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What are the pros and cons of each bike? I want a bike that will be fun to ride at Mammoth and still be able to handle Whistler once a summer. Are these too much bike for what I'm looking for?
 

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Not too much bike. I believe the stinky is Whistler's rental bike. Anyway, I have buddies that ride Stinkys at Whistler all the time and say they are almost not enough bike. Dunno about the stab though.
 

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Stab's more pure DH. Longer wheelbase, floating rear brake, more travel (8"+), single chainring.

Stinky's more FR (with DH capabilities) shorter wheelbase, less travel (7"), dual chainrings (front derailleur), etc.

Both are going to handle Whistler or Mammoth, but the Stinky would be more versatile due to it's shorter wheelbase that'll handle tighter stuff better and the ability to climb with a granny gear. If this is going to be a pure shuttle/lift access bike, then the Stab would be my preference.....but be warned that the longer wheelbase on a DH bike takes some time to get used to on switchbacks and ladders.

As previously said, Whistler has a fleet of over 400 Stinky's and they've rented them for 5 years so, yes, they can handle that type of terrain.

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Actually, the WB rental fleet is made up of Stab frames - not Stinkys.

As for deciding what bike to use, it comes down to one question - do you ever plan on using the bike to pedal? If so, go with the Stinky. If it is purely a DH bike, then go with the Stab. The Stinky will still be fine riding Whistler though.
 

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Actually, the WB rental fleet is made up of Stab frames - not Stinkys.
Actually, they've been called "Stab Garbonzo" in the past, but those were really rebadged Stinky's. The Stab'ss are 8+ inches of travel (e.g. Fabien Barel's bike) and the Stinkys are 7". They currently do have some stab's in the park availailable for rental, but the vast majority are still Stinky's.

The Stinky's in 2006 DO look more like the Stab's with longer rockers and lower top tubes. I've got 3 friends that bought the previous"Stab Garbonzo's" from Whistler at the end of the season and they're just Stinky P's no different than my bike - only with better than stock builds (i.e. Dee Max wheels, Juicy brakes, etc.).....not true Stab frames.

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Here's the build specs of the bikes they rent:

http://www.whistlerbike.com/rentals/rentals/bikes.htm
Exactly, and this is the Stab. Very different bikes. I do, however, think you can get a true Stab rental there, but they're the minority for sure. The Stab Garbonzo is basically a Stinky P with some extra nice bits (damn, those come with Roco's?!?!?). ;) :eek:

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