Mike's Trailstars

Postby VERT on Wed 29/Apr/09 8:53pm

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_h8rtfFNYljM/SfgUQnUBCqI/AAAAAAAAAGs/4D22GG2wVBU/s1600-h/Dmr_Trailstar_2009_web02.jpgIts fair to say I’ve always had a thing for DMR bikes ,the fact that Ive owned three pretty much sums it up.

My first one was a Blue Trailstar ,it was a great leap forward as far as frames go because at the time there weren’t very many downhill or jump Hard tails on the market and those that were Available had a pretty hefty price tag or were ridged aluminium. The DMR turned out to be a really a massive improvement on the norm, which was to use cross country frames. Suddenly having a seat so much lower provided so many more options and confidence in jumping. It also help actually having a frame with disk mounts too.

Having done some great racing on this frame id really pushed the limits and had to claim a warranty. It was down in Vic Park one year, it was a rough as guts course, so much so that half way through practice for the first time ever I seriously considered pulling out because it was so rough and I was getting hammering . It didn’t happen because a few mates seem to think id be ok and thought I was nailing the track pretty quick.

I think it was the fact that on one of the road gap jumps the landing was so rough and hard I’d loose a hand of the bar each time but still managed to recover from it. The end result was I cleaned up hard tail class by about 12 seconds but in the process the triple clamp forks had started ripping the head tube away from the frame.

I had a good working relationship with the rep from DMR and he had no problems sorting me out with a new Red Trailstar. This came with a few changes, vertical dropouts and a narrow rear tire clearance. Because I was keen to keep running triple clamp forks I decided to add my own head tube to down tube gusset by having some sheet metal wrapped around the toptube a few months later its arrival.

Probably was a good thing too because I continued racing that frame at the nationals with some good results. Because of the narrow tyre clearance I opted for a 24” rear wheel. Reason being that I could only fit in a 26” x 2.1 tyre butwith a 24” I could get in a 2.6 high roller. This made for awesome cornering too.

I would have to say that in all the races I’ve done and on the all the different types of bikes (hartail and fully’s) during downhill racing it was on this frame that I made some of my personal career highlights. I don’t think ive challenged or pushed my riding so close to its limits or ever will.

That was all well in the past an recently Ive decided to acquire a hard tail frame for what I would call “aggressive county” and a DMR just seemed to be the best option for the cash by a mile.

I love the new drop out scheme too; I’ve got it on my transition too so it means I can swap wheels around really easily.

I’ve only done a few rides and will be taking my time relearning how to ride a hard tail but I’ll have to say the first thing that I noticed is how rough it wasn’t to ride, I was expecting to get hammered way more, but when I think about it, it was what I remembered about loving DMR frames from the start, a feeling of it just feeling right.

Michael Williamson
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Original Published: 8:38pm Wednesday, 29th April 2009 - NZST
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Re: Mike's Trailstars

Postby Jono on Thu 30/Apr/09 10:45am

Nice one mike. Those photos with the blue DMR - is that a jump or a ride-up that you're doing?
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Re: Mike's Trailstars

Postby Mike_the_Hippy on Thu 30/Apr/09 11:30am

depends on how much of a legend i want to appear :)

na it was a steep bank to assend , it was actually alot higher than it looks ,it was when they were diggin up the water tanks on tinakori hill.
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Re: Mike's Trailstars

Postby chalky on Thu 30/Apr/09 12:43pm

What fork is that on the last black Trialstar ??
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Re: Mike's Trailstars

Postby Mike_the_Hippy on Thu 30/Apr/09 1:12pm

aH HA , I thought someone might ask that.

RST Storm - 140MM- 170mm 20mm axle.

A mate heard that one of the distributors did a limited import and managed to score me a set.
Over all they work pretty good and feel stiff but the spring in them is a tad soft and im having problems finding a harder one. for CC they are fine, just dive a bit jumping.
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Re: Mike's Trailstars

Postby big_d on Thu 30/Apr/09 1:43pm

Showing your age in that article there Mike :p

Bloody good read :thumbsup:
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Re: Mike's Trailstars

Postby Oli on Thu 30/Apr/09 2:06pm

What were you riding when you won the '97 World Cup Citizen's Race, Mike?
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Re: Mike's Trailstars

Postby Mike_the_Hippy on Thu 30/Apr/09 2:48pm

i think it might have been the first weasel that i brought from services ,that black one , think it might have had the red judy DH 's on it as the high fives wernt out yet.

The Dmr stuff all happened after about the third warrenty on the weasel, the second warrenty happend two months out from nats and at that time time it was common knowledge wattenties took at least 3 months.
so i sent it away and put a together a Mairn eldrige grade i'd done some dodgy deal with rod for.
It wasnt much to look at ,actually it was probably one of the crappiest bikes on the nats circuit but that didnt really matter because i could still manage top 10-15 in senior mens ,think that got up a few people nose's :) .
Weasel came back in time for the last round but it really didnt make a differance as the course was so wet everyone one did one race run.

anyway it all happend again the next year and i just decided stick with the hardtail and buy a dmr since i seemed to have sused it out pretty good and finally hardtail class had been introdused into the nationals.
Pretty much did the same the following year with good results and then quit competitive riding to focus on a weltec full time course.

(i was going to add some of that stuff to the original post)
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Re: Mike's Trailstars

Postby Vee on Thu 30/Apr/09 5:37pm

Very nice! Cool looking setup you got there :blush:

Will have to get the hardtails up the gully at some stage.
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Re: Mike's Trailstars

Postby Oli on Thu 30/Apr/09 6:52pm

That's right, you beat all the XC guys on the Weasel! HARD OUT! :thumbsup:
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Re: Mike's Trailstars

Postby Mike_the_Hippy on Fri 1/May/09 8:36am

yea im getting keen to try it out on Jawbone as it was something i was thinking about when constructing the easier lines.

ive really feel like ive got this need to put and old tyre on the back and do a bunch of burnouts down some zig zags to loosen up my hardtail riding , im a bit too cautious on hanging it out on corners and stuff.

Might organise a mish in a couple of weeks.
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