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    RST Gila T6?

    Hey,
    Please could i have some advice

    Im Getting a Bike with the RST gila T6 froks (80/100MM)pre load adjust,

    Are these any good?
    If so what are they beast at / not so good at,

    Thanks
    Rhys

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    That's a simple fork with coil spring and elastomer damper.

    Good thing:

    The fork is probably more comfortable than a rigid fork, especially if the coil and the damper happen to suit your weight and riding style. The preload only adjusts sag, not spring firmness, by the way.

    Potential issues:

    - You may not be able to find optional springs with spring firmness that really suits you.
    - You may not be able to find optional dampers that really suits you.
    - If you are heavy, then you may find the fork flexy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by anden
    That's a simple fork with coil spring and elastomer damper.

    Good thing:

    The fork is probably more comfortable than a rigid fork, especially if the coil and the damper happen to suit your weight and riding style. The preload only adjusts sag, not spring firmness, by the way.

    Potential issues:

    - You may not be able to find optional springs with spring firmness that really suits you.
    - You may not be able to find optional dampers that really suits you.
    - If you are heavy, then you may find the fork flexy.
    Hi,
    Well what do you think about this for 169.99

    Mongoose 6061 frame
    RST Gila T6
    Shimano Altus 8Gear
    EZ FIRE
    Carbon Fibre Handlebars
    SR suntour XCC150 Crankset
    Alloy Pedals
    Thanx

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    Quote Originally Posted by comp
    Hi,
    Well what do you think about this for 169.99

    Mongoose 6061 frame
    RST Gila T6
    Shimano Altus 8Gear
    EZ FIRE
    Carbon Fibre Handlebars
    SR suntour XCC150 Crankset
    Alloy Pedals
    Thanx
    Thats only the MAIN spec

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    Thats a descent deal, but bike would defenitely break riding AM

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    Quote Originally Posted by RYAN E
    Thats a descent deal, but bike would defenitely break riding AM
    How would it break

    If you really want to know http://www.mongoose.com/bikes/detail...nal&brandID=56

    If i must improve it what shold i do
    Last edited by comp; 07-24-2006 at 02:17 AM.

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    btw im 12

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    Quote Originally Posted by comp
    Hi,
    Well what do you think about this for 169.99
    I know little about US prices, unfortunately. Maybe you would find some better answers at the What bike to buy and Beginner's corner boards. I think you would find many recent answers to similar questions there. Happy all-mountain riding whichever bike you get!

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    Quote Originally Posted by RYAN E
    Thats a descent deal, but bike would defenitely break riding AM
    I wouldn't be so sure. Simple is not same as weak. And rider skill and weight are also a part of the equation.

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    Hello Ryan

    Welcome to the forums.Good thing that you're checking things out here before you buy. The bike you're looking at is an entry level mountain bike that's probably best suited for use on non aggressive riding such as XC riding on singletrack. It will probably suit you as a 12 year old rider so long as you're of average weight for your age. The other thing I would think about is the bike size. It has 26" wheels, and I know my 13 yr old daughter (5' 1" tall) is not big enough for a 26" wheeled bike. You may want to look at bikes with 24" wheels unless you're over 5 '6" or so. If the 26" bike fits, then great!

    Other than that, the bike is a decent entry level bike. My guess is that you get older and grow into the sport, you'll probably need to buy another bike. For those of us that start out on entry level bikes, as we get to be better riders, and grow in the sport, we look for bikes that can handle more technical riding and abuse. For now, though, I'd say you are getting a decent bike for someone your age.

    Best wishes and let us know how you like your new bike.

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    Not a bad deal, but you could spend a little more on something like a Specialized Hardrock Sport, which are about $350 and will probably be a little more durable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Call_me_Clyde
    Welcome to the forums.Good thing that you're checking things out here before you buy. The bike you're looking at is an entry level mountain bike that's probably best suited for use on non aggressive riding such as XC riding on singletrack. It will probably suit you as a 12 year old rider so long as you're of average weight for your age. The other thing I would think about is the bike size. It has 26" wheels, and I know my 13 yr old daughter (5' 1" tall) is not big enough for a 26" wheeled bike. You may want to look at bikes with 24" wheels unless you're over 5 '6" or so. If the 26" bike fits, then great!

    Other than that, the bike is a decent entry level bike. My guess is that you get older and grow into the sport, you'll probably need to buy another bike. For those of us that start out on entry level bikes, as we get to be better riders, and grow in the sport, we look for bikes that can handle more technical riding and abuse. For now, though, I'd say you are getting a decent bike for someone your age.

    Best wishes and let us know how you like your new bike.

    Bob
    1)That price is in GBP ,
    2)Thanks for that but 26" wheels are fine for me when i rode the bike at the store
    3)Also how would you compare this to the scott YZ2 (my m8s)
    4)What do you class as non-agressive riding
    Thanx
    (BTW my last bike was a silverfox BAD ATTITUDE)lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by comp
    1)That price is in GBP ,
    2)Thanks for that but 26" wheels are fine for me when i rode the bike at the store
    3)Also how would you compare this to the scott YZ2 (my m8s)
    4)What do you class as non-agressive riding
    Thanx
    (BTW my last bike was a silverfox BAD ATTITUDE)lol
    Scott makes a lot better bikes in general. Different class than Mongoose. The YZ2 is a much better bike overall IMO.

    That said, you must understand they are different bikes. The Mongoose you posted has more traditional XC geometry, while the YZ2 is more of a dirt jump bike. Different applications.

    The Scott Reflex 30/40 is more comparible to that Mongoose, and again, in my opinion the better bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mkiv808
    Scott makes a lot better bikes in general. Different class than Mongoose. The YZ2 is a much better bike overall IMO.

    That said, you must understand they are different bikes. The Mongoose you posted has more traditional XC geometry, while the YZ2 is more of a dirt jump bike. Different applications.

    The Scott Reflex 30/40 is more comparible to that Mongoose, and again, in my opinion the better bike.
    scott reflex 40 = more than doble the price

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    Well which part of the bike needs upgrading to make it stronger, one of my main worries is the frame but i dont really get what could happen to a mtb frame?

    Frame?
    Gears?
    Forks?
    Deraileurs?
    Shifters?
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    Quote Originally Posted by comp
    scott reflex 40 = more than doble the price
    It's about 260 pounds. Not so bad.

    Well, if I were you I would be looking at brands with better reps than Mongoose: Giant and Specialized would be two major brands that would be worth looking into.

    I know Mongoose is trying to be taken seriously lately, but I just can't get past the Wal-Mart bike stigma of that company.

    My friend just got an '07 Specialized Hardrock Sport for $350USD. It's a nice bike for the price. The frame looks like it can take a good amount of abuse.

    That said, if you've ridden the Mongoose and like it, there's a lot to be said about that. The best way to figure things out is to head down to a couple shops that carry a good variety of bikes. You will learn the most by trying the bikes out. I don't know about in England, but here bike shops usually carry either Specialized or Giant along with their other lines. I believe they are the biggest bike manufacturers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mkiv808
    It's about 260 pounds. Not so bad.

    Well, if I were you I would be looking at brands with better reps than Mongoose: Giant and Specialized would be two major brands that would be worth looking into.

    I know Mongoose is trying to be taken seriously lately, but I just can't get past the Wal-Mart bike stigma of that company.

    My friend just got an '07 Specialized Hardrock Sport for $350USD. It's a nice bike for the price. The frame looks like it can take a good amount of abuse.

    That said, if you've ridden the Mongoose and like it, there's a lot to be said about that. The best way to figure things out is to head down to a couple shops that carry a good variety of bikes. You will learn the most by trying the bikes out. I don't know about in England, but here bike shops usually carry either Specialized or Giant along with their other lines. I believe they are the biggest bike manufacturers.
    Well,
    Not to skit you or anything
    But i did say 170GBP(Gr8 British Pounds)
    and i live near manchester
    lol

    How much can you get a specialised hardrock for in the uk then,
    Cheers,
    Comp

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    Quote Originally Posted by comp
    Well,
    Not to skit you or anything
    But i did say 170GBP(Gr8 British Pounds)
    and i live near manchester
    lol

    How much can you get a specialised hardrock for in the uk then,
    Cheers,
    Comp
    Wow, they kind of jack up the price in UK. Retrail is 299. The exhange on 350 is only 189.

    So maybe you can find it for 250. Sucks... Maybe the Mongoose is your best bet if that's your budget.
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    Upset

    Quote Originally Posted by mkiv808
    Wow, they kind of jack up the price in UK. Retrail is 299. The exhange on 350 is only 189.

    So maybe you can find it for 250. Sucks... Maybe the Mongoose is your best bet if that's your budget.
    Its all true, every word of it

    Goddamit i hate the uk

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    i know i ask alot of Q's

    But would this bike be ok for downhill (becouse i rented a hardrock today and did a downhill and it was gr8 at delimere)

    Would this bike be suitable for downhill(only occasionaly) , with max jump height 2 1/2ft?

    or is there any upgrades to make this bike downhill ready?

    Thanx

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    You would have to be doing very light downhill on that bike. What Hardrock was it? Sport, Comp, etc?

    I would say to do any downhill on the Mongoose you'd need a stronger wheelset and a better fork to start. 2.5' drops are more than they seem... I don't think it would be safe on that bike stock.
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    My thoughts

    Quote Originally Posted by comp
    1)That price is in GBP ,
    2)Thanks for that but 26" wheels are fine for me when i rode the bike at the store
    3)Also how would you compare this to the scott YZ2 (my m8s)
    4)What do you class as non-agressive riding
    Thanx
    (BTW my last bike was a silverfox BAD ATTITUDE)lol

    I tried to respond to this yesterday, but my PC froze. The scott is better bike, but it also cost twice as much. I would dever to the post from mkiv for further clarification. As for my definition of aggressive riding, it would include drops, jumps, larger obstacles to navigate over, etc.

    Bottom line, if the 169.99 is your budget, then I would give the Mongoose serious consideration. If you have more to spend, make sure you know what kind of riding you intend to do and focus on bikes built for that application.

    Bob
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    hey,
    Ive got the bike it is amazing!
    Thtas all ive got to say

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    Glad you like it!

    Remember, if you want to get into more aggressive riding and especially downhill, your wheelset and fork are good upgrades. Good luck!
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    Excellent!

    Quote Originally Posted by comp
    hey,
    Ive got the bike it is amazing!
    Thtas all ive got to say
    Ride hard, have fun, and be sure to come back and tell us about your riding experiences. Post some pics if you can.

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