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    Transition Dirtbag?

    Hey I want a FR/DH bike and im thinking of getting a Transition dirtbag with a Fox DHX 5.0 shock and a Marzocchi 66 fork. is it ok for freeride and downhill? whats are its props/cons?

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    Sure is good for that.

    Might be a bit heavy if you're used to light bikes?

    There are a lot of threads about the Dirtbag if you search for it.

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    Never having got the chance to ride one I can't tell how they ride, but it would be great for both freeride and downhill, although it is mainly a freeride rig. if you are going to race you might want something with a more race oriented geo and little more travel.

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    I have one built with a 66VF and mostly freeride-y parts. Its not light that's for sure (38lbs) and it feels so solid and stable on the trail, yet so flick-able on the jumps and tight sections. Climbing was also very manageable, just dial up the Propedal.

    My friend has a Gran Mal, and if you're going to be racing downhill seriously, that's probably a better choice. Its slightly heavier than the Dirtbag, and has a really long wheelbase, if that's of concern to you...
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    i just got back from dirt jumping my Dirtbag this morning... and i can tell you first hand, this bike rips! I run it with a 66 up front, and DHX 5.0 in the rear (same as what you want). My rig looks almost identical to the Dirtbag posted above, that army green is awesome. I do have to say that the quality of the paint is somewhat crap... TBC had to cut corners somewhere to bring the price down, but i didn't get this bike to pose for cameras, it's a workhorse and will get beat up nomatter what.

    The geometry is super dialed for freeride and jumping. It's a heavy frame, but if you're a big guy and don't mint lugging around 40-45 pounds of bike, it's totally sweet. Time and time again, i'm totally blown away by how flickable this bike is for being such a pig. It's a slow turner, and really wants to go in a straight line, but once you get it up in the air you can toss it all over the place. Rear end is bombproof, i'm 6'3"/215 and i've yet to notice any flex back there. The bike climbs like a goat, especially with a nice platform shock like DHX. I used to run it with a granny up front and lighter trail tires, and i could pedal it up anything.

    Like someone mentioned above, if you're gonna race DH this bike probably isn't the best choice, something lighter with more travel and a lower BB would suit you better. However, if you aren't after record DH times, this bike is super fun to tear up downhill on.


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