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    Dirtbag for downhilling?

    Hello All,
    I'm looking for a used bike for downhilling.
    I'm considering an '04 Transition Dirtbag -
    Will this bike do alright on steep rocky DH + drops up to 10' or so?

    I'm also considering an '05 Bullit, an '04 Santa Cruz V10, and an 06 Stinky?
    All are priced $900 - $1500

    I can only get away for DH about a dozen times a year so I'm considering a FR bike because maybe I can use it for XC single track when my girlfriend joins me.

    Any feedback you guys can give me is greatly appreciated.
    I've only been DH for 1 season and I need help choosing a bike.

    Thanks
    Chris

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    yes it will be fine.
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    I have a buddy that uses one for DH, you should be ok.

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    Dirtbag is awesome for what you're describing.
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    I have an 06 Stinky Deluxe and I ride DH with it all the time. Lots of big drops. Never had a problem yet.

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    the v10 would be the best for true dh, but the dirtbag works great also and is more versatile.

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    What Spaulding said, my Dirtbag kills it on DH and FR. You've got a pretty good selection of bikes to choose from there though, tough call!

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    Yeah, my vote goes to the DB, I can't wait to take mine out to shuttle runs and park weekends.

    Edit: Gotta learn how to ride a bike first.

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    I have been riding a Dirtbag for DH and FR for the past 3 years, first a 05 and now a 07. They are great all around bikes. They do get a little sketch on some super steep stuff with the shorter rear end, but its not to terrible and they jump great.

    One word of warning with a older model (pre 2006) is that you can only run a mono tube shock on it, which basically limits your selection to Romic (No longer in MTB business) The Roco Air-R (No longer made in 08) or a Avalanche (More than the frame is worth). So before you jump on a 04, make sure of your shock options, because you cannot run a piggy back shock on that frame.

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    I can't speak for the other brands but I ran my 04 bullit last year as my do everything bike for DH and singletrack. i ran 2 wheels sets with a 66 upfront and worked great.
    So, my limited exp would go for the bullit. Can't go wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sixsixtysix

    One word of warning with a older model (pre 2006) is that you can only run a mono tube shock on it, which basically limits your selection to Romic (No longer in MTB business) The Roco Air-R (No longer made in 08) or a Avalanche (More than the frame is worth). So before you jump on a 04, make sure of your shock options, because you cannot run a piggy back shock on that frame.
    That's some really good advice Six, I'd hate to be stuck with a blown Romic.

    Does anyone still service those?

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    The DB is a lot like the older Stinky frames. Go for it... Wookie DH's fine on the DB that he bought from me (l had it built more freeridey). There's another rider bud who owns an older design Stinky Primo... he rips it like shorthairyjewishguy, pretty crazy what he does on that bike, then he'll turn around and keep pace just fine on the XCish trails.
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    yes, go for it
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    dont buy any v10 older 08 because the rotations lever are very bad!!the new one use a 3inch stroke like the m3!!
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    Thank you all for the feedback -

    I'm leaning towards a nearly new '05 Big Hit FSR now.

    Any thoughts??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Karupshun
    That's some really good advice Six, I'd hate to be stuck with a blown Romic.

    Does anyone still service those?
    As far as I know your pretty much stuck if they blow up, I don't think Push works on them, and I know Romic wont do any service any more.

    As far a a Dirtbag in DH garb, here's my newly rebuilt 07, sits at 44lbs as is, just waiting on a 30.0 Thomson post, new Dangerboy Code blades and for BMW to make another run of the Vegiburger pedal's to replace the Shinburgers.
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    Sexy, yes.


    Here's mine, around 41-42lbs.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr Phil mmkay
    Sexy, yes.


    Here's mine, around 41-42lbs.
    That's sweet, I didn't know the new revolution graphics were available already

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    I prefer the older ones. Ah well. Can't win them all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr Phil mmkay
    I prefer the older ones. Ah well. Can't win them all.

    Bike looks good, very stealth

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