I'm no great downhiller though
, i like my LTS DH but at 30lb that could still climb hills, with the Monster T's the San An will be far heavier, going to see how i get on with it , i may love it so much the weight wont be an issue
Interesting about the trend in bottom bracket height changing, i'd have imagined a lower bottom bracket to be better making the bike more stable at speed ?.
I know these bikes are adaptable and i could have gone for a lighter, shorter fork but it already has the 7" travel rear so i went for the 175mm Monsters to match.
Looking forward to getting it riding though
That's right, a lower BB helps the bike at speed and especially during cornering. With a low BB the bike feels less "bent over" and you feel a lesser need to keep the bike square to the ground.
When I went from my choppered Gemini to a new (in '07) Demo 7, there was a great difference - the new bike cornered much more easily and I felt more comfortable on bermed corners, at speed (esp when cornering) and in the air. That said, I started clipping pedals more often and had to take care to drop and jump with the cranks horizontal. The difference wasn't as great if I was riding low-speed tech sections or drops.
I sold the Demo early last year (3 months after purchase - to finance a house :s) and borrowed the Gemini to ride in Whistler last summer (it's now my little brother's, he put on a Lyrik 2-step - which has a similar axle-to-crown as the Travis 203 dual-crown). I was nervous hitting big, high-speed jumps with it (A-Line - also I was outta practice), but it did really well on the low-speed technical sections and low-speed drops. The raked-out front end did tend to compress the rear more than the front. (More on that below.)
One thing I did do to the Gemini is replace the stock Vanilla RC with a bargain-bin Fox DHX 5.0. It rides much better as a result, although a less-fancy platform shock like a Swinger 4-way or a DHX 3.0/4.0 would have helped too. The only thing is that I couldn't find the proper-weight spring in a suitable length (to suit a 7.878 eye-eye), so the rear end was saggy with a 550# spring.
Sorry to go on and on. If you have any questions about setup, let me know... I too experimented with making an old single-pivot bike ride nicely, and I could always ask my DH'ing friends. The couple of suggestions are:
-Try to find a platform shock in the right i2i/stroke; you may find one cheap (like I did, $150!), it'll make the bike less of a squishy tank and your vanilla may need a recharge anyway;
-If your Vanilla needs a recharge, look into having it done by Push or someone similar. They can re-valve it for a 'platform' effect;
-A 6-7" travel dual-crown fork like your Bomber, a 2004 Rock Shox Boxxer or a 160/180mm Travis dual crown would give you the lowest axle-crown, dropping the rear end and making the bike feel a little more balanced.[/list]
: 1985 Norco Bigfoot
, 1999 Specialized Stumpjumper Comp
, 2008 Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Comp
: 1997 Trek 6000
, 2002 Cannondale Gemini (2006 warranty frame)
, 2007 Specialized Demo 7 II
, 2005 Giant Reign 2
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