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    Ultimate park bike?

    What would your pick be? The Intense SS2 looks good, I've heard horror stories about CS. TR250 from Transition looks badass and adjustable. Single ring, single crown and not worried too much about weight. Driver 8 with single crown? SX trail? I'm a clyde that comes up short on the jumps once in awhile. Thoughts?

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    cant go wrong with any of the choices..

    if your buying new, and worried about CS, get hold of the local shop and see what brand they recommend.

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    Knolly Deliruim, I over shot a huge jump that had destroyed the swingarm pivot on my previous bike, and even though it bottomed out Hard the Knolly didn't crumble. I am 195 ~ 200lbs
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    Atomlab Trailking SS? Atomlabs are basically bomb proof

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    id throw the reign sx/ faith in the mix too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by b-kul
    id throw the reign sx/ faith in the mix too.
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    Of your list, I like the TR250, such a sweet bike.

    Check out the Scott Voltage FR as well.

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    kona stinky 2010 model, the 2011 is a trail bike.
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    Think I can get a sweet deal on a Santa Cruz or a Giant. Kona Operators are gone for 2011. SX's are few and far between. Not big on the Voltage. Have to look at Knolly and Atomlab.

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    Go SX Trail if you want something that will last

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    Don't think the Atomlab is for me. Knolly doesn't even list their price, I'm afraid to ask. Relookin' at the top of the line Voltage, like the specs. Others.....?

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    Flatline park cause it has park in its name of course. Just joking, I would take a TR250 personally but that is me.

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    the trick is ENJOYING YOUR LIFE EACH DAY, don't waste them away wishing for better days

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    Quote Originally Posted by SHIVER ME TIMBERS
    You bastard..........never gonna give you up...never gonna somethin'...somethin'!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SHIVER ME TIMBERS
    Double post

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    Rode a Flatline when they first came out.....twas a toad!

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    Yo...SMT...you ride an Intense...what's your opinion on their customer service?

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    I have one of the trailking SS, set up 140mm with a coil rear. It's the most fun play bike I've had. It's really nimble and easy to throw around. Extremely stiff as well. The website doesn't really list the toptube correctly. I've had two seasons on mine (with zero isues btw) and I'm 6'0. The ett is really around a 22.5, and with a 65mm stem the cockpit feels great in the air. They might have sale pricing on the 2010 frames, give them a call and find out. Either way, you won't find a better frame at that pricepoint. Ride wise, it takes me very little to go from a sunday with a totem to the ss with a pike. Although different bikes, they have a similar feel when bombing down a hill.

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    Delirium would be a great choice if there is any pedaling uphill whatsoever. Even if not its a great bike. It is really lively and stiff and can take abuse. Bit pricey though.

    Between your list I would go for the SX trail or TR250. Both would be wicked fun and have about the same travel. The Intense SS2 does look like a blast too but has a bit less travel.

    Check out the morewood kaluha (sp?). looks pretty sick too and right along the lines of the tr250 and SS2

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mojo Maestro
    Yo...SMT...you ride an Intense...what's your opinion on their customer service?
    purrrrrrrfect....great guys
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    Quote Originally Posted by SHIVER ME TIMBERS
    you still think that's funny?

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    Really diggin' the SS2......anyone else with experience with customer service and Intense?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mojo Maestro
    Really diggin' the SS2......anyone else with experience with customer service and Intense?
    Yep. I have owned about 10 different Intense bikes. I have only had to use their customer service once. Very good people to deal with. The bike was out of warranty but they hooked me up. It is nice to know that they stand behind their bikes. I have a Socom and an SS2 currently. The SS2 is a GREAT bike!

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    I like the SX Trail; I own one, works well, hasn't let me down doing things that it probably shouldn't be doing.

    A friend's Glory seems like it would have been great, if it didn't crack at the seatstay-toptube intersection (1/2 season @ whistler, he's about 155) ... he only found out because a friend said his cracked there and, when we checked, his was cracked too. Checked a bunch on the park, all the same thing (sadly, light frame).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mojo Maestro
    Don't think the Atomlab is for me. Knolly doesn't even list their price, I'm afraid to ask. Relookin' at the top of the line Voltage, like the specs. Others.....?
    Expect to pay about $3200 +/- a few for a new Knolly Delirium frame with a CCDB shock. More for V-tach, and more for Podium...not by leaps and bounds though.

    I just bought a gently used 2010 Delirium with a CCDB (non T version) for my park specific bike, and I can't wait to get it out. It's just a beautifully made bike. I'm not too picky with bikes, but I definitely wanted to fork the extra money over for a Knolly.

    I have heard stories of their customter service....myth or not...some guy was unhappy with their v-tach due to the cheapo parts that he just put on the $3500 frame...they still tried to help the complainer out with deals on replacement parts, so he wouldn't blame the hate on the frame. I would never ever try to get this service for yourself, but it shows you how proud they are of what they make and the effort they'll put in to make sure that everyone riding their frames is happy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gearwhine
    Expect to pay about $3200 +/- a few for a new Knolly Delirium frame with a CCDB shock. More for V-tach, and more for Podium...not by leaps and bounds though.

    I just bought a gently used 2010 Delirium with a CCDB (non T version) for my park specific bike, and I can't wait to get it out. It's just a beautifully made bike. I'm not too picky with bikes, but I definitely wanted to fork the extra money over for a Knolly.

    I have heard stories of their customter service....myth or not...some guy was unhappy with their v-tach due to the cheapo parts that he just put on the $3500 frame...they still tried to help the complainer out with deals on replacement parts, so he wouldn't blame the hate on the frame. I would never ever try to get this service for yourself, but it shows you how proud they are of what they make and the effort they'll put in to make sure that everyone riding their frames is happy.
    I know this may sound crazy......I just can't justify payin more then 3grand for a frame!

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    Anyone rockin a Driver 8 with a single crown up front? Worried about a "balanced" feel and the Driver being overkill.

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    Just get a Driver 8 Rich! Would be a great bike after coming off your free. I think a single crown driver 8 would be killer at Winterpark!

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    I was thinkin' smaller and lighter...........I hate to "settle" for a Driver! I can get a dealio on a Driver, so it's looking pretty good. Tr250 and SS2 both look really sweet!

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    Another vote 4

    SX Trail.
    Love it for Northstar, love it for AM type rides that are 15+ miles long.

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    I am a little biased here; Morewood Kalula is THE park bike. All of the bikes you listed are great and you'll have a blast on any of them. I do my best to take care of any problems should they come up with the frames. I will say this, last years Black Mountain United/Morewood WC DH team rode all season on their Morewoods around the world and never had a problem, no link issues, no bearing issues, nothing. Good luck, let us know what you decide!
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    Check out the GT Distortion. But that Intense SS looks like it should come with stamps (you know what I'm sayin). I like the adjustablility of the Voltage.
    Somebody better get me a stamp...I'm gonna send it

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