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I'm starting to get into dirt jumping and might try some dual slalom and mountain cross soon. I also go down most of the downhill coarses where I live. However, I still want to be able to climb hills and I was wondering what the best set up would be. I'm probably going to get new pedals, a two ring chainguide and bashring, short steering stem, riser bars, 2.35 tires, and either a marzocchi dirt jumper fork or a z1 drop off 2. What are some recommendations of other things that would be useful?
 

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I dont think I'll need the lockout as long as I have two front chainrings. I dont really want it to be super light and set up for xc. I want it set up for DJ and dual slalom but I still want it to be able to go up hills without killing me too much.
 

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hydros....

if you don't have them already.
yeah. he is right, hydros would be good. thats a lotta parts to be putting on a POS frame (no offense of anything) my friend smapped one bad. i dont really like Walmart style suspension frames personally, but it should work good until it breaks, ya know? But the good thing about upgrading early, is that you can transfer all of the good stuff into a new frame at a later time. Truvativ, Raceface, KHS, MRP, Jamis, Eggbeatter, Giro, Bell, Azonic, Thompson, Kore, ect are all good from Jenson. LOL! i was just tesing out the JENSONUSA bot to see how many links they put on this...lol
 

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Seriously, with all the money you're putting into it, you just might want to either sell it and buy a used slalom, or at least slalom-capable, bike. What's your budget? If you can afford it, wheelworld.com has KHS freeride bike with 4-6" of travel for about $1300. They're aren't jump-specific, but they should do just find, especially in a smaller size.
 

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I'm really not going to spend that much money. All the things like a seat and bars I would buy for any bike to make it more comfortable. The rear shock is fine and so is the fork as I'm 110 lbs but it would be nice to have a new one. I would look for the fork on sale or used and the stock shock is fine once dialed in. The only other thing is a chain guide which isnt too expensive and again, I would get one for most bikes that didnt have one. The bike actually works great for dirt jumping and berms and things like that. I'm just looking for things that would make it better.
 

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If a new bike is too much, then just get what's been suggested: hydraulic disks, stronger wheelset, riser bar, short stem, and (in my opinion) clipless pedals--Crank Brothers are great.
 

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I own a pair of Giant, and have lots of experience with the Warp line. I suggest new cranks. A little time at the jumps wrecked them on my STP. I know the warp won't be as bad because of the suspension, but seriously they're just generic crap. I feel the same about the fork... the air fork and coil rear suspension is weird for me.

Other than that stem and bars make for nice geometery, and bigger wheels might be nice. I've found the Avid brakes accepatble for stopping power, but hydros will boost the modulation capabilites greatly. I think it is a pretty nice bike to build up, and should at least last a while. I've never heard of one breaking until this thread.

There are lots of things to do, and all will show an improvement. Have fun.

JOSH
 

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Replace rear deraileur

Id suggest that you replaced the rear deraileur if you are using the stock Sram 7.0...I had MANY frustrating problems with it. It seemed that the return spring in the deraileur was too stiff and it would snap the derailure hanger into two pieces. My bike shop tried many different possible solutions and even accused me and my "unique style of riding" of being the problem. :rolleyes: :p lol...They insisted that there was no possible way that the rear derailure was causing the problem.
Well, 9 deraileur hangers later, and after destroying the rear derailure when it got cought up in the spokes when the hanger snaped...I replaced it with a new Shimano XT. And what do ya konw...problem fixed! I went back to the bike shop that day and laughed in their faces.
So I would deffenatly recomend replacing the rear derailure, especially if you are gonna be doing dirt jumps or light DH....I was snaping the hangers on 3 foot drops at times, thats how bad it got....SHIMANO XT rear der solved the problem
 

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My 2004 came with the deore rear and its been fine so far. Eventually, for the fork, I'll upgrade to either a dirt jumper or z1 drop off 2. The judy is actually holding up very well. I landed on my front wheel off of a 4 and a half foot drop and I still had about an inch of travel.
 

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Thats right I forgot your year has the judy so disregard my comments from above. The one I ride all the time has a manitou Axel??? I've never had a problem with the deore stuff either, and if I do the bike will just be switched to a single speed.

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Yeah sorry, i wasnt aware that they changed the rear der for the 2004....I got a 03 frame after i snapped my 02 frame in half...right at the bb tube. So i got the new frame by warrenty and switched over the components. Once i got it all set back up i sold it for almost as much as i paid for it a year before.
 

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i would reccomend u sell ur warp...and buy a second hand 4x racer...

much like my ruckus...its fast as all hell on a 4x track...and the geometry rocks...with some skills and the right bike ull own any BMX or 4x track...so id say save ur money upgrading and get some dudes bike from this or last season for cheap...

my ruckus is going for 1100us (2200aus)...thats an idea of how much to pay...

hehheheh...spam...

(and fox racing shox make the best 4x forks...the vanilla r is the sh-t...and a good rear derailuer will help coz ghost shifting in a race would be a b-tch)
 
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