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$3K+ DH race bike that can climb best

$3K or so DH race bike that can climb best?
I'm now looking to add to my stable a fs (7+"?) bike that I can play with in Beginner or Sport Level DH races, but that has a reputation of being a decent climber for a heavy DH race bike. I am considering: Santa Cruz Bullit; Giant DH Comp; Kona Stab Delux.
 

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Giant DH comp.

That is a great sport/expert DH bike. Do you want it as a race bike only?

The Vpp-Free may be right up your alley also, but the Giant is hard to beat as far as price/weight/components go.
 

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from what i have herd a santa cruz vp-free is suppose to climb really well for the amount of travel it has. i think it is right around 8.5 inches. also can be built light. just my 2 cents.
 

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TrailNut said:
$3K or so DH race bike that can climb best?
I'm now looking to add to my stable a fs (7+"?) bike that I can play with in Beginner or Sport Level DH races, but that has a reputation of being a decent climber for a heavy DH race bike. I am considering: Santa Cruz Bullit; Giant DH Comp; Kona Stab Delux.
SC Bullit only way to go for you description. You should be able to build one up with single crown about 38lb, double crown about 40lb & it'll climb like a mountain goat!
 

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Check out the Appalache Real (www.yodobike.com). It has really short chain stays, it only weighs 10lbs with a coil over shock, and has over 9" of travel.

Knolly Bikes (www.knollybikes.com) gives you two bike choices that would fit the bill, the V-Tach and the Delirium.

Also, check into the Canadian made Devincis (they use a Horst link instead of the US faux bar). I had one this past season as a race bike and freeride bike. It worked well.

Trust me, its only a coincidence that I mentioned Canadian made bikes.;)
 

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The Giant is a amazing bike as long as you are moving fast, going slow specially climping is like riding on melasas, beleive me you keep looking down at the tyres to see if they are flat or something..

I'm pretty strong and i also try my best to set the bike for "Multi-use" porposse, did not make any diference.


then i got this, Nicolai M-pire for as heavy as she is,it climps really well, but sadlly will cost you "A little More" than $3000 dollars.


I will recomend you to look for a Iron Horse Sunday that features a DW link in the rear end.


is not setup for a front derreiluer but you can run a E-13 guide with a daul ring and a E-type derreileur.



my choice for that kind very capable Downhill but multiuse playbike.

is this Canadian Balfa two Step DH, exelent frame design super strong and agil, the only problem is that they don't make them anymore, (You can still buy a new one in England, but they cost far to much)


maybe you get a idea of how you can set her up (this is not my build) but you can run a fron t derreileur if you want or a single ring in front.


the pertinent size data


Balfa also made a incredible Downhill frame call the BB7
list this ones





and currentlly two companies are making updated version of the concept
PDCRacing


and the mension above "Appalache" frames...

also your typical santa cruz with the VPP sistem, like the VP-free and the new V-10 pedal up pretty well if you consider how much mass they carry.

I hope this Helps,,i will vote for the Iron horse Sunday, they are not that expensive, but perform and ride like bikes costing far more..
 
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