would a mongoose fireball do okay on a downhill/ mini downhill track? i want to get into downhill and i don't want to put my self off the sport if i start doing it rouge!
DH on a hardtail ? Will my bike be ok after doing it.
yeah it would be fine! As per the advice above get a fat rear tyre to smooth it out a bit and you will be grand! If you get more into it you can always upgrade the forks for something bigger to slacken the angles and give more cushioning etc.
It's just riding a bike down a hill.
Sure you might be quicker on a full sus, and more comfortable but there are very very few tracks you *can't* ride on a hardtail.
To the OP, just enjoy it, go at the pace you are happy with, If this is your first time on a decent DH track then it's likely you will be the limit rather than your bike. As you get better and more confident a change of bike may be a good idea but for now just go have some fun!
okay cheers! im going to go to the mini downhill track in the forest of dean on the 20th feb and see what its like! there is a comp going on there at the same date so i will see what people are riding and stuff like that!
depends on the dh track. Big tyres, big tubes and low pressures help as does staying back and letting the fork do it's job. My advice would be to choose the smoothest line down and pick braking points ahead of time, as it can be easy to build up speed and become out of control, unless you mince down.
Nicky B is 100% spot on!!!
as an aisde I would also suggest riding a big ass full sus bike at full pelt without learning the basics on a hardtail could be a bit dangerous as you might not have the skills to react to "incidents" at the higher speeds.
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