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C50 Cankid Quote
12/23/2012 7:10 PM

hey guys, first time poster... i bmx and am looking to expand my riding options to dirt. i want a bike i can freeride, tame DH and dirt jump with. will the SHINE be a good bike to fit my riding needs? if not point me in the right direction.

i was looking at the dartmoor shine or the NS bikes soda bike.

C50_smileysmall Big Bird Quote
12/24/2012 8:38 AM

Welcome to Vitalmtb. Both of those seem like pretty good all arounders, and both have the lower pivot around the BB, so you can run a clean single speed. And if you're short enough, you might be able to use one as a high seat trail bike. Put a longish travel air fork like a Lyric on it so you can pump it up to jump it, or make it squishy for traction. I'm not so much a fan of Specialized, but their P-Slope would fill the same role. Just make sure the frame is straight before you hand over your cash.

C50 Cankid Quote
12/24/2012 10:43 AM

would a decent hardtail work for me too?

C50_smileysmall Big Bird Quote
12/25/2012 8:44 AM

Sure. If you're mostly a jumper/park rider, stick with that. A hardtail can go anywhere, just not as fast. Some of the sketchiest chutes and steeps that I've ridden were on a hardtail.

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