Hardtail downhill bike IS IT REALLY POSSIBLE

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Hardtail downhill bike IS IT REALLY POSSIBLE
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Posted: Jul 25, 2014 at 13:58 Quote
i race my hardtail downhill but just at local tracks, i am normally hitting drops and gaps on it

Posted: Jul 25, 2014 at 14:01 Quote
sorry im not saying you cant ride a hardtail downhill.. just saying it's not gona be as good as dh bike that's designed to soak up bumps and still pedal through them
and it probably shouldn't be encouraged because it leads to deathtraps like dmr rhythms with monster Ts

and yeh, I seem to remember a rider wining a wc downhill race on a trailbike once.. but that's not to say he'd do it on another track.
so by all means give it a go carefully.. but there's a reason hardtails are seldom seen at dh tracks

Posted: Jul 25, 2014 at 14:06 Quote
nordland071285 wrote:
sorry im not saying you cant ride a hardtail downhill.. just saying it's not gona be as good as dh bike that's designed to soak up bumps and still pedal through them
and it probably shouldn't be encouraged because it leads to deathtraps like dmr rhythms with monster Ts

and yeh, I seem to remember a rider wining a wc downhill race on a trailbike once.. but that's not to say he'd do it on another track.
so by all means give it a go carefully.. but there's a reason hardtails are seldom seen at dh tracks
Yeah well I use my trail bike for DH now, Gunna get a DH bike next year but even on my hardtail I was alot faster than alot of the lads on dh bikes. Just saying you dont need a DH bike and if your on a budget a HT is fine, allthough putting a 200mm travel forks on a HT is stupid you should never go over 140.

Posted: Jul 25, 2014 at 14:11 Quote
nordland071285 wrote:
sorry im not saying you cant ride a hardtail downhill.. just saying it's not gona be as good as dh bike that's designed to soak up bumps and still pedal through them
and it probably shouldn't be encouraged because it leads to deathtraps like dmr rhythms with monster Ts

and yeh, I seem to remember a rider wining a wc downhill race on a trailbike once.. but that's not to say he'd do it on another track.
so by all means give it a go carefully.. but there's a reason hardtails are seldom seen at dh tracks

i do agree with you, thats why i got the hornet, can take 160mm,

it is slower on a ht till you get good, but a dh bike will be faster, i ride ht cause its fun and keeps you on ur toes,

if you run correct fork length the frame should hold up,

Posted: Jul 25, 2014 at 14:50 Quote
You could probably get away with 8 inches on a BTR. Awesome!
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Posted: Jul 25, 2014 at 18:21 Quote
Roguee wrote:
nordland071285 wrote:
sorry im not saying you cant ride a hardtail downhill.. just saying it's not gona be as good as dh bike that's designed to soak up bumps and still pedal through them
and it probably shouldn't be encouraged because it leads to deathtraps like dmr rhythms with monster Ts

and yeh, I seem to remember a rider wining a wc downhill race on a trailbike once.. but that's not to say he'd do it on another track.
so by all means give it a go carefully.. but there's a reason hardtails are seldom seen at dh tracks
Yeah well I use my trail bike for DH now, Gunna get a DH bike next year but even on my hardtail I was alot faster than alot of the lads on dh bikes. Just saying you dont need a DH bike and if your on a budget a HT is fine, allthough putting a 200mm travel forks on a HT is stupid you should never go over 140.
it's not stupid to put 203mm travel forks on a hardtail IF ITS BUILT FOR IIT and only if it's built for it

Posted: Jul 25, 2014 at 18:38 Quote
HardtailHucker03 wrote:
Roguee wrote:
nordland071285 wrote:
sorry im not saying you cant ride a hardtail downhill.. just saying it's not gona be as good as dh bike that's designed to soak up bumps and still pedal through them
and it probably shouldn't be encouraged because it leads to deathtraps like dmr rhythms with monster Ts

and yeh, I seem to remember a rider wining a wc downhill race on a trailbike once.. but that's not to say he'd do it on another track.
so by all means give it a go carefully.. but there's a reason hardtails are seldom seen at dh tracks
Yeah well I use my trail bike for DH now, Gunna get a DH bike next year but even on my hardtail I was alot faster than alot of the lads on dh bikes. Just saying you dont need a DH bike and if your on a budget a HT is fine, allthough putting a 200mm travel forks on a HT is stupid you should never go over 140.
it's not stupid to put 203mm travel forks on a hardtail IF ITS BUILT FOR IIT and only if it's built for it
lol "you should never go over 140" That's ridiculous. Nowadays there are actually hardtail frames built for alot more travel than 140mm.

Posted: Jul 25, 2014 at 19:09 Quote
nockiseo wrote:
HardtailHucker03 wrote:
Roguee wrote:

Yeah well I use my trail bike for DH now, Gunna get a DH bike next year but even on my hardtail I was alot faster than alot of the lads on dh bikes. Just saying you dont need a DH bike and if your on a budget a HT is fine, allthough putting a 200mm travel forks on a HT is stupid you should never go over 140.
it's not stupid to put 203mm travel forks on a hardtail IF ITS BUILT FOR IIT and only if it's built for it
lol "you should never go over 140" That's ridiculous. Nowadays there are actually hardtail frames built for alot more travel than 140mm.
agreed 100%

Posted: Jul 26, 2014 at 7:35 Quote
agreed, but find me a modern hardtail frame that states 'intended use: Downhill' on their website spec.. if not, the warranty will always be void if you snap it

this is a thread which may help you https://www.pinkbike.com/forum/listcomments/?threadid=112056&pagenum=288#commentid5570141

I often ride my hardtail with 80mm fork on smoother downhill tracks for the jumps and berms, but take any hardtail down a savage rock garden on a course that is built to test bikes and it will suffer...I really think you'll end up breaking more components overall too..since there's no shock absorption in the rear other than the tire

i'm really not trying to put off people who already ride ht downhill - but this thread question is simple and I think the answer is no.. it wont be a downhill bike but you could ride it down a hill (like any bike) but with varying results

Posted: Apr 19, 2016 at 23:04 Quote
Black run race this last weekend was won by an elite rider on a hardtail, the course was not smooth.

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