Downhill run on a hardtail.

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    Jun 18, 2013 12:50 AM GMT
    On an entry level mountain bike (2013 Trek Mamba, 'slightly' modified...about 3x its base price).

    Can it be done?

    Regardless of the answer, I'm gonna give it a go. If it fails, I'll replace whatever parts break. icon_cool.gif
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    Jun 19, 2013 12:05 PM GMT
    Unintended said
    paulflexes saidOn an entry level mountain bike (2013 Trek Mamba, 'slightly' modified...about 3x its base price).

    Can it be done?

    Regardless of the answer, I'm gonna give it a go. If it fails, I'll replace whatever parts break. icon_cool.gif


    What do you consider "down hill" -- how steep and how rocky?
    All I know is what I've seen on YouTube; but I'm going to Mountain Creek Bike Park (formerly known as Diablo) in a few weeks. I decided to take my bike instead of renting a downhill bike, since I'm already used to the way it feels. And with almost $3K in mods, it should be tough enough to handle whatever gets thrown at it.
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    Jun 19, 2013 12:23 PM GMT
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    came across these Ass Savers thought you might wanna look or need it..icon_wink.gif

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    Jun 19, 2013 12:29 PM GMT
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    Hmmm...not a bad idea!
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    Jun 21, 2013 10:40 PM GMT
    Unintended saidI have not been to Mountain Creek, although I do ride trails not too far from there (Ringwood).

    TBF, the demo looks like bunny slopes to me...
    If you're such a badass, post video. icon_cool.gif
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    Jun 22, 2013 11:17 PM GMT
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    paulflexes said
    Unintended saidI have not been to Mountain Creek, although I do ride trails not too far from there (Ringwood).

    TBF, the demo looks like bunny slopes to me...
    If you're such a badass, post video. icon_cool.gif


    Here you go

    That looks painfully cold and totally not enjoyable. My reptilian blood would freeze solid. icon_lol.gif
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    Jun 22, 2013 11:17 PM GMT
    Unintended saidKeep in mind there is a 1000 vertical foot off-road climb to get to where the video begins.

    The rock gardens are fun in the summer -- I was there a few weeks ago. However, it's too hot to wear any body armor...
    Pfft...I love the heat, and will wear body armor even at 100+ degrees.
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    Jun 25, 2013 5:04 AM GMT
    comes down to how technical your DH course is.
    try it and you'll see.
    but DH bikes haven't gone dual, with 3 in tires and 9" shocks for nothing. ;p
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    Jun 29, 2013 12:05 AM GMT
    xassantex saidcomes down to how technical your DH course is.
    try it and you'll see.
    but DH bikes haven't gone dual, with 3 in tires and 9" shocks for nothing. ;p
    You have a point. Kinda the point I was hitting at. I really wanna do downhill soon, but not sure if I wanna do something that's tough enough to actually require a full DH bike (though it would be fun, but my body wouldn't handle the inevitable wipeout).
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    Jun 29, 2013 6:03 AM GMT
    paulflexes said
    xassantex saidcomes down to how technical your DH course is.
    try it and you'll see.
    but DH bikes haven't gone dual, with 3 in tires and 9" shocks for nothing. ;p
    You have a point. Kinda the point I was hitting at. I really wanna do downhill soon, but not sure if I wanna do something that's tough enough to actually require a full DH bike (though it would be fun, but my body wouldn't handle the inevitable wipeout).


    .. well you have to go full armor.. to me it would also come down to how my wallet would endure it.. ( it wouldn't )

    this said i know guys who raced DH for years and were on a tight budget.

    as for bikes, for example,the Mont Ste-Anne world cup DH course is simply impossible on a XC rig. You'd find bike parts and maybe rider parts all over the course.