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    Bikes with low BB's

    My friend is looking for a new bike and wants a really low bb. Other than a Sunday or a PDC racing DH 1, what bikes have low bb's?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lollapalooza
    My friend is looking for a new bike and wants a really low bb. Other than a Sunday or a PDC racing DH 1, what bikes have low bb's?
    M-1s are retarded low.

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    Demo 8s are low. Mine measures 14" even w/ an 8" Boxxer.

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    Late model V10. Low ri der scrapes alot of pedals !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ojai Bicyclist
    Demo 8s are low. Mine measures 14" even w/ an 8" Boxxer.
    That's weird, you'd think a bike catered more to the FR audience would have a higher bottom bracket.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dirtdemon
    Late model V10. Low ri der scrapes alot of pedals !
    He doesn't like a lot of travel in the rear. Doesn't like the dead feeling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lollapalooza
    That's weird, you'd think a bike catered more to the FR audience would have a higher bottom bracket.
    Built right they rip, they just have short chainstays. Good for getting way over the back on steep stuff but not as good when you want to be centered while going really fast.

    EDIT: I've measured my Demos geo differently than what's on the site. It's got a real world 14" BB with 17" chainstays.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lollapalooza
    He doesn't like a lot of travel in the rear. Doesn't like the dead feeling.
    turn the rebound all the way down, that will make it feel alive!

    but yeah, new v10s low BB for realz
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    Didn't you read the sticker on that shock? It said not to do whatever you did.

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    Quote Originally Posted by [email protected]
    turn the rebound all the way down, that will make it feel alive!

    but yeah, new v10s low BB for realz


    They're not that low (when you factor in sag they kinda are), they're 14.5 ish.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ojai Bicyclist


    They're not that low (when you factor in sag they kinda are), they're 14.5 ish.
    thats what I meant.. sag..... I like sag
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dwight Moody
    Didn't you read the sticker on that shock? It said not to do whatever you did.

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    Atomik's and A-Lines are low
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    specialized SX

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    thats what I meant.. sag..... I like sag
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spastik Slingkee
    WOW, i am not gona say wat im thinking right now!, hahahahahahaha
    Nice to see someone caught on... lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dwight Moody
    Didn't you read the sticker on that shock? It said not to do whatever you did.

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    hahaha, nice one
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    Quote Originally Posted by xKREDx
    Atomik's and A-Lines are low
    No... Atomiks have a 14.9" BB and A-Lines have a 14.8" BB. I'm looking for something like 14"

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    Go to mfg web sites and check specs..it is not that hard.


    If you want a shorter travel frame, just about any frame (with the exception of VPP bikes if you want a good ride) can be run with a shorter shock to give a lower bb and less travel. Couple that with a slightly shorter fork and you have a bb draging on the ground..case in point..my DHR = 13.6 inch bb, and my RFX = 13.7 inch bb. (both static/no sag with big tires)

    Obviously everyone is claiming that the bike they ride has a low bb, but that is not the case. neither the V 10 nor the M 3 are particularly low...seems like bicyclist is the only one with real #s...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lollapalooza
    That's weird, you'd think a bike catered more to the FR audience would have a higher bottom bracket.
    Demos have two setings, that is the low/slack setting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by davep
    Go to mfg web sites and check specs..it is not that hard.


    If you want a shorter travel frame, just about any frame (with the exception of VPP bikes if you want a good ride) can be run with a shorter shock to give a lower bb and less travel. Couple that with a slightly shorter fork and you have a bb draging on the ground..case in point..my DHR = 13.6 inch bb, and my RFX = 13.7 inch bb. (both static/no sag with big tires)

    Obviously everyone is claiming that the bike they ride has a low bb, but that is not the case. neither the V 10 nor the M 3 are particularly low...seems like bicyclist is the only one with real #s...
    You need to give yourself the voice of reason title.

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    Chumba F4/F5. Their real BB heights end up being around 13.9-14.0.
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    pretty much any frame made to race DH. i ran my morewood at 13.6in for a few coarses
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    Canfield F1 13.75

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    Santa Cruz website says V10 BB height is 14.8", my bike says 14". Big difference.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dirtdemon
    Santa Cruz website says V10 BB height is 14.8", my bike says 14". Big difference.
    Does your bike sag under its own weight? Keep in mind that BB height on fullies is ideally measured with the bike sagged -- so the BB will sit lower than listed in general.

    That is all. Resume...

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    Canfield Lucky

    They are stating a bb height of 14 inches on the Canfield Lucky. Parallel linkage design with travel options of 7 or 8 inches. go to their site, www.canfieldbrothers.com and click the contact link to talk to them. They are always excited to talk about their bikes if you have questions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lollapalooza
    No... Atomiks have a 14.9" BB and A-Lines have a 14.8" BB. I'm looking for something like 14"
    .........oh ok i thought that the .8 or the .9 didn't make that much of a difference
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lollapalooza
    He doesn't like a lot of travel in the rear. Doesn't like the dead feeling.
    Has you're friend considered a 4x bike? Crazy low BB's and short travel. My Blur 4x rocks downhills like a mini DH bike. BB height? 12.6"

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    Quote Originally Posted by bullcrew
    Canfield F1 13.75
    how does that work?? Canfield lists the F1 as having a 14.3 inch static bb with a shorter fork than you have.

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    canfields i've heard as well are lower than advertised. Not sure if there was a problem measuring a prototype or what but i've heard this same thing.

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    My Demo8 is around 13.75" with a 7" travel Fox 40 on the front. It's probably a bit lower, but I like to round up, and differing tires greatly affect the measurement.

    Low BB's are cool and all, but don't get hung up on getting the lowest bike you can find. Many other factors come into play regarding how a bike rides. While you will feel a bit of a difference between a generally tall bike and a generally low bike, don't spend all day thinking about just that one trendy measurement that Specialized, IronHorse and Transition market as the bee's knees.

    I find my Demo8 is too low quite often. When cornering hard and fast on worn-in singletrack, sometimes it feels like both pedals are dragging. I've also got a hunch that a bike with a higher BB will give you more leverage to pump over things. At the end of a long run, with a lot of fatigue, I clip a ton of pedals, and have had some nasty wrecks as a result. Tell your pal to go out and ride as many bikes as possible, and pick whatever he likes the most when he compares how it rides, price, availability of replacement parts, warranty and reliability. Good luck!

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    I measued my Sunday and its 13.4! now thats freaken low!

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    My Iron Horse SGS is 13.7" with a slammed 03 180mm Dorado up front. I'd like to get a taller fork and get it to around 14...I massacre my poor pedals/cranks.
    It's just frustrating sometimes being an Athena...

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