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    What race bike for next season?

    Well, I'm going to start looking to build up a DH race bike for next season. Not really looking too much yet, and the best deals start coming around in about two months....but I'm keeping the thought in the back of my head.

    I want the frame to be in the $1500-ish (or less) price range (new or used) ....and pretty much all the components will be brand new

    What wc/dh race worthy frames can I get in the $1500 price range?
    And what are the advantages/disadvantages to a steel frame over an aluminum frame?




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    $1542 this is what i will be replacing my bighit with eventually


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    I second that

    That bike rails Dh trails
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    Corsair Maelstrom. It's marketed as an FR bike but looking at the geo it's actualy very DHish. The geo posted on the site is for neutral head angle so the slackest head angle should be around the sunday geo.
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    Quote Originally Posted by prophet413
    $1542 this is what i will be replacing my bighit with eventually

    1700$ with floating brake assembly + shipping

    but, I'm thinking about it.....really nice bike

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    I third the Blindside.

    I rode one a few weeks ago, what a great bike for the $$$$$

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    Quote Originally Posted by norbar
    Corsair Maelstrom. It's marketed as an FR bike but looking at the geo it's actualy very DHish. The geo posted on the site is for neutral head angle so the slackest head angle should be around the sunday geo.
    Thinking about the same thing.
    Meh.

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    I finally built up a proper DH bike for this lift season, and it's been blowing me away every time i ride it. It absolutely shreds everything at Mammoth and Northstar.

    It's a genuine FTW welded Sinister R9. The frame has been discontinued by Sinister in favor of "modern" DH frame trends (though it's still being supported by them), but you can find these frames used here and there in very good condition and in your price range. Definitely a WC worthy race frame!

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    anyone tried the versus weapon-x?

    http://www.versuscycles.com/weaponx_detail.html

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    Here's a few suggestions to help you out. At $1500 a few frames are out of the question like a new V10, 303 and the like.

    My Picks:
    Turner DHR: You can definitely find an older DHR for under $1500. You can drill it to achieve the same geo as the newer DHR's. They're a bit heavy though. My 06 DHR DH rig hits the scales at 42 lbs. The geo is just fast though, good race bike.
    Morewood Izimu: Simplicity at its best. Light weight builds are easily achievable on this rig. You can definitely find one for under $1500.
    Chumba F5: Not sure if you can find one under $1500 but the F5 is a really fast bike in rock gardens. Long wheelbase will plow rock gardens.

    Those are my top 3. I remember you saying you raced Northstar, so I take it you want a bike that will kill Northstar? I ride a DHR weekly up there, and so does my friend on his F5, they're both incredibly fast rigs and plow rock gardens. In my opinion, a simple design with a low center of gravity is best suitable for N*'s terrain.
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    ill give you a good deal on my F5 frame and i will throw in my 823's laced to hopes for a lil more in about a month or so.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ledzepp4life
    ill give you a good deal on my F5 frame and i will throw in my 823's laced to hopes for a lil more in about a month or so.
    if he isnt interested then I am If the frame is a large that is lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by blender
    I finally built up a proper DH bike for this lift season, and it's been blowing me away every time i ride it. It absolutely shreds everything at Mammoth and Northstar.

    It's a genuine FTW welded Sinister R9. The frame has been discontinued by Sinister in favor of "modern" DH frame trends (though it's still being supported by them), but you can find these frames used here and there in very good condition and in your price range. Definitely a WC worthy race frame!
    i second this. got my R9 frame for 1100. great race bike if you can handle the long wheelbase.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brillantesdv
    i second this. got my R9 frame for 1100. great race bike if you can handle the long wheelbase.
    Yea dude! Mine is 48" on the dot from axle to axle, the thing is so incredibly stable in the rocks and at high speed! Like nothing i've ever tried. Takes some extra body english to whip it around corners, but no big whoop.... and it flies amazing, very well balanced.

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    I put in a vote for the DHR. I have just bought a perfect 2005 frame for next to nothing. To drill or not to drill that is the question....
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    Quote Originally Posted by norbar
    Corsair Maelstrom. It's marketed as an FR bike but looking at the geo it's actualy very DHish. The geo posted on the site is for neutral head angle so the slackest head angle should be around the sunday geo.

    Keep in mind this guy's budget. If money was no object I'd say Chumba f5 or Appalache Real. But for a budget, the blindside is the boo yah hotness.

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    '08 DHRs may hit $2K soon; at least here's hoping (DT> hinthint)...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Madman133
    if he isnt interested then I am If the frame is a large that is lol
    They only made one size in 08, or at least thats what brian from chumba told me. i am 5'8" but it feels a little long for me i think it would be perfect for somebody around 5'10-6'. the top tube is 23'. just let me know if you want the frame and or the wheelset because i will probably only be riding it a couple more times before i sell it.

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    Just out've curiousity... what qualifies as a "race bike" ???

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rb
    Just out've curiousity... what qualifies as a "race bike" ???
    generally it'll be something with good race geometry - low, long and slack, that can be built up at 40 pounds or below

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    i have an 08 giant glory size large for sale, 1250.00 real good condition.
    I like to ride bikes fast.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rb
    Just out've curiousity... what qualifies as a "race bike" ???

    It's the bike you hardly ride & get to wear your fancy matching Sunday kit while you wait all day in a line to finally get in the saddle

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    Just out've curiousity... what qualifies as a "race bike" ???
    any bike that is raced. If you are me, you want 8 inches of travel but if you are mark henderson you have a hardtail and still wreck on that. Just depends i guess.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rb
    Just out've curiousity... what qualifies as a "race bike" ???
    A bike for racing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rb
    Just out've curiousity... what qualifies as a "race bike" ???


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    Quote Originally Posted by HighTitan
    i have an 08 giant glory size large for sale, 1250.00 real good condition.
    if the large fits me...I'm 5'7-8 ..... i'll jump on that asap

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    no way that'll be way to big for you. I'm 6' more or less and i ride a medium. personally i like a race bike to be smaller. it makes it easier for flick around and rail corners. you have more control over it

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gruntled
    I put in a vote for the DHR. I have just bought a perfect 2005 frame for next to nothing. To drill or not to drill that is the question....
    Drill.

    The geo you get from drilling it is so dialed. You have a slack head angle, low bottom bracket, and a respectable wheelbase. Perfect geo for racing or riding fast.

    Only thing is that its a bit of work. For one you have to drill it perfectly, second you need to sheer off the tabs, and before doing all this you need to figure out where to drill.

    My 06 came pre-drilled, and I have a 05 Swingarm that is also pre-drilled. If you want dimensions/pictures let me know.
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    I love my Blindside, inexpensive and it rips!

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