's time has passed, but this thread is about the the best DH rider ever, not the best currently active.. I'd take Nico's world cup titles vs. Peat's 3 World Cup titles as a better sign of consistency

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    nico and peaty. Both were/are incredibly consistent - at 34 or whatever Peaty has podiumed every WC race this year. No other rider on the pro mtb tour can say that. I don't think he's had a result below top 3? Seems like he's fallen a little to far behind Sam and Gee to catch up this year, but he's still incredibly consistent, and argueably the riders now are riding at a higher level then ever before.

    Nico had the same thing going, I think Peat is one behind him in WC wins, I'm split between the too. I think I'm leaning towards peat because he's a drunken englishman though

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    the french V was winning since 92. that's gotta say sumpn'.

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    Myles Rockwell. World Champ, Reebok Eliminator, Kamikaze, etc. plus he's from the good ol' US of A.

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    No doubt about it, Nico for best all time DH'er. The guy is not just insanely fast, it's his sick lines he always picks. He picks the lines that no one else sees usually within inches of taking out some camera dude standing in a spot where they don't think a DH'er is going to punch it at.

    My personal favorite and the one that got my vote is Peaty. He's still kicking serious ass, and no one else in this sport can drink like Peaty and that hold's very high on my list!

    There are alot of bad ass riders out there, I think the greatest and best riders are the pro DH'ers. Too many names too list like Cedric who also kicks alot of freeriders asses.

    But definatly the new best DH who IMO resembles alot of Nico's riding with a mix of insane speeds and sick lines is no doubt Sam Hill. Unless alot of younger bad ass DH'ers start hitting the circuit, once Peaty and Nico are gone for permanent retirement, Hill will dominate the DH world.

    As far as no name riders...where the hell are they then? America sure doesn't have any good pro level DH'ers. Maybe our guys need to juice it up or something, but face it, America hasn't had a good DH rider since Palmer...Lopes could have been great but he chose 4x.

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