Help Needed! What can I do to my bike to make it more Downhill orientated for $600. Help Needed!

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Help Needed! What can I do to my bike to make it more Downhill orientated for $600. Help Needed!
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Posted: Jun 2, 2008 at 23:07 Quote
Hey,
This is my first post and would like to ask a question.
I have a 2006 Giant STP1, and would like to know what I can do to it with $600 ASD to make it more Downhill orientated. And if I sell (eg. Handle bars and make $30) that is also included in the price.
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These pictures were taken 1 - 2 months ago and have had a rear brake upgraded!


Spec list:
Frame - STP 1 2006 Single speed
Fork - Marzocchi Jam Pro's
Handlebars- Easton
Stem - Easton
Headset - Aheadset
Saddle - Aria Upgraded
Seatpost - Eastern
Front Brake - Hayes Sole
Back Brake - Half Hayes sole and Half Hayes 9 Upgraded
Cranks - Truvativ Hussefelt
Chainguide - Truvativ Hussefelt
Chain - different from stock Upgraded
Pedals - Kona Upgraded
Front Hub - Don't Know
Rear Hub - Shimano XR Upgraded
Front Rim -Rhyno Lite
Rear Rim - Dt Swiss 5.10 Upgraded
Tyres - Rear/Maxxis Lassen tt and Front/Highroller Both Upgraded
Total Weight - I'm not sure.

Posted: Jun 2, 2008 at 23:23 Quote
id say new crank with bushguard and box chain guide and a new stem and headset and mabey throw two new hubs on back and front if needed it should fit ur budget

Posted: Jun 2, 2008 at 23:24 Quote
To start with I would put some gears on it.

Posted: Jun 2, 2008 at 23:25 Quote
Yeah you cant DH on a single gear haha well you can but have fun Razz so yeah start with that then what i suggested mabey?

Posted: Jun 2, 2008 at 23:28 Quote
gears, then fork (a pike or a 55), then brakes like juicys or something.

Posted: Jun 3, 2008 at 0:40 Quote
to extention

do you know chinese?Wink

Posted: Jun 3, 2008 at 1:10 Quote
Sorry, I do not know chinese.
Thankyou for the comments and keep them coming. As people say eg. "fork" can you please specify what type and brand and why.

Posted: Jun 3, 2008 at 1:53 Quote
Why don't you just save up to a fully?
But if you want upgrades on that bike umm I think new tires(maxxis minion dhf for both wheels) because your current tires suck. And new brakes, avid juicy 5 or formula oro k18 are both great brakes for a great price, though for dh i'd choose the formula..if you still have money the gears maybe.

Posted: Jun 3, 2008 at 1:57 Quote
id get some new brakes, soles really suck once they get old, my friend has some and they dont work in the rain, so for downhill it could be a real problem, so get some juicy 5s or strokers
try to get a longer travel fork, this might not be an option for you because forks can cost twice as much as your price range, but see if you can find a rockshox domain or somthing like that, but ive heard of pikes breaking off 5ft drops when they were brand new so try to get something else
you dont really need gears for DH, at least i dont, i put it in 8th and its good all the way down

Posted: Jun 3, 2008 at 20:13 Quote
wuwanchen wrote:
to extention

do you know chinese?Wink

No I dont

Posted: Jun 3, 2008 at 20:23 Quote
I would get a longer travel fork, new rubber, some gears, a box guide, and a set of Stroker Trails!

Posted: Jun 3, 2008 at 20:27 Quote
waterboy552 wrote:
Yeah you cant DH on a single gear haha well you can but have fun Razz so yeah start with that then what i suggested mabey?

why cant you do DH on a single speed bike? i do DH with a chainless bike...

Posted: Jun 3, 2008 at 20:28 Quote
If you are on a budget, you could find a drop of II front fork used in good condition for 80-100 on the buysell. You might have to change out that front rim too. But DH on a HT is not much fun.

Posted: Jun 3, 2008 at 20:30 Quote
id say... sell your giant and buy a real downhill bike Wink

Posted: Jun 3, 2008 at 20:33 Quote
i'd just like to interrupt for a sec to welcome you to the pinkbike forums! Smile

-new fork ie: marzo 66, rockshox totem.. but those are rather expensive
-new brakes ie: juicy 5

gears and new tires would be a good thing in the future...

buying an actual DH bike would be most beneficial though

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