I'll let other heres address the diff between FR and downhill.mstaples said:What is the difference between freeride and downhill? Is there a difference between a freeride bike setup and a xc bike settup?
Of course there exceptions to every rule, but it's becoming more and more a situation where real freeride bikes are more heavily built-up than DH bikes (Demo 9 for example). DH bikes still need to go fast and frequently be pedaled in sections of the course that are sometimes flat or even have a slight rise. FR bikes are dropping off some unbelieveable heights to nasty transitions or even sometimes to flat. Some of the frames that are top DH frames nowdays wouldn't be that great a choice as far as strength goes for freeriding. Steve Peat's Orange would probably snap in half in some freeriding conditions. Front forks like a Monster T are not really even considered a good downhill fork because they are so heavy. They make great FR forks for really nasty situations, however. Obviously there is some crossover in both categories for many DH and FR frames, but you'll usually see the FR-purpose bikes equipped with gnarlier and heavier duty equipment. The categories just keep expanding.thesacrifice said:Downhill bikes tend to be a lot heavier as going uphill is of no concern, seriously, don't even think about taking a true Downhill performer up any sort of slope. The geometry of the bike usually has your weight oriented more to the rear than a freeride bike. Where as freeride bikes are beefy bikes that can still be peddled around.
if you have to ask, you don't need to know. you can freeride on an XC bike, and you can ride XC on freeride bike.mstaples said:What is the difference between freeride and downhill? Is there a difference between a freeride bike setup and a xc bike settup?