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    Cheap DJ bike for a tall guy

    Hi all,
    There are a couple of pump tracks here in NY that I'd love to check out. What's out there in cheap DJ bikes? I'm about 6'3", so a regular BMX bike probably wouldn't work. I have a Cannondale Rush also, so this would strictly be for DJ and general messing around.
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    David

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    You didnt say how much your willing to spend, but you might check out a these.

    2009 Mongoose Ritual (Street) $849.99

    2009 GT Ruckus UF $799.99

    2009 Specialized P.1 $940.00

    Not exacly cheap...but decent DJ bikes arnt. Even low level DJ bikes usually start at 600.00- 700.00$ and go up.

    You could check here...this is where I bought my DJ bike from, I got an 2005 Ironhorse for 400.00$ brand new because it was a 2005 model and I got it for like half off.

    http://bicyclebananas.com/mm5/mercha...&Store_Code=BB

    EDIT...someone just posted this over in general I think.

    Quote Originally Posted by spazzy
    if you are looking at skate parks and jumping i would suggest a dirt jump bike, depending on your budget i would suggest various bikes

    specialized p series, giant stp, cannondale chase, gary fisher mullet, mongoose ritual, eastern night train, blk mrket .357, kona shred

    it all depends on your budget, i would go to an LBS and see if they have any jumpers in stock and ride them all, and see which one you liked best
    This the cheapest I could find.

    http://www.jensonusa.com/store/produ...6+Bike+08.aspx



    $699.99
    Last edited by jeffgothro; 11-24-2008 at 10:07 AM.
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    sizing in dj bikes tends to be like BMX sizing. you look at the top tube length (measured from center of head tube to center of seat tube) instead of seat tube height.

    so for example, the Blackmarket MOB comes in 4 different lengths.

    i'm 6'1" and i ride the longest one (the 22.5"). perfect.

    if you get a cheap dj bike that is short in the front you could run a longer stem to make it roomier. but the longest you'd want to go is probably about 70mm or the geometry will start to get wack for jumping. it's not like xc bikes with 90 or 110mm stems..... most people run 40-55mm bmx style stems.

    https://www.blackmarketbikes.com/mob.html

    Made in USA
    Super low standover height
    Ultra light tube set & laser cut bridges
    ISCG mounts and derailleur cable stops available
    Bolt on derailleur hanger available for horizontal drop outs
    Integrated headset, Euro BB, Disc brake mounts (V brakes optional)
    Available in 21.5, 22, 22.25, or 22.5 toptube lengths
    69 degree head angle, 70 degree seat angle
    11 standover, 12.25 BB height, 15.625 chainstays
    5.1 lbs



    i think the DK XENIA (now called the DK ASTERISK) is an excellent bargain for what you get. it has a 22.2" top tube so it'll be roomy enough for you (although the stock stem is super short, like 35mm or something...)

    Last year's model complete for $640.:

    https://oldskoolcycles.com/DKTwoSix.aspx





    FRAME: Double Butted Chromoly

    TOPTUBE: 22"

    FORK: Marzocchi Dirt Jam Pro 100mm

    HANDLEBAR: Alloy 30mm rise

    GRIPS: DK Vice low flange

    STEM: CNC alloy 40mm

    HEADSET: 1-1/8" integrated FSA 45/45

    DETANGLER: N/A

    BRAKE LEVERS: Avid FR5

    REAR BRAKE: Avid BB5 Mech. Disc

    FRONT BRAKE: NONE

    CRANKS: DK Social 170mm

    BB: DK Euro 19 sealed

    PEDALS: DK Platform

    SPROCKET: DK Iron Cross lite 33T

    FREEWHEEL: 16T

    CHAIN: KMC 410

    RIMS: Sun Rhyno Lite XL 36H

    HUBS: Sealed w/ bmx axles

    SPOKES: Stainless Black

    SEAT: DK Huck It

    SEATPOST: Chromoly Micro Adjust

    TIRES: Kenda K-Rad 26 X 2.3

    ACCESSORIES: Resin Anti Throttle bar end

    COLORS: Olive Drab

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    Thanks for that info cmc4130, I plan on buying a Three57 eventually and I'm 6'1 as well and wasnt sure what size to get.

    And to dba900 I'ed opt for the DK, while its not a whole lot better I think its slighly better then an Eastern. I cant speak for Easterns DJ bikes but there BMX aint that great, I rode one and wasnt very impressed, and, I've seen a bunch in bmx forums of kids breaking the frames.

    The DK is better spec'd too

    Eastern spec's

    * Full Chromoly Frame, Spanish BB, Internal Headset, Removable Gyro Tab Holes
    * 21.5" T/T, Chainstay: 14.7" slammed/ 15" to center, 72 degree headangle
    * RST Space Free fork, Coil Spring/MCU, 80mm, Cromo Steerer
    * Internal Headset
    * Eastern Raptor Cranks, 175MM with Eastern 25T Medusa Lite Sprocket
    * Eastern Spanish BB
    * Eastern Steel 2.0t handlebar
    * Eastern Choker stem
    * Eastern Rib Grips
    * Eastern Sealed Bearing 32H front hubs, with Disc Mount, 20 MM axle
    * Eastern MTB LB-9 single speed cassette hub 135mm, 14mm axle, 36H, 12t driver, with disc hub mt.
    * Wienmann HL32 rim, Kinlin BM25
    * 2.0mm Stainless steel 14G UCP spokes, black, with brass nipples
    * Kenda Small Block 8 front tire, 26x2.35
    * Kenda NPJ 1052 rear tire, 26x2.10
    * Tektro cable actuated disc 6" rotor brakes
    * Tektro ML-570 brake lever
    * 1 Piece 12T Driver, 6 paw cassette
    * 1 Eastern Byrd peg
    * Wellgo LU 313 pedals, Molded Pin
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    the Eastern is going to feel more bmx-y than the Xenia. the super-short back end (look how close the rear tire is to the seat tube) plus the short-ish front end and the lower fork (80mm travel instead of 100) will make it feel like a bike you can easily spin (if you're into 360's, skatepark riding etc) and easily bunnyhop.

    but if you want something more for a mix of xc-trail and dirt jumps+pump track ... i think the Xenia will feel more stable.

    NOW....fork the FORK question....

    -- IMO, the Marzocchi Dirt Jam Pro on the Xenia is the better way to go. I rode one for about 2 years. Yes there were some issues, like the fork rebounding out with a kunnng when you pull the front wheel off the ground...But that can be fixed with the internal rebound adjust and switching to heavier weight fork oil. It also developed an air leak, but that was well after a year, and would probably be easy to fix with a new seal if I got around to it. The Dirt Jam Pro is Air in one fork leg and Spring in the other. I think this made for a good all around ride: the Air would even out the small bumps of an XC trail, and the Spring was real good on impacts--i'm 200 lbs. I rarely if ever bottomed it out. (My new fork is a dual-stiff spring Manitou Gold Label dirt jumper, and it is awesome, except that it is not that great on regular xc bumpy trails. The fork really only does work for larger impacts, you still feel all the little bumps.)

    -- RST Space Fork... everyone I know who has this fork doesn't like it. It feels like you have only 2 options. Run the Air really high (in the left side) and make the fork almost rigid... or let some air out and it gets a terrible 'mush' down. There's no in-between like the Dirt Jam Pro. I may be wrong--maybe there are some tweaks to get the RST Space to work well. A lot of people complain about the Dirt Jam Pro too..... so this is just one rider's opinion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cmc4130
    the Eastern is going to feel more bmx-y than the Xenia. the super-short back end (look how close the rear tire is to the seat tube) plus the short-ish front end and the lower fork (80mm travel instead of 100) will make it feel like a bike you can easily spin (if you're into 360's, skatepark riding etc) and easily bunnyhop.

    Yeah I noticed that and was thinking the same thing.
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    Thank you very much for all of the informative replies. This bike would be used at the local dirt jumps and pump tracks, none of which are all that big. I'd probably mess around a bit here and there with some urban stuff. I was never all that great at tricks as a kid and I would imagine my skills have only diminished I have a Cannondale Rush that I really like and will continue to use for singletrack and cross-country riding.

    The information about the forks is really helpful. What do you guys think about riding rigid? I would think that would eliminate some of the issues associated with cheaper forks. I would assume a rigid fork would also make the bike feel more like a BMX bike.

    There's a guy selling a Specialized P1 with a carbon fork locally. I'm a little concerned that I'd break a carbon fork (I'm 210 lbs.) Thoughts?

    Thanks!
    David

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    I just asked almost this same question, go here.

    http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?t=471539

    Oh, and about getting a new fork, I'm probably not the guy to ask about that, also, if you can get the name of brand of the fork thats on the P1 I'm sure someone can give you a more informed answer. I'm pretty sure cabon forks most of them are more for XC racing applications and not jumping
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    Wow, thanks for all of the advice! That "rigid vs. suspension" thread was very helpful. I guess I'll start shopping.
    David

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    I am 6'6" and I ride a 2009 specialized p1 with a 60mm stem... I know this seems like a long stem, but I am pretty tall. The new p bikes are great, completely fixed all the old problems.

    I have only been riding this bike for about two weeks now, but it already feels a lot better than my transition double.
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    I have a 05 cannondale chase that I'm looking to get rid of, its got some upgrades and has a 24" TT which not many companies offer. PM me if you interested, I'll let her go for a good price.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtjumper202
    I have a 05 cannondale chase that I'm looking to get rid of, its got some upgrades and has a 24" TT which not many companies offer. PM me if you interested, I'll let her go for a good price.

    SPAM SPAM SPAM SPAM SPAM SPAM SPAM!!!

    All you have to do is PM him to keep the boards clean...

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    Quote Originally Posted by A Grove
    SPAM SPAM SPAM SPAM SPAM SPAM SPAM!!!

    All you have to do is PM him to keep the boards clean...
    well I've seen it done before on numerous occasions and you didn't flip out
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    Difference is, they pay for their add in the classifieds, thus have the right to post it (as SPAM non-the-less), in whatever board they want...

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    The fork on the Eastern is not an air fork. There are 2 versions of the RST Space. The one on the Thunderbird is burly and a pretty nice-looking fork, but it's a 'Space Free', which is coil sprung. It's like 7.2 lbs or something.

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