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    New question here. Help me out with my DH bike....

    Hi all, I'm new to this forum and also to "real" Downhilling. I am a long time XC rider and BMXer from way back in the 80's.... I am in the works on a DH build with a '06 Kona Stinky. The bike is stock when I got it for a killer price. I have already got some upgrades for it and would like any help I can get. Well this is the run down on the bike as it is:

    Frame size: M(15.5")
    Frame tubing: Kona Clump Aluminum, 7" Travel
    Rear: Shock Fox Vanilla DHX 3.0
    Fork: Marzocchi Drop Off Triple 170mm
    Headset: TH
    Crankarms: TruVativ Hussefelt-Howitzer
    Chainrings: TV Rockguard /36/24
    B/B: TruVativ Hussefelt-Howitzer
    Pedals: Kona Jackshit
    Chain: Shimano CN-HG53
    Freewheel: Shimano CS-HG-50 11-32 9 speed
    F/D: Shimano Deore
    R/D: Shimano Deore LX
    Shifters: Shimano Deore
    Handlebar: TruVativ Hussefelt OS Riser
    Stem: TruVativ Hussefelt OS
    Grips: Kona Jackshit
    Brakes: Hayes Hydraulic HFX-9 HD V8
    Brake Levers: Hayes Hydraulic HFX-9 HD V8
    Front hub: KK Disc
    Rear hub: Shimano FH-M525 disc
    Spokes: Stainless 14g
    Tires: Maxxis Minion DH 26 x 2.5
    Rims: Sun MTX-S
    Saddle: WTB Pure V Comp
    Seatpost: TruVativ XR Double Clamp
    Seat clamp: Kona QR



    So this is what I want to do so far:
    Sram X.9 Trigger Shifters
    Sram X.9 Rear Derailleur
    Sram PC- 990 Chain
    Chris King Headset
    e.13 DRS
    Shimano XT M761 Front Derailleur


    This is my to-do list right now. What do I need to think about doing that I might have missed? Like I said I want to get it right the first time.

    Any suggestions will help!

    Thanks for your time,
    Lee in Montana

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    the base Stinky is a great beginner bike and a great platform to build off of. I'd say for now the only I would do is replace the rocker arms(I think that's what they're called) because they tend to bend when riden hard. and for future upgrades replace the fork and rear shock. I wouldn't worry about the shifters and such until they break.

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    I have the HD arms on the bike, got them when I got the bike....

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    Quote Originally Posted by pwraudio1
    I have the HD arms on the bike, got them when I got the bike....
    smart choice

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    Over the winter I was looking at doing the Fox DHX 5.0 and Marzocchi 888 RCX2... What do you think?

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    that would be a sick combo. also look at Marzocchi ROCO for a rear shock, they're supposed to be insane

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    If i were you, i'd lose the front derailleur and get a chain guide.
    pUt Da LiMe In Da CoKe YoU nUt


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    I agree with ditching the derailleur... It's a downhill bike right? Put a single ring and a chainguide on it... Also, upgrade your fork, that'll be a BIG difference over that crap ass fork that comes on it...
    cycle tracks will abound in utopia.

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    I do have a chain Guide, It is the e.13 DRS (Dual Ring Security) it will let me run two rings and guide both of them....

    http://www.e13components.com/product_drs.html
    Last edited by pwraudio1; 10-09-2006 at 05:58 PM.

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    Yeah, but still, there's no need for a front derailleur on a downhill bike... You can still drop a chain with a DRS....
    cycle tracks will abound in utopia.

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    I have the DRS now but what would you do?

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    very good choice... my buddy just got the same setup.. and first thing he did was trash that DropOff for a nice 66 RC2X
    grabbed it for $550 from Downshift Cycles.. he's happy as a clam

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