Appalache The Real Downhill Full Suspension

4.5/5 (4 Reviews)


Product Description

  • BB height: 14.75''
  • Head angle: 66 deg. with 8'' Boxxer
  • Recommended static sag: 40% of total travel
  • Seat tube angle: 69 deg (recommended seatpost offset)
  • Max recommended rear tire width: 2.8''
  • Top tube length: Small: 21.75'' | Medium: 23.25''
  • Seat tube length : 15.5''
  • Chainstay length: 16.25''
  • Head tube length: 4.5''
  • Seat post dia.: 27.2mm
  • Fork steerer dia.: 1.125''
  • BB shell width: 73 mm
  • Chainline: 50 mm
  • Rear spacing: 135mm
  • Rear axle dia.: 10mm
  • Shock length/stroke: 8.75''/2.75''
  • Front triangle material: 6061 T6
  • Swingarm material: 4130 Chromoly
  • Travel: 9.1''
  • Standard shock: Manitou
  • Swinger 6way choice of 350/400/450lbs/in.
  • Frame weight : 9.5Lbs(with Dhx Ti spring)


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    Reviews 1 - 4 (4 Reviews Total)

    User Reviews

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Jake Goodwin a Racer from Cairns

    Date Reviewed: June 2, 2008

    Strengths:    Turns Well, Plush, Pedals well and looks nice

    Weaknesses:    Not too many the Swingarm dents fairly easily and the playes on the side can be annoying to work with.

    Bottom Line:   
    Ok, so this is a great bike for racing, Does everything beautifully, however I found on mine the head angle was wayyy to steep (Mine was one of the first made.) This has been fixed and now are a beautiful bike to ride...Im already looking forward to buying my next real.

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    Favorite Trail:   Kuranda

    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Similar Products Used:   Balfa BB7, IronHorse Sunday

    Bike Setup:   I HAD, Appalache Real (proto i believe) Fox 40's Juicy Carbons Vanilla RC shock DT swiss 240s hubs 721 Rims

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by mikey a Racer from new zealand

    Date Reviewed: December 19, 2007

    Strengths:    this bike was trashed and did crack but i did ride it very hard

    Weaknesses:    the side plates but the guy r sorting them out

    Bottom Line:   
    best bike out! pedles like a hard tail. light 4 what it is.
    best cornering ever. (i found it beter than a sunday) would highly recomened

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    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Similar Products Used:   balfa bb7

    Bike Setup:   fast! haha um i was runing a 650 pound spring in it and the bike never failed to suck up eny small or large hits.

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Charles a Racer from Joliette, Quebec, Canada

    Date Reviewed: December 6, 2007

    Strengths:    Hand made in Quebec
    Low center of gravity
    Single pivot with NO chain feedback while pedaling
    Low height top tube = more knee clearance and better standover height
    Shorter wheelbase comparing to Balfa
    Super Stiff rear derailleur hanger(still not able to bent it yet)
    Light DH frame


    Weaknesses:    While bottoming the rear suspension, the saddle tend to toutch to the rear tire making a weard sound (depends of your saddle)
    The tire rubs occasionally on certain chainguide inner roller bolt (Fitting may be required)
    The old ISCG standard is used instead of the ISCG 05 for the chainguide mounting bolts
    10x135 mm rear spacing only (may be part of the little flex)


    Bottom Line:   
    *The similar products used are written from the bike that I most like to ride to up to the worst*

    This is not the first Dh bike that I have used but it is the first that most respond to my requirements. Comparing to the older Balfa, shorter wheelbase and the position of the bb on the Real makes it still very stable at high speed but corners a lot more easilly and the bike is a lot more manoeuvrable. This make the bike even faster.

    The head hangle is a little bit steeper making the bike more easy to pass through rough technical rocky sections (designed to work with boxxer, becomes slacker with Marzocchi). The Head tube is still very short to keep center of gravity as low as possible.

    The top tube beeing very low allows a lot of movements on the bike making it easier to step on and disembark of the bike even on rough and slippery sections and makes more clearance for your knees wken riding. Add to this the position of the rear shock that is near the bb and you have a bike that reacts quickly when changing frequently and rapidly of directions because the wheight transfer is a little bit higher than the hubs.

    However, I have noticed a little flex on the rear end while riding over obstacles that are accross the trail like roots witch I did not noticed on the Norco. This is probably due to the swingarm witch is made of cromoly 4130 that is more "flexible" than alu. I did not consider this as a weakness because I prefer a bike that have a little flex that will makes the wheels to stay on the ground than a super stiff frame that will produce little loss of controll while the wheels will not be in contact with the ground.

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    Favorite Trail:   Anse St-Jean / Mt. Edouard DHI Coupe du Quebec

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Purchased At:   Lavaltrie Sports

    Similar Products Used:   *2003/2004 Balfa BB7, 2007 Norco Team DH, 2005 Norco A-Line, 2001 Norco Shore 2005, Oryx DH03, 2003 Balfa 2 Step Dh, Rocky Mountain Rmx R2/Wade Simons*

    Bike Setup:   Appalache Réal Small, Boxxer Wc, Marzocchi Roco WC/Ti spring, Mavic 823 rims with Dt Swiss 440 hubs, X.0 drivetrain, Race face Diabolus crank, Hayes El Camino/Goodridge brakes lines and pads, Easton Ea70 Seat Post and monkey bar, Black Spire NSX-C4 chain guide, Selle Italia SLR T1 and finally Kenda Nevegal Tires

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Paul-Anthony a Weekend Warrior from Repentigny, Qc, Canada

    Date Reviewed: December 3, 2007

    Strengths:    Single pivot simplicity, pivot position with chain pulley, made with pride in Quebec, Canada by Jerome Roy (ex-Balfa co-owner and co-founder), suspension reactivity and efficiency.

    Weaknesses:    Top stickers rubbed by knee pads, fitting between frame and Cane Creek Double Barrel equipped with Ti spring.

    Bottom Line:   
    First of all, I must say that it is Jerome Roy who designed and built the frame. When you are buying an Appalache Real frame you are encouraging a true person. The absorption capability of this frame is outstanding. In rough section it doesn't lose speed. For those who already owned or tried a BB7, it stills maintain its qualities but it is easier to bunny hop. The bike is more manoeuvrable and nimble. At high speeds, it is stable. Jerome has change the design to make it less subject to cracks at the seat post, so I am pretty sure that it will be reliable because of this correction in the design, the 4130 steel swingarm and the overbuilt headtube, downtube and toptube. The suspension performance is at its best with a Double Barrel. You won't have a fit issue with the steel spring but with a Ti you must file the inner corners (only)of the frame. That modification is worth it but can affect the warrenty

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    Favorite Trail:   Bromont 19

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Purchased At:   Lavaltrie Sport

    Similar Products Used:   Balfa BB7, Norco A-line, Norco Team DH

    Bike Setup:   Appalache Réal with Cane Creek Double Barrel shock Ti spring, Dee Max wheelset, X-O drivetrain, Race Face Atlas crank, RF Diabolus Headset, RF Evolve DH seatpost, Blackspire DSXC4 chain guide, Formula Oro Puro Brakes, Fisik Plateau Saddle, Easton EA70 low rise Monkey Bar, Lizard skin logo lock-on grip, Mallet M pedals and a Marzocchi 888 RC2X WC.

    Reviews 1 - 4 (4 Reviews Total)

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