freeride/downhill vs. all mountain

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    • #100265

      hey all,

      new to mountainbikes and wondering if there is any reason why a good freeride or downhill bike wouldnt make a decent all mountain bike.

      is it gearing, frame geometry, weight ? or is it just a matter of opinion?

      any advice will help as im shopping for bikes right now.

    • #100266

      downhill/freeride bikes are designed to take a ton of abuse so they’re overbuilt and heavy. also, the suspension is optomizied for going downhill, you really don’t want to pedal one uphill for very long.

      all-mountain bikes are designed to climb decently well, but still handle some rough trails.

    • #100267
      "jonny_w" wrote

      is it gearing, frame geometry, weight ?

      I guess you already know the answer, because all 3 of these are reasons a DH bike doesn’t make a good AM bike. They all factor in.

      "dgaddis" wrote

      also, the suspension is optomizied for going downhill.

      Add this in, and there you go. also, there is just plain way more suspension on a DH bike than you will ever need for most AM trails.

    • #100268

      Simply put……A DH/FR sled is for bombing down gnarly terrain at warp speeds, big drops, big jumps (tables or gaps), but not a smart choice for XC or AM, unless you like the great workout and leg building it gives ya.

      They do make lighter FR bikes that make a good AM bike (or All-Around), but still get some good DH in as well, but not as aggressive or as going big as the DH/FR sleds can perform or handle. Their are some sweet FR steeds out there that weigh in at a cool 32 to 35 lbs that are beefy enough to take some abuse. The Scott Gambler or Voltage 10, 20, or 30, and the Jamis Parker I or II are just a couple of all around FR steeds.

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