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Will it DH?

Josh103Josh103 Posts: 11
edited July 2011 in MTB buying advice
http://www.wheelies.co.uk/p35372/Diamon ... -2010.aspx
Is this bike suitable for Downhill? Planning to ride the Fort William tracks

If not, could you guys give any suggestions? Thanks in advance

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  • explosifpeteexplosifpete Posts: 1,327
    should be good for one run...maybe.
    Don't get it, you would be better off getting a good secondhand bike for that money.

    main problems with the bike are
    Cable discs... won't stop you
    Acera gears will break quite quickly
    rst forks will develop play then feel terrible
    Not sure how well the rear sus will work at all
    Just a very quick ebay search has shown you can get something ok for £500
    Example
    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Norco-Six-three-6 ... _500wt_949

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Rocky-Mountain-RM ... _964wt_932
  • Josh103Josh103 Posts: 11
    I had a look on ebay and seen a norco drop I think it was but the guy said he was selling it because it was too small for him and he was 6ft and Im 6ft 1"
  • leafliteleaflite Posts: 1,651
    Josh103 wrote:
    I had a look on ebay and seen a norco drop I think it was but the guy said he was selling it because it was too small for him and he was 6ft and Im 6ft 1"


    Well dont get that one then! Not all norcos are the same size! The ones linked to above both look good for the money.

    The first is a 17inch frame and the second is a medium so both should be either the right size or a little too small for you, however the only real way to make sure it is right for you is to arrange with the seller to go and sit on it/ have a little test ride.
  • AnonymousAnonymous Posts: 79,667
    That Norco six is definitely not a DH machine either. It has a very steep head angle, which can cause problems on a big DH run.
  • leafliteleaflite Posts: 1,651
    That Norco six is definitely not a DH machine either. It has a very steep head angle, which can cause problems on a big DH run.

    It'll be better than a £500 full suss diamondback though :lol:
  • AnonymousAnonymous Posts: 79,667
    Very true :lol:
    I hadn't thought of that!
  • Stiff_OrangeStiff_Orange Posts: 218
    Josh103 wrote:
    http://www.wheelies.co.uk/p35372/Diamond-Back-Coil--FS-2010.aspx
    Is this bike suitable for Downhill? Planning to ride the Fort William tracks

    If not, could you guys give any suggestions? Thanks in advance

    Hi Josh, Are you buying a bike to just to use during a trip to Fort Bill.

    If so you might be better off hiring a real DH bike locally, it'll be able to handle the course better and you'll have more fun than trying to get an unsuitable bike down.

    Speak to somebody like Nevis cycles. http://www.neviscycles.com/
  • NorthwindNorthwind Posts: 14,675
    Yup, the old hire bikes from Offbeat were terrible but Alpine have taken over and have a load of Treks (sessions?) and Saracen Mysts. Not cheap mind but they seemed well kept.

    Fort william's not the hardest track but it does beat s**t out of you and your bike. From a technical point of view you could ride it slowly on just about anything, but if you want to do it with any pace you need something pretty decent. Not neccesarily a DH bike but a capable trail bike.

    The red you could do on anything, with the right approach and a bit of skill. I really want to take my rigid down it some time. But again for pace you need something good.

    And also, not to be a censored , but I've a feeling that if you're asking this question, you probably aren't going to get on too well up aonach mor.
    Uncompromising extremist
  • If you have to ask... the answer is probably either...

    1) no
    2) not very well.
  • wordnumbwordnumb Posts: 847
    From the title of this thread I was hoping it was going to be a DH version of the popular Will It Blend meme.
  • ash.addyash.addy Posts: 140
    have a look on the southerndownhill forum
    Trying to break out of the asylum and onto the muddy tracks in Swansea.
  • AnonymousAnonymous Posts: 79,667
    wordnumb wrote:
    From the title of this thread I was hoping it was going to be a DH version of the popular Will It Blend meme.
    I was thinking that exact same thing - especially since I've got a new video-related toy arriving today, hopefully.
    However, it leaves me with no money left to buy the sacrificial BSOs :(
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