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    Want to get into downhill riding - advice?

    As the title says, I am interested in getting into DH riding. I know there is some good terrain and some tracks near where I am currently living, but I don't know where to start as far as purchasing a downhill bike. I would prefer to buy something prebuilt, however I can build a bike if need be. What would be a good bike to start with? I would like to spend no more than $3000 and have been looking at used DH bikes on Ebay.

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    if you have a park near you, rent a dh bike and ride for a day. If you are still interested, try renting a few other bikes and see how you feel on them. Once you have some point of reference, then you can really figure out what to get

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    I live in Korea and there are no "official" tracks that rent bikes. They are all just points on mountains that are recommended for DH and some have been maintained by local riders themselves. I have been riding my XC hardtail fairly hard on some of these trails and I don't suspect it will last the summer.

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    start training to run 1-3miute sprints flat out
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    Quote Originally Posted by shwinn8 View Post
    start training to run 1-3miute sprints flat out
    Hahaha, I recommend tire flips and power cleans.
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    I'm in pretty good shape actually...I'm just asking for recommendations for a bike for a beginner DHer.

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    MJM, for$3000 there a plenty of bikes to chose from, at least here in North America. I would recommend something slightly used from within the last couple years, here are a few Giant Glory, Trek Session, Transition 450, Specialized Demo or Status, and the Kona Operator/Entourage.
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    I have been looking at the Trek Session, but I have also seen a few old Turner DHR frames for sale. Do you or anyone else have opinions on the 2006-2008 Turner DHR models?
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    I have Trek Session and it is a good light dh bike, I don't think it's the best at any one particular aspect but it is well rounded.TheTurner dhr is also a good bike, newer dw-link equipped model is definitely a much better sprinter though.

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    What's your budget and what features are you looking for? You should also consider what local support you may have regarding maintenance (fork rebuilds, brake bleeding, etc) unless you do that all yourself.
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    I don't have much experience with rebuilding forks but I used to do all of my maintenance on my motorcycle, so I'm fairly mechanically savvy. I'm using my current bike to get up to speed on bicycle maintenance, and I plan on maintaining the bike myself. My budget is no higher than $3000...I would prefer to spend under $2000 which is why I'm looking at used.

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    Check out used giant glorys.

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    A big question is if you intend on competing at the local events or if you're just doing this for $hits and giggles. With $2k, you can probably away with a lot in terms of just having fun. Perhaps more of the senior members could chime in on what a competition budget would look like.

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    I am interested in competing in the future, maybe when I return to the states, but for now I would just like to get comfortable with this sort of riding. I occasionally go over the handlebars of my XC bike (who doesn't, I suppose) but I feel that having a greater rake in the fork would be highly beneficial for my face, as well as the longer wheelbase providing greater stability while I am flying down my trails.

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    I currently have my eye on this bike - thoughts?

    Specialized Demo 7 I Downhill Bike | eBay

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    Wow, that's a nice bike. I wonder what the final bidding will be.

    I've just never been a fan of the Avid Juicy brake series. I'm sure they perform great, but I personally like calipers that have actually bleeders on them. I think this comes from my time doing car/motorcycle maintenance too.
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    A full face helmet is beneficial to your face not a bike.

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    Well yes, it was a joke...of course I have a full face helmet.

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    With your budget, a 2-3 year old Demo 8 with a Boxxer up front should be easy to get ahold of. Solid bike, built to race and Boxxers are fairly easy to work on.

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