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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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    fork, no question...
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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!

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    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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    i have found the 1.5" headtubes to be slightly larger in diameter than 1 1/8", plus or minus

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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
    It's like a unicorn sighting but yeah it does exist...
    dr00L!

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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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