You can race it. It's certainly strong enough. I raced one for half a season.
That being said, it doesn't ride like a true DH bike. It's not as good through rough sections and corners as my r9 or my buddy's demo.
Good? No. Acceptable in Beginner or Sport class? Yeah. When you win a Sport race on it you'll know that you're a good rider and ready for a real race bike and an upgrade to Expert. Next summer after you're used to it bum a ride on someone's V10 or other high-end race bike and see what you think of the difference.
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