I like to think I ride "light" on my bike, but not always. I've never been hard on rims, only occasional dings.
I'm running Nox Composites Farlow carbon and Magic Mary DH on my Wreckoning with Huck Norris. I've had Huck in there for two years of Montana riding. I've had a one flat/broken rim from a rock strike running a DH course in Whitefish, but other than that, no flats or issues at all.
I mostly got Huck to help protect the rim. You should see that thing! There are cuts all the way through in multiple spots, so I know it's working. I just got new Hucks to put in. I figured the orginals have earned a rest. I don't run lower pressures, I mostly go by feel, but it's usually about 27 psi F/R. I don't like the sidewalls to squirm when cornering.
I started my son on a 24" hardtail when he was 8 or 9, and he did ok. I stepped up and got him the Transition Ripcord 24" dually, and wow! did his game step up too. He had the confidence and the fun factor went way up. He did extremely well with it. He rode it for a couple of years and then I sold it for only a few hundred bucks less than I bought it for. Kids bikes hold their value better than adult bikes. Just get a dually and prepare to be amazed. After all, you wouldn't ride anything less, why would you put your kid on something that you wouldn't ride? Get them 5.10 shoes too, same reason we wear them. They don't wear out in the time that they fit. I think I'd bought them on sale for $60 and sold them for $40 a year and a half later.
My son is 12 now and rides both uphill and downhill better than most of the adults we ride with. I put him on a closeout XS Rocky Mountain Altitude 730 carbon. He's not tall for his age or anything, but the 27.5" wheels fit him well and roll much better than 24s. He's had it for 3 years, and it happens to be the same frame size as mom's Thunderbolt, so we can recycle it through her too. I figure it's cheaper than hockey, and we all ride together. No more waiting for kids, he's going to be waiting for us soon.
My gauge on helmet replacement is - if I’ve hit hard enough to “feel it” on my head, and know that I hit significantly, I’ll replace it. I don’t crash very often, and I usually get as high end of a helmet as I can afford, so it isn’t an insignificant amount of money.
I figure that if I spend thousands on my bikes, why would I not spend a few hundred bucks on proper helmets? Insert your own vice that you spend a lot of money on (bikes, beer, weed, food, coffee, etc) and figure out if your head is worth getting the best that you can. I’ll cut out a few coffees or beers per month or week in order to get a good lid.
So many good, bad choices! This is like asking which of the Miss America contestants would I bang (like a screen door in a hurricane)!
2 Pack Rat is really ugly. #4 is pretty hideous too. I would vote for #6 only because I like the Megadeth reference (just got my tickets to see them and Scorpions) and mostly because I too, would love to see Cannondale get the trophy of ugliness and anything else that conveys my feelings for that company.
But, after careful consideration, #5 is the winner, I mean, loser and is most deserving of the Crown!
I put a Trek rubber downtube protector on my carbon Altitude, that works
perfectly. Actually their rubber chainstay protector works well too. I also
covered it in 3M clear mask tape for vehicles. I should have put more clear
mask material on my Maiden, I've got a few scratches and paint chips that
could have been avoided.
Did you find any other settings or suggestions other than the factory specs
for front or rear suspension that worked better? I mean anything other than a
few clicks either way from suggested settings? Sorry, I didn't see the spell-
correct changed my original post- I have mine settings adjusted between
recreational rider and racer.
My stock sticky DHRs seeped Stan's jizz for weeks before they finally sealed
up and held air. I contacted Maxxis, they said that tire isn't made to run
tubeless, but they know people do it. They let me know the warranty wouldn't
cover me running it tubeless, but after 5 days of the home mountain, 2 days at
Silver Star and 3 days at Whistler, they are about done anyway.
Is there a bike that you like better than the Maiden? I considered the Evil
and the Pivot Phoenix, but stuck true to my Rocky Mountain roots.
I LOVE my carbon Maiden! I went all in on the Unlimited and other than going
tubeless, I haven't changed a thing. I'm running the recommended BOS settings,
just between red rider and racer. So far so good. I did have to send my fork
off for new seals, but QBP is the US service center, and I had it back with a
week. Running tubeless has me down to 33 lads 3 ounces with Atlas pedals and a
size XL frame.
My son got the World Cup and is rolling faster than he ever has too. I haven't
seen a lot of them on the hill otherwise, just a few of the lower end model
with Rock Shox as rental bikes.
My son's confidence and skill level went up with this bike. He got it for his
9th birthday a few weeks ago. He's loving it and like Omar said, it's easy to
get stoked along with him when he's having fun. It is a little heavy, but he's
climbing things he didn't climb previously on his Trek hard tail. He knows
that his bike isn't holding him back. We can't wait to do some DH with this
thing to see how he progresses.
He should fit this for at least 2 maybe 3 years, and I think I can sell it for
$1100-1200, so for a few hundred dollars investment in my kid, we're ripping
trails together! I did get a bit off of the MSRP too, so that helps.
About 12 years ago, when my older son was his age, Giant made the MTX 24″
dually. I hot-rodded it with a 26″ take-off Manitou XC fork and a cable
actuated disc brake, and he thought he was the schizznit then! The rear shock
sucked, and he constantly bottomed the thing, but it was better than nothing!
That bike went through at least 1 other kid, if not more.