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    Turbo Monkey Dirtjumper999's Avatar
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    Killswitch, Soda Slope, or P.Slope as a "One bike"

    Been getting bored with Park and riding a lot more of the mountain side lately. Trying to decide on an only bike for 2013.
    I lead XC rides for my shop, and will be doing that a lot, but I have more fun riding XC on my ss dirtjump bike than my XC bike. Playfulness is worth more to me than a cushy ride. I ride dirtjumps a lot during the winter. So here is my singleplan, build up a short travel-playful frame, possibly singlespeed, with two seatpost combos, one height adjust seatpost/seat to slap on for XC, another pivotal seatpost/seat to put on for jumping.

    My riding for the next year will be as follows:
    35% XC/Trail/AM/FR style riding
    35% Dirt Jumping
    15% Park Riding (box jumps and vert walls are what I stick to)
    10% heading to the mountains for a few shuttle runs
    5% goofing around street riding

    My idea of the build is:
    120mm-150mm travel adjust fork (higher setting only really for riding in the mountains)
    Singlespeed for around here, 1x10 for mountains
    Light weight, All mountain wheelset

    So, who has built up a similar type of bike? Does it work?

    Options I have put out of the equation:
    Having 3 different bikes for all of my wants (trying to keep it to one for simplicity's sake)
    Having an AM or mini DH bike and a DJ bike (tried it, AM/MiniDH bikes are just not that fun to me, unless they cost more than I am willing to spend)

    I have narrowed it down to 3 frames I have access to getting at shop cost:
    Specialized P.Slope (pro: low stand over, SS option, light. con: no maxle rear end, possibly won't hold a h/a seatpost i'd like 100mm of travel)
    Black Market Killswitch (pro: nearly everything I want in a frame. con: the most expensive option, 1 1/8th headtube)
    NS Soda Slope (pro: same as the killswitch. con: no maxle rear end)


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    Monkey
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    Would love to hear a real review of the P-Slope but your gonna need some kinda dropper seat post.

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    Chimp
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    I have a buddy that uses the Killswitch as his XC,DJ,Park bike and really likes it. If you prefer riding a DJ on your XC rides then any of them will be ok. It will just come down to geometry. The P.Slope I believe is suppose to be very similar if not exact to the P.3. I rode a P.3, P.2 and P.1 for a bit but have never really felt comfortable on any of the P series bikes. But again that's personal preference. The NS Slope is pretty close to the Transition Double which I rode for a while as well and really liked it as a short travel bike to play around on. My vote would be between the killswitch and the Soda Slope. If you are going to keep it single speed primarily I would get the Killswitch because of the linkage design you wouldn't have to use a tensioner. Not a major thing but worth noting.
    Last edited by louevilcyclist; 11-06-2012 at 01:43 PM.

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    I ride a sinister gruitr set up like that kinda. 1x9, burly wheels, xc rear tire, full seatpost, 160 brakes, 140mm fork, 4.5" rear travel. Probably 30 lbs. Does big jumps or big climbs with basically the same setup. stuff i change out is tires, pedals, and sometimes stem to a 70 for a really long ride. the bike is not great in the chatter or dh stuff but it can hang. Kinda 4x/slopestyle Is a great way to set up a bike, makes for a really versatile bike if youre a jumpy type rider that does big rides too. just might want to think about having 2 wheelsets, one lighter more xc/trail oriented set with 2.3 knobbies and one heavier set with dj type tires. and a 36 talas or lyrik.

    However My gruitr could not replace a real dj hardtail or dh bike so I am kinda stuck keeping a quiver.

    Don't the killswitches pedal like crap from the concentric bb?
    Last edited by Sonic Reducer; 11-07-2012 at 06:10 PM.

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    I would consider selling my Killswitch (size L). PM me.


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