Hardtail downhill bike IS IT REALLY POSSIBLE

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Posted: Jul 8, 2014 at 10:15 Quote
i am currently trying to build a hardtail downhill bike but i want it to have a very high travel fork
and i dont know of any that over 8"

Posted: Jul 9, 2014 at 2:28 Quote
It's very possible to have a Downhill Hardtail bike. Young rider for DMR was winning everything on his hardtail and won a far few plaudits.

http://ride.io/racing/northwest-mtb-series-round-1-farmer-johns/

He was riding a DMR Omen, but it was only had 4 inches of travel on the front.

Not sure how you'd do it with a triple clamp fork. I know the Norco Manic a few years ago used a 24 inch front wheel and a triple clamp fork so that it didn't totally screw the head angle/frame.

Posted: Jul 15, 2014 at 14:41 Quote
I have been riding this thing...I am no downhill racer but it goes pretty hard. Though I do have to chill out when it gets steep and droppy for anything more than a few yards. Super fun...

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Posted: Jul 21, 2014 at 1:01 Quote
I have a Banshee Morphine hardtail with a bomber 8" fork on it, and yes I rode it at my local resort multiple times. Surprisingly did better then what I expected! But I would take soft tail over it any day.

Posted: Jul 21, 2014 at 1:36 Quote
ahem...
it goes fast and snaps spokes.

Posted: Jul 22, 2014 at 12:14 Quote
There she is! I ended up parting mine out because I didn't use it enough. But it was setup as a singlespeed... pretty cool, no noise, no maintenance aha.

MtHuttRider wrote:
ahem...
it goes fast and snaps spokes.

Posted: Jul 22, 2014 at 12:16 Quote
badrider1000 wrote:
i am currently trying to build a hardtail downhill bike but i want it to have a very high travel fork
and i dont know of any that over 8"

Get the Super Monster T 300mm fork on a hardtail setup! ha

Posted: Jul 24, 2014 at 17:43 Quote
it's very possible I ride a Craftworks Rail "02" with a 2010 marz 888 bomber and it fits fine I'd post a picture but I'm not sure how lol help?

Posted: Jul 24, 2014 at 19:31 Quote
HardtailHucker03 wrote:
it's very possible I ride a Craftworks Rail "02" with a 2010 marz 888 bomber and it fits fine I'd post a picture but I'm not sure how lol help?

kind of a weird process but
upload the photo to your page.
then click on that photo.
up in the browser area there will be a pinkbike photo ID # in between parenthesis
highlight that and copy
Then above this messege box there is a row if icons the third one over (earth being #1) click on that a
A box will pop up and you paste that Photo ID in the box...super simple right? (pretty sure i got it)

Posted: Jul 25, 2014 at 5:20 Quote
sterlingmagnum wrote:
HardtailHucker03 wrote:
it's very possible I ride a Craftworks Rail "02" with a 2010 marz 888 bomber and it fits fine I'd post a picture but I'm not sure how lol help?

kind of a weird process but
upload the photo to your page.
then click on that photo.
up in the browser area there will be a pinkbike photo ID # in between parenthesis
highlight that and copy
Then above this messege box there is a row if icons the third one over (earth being #1) click on that a
A box will pop up and you paste that Photo ID in the box...super simple right? (pretty sure i got it)
ok thanks

Posted: Jul 25, 2014 at 13:04 Quote
my freeride - downhill hardtail
has new lowers, bars, seat and pedals now
takes everything in its stride, nosedived a 7ft drop, and dint brake
night before race

Posted: Jul 25, 2014 at 13:20 Quote
it is not wise i'm afraid
yes you could probably get down a downhill track on a bmx but it wouldn't be safe or particularly fun because it's not fit for purpose
putting a long fork on a ht that's not designed for long travel doesn't make it any better for dh really... if anything i'd say it's worse because it changes the geometry and handling dramatically.. not to mention the fact that the headtube will likely snap under the strain of the new angle.
plus hardtails wont always allow you to use big brake rotors... so it's kind of flawed as a dh machine already.

the hornet above is a good example of an aggressive hardtail, and it will take a beating but it's not a downhill machine..
it might take some nice tracks and bike parks but you wouldn't take it to rampage or down some of the gnarlier dh tracks
beautiful bike though

i'd recommend picking up an old dh bike and giving that a go.. you can pick up used for around 500 so not bad..

if you already have a hardtail.. keep it! it's always great to have a street bike. or a bike to get you to trails when you're digging.. and the hardtail is great for that cos it's simple..
either way, happy riding Big Grin

Posted: Jul 25, 2014 at 13:38 Quote
Transition Trans-Am 29" 120mm fork with Dropper post.

I live in SLC,UT and have have hit everything aside from Canyons bike park. Have killed all the DH trails around here...

Posted: Jul 25, 2014 at 13:54 Quote
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Some lad was racing a hardtail in this last week

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