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    New question here. Where to start with DH racing?

    I'm assuming that when you start racing you have to start at the amatuer level... I've seen some pics of those races and everybody is riding hardtails, are the courses designed for hardtails? Will the fact that I'm on a Big Hit make it harder for me to compete? Any tips would also be cool, Thanks alot
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    where are the courses that you are looking to race?

    Quote Originally Posted by MTBsSd
    I'm assuming that when you start racing you have to start at the amatuer level... I've seen some pics of those races and everybody is riding hardtails, are the courses designed for hardtails? Will the fact that I'm on a Big Hit make it harder for me to compete? Any tips would also be cool, Thanks alot
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    I don't know where you're from, but DH racing is the eaisest thing to get started in. The Big Hit is an awesome bike to start on. For the most part, nearly all riders at the races are easy to talk too, and are willing to help you out. I can't even begin to count how many times I have been bailed out of a mechanical by another racer when I was just starting.
    Some race courses have hardtail DH courses, but usually when you are talking DH you are going to be using full suspension, and a lot of it. Your Big Hit should keep you covered. The courses depend on the classes. I started out as a Beginner, but after riding the course, I decided to race with the Sport class. Most Downhill Series will give you the option of racing beginner, sport, expert, and pro. Check with the local shops to see what setups are availible to you in your area.
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    sweet thanks for the info
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    Smile Ride hardtail if u got balls of steal

    damn if I rode downhill in my hardtail my balls would have been CRUNCHED a long time ago lol

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    I generally start at the top of the hill.


    Seriously, I started at beginner, podiumed twice. Moved up to sport podiumed three times. Moved up to expert and now getting my arse kicked. Ahhh...right where I belong.

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    I began racing through xc. So when i'd race xc on my hardtail(my oinly bike at the time). then i'd race dh the weekend on my xc hardtail. i was only racing beginner class. i borrowed a friends dh bike a couple time too.

    there are some riders who ride hartail for dh. you just gotta ride a little different. you definately have to be smoother. also depends on the course an rider skill. some of those hardtail guys are nuts

    I have a fullsuspension bike now and use that racing sport class. but i do agree in the lower categories it is easier to podium. but once i move up i'll start to get my arse kicked royally

    I'm not sand bagging! i've only done one real sport race, the rest have been racing in the collegiate circuit

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dartman
    I generally start at the top of the hill.


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    Bwhahahahaha......that was gonna be my answer


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    Quote Originally Posted by .WestCoastHucker.
    Bwhahahahaha......that was gonna be my answer
    Dammit! That's what I was gonna say too, on the start platform at the top, but got beat to it, gonna have to start being a little kwiker
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