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Two really different bikes there. The Flatline is a DH race bike and the Driver 8 is a freeride bike. Where and what are you going to be riding? Are you a racer or a freerider? Check headtube angles and BB heights, there is so much more to these bikes besides the component specs.
 

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fixbikeguy said:
Two really different bikes there. The Flatline is a DH race bike and the Driver 8 is a freeride bike. Where and what are you going to be riding? Are you a racer or a freerider? Check headtube angles and BB heights, there is so much more to these bikes besides the component specs.
DH racing and some whistler on summer,im going to ride very bumpy,fast,loose stuff with some jumps, but i use a shuttle.
 

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Go with the flatline. Driver is a mistake, not a bike. They wanted do it all and it came out really funky.

2011 Fork is not really better than 2010. Small changes in the damper layout. Rc4 is not that much better than the vivid. The RM frame is much better though!.
 

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My vote is the Flatline because you can get them for cheap when they come up on Chainlove.com
Those are the older models.

I picked the flatline because everything I have heard about it is very positive. It is a very specific bike where the driver 8 is kind of freeride, kind of downhill, kind of all mountainish.
 

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i picked the driver 8 because i opened this thread and voted.

Dont really know much about either. just cast a random vote...

after reading the comments the flatline seems more like what you would need...
 

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Mistake???.... I think NOT!!! To the O.P. I just finished building my D8 and with only 10 DH rides on it, I can say it’s the best bike I have ever ridden, hands down. Coming off a Demo 8 with a Fox 40, the D8 is MUCH lighter, better maneuverability, has more "pop", holds the line at speed, is stable and is just a kick ass good time. Santa Cruz took an 8' travel do it all bike and nailed it IMO. I’m running a 66 EVO Ti and I have yet to miss my 40.
I have also read good reviews on the Flatline, just don’t through away the option of a D8…if you have an opportunity to ride it, go for it, you will not be disappointed.

Hit me up if you want my Bike Spec’s…I went all in ☺

I switched to Der Kaiser tires this season and so far so good, better then my Minions! They will help you out on fast, bumpy, loose trails.
 

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Mistake???.... I think NOT!!! To the O.P. I just finished building my D8 and with only 10 DH rides on it, I can say it's the best bike I have ever ridden, hands down. Coming off a Demo 8 with a Fox 40, the D8 is MUCH lighter, better maneuverability, has more "pop", holds the line at speed, is stable and is just a kick ass good time. Santa Cruz took an 8' travel do it all bike and nailed it IMO. I'm running a 66 EVO Ti and I have yet to miss my 40.
I have also read good reviews on the Flatline, just don't through away the option of a D8…if you have an opportunity to ride it, go for it, you will not be disappointed.

Hit me up if you want my Bike Spec's…I went all in ☺

I switched to Der Kaiser tires this season and so far so good, better then my Minions! They will help you out on fast, bumpy, loose trails.
It's probably the build spec, not the frame as the d8 frame isn't that light at all. I've only had limited time on the driver but it felt short, steep and high which meant it had little to no stability. Very awkward feeling bike at any higher speed. I'm really suprised you claim that it is more stable than the demo which is longer, slacker and has no platform in the suspension. I never like the feel of the demo but it always felt quite stable.
 

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Nobar, I hear ya and at first I had the same concerns with the D8. Out of the box the bikes are different (wheel base, head tube, bb, etc…) but it is all about your build and how you set it up. I went with the CC Angleset to kick out my head tube and drop it to 65, also adding length to my wheelbase. I sent my Vivid to PUSH; Darren is the Best at setting up your suspension for your weight, style, and simply getting the best performance out of your bike/suspension. Which for me translates into a “better bike and better ride”.

To O.P./norbar if you are ever in the Las Vegas area before you buy, your more then welcome to through a leg over my D8. Technology allows us to think out side the box and build up some pretty sick rides. Enjoy it and Shred!!!!!

I’ll work on getting a scale and hitcha back with the weight.
 

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Nobar, I hear ya and at first I had the same concerns with the D8. Out of the box the bikes are different (wheel base, head tube, bb, etc…) but it is all about your build and how you set it up. I went with the CC Angleset to kick out my head tube and drop it to 65, also adding length to my wheelbase. I sent my Vivid to PUSH; Darren is the Best at setting up your suspension for your weight, style, and simply getting the best performance out of your bike/suspension. Which for me translates into a "better bike and better ride".

To O.P./norbar if you are ever in the Las Vegas area before you buy, your more then welcome to through a leg over my D8. Technology allows us to think out side the box and build up some pretty sick rides. Enjoy it and Shred!!!!!

I'll work on getting a scale and hitcha back with the weight.
D8 is better
 

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marc =) said:
thanks, and i think im going for the D8, because the seller just told me that it got some scratches on the stanctions, so i will go for the D8 becuase its new and the flatline is used.
So then marc=)

Are we to conclude that "dh235" is a new alias you are using to get away with yet another "what bike" question? ;)

And frankly, after all the input you got on the 2 bikes (showing quite clearly just how different they both are), the best you can come up with is "I'll go D8 because the Flatline has scratched stanchions"? Please just don't post in a month saying how the D8 is the "raddest and awesomest bike evah and it rips"...
 

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So then marc=)

Are we to conclude that "dh235" is a new alias you are using to get away with yet another "what bike" question? ;)

And frankly, after all the input you got on the 2 bikes (showing quite clearly just how different they both are), the best you can come up with is "I'll go D8 because the Flatline has scratched stanchions"? Please just don't post in a month saying how the D8 is the "raddest and awesomest bike evah and it rips"...
hahaha busted marc!!! nice detective work iceman :thumbsup:
 

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and yeah, my vote would definitely go for the flatline. I threw and longer shock on it to get it into the largest shock mount holes and went with an external bearing headset so the HT angle is about 64.7ish right now. Its so friggin stable at speeds and is just a damn plow overall. I have the older one so I dont really know how the new one compares but I can't imagine it being anything short of amzing if its supposed to be an improvement over what i have now.
 
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