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I am in the market for a DH rig. Something with more that 7.5" of rear travel that I can use for the North Shore and for Whistler.

My current ride is a 6/6" All-mtn bike (Ells Id). It works great for light(er) FR and DH, but we tend to beat each other up with more intense stuff. I do not race, but would like a bike that I can use for DH that would be plush.

At the moment, I would like to keep it under $4k (USD) range for a new bike.

Right now, my list includes

Banshee Scream
Kona Stinky Nine
I would love to get an Ells Dare, but new it breaks the budget.
Possibly Norco VPS models
Devinci Ollie or 8-Flat-8
VP Free




Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Thanks,
John
 

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Banshee Scream OR Chaparral.

The Ells is a long-travel XC bike, with XC manners. Different geometry with 6" rear travel would make it suit what you're looking for, but that geometry change won't happen with the Ells.

If weight is NOT an issue, get a Scream and try it in all 3 rear settings, 6", 7" and 8."

If weight IS an issue, get a Chaparral and run it in the 6" mode.

The other bikes are pretenders compared to the Banshee, IMO.
 

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wait for it....

hey,
seriously have u heard about the specialized demo 8 ? It's an 2005 bike but supposedly its cheaper than the demo 9, its got FSR, its lighter than a bighit. The eight inches of travel is perfect because 9 or 10 is almost 100% downhill specific, but 8" can easily do downhill runs and its light enough you can do trials or shore riding one hell of a lot easier than a heavy demo 9. You didn't hear it from me, just search the posts for "demo 8" and drool until u buy it in 05. It is the perfect bike.
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j6105 said:
hey,
seriously have u heard about the specialized demo 8 ? It's an 2005 bike but supposedly its cheaper than the demo 9, its got FSR, its lighter than a bighit. The eight inches of travel is perfect because 9 or 10 is almost 100% downhill specific, but 8" can easily do downhill runs and its light enough you can do trials or shore riding one hell of a lot easier than a heavy demo 9. You didn't hear it from me, just search the posts for "demo 8" and drool until u buy it in 05. It is the perfect bike.
-me
i agree... i dream about the demo 8
 

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That's when I'm not dreaming here... cuz when I'm having this dream I can't careless about the 8-flat-8 or anything bike related... :D
 

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i feel like talking to a brick wall...

Specialized DEMO9...

find a shop that has one...either the DH model or the Pro...and sit on it...and if u dont ride out of the shop on it when u leave (or wish u had)...then ill eat a metal spoon...

the DEMO8 so far sounds like the ultimate bike for FR...so that may suit u a lil tiny weine bit better than its big sister...

other than that a VP-Free would be a great choice (if only most chicks these days were as sexy)...its light and nimble as hell while being tougher than "the rock"...and for 4k u could spec it with the super RF-X SRAM kit and 888rs...

Rocky Moutnain RMXs are quite similar to the DEMOs in that there wicked NS type FR bikes...and plus Richie Schley rides one...

other than those great bikes...the new iron horse DWs have 8" of rear wheel travel and look to die for (accoring to sam hill they ride to die for also) and shall be my next bike...there cumming out at interbike...whenever the hell that is...i think a month or 2 away...

and have a look at my old thread on the new 05 Sinister R9s there really nice...but there practically a big hit with a different sticker and an avalanche rear shock...http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?t=34653&highlight=sinister+r9

anway ive sh-tted on enough about nothing...so u make up ur own mind...and dont let VIA do it for u...:D
 

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my preferences

1. VP Free
2. Specialized Demo8
3. Specialized Bighit

all awesome freeride bikes
 

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plenty great choices here, now take alook at the astrix "huckster", I personally tried all those bike mentioned here with the exception of the vp-free, and the huckster is second to none of them, my bike is set up with a zocchi 888r, with the slow compression upgrade and going downhill the bike doesnt believe in brakes, 8 in travel front and back tracked everything we could challenge the bike on every dh from fast all out to rocky hell gardens, but it also have amased us in north shore riding, and street/urban assaults, turned on a dime, will do exactly what you want ,when you want, no matter how skinny, tall, steep, dry or wet, bunny hooped like a a 20lbs bike but have taken 220lbs + , riders . this bike looks good, ride better, maneuvers like a snake on the technical, and no matter what you put it thru will take, smile at you and ask for more. and for under us$3000. complete bike how say dreams dont come true. check them out. and do as I do look at bike for sale sections in here, check how many astrix for sale, and then how many banshee, specialized,santacruz,rocky mtn,konas,norcos,etc,etc. my point is if there so awesome ...why they selling them. it like the tour the france, every rider there is top notch, but lance is one of a kind , so check the huckster, it will surprised you but never disappointed you.
 

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Dude......you compared an R9 to a Bighit.....wow. The R9 is backed by an awesome company, by one of the best welders ever, thatd make me want to take the R9 over the bighit anyday. They use similiar linkage, but it could be FSR....im not sure how it works. The R9 is an awesome bike, and god those welds are sexy.

Still cant believe you compared a BH by Specialized to an R9 by FTW.........
 

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I recently rode a VPS, and was really impressed. THE THING CLIMBED!! well, too! It surprised the heck outta me. I'd still say the Vp-free, though, or the R-9 if you want to be different. It depends on your priorities. I'd say ride 'um all, then decide
 
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