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Tired of paying for a rental and having to work on it for 45 minutes just to get it to shift and get the suspension set.

I've only got about $1200, and am 6' tall, 195lbs.
Recommendations for a good bike for Northstar.
TIA,
Gregory
 

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There are tons of used freeride bikes on Craigslist or Ebay.
You can't get anything decent new for that price.
 

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+1 to what he said. I picked up a nearly mint Iron Horse Sunday for $1,000 (needed bled brakes, a spoke nipple and tires, only a few scratches on the frame) and recently sold a Big Hit FSR for $480 (needing a full tune up). Now is a great time of year to be a buyer.

The first time I went out to N* they were renting the old Warp. They were really crummy bikes if I'm honest, but I still had a blast and was hooked. Doesn't take much to have a great time at N*!
 

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Santa Cruz Bullit

All kinds of VP frees on pinkbike for under/around $1200 too.

You can probably find an SX trail for comparable prices.
 

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used reign x / ironhorse 7point / ih sunday all for around that cheap.

I rode an ih 7pt with a fox 40 in auburn and thought that bike would be fantastic at northstar!
 

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Found a Demo 9 for a reasonable price.

Is that a bit of overkill?

I have spent some time on Boondocks, and it was hard work on the Giant rental. Don't think I have been on Dogbone and we avoided the ugly stuff on Karpiel. But my buddies are riding it on DH bike and I might start to follow them.
 

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ron m. said:
Would a newer Heckler do okay on N*?
A six-inch travel bike is fine for all of the single black diamond runs and the easier double blacks (Boondocks, Sticks and Stones, and Upper Karpiel), but I'd recommend a 170 or 180 mm of front travel for the more technical double blacks (Lower Karpiel, Dogbone).
 

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bicyclemech1 said:
Tired of paying for a rental and having to work on it for 45 minutes just to get it to shift and get the suspension set.

I've only got about $1200, and am 6' tall, 195lbs.
Recommendations for a good bike for Northstar.
TIA,
Gregory
I've seen lots of older V10s going for $1000 or less on CL. I figure one of those would work well for ya.
 

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You could do it with a Heckler, but a Bullitt would be a better choice. Also, a Bit Hit would be a good inexpensive option.

You can ride most stuff at North* with a six inch travel bike, but mo' is better.
 

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There's at least one Rocky Mountain that shows up on Chainlove pretty often -- $1500 or so.
It was just there yesterday. Various Kona bikes show up now and then too.
Keep an IE tab on Chainlove during the day.
 

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get a used DH bike. Stay away from all mtn and double chain rings
Your will more fun if the bike has a low fork angle.
n* is hard on bikes, any bike could be ridden there
lots of people wont bring there all mtn bike
there because its too hard on the bikes
 

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I'd try to find a bike locally vs. Pinkbike, ebay etc. My buddy purchased a few DH bikes from ebay & Pinkbike and they sure were beat despite the glowing ads.
 

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I'm leaning towards DH.
I've come across some decent deals on Freeride stuff
Giant Faith
Kona Stinky Primo
I rode both the Faith and Sunday over the last couple seasons and I think my struggles had more to do with the size of my balls than the ability of the bike.
No such thing as overkill for N* sounds like good advice.
 

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Northstar is fast enough, open enough, and rocky enough to shine with a big bike. Get a full on DH bike - nothing less then 180mm of travel f/r. Also, I don't get why people always describe sticks and stones as an easy trail/AM trail. The top is pretty flat, I agree, but there are steep twisty rocky sections that are way more fun to do fast on a DH bike then techy and slow on an AM bike. No idea why you would ever purposely underbike yourself at a resort.
 
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