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The Next Step...downhill, dual crown, getting shreddy!

ikkin2011-01-31 13:26:09 +0000 #1
Well, after moving to the PNW and experiencing the joys of Whistler in the summer, I felt it necessary to purchase this:



It's a 15" 2008 Orange 224 with a Fox 40 and DXH 5.0. Used, but new to me. I'm not really sure how people afford new DH rigs...they are SO expensive.

Any other downhillers on the board? I'm new to DH but SO excited to get this baby built. Wheels show up tomorrow, which should allow me to finish the build. WHOOHOOO!
jessmarimba2011-01-31 13:28:16 +0000 #2
I'll chime in with a big "Not it!!"

I'm cautious enough when I'm forced to go downhill. Thankfully my old bike was incapable of moving with any sort of speed

Definitely keep us posted though! Just b/c I'm terrified of it doesn't mean I don't like watching videos & hearing updates!
Becky2011-01-31 14:16:00 +0000 #3
I live in Flatsville, so no DH for me, but I totally want to head up to the lift-served freeride park in New Jersey sometime, just to try it!

Awesome bike! Have fun building it!
ikkin2011-01-31 13:47:49 +0000 #4
you should try it! it is SOOOOO fun. scary, but fun, and it makes you a much better rider! i'll keep y'all posted on the build...can't wait to ride it!
Becky2011-01-31 14:23:54 +0000 #5
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Originally Posted by ikkin

you should try it! it is SOOOOO fun. scary, but fun, and it makes you a much better rider! i'll keep y'all posted on the build...can't wait to ride it!

This is what I'm hoping. I can be somewhat timid on off-road descents, and this seems like a good way to push my boundaries on a gnarly bike with lots of body armor
jessmarimba2011-01-31 15:08:18 +0000 #6
Haha, you both need to keep me updated then

After the damage I've already done, I don't think downhill is in my future. But I'm looking forward to getting back on the bike & hopefully taking some lessons to get my confidence at least where it was before!
crazycanuck2011-01-31 14:00:48 +0000 #7
Ooo..downhill hey. YOu could follow in the footsteps of Rachel Atherton, Caroline Buchanan etc

If you're looking for downhill based boards...Pinkbike.com, mtbr, downhilldownunder.com

Have you seen the "Life Cycle" film yet? Awesome stuff! Saw it last night as part of a fundraiser for our mtb community.
ikkin2011-01-31 16:48:05 +0000 #8
Thanks! Yep, I saw LifeCycles, it was amazing!

She's starting to look more like a bike...she needs a name...any ideas?



When I started riding XC I never dreamed I'd buy a DH bike someday...and yet here we are. Look what y'all have to look forward to!

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