I have a quick question, should i stick to my rocky mountain hardtail. Or should i try to move to a full suspension bike. I plan to ride at seven springs downhill soon. The few bikes i have seen on craigslist are listed below, which one do you think is best? (Btw I am a kid, so i am only 5’5” and 100 pounds. But i am used to riding big bikes, considering i rode a 29er when i was 5’2” and 90 pounds, lol)
$500 Mongoose 29” mountain bike: I am selling my 29″ dual suspension mountain bike. It is a Mongoose Xr Pro with many upgrades. I have them listed below. It is a 17″(medium) frame. I am asking $500 obo. Suspension
-100mm Sr suntour air fork
-Sr suntour rear air shock
-Sram X7 1×10
-Raceface external bearing bottom bracket & crank
-Hydraulic disc brakes
Spare set of rims & tires.
$500 2015 GT sensor:
Like new full suspension hydraulic seat and Handel bar riser maybe 200 miles on street only
$450 Rocky Mountain Switch SL:
(He has no details on this one)
I am a good negotiator, i can prob take 50-75 off each one as well, lol. Sadly these are the only full suspension used bikes being sold around me in my price range.
Thanks everyone in advance!
Even without knowing what specific version of the GT Sensor (or what condition it’s in), I’d consider it over the others. Looking at what Seven Springs Park (I assume in PA) has to offer, I’d guess the GT is the best fit, and is capable of other riding as well. The Rocky Mountain Switch SL looks like a dated free ride design. The Mongoose, well, let’s just say it’s not the bike Mongoose was years ago when they made real bikes, and leave it at that, and with only 100mm travel, it just “looks” like a trail bike. But honestly, I’d check to see what a local bike shop may have available used, maybe even negotiate a little bit of a warranty (30 days free tune, etc.).
Rather than rush into a bike, have you considered renting one at Seven Springs instead?
I looked at SevenSprings website. Park is only open on weekends now and two days of instruction, lift tickets and all equipment rental is $132. That is what I would do. I can’t imaging you will find a lot of use for a downhill bike outside the park.
I wouldn’t take any bike with less than 150mm suspension to a downhill park, you are probably better off, as has been said already, renting. Sure Phil Kmetz rides a 130mm bike in all his downhill videos, but he was a pro downhill racer and can ride anything.
Your own helmet is a good idea, you could get a Bell Super 3R for about $150, it has a removable chin bar so can be use for all types of riding. It missed its downhill rating because it has too many vents, not because the removable chin bar is weak. It is what I wear all the time.