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Old 09-18-2013, 03:20 PM   #1
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How Hard is Trials (on the bikes that is)

Trials noob here with a question. Having watched a lot of trials (and pretended to do it on my bicycle haha) how hard is it on the bikes? Seems like there's a lot of suspension bottoming, low psi wheel stomping, thin skid plate crushing stuff going on, even with the professionals. I imagine my purchasing a trials bike would produce a lot of dished wheels and destroyed suspensions.
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Old 09-18-2013, 04:02 PM   #2
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Trials riding has one of the cheapest consumables costs of any dirt bike comps that ive been part of. Ridden with reasonable care and proper maintenance, they are pretty bulletproof. That said - if you ride full blast into a rock smashing the bash plate over and over, eventually it will fail and crush in against the cases.

Suspensions and wheels are not that stressed unless you ride at the highest levels. Much better life than say desert racing or enduro riding - mainly due to the lower speeds.
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Old 09-18-2013, 04:30 PM   #3
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I have to agree. At least on Gas Gas's the only thing I have had real wear problems with is the rear suspension linkages, and the rear shock. Otherwise, pretty easy keepers. I am about 210lbs with full ride gear on, your wear may very depending on heavier or lighter. Trail riding is particularly hard on things, I usually need to tighten all the linkages after an event like Ute Cup with lots of trail time.
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Old 09-18-2013, 04:58 PM   #4
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In the lower classes, no real destruction. You just can't get that crazy until you get good enough. And by the time you get good enough you know what you are doing to not just destroy stuff.

Keep in mind that stuff you see on the net is typically the .01% that rarely happens. Here is more typical video and this is the upper class stuff. Entry level stuff is even more tame. Expect the biggest destruction to be broken levers from falling.
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Old 09-18-2013, 05:46 PM   #5
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Keep in mind that stuff you see on the net is typically the .01% that rarely happens.

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Old 09-18-2013, 09:12 PM   #6
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Trials is about sustainable. If you are machine aware, and thus kind to your steed, especially.
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