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    What is the most important part of your bike?

    Besides sizing/geometry (which is a no brainer), if you had to choose one thing, what is the most important part of YOUR bike? A part that you demand high performance out of even if the rest of the bike is sub-par.

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    The suspension,,,both front and rear (does that count as two?)

    I rather put mid-level components on a good quality frame (and rear shock) and fork than XTR/X.O. on a subpar frame and fork.

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    1. Frame / rear suspension
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    Suspension/frame (front and rear).
    Well, I was just riding along when...

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    For me it is the rear suspension. I think it makes a ton of difference. I don't know how I ever survived without an RP23.
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    Water bottle cage!

    Kidding, I don't even have one. Many parts are important, a good frame/suspension/fork design sure is but the tires are too, good grip vs bad can mean a lot on the trails... I also hate a bike that doesn't shift well but that has more to do with tuning and adjustments than the level of the derailleurs and shifters. I like full lenght cable housing too. Stiff wheels and a comfortable saddle.

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    The frame, of course.

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    "A part that you demand high performance out of even if the rest of the bike is sub-par."

    That part would have to be....myself. Without me, the bike doesn't climb, needs way too much encouragement on the flat and downhill is just messy. The brakes are useless and it shifts like sh*t, too.
    When I'm on the bike, though, the gear shifter is the component where ergonomic short-falls will bother me the most.
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    Currently the fork, no brainer
    though, considering my main ride is an SSed Urban hardtail and running one brake, it really doesn't have much competition.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beefmagic
    Besides sizing/geometry (which is a no brainer), if you had to choose one thing, what is the most important part of YOUR bike? A part that you demand high performance out of even if the rest of the bike is sub-par.

    I would have to say the hypothalamus.

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    Quote Originally Posted by XC-SOB
    I would have to say the hypothalamus.
    Is that a new shimano component?

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    Ha! some good responses. I was curious what other people favored because I can sometimes get easily annoyed when everything isn't running smooth and efficiently on the bike. Meaning it feels seemless and there is no "disconnect" between me and the bike. The "disconnect" could be a bad grip or a creak in the headset.

    But if I had to choose the most important part on my bike, it would be the front fork.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beefmagic
    But if I had to choose the most important part on my bike, it would be the front fork.
    Ah, as opposed to the rare and mystical rear fork... I see

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    Quote Originally Posted by SnowMongoose
    Ah, as opposed to the rare and mystical rear fork... I see
    It's like a unicorn sighting but yeah it does exist...
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    Ha!

    Quote Originally Posted by beefmagic
    It's like a unicorn sighting but yeah it does exist...
    Oh, I remember those...Marin had a full suspension using the same design as well

    nice comeback!!!

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    It's deffinately the brakes for me. I just had a rear BB7 half crap out on me and while it stopped me somewhat, there is no way I would ride as fast as I do if I had bad brakes like that. I might have said the fork, but remembered that I am currently riding a crappy fork and I'am dealing with that just fine.

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    WHEELS!

    Without those, bikes don't roll and if it don't roll, I can't ROCK!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gruzovik
    It's deffinately the brakes for me. I just had a rear BB7 half crap out on me and while it stopped me somewhat, there is no way I would ride as fast as I do if I had bad brakes like that. I might have said the fork, but remembered that I am currently riding a crappy fork and I'am dealing with that just fine.
    Brakes here too

    sometimes you gotta slow down in a hurry, and it's nice to know they're always going to be there preforming

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    Wow! Crazy! Why dont bikes use rear forks like that? Well, and I guess motocycles too... I remember seeing some old dirtbikes and BMW street bikes having a rear fork like suspension....

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    I definatly wouldnt say suspension, but brakes and tires. I ride a fully but could get around fine on a rigid with good tires and brakes. Tires can completely change the way a bike handles. My $.02

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    The engine. Bling all you want, but a great rider will smoke you on a wallymart bike.

    To your post, the engine in the part that "you demand high permance out of even if the rest of the bike is sub-par."

    Too many, myself included, get hung up on the parts/bling.
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    1. Front and rear derailleurs
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    Quote Originally Posted by Locoman
    The engine. Bling all you want, but a great rider will smoke you on a wallymart bike.

    To your post, the engine in the part that "you demand high permance out of even if the rest of the bike is sub-par."

    Too many, myself included, get hung up on the parts/bling.
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    steveuk and locoman, very true about the rider being the most important part. I've seen a few guys dirt jumping/FRing on huffy's and pacific's and generally tearing up the trail. However, there wasn't much of their bike left when they were done. I've also seen a guy bend a front fork almost 90 degrees hitting a drop on a huffy. Luckily he didn't get hurt too bad. This is not to say that people should spend a bunch of $$ on a bike. More that I was just curious how people related to an object that brought them a lot of joy.

    Bling and UGI is a nasty disease, once caught there is no end until you spend all your money buying all the parts you think you need and still can't hit that 2 ft. drop.

    So if you were to exclude the engine, what part on your bike do you favor the most?

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    Leaving the rider aside, I'd go with the seat.

    I ride all sorts of things from FS bikes to rigids, disc brakes to side-pulls with all manner of components. Regardless of what I ride or where I ride it, the one thing that I notice right off is if the saddle isn't "good." After all, what good is the rest of the bike if your bearings are in a sling and you can't ride?
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    1) Front Tire & Tire Pressure
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    The only fully blinged part on my bike is the saddle. Having other high end parts is great, but if the saddle doesn't fit then the bike isn't rideable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Locoman
    The engine. Bling all you want, but a great rider will smoke you on a wallymart bike.
    Uphill? Yes . Down hill? That would depend on the trail, no doubt. A great bike will let you make the most of your bike handling skills, but a bike that runs out of suspension, brake & grip is just a waste of gravity. You're no longer riding the trail, instead you're riding the bikes limitations.
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    The rider.

    A crappy bike can do amazing things with the right rider, and a crappy rider can't do much even with the best bike.


    Quote Originally Posted by beefmagic
    Besides sizing/geometry (which is a no brainer), if you had to choose one thing, what is the most important part of YOUR bike? A part that you demand high performance out of even if the rest of the bike is sub-par.

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    Those of you answering "the rider", you consider yourself a bicycle part?
    Do you also consider yourself the best part in your car?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Strafer
    Do you also consider yourself the best part in your car?
    Well... I've been told I'm the nut behind the wheel on more than one occasion.
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    A good set of brakes .. without it .. any bling parts are just a waste of money..espeacially we are talking about AM biking.

    Just my 2 cents

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    Aside from the rider the tires are the most important of course! I can't believe tires have only been #1 in like three or four posts so far! You could have the most awesome bike on the planet but with a set of crappy tires it's gonna suck. Before anything else should be changed you should have the best tires for your application.

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    tire valve caps no question. I refuse to ride my bike with those ugly valves protruding from the rim..
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    i would hafta say reflectors cuz u kno i dont wanna get mowed down by a quad at night lmao

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    1. Frame / rear suspension
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    Quote Originally Posted by Strafer
    Do you also consider yourself the best part in your car?
    "Anybody can drive a fast car, but it takes skill to drive a car fast."

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    Quote Originally Posted by RS VR6
    "Anybody can drive a fast car, but it takes skill to drive a car fast."
    more like anybody can drive a fast car but it takes a skill not to crash

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    I would have to say suspension for efficiency

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    ohh irony at its finest...

    just today, I wanted to pump some more air into my front tire. The valve cap was very tight, and I ended up tearing the valve itself
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    Tires!

    I have a Giant Rincon steel hardtail with an RST 40mm fork. Bike should suck, but I've got good rubber on there!

    I totally drop the guys on nicer dual suspension bikes, but crappy tires, when going DH.

    people laugh at me when they see me riding with a full face helmet, until they get totally owned on the DH by a guy on a "crappy" bike.

    Tires are the ONLY point of contact between you and the ground. No amount of good brakes or suspension can compensate for a lack in quality traction.

    Eat it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by gunfodder
    The only fully blinged part on my bike is the saddle. Having other high end parts is great, but if the saddle doesn't fit then the bike isn't rideable.
    Very logical.
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    Tires: it's the only part of the bike that actually contacts the trail.

    Everything starts there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reposado Man
    Tires: it's the only part of the bike that actually contacts the trail.

    Everything starts there.
    My first bike was just a tire I rolled down the hill!

    Lets see anyone do that with with just a fork... eheheh

    From there, I was able to build her up. Although the handle bars took a while...

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    Quote Originally Posted by beefmagic
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    Quote Originally Posted by Speedub.Nate
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    Are those hydraulic brakes? And if you say that that is the most important part of your bike, do you mean hydraulic vs. cable? Or disc brakes vs. the standard brakes?

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    Quote Originally Posted by clumpymold
    Are those hydraulic brakes? And if you say that that is the most important part of your bike, do you mean hydraulic vs. cable? Or disc brakes vs. the standard brakes?
    haha

    man, just look at his name and see where you find it in the photo...

    haha

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    Quote Originally Posted by MudMuncher
    haha

    man, just look at his name and see where you find it in the photo...

    haha
    Are you referring to the sticker on his hub? I saw that too but it's got an "H" in there and his sn doesn't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by clumpymold
    Are you referring to the sticker on his hub? I saw that too but it's got an "H" in there and his sn doesn't.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Speedub.Nate
    I intentionally Witeld.Te "H" from my Andle.To affirmatively disassociate any professional Relationsip.From Te.Manufacturer of Te.Single most important piece of Ardware.In the sport of cycling. Tat's.All!
    I see. So what is that piece? That hub? The wheel? The sticker?

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    Quote Originally Posted by clumpymold
    I see. So what is that piece? That hub? The wheel? The sticker?
    I'm pretty sure it's the hub, man.

    Most important part of the bike? That's a tough question when all parts of the bike work together... I'd have to say the most valued is my new TALAS, but the most important, at least to riding, is the drivetrain. Nothing is as satisfying to me as a smooth and clean drivetrain. Anyone can ride without suspension, but try riding without a drivetrain that works
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    Quote Originally Posted by Judd97
    I'm pretty sure it's the hub, man.

    Most important part of the bike? That's a tough question when all parts of the bike work together... I'd have to say the most valued is my new TALAS, but the most important, at least to riding, is the drivetrain. Nothing is as satisfying to me as a smooth and clean drivetrain. Anyone can ride without suspension, but try riding without a drivetrain that works
    Rear hub is pretty damn important. A little tiny bit loose and your gears will change on you ALL DAY LONG, without your permission.

    Obviously all of the components are pretty important, and most here have listed good areas. However, I dont think the tires are a big deal ... I can probably pick from almost any mtb tire and be fine on most trails.

    Honestly its about the suspension for me. This is the part that allows you to ride certain trails in the first place. This is the part that absrobs the drops and can also adjust the angle of your bike (fork adjustments) and with the lockout or semi-lockout features these days, I've seen FS bikes morph into HT bikes and then back.

    The versatility and reduced weight of today's suspension systems is really what its all about. Why do you think forks go for $700? And the frame? The frame is just another "part" of the rear suspension, or vice versa. Frames with rear shock go for unmentionably high prices.

    Of course if you have a HT or fully rigid then suspension is not going to be a factor really. However, its always nice to know that my FS can become either a HT (front lockout) or fully rigid (both front and back lockout), making only weight the remaining advantage of non FS setups.

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    Wink Seat !

    A lot of parts can be very important on a bike, but all coming after having the best SEAT you can find,
    Go ride for few hours with the wrong seat and tell me what bother you the most ... your suspension, wheels, gear, brakes...... or your SEAT !?
    Better have some good GRIPS as well.

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    ... and if we just ... You mean parts don't you?

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    It's like a unicorn sighting but yeah it does exist...

    And people told Dr. Doolittle, that Push-Me Pull-Me's don't exist.


    Seriously; as a person that rides in some of the more extreme environments, the whole bike is important. Any part that is substandard can leave you in a bad place when it's 100 F. outside and there is a 8 mile hike to civilization.
    Think about it, there aren't many parts on a bike that won't leave you stranded if it breaks.
    I also know a 17 year old that is trying to upgrade a Walmart Mongoose and has thrown over a thousand dollars at it. You can guess that the bike is still a POS that doesn't handle right no matter what you do to it.
    The whole package has to be matched together like a team.
    We tried to tell the 17 year old that he would have had a nicer bike, if he had spent the $1000 on a new bike in the first place.
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    Tires. I wouldent want to get two flats, and find I only have one patch. So quality tires and tubes are my most important.

    Second, SPOKES. Good quality spokes.
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    clipless pdals

    all my bikes got em and i hate mt feet bouncing around.one less thing to worry about.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SIGMA
    all my bikes got em and i hate mt feet bouncing around.one less thing to worry about.
    That's cause your giant Fro keeps knocking you around.

    Shave head, go to platforms..

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    Quote Originally Posted by todd_freeride
    Tires. I wouldent want to get two flats, and find I only have one patch. So quality tires and tubes are my most important.

    Second, SPOKES. Good quality spokes.
    Quality of the spokes doesn't matter as much as how well the wheel was built.

    Than again, purple and red spokes are 30% faster and stronger than silver ones.

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    Just like racing off road motorcycles.................SUSPENSION! Effects almost every aspect of the way the bike moves below you and especially handling, the right setup is everything!!! Just my .02

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    Quote Originally Posted by SIGMA
    all my bikes got em and i hate mt feet bouncing around.one less thing to worry about.
    Indeed clipless thats my one to have...

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    Drive train. Is this is giving you issues nothing else matters

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    Agree with MWick. The drivetrain doesn't have to be XTR, but it has to put down power without skipping, jumping or sucking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MWick
    Drive train. Is this is giving you issues nothing else matters
    Well, if you have two functioning tires and a broken drive train you can at least coast down hill and push your bike up hill.

    If you have two flat tires, taco'ed wheels and a freshly lubed XTR drive train you have to carry your bike.

    Anyway I think question is more along the lines of what is the component that you'd be least likely to compromise on... assuming everything is functioning.

    For example I'd take Shimano LX (or worse) over some crappy tires, fork or brakes.

    Which is another way of saying, that LX works pretty well compared to XTR, but the difference in tire & suspension performance can be huge.
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    1. fork
    2. tires
    3. brakes
    4. front and rear derailers
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