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Could use some advice from the more experienced riders.

Ill be buying a new trek fuel or slash when the 2020’s arrive but I also want a dedicated downhill bike for more aggressive trails.

I’m not looking for a cutting edge downhill bike with the latest greatest gear just looking for a awesome older downhill bike that gets pretty close to the riding experience of the newer downhill bikes out there.

would a downhill bike from 2010-2015 be something to consider? If so which models.

Or does the newer stuff just make the older bikes obsolete?

Any advice appreciated
 

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you maybe good for 2014 for some brands/models... that was transition to the newer geos of longer and slacker plus 27.5 wheelsize
Hey, thanks for the reply. So 2014 marks a big change in frame geometry.
That's good to know. Is the change in geometry substantial enough to not consider the bikes before 2014
 

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Tough to go wrong with a Giant Glory for a solid DH bike with modern geo/27.5 wheels and a low price point. The stock forks on them aren't the best but if you're just looking to get in the door with a big bike I'd start there.

I wouldn't ignore old bikes either though. One of my regular riding buds is on an old 26" Canfield Jedi and he's an absolute savage on it.
 

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I don’t see why not. I still have a 2015 Gambler that I ride and love.

The newer DH bikes are designed to be long and stable AFAIK. Some folks like more jumpy bikes.
 

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Throw an angleset and upgrade the fork damper in older DH bikes and they become very capable and a bargain!

Have FUN!

G MAN
 

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Yeah, around 2015 marks the point of new geo and move to 275 wheels. Cool thing is I can't say geo has changed too much since then. Still on my 2015 Glory and wouldn't think of trading it in, except just maybe for a 29" Glory, but that's is still just a maybe.
 

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If you go with a slash, you probably don't need a DH bike. Your the slash is going to be as or more capable than a 2010 DH bike.

Also, if you go with the older models, you probably going to want go up a size... because the reach is so short on them and you are going to be used to riding longer reach on the 2020 fuel or slash.
 

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The 2015 Mondraker Summum was way ahead of its time, so much so that the Factory team still uses it to this day, and wins podiums.

Btw, if you're getting a 2020 Slash, you might want to try it on your DH runs. It's a pretty capable bike.
 

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The difference is significant if you compare a 2009 bike with a 2020. But a 5 even 7 year old bike it's not that different from a newer model bike. Yea, sure, the drive train may be a bit old or the suspension, but you can swap those in no time. Also on the suspension/fork side of things if you get a last generation bike (even a bit older) you may find yourself getting a good deal on a really nice spec one that supports a damper upgrade for way less money then a new fork. 👍
 
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