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    Hey! I like big tires! Although I guess mine don't have that chunky a tread pattern...

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    Third one almost matches me perfectly... but I waited a year first. Oh well, upgrades are fun

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    I just bought a $500 SandSlammer brand new from my LBS. I want to spend $1800 on parts, so it will equal the PebbleSlammer ($1000 bike). Whadda think?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DavyRay View Post
    Dear OP,

    I just bought a $500 SandSlammer brand new from my LBS. I want to spend $1800 on parts, so it will equal the PebbleSlammer ($1000 bike). Whadda think?

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    Below is a dissertation that took a lot of my time to put together. It outlines the pitfalls of spending a lot of money "customizing" your bike versus buying a bike designed to suit you. Since you already made up your mind about what you are going to do and you just posed your question to justify your decision, I have deleted my response. Go do whatever you want. Spend your money however you want. Unless you are racing, you are stroking your cock with a chamoise glove.
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    This could get really good. Where is my popcorn dangit....
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    Dear BAC [Bad Advice Cat],
    Seems I've made all of the above mistakes, and spent $$$$ on upgrades
    to my Jeep-branded MTB, since the salesman told me that it's one of the best!



    Almost X-mas, need to buy a few more gifts, and must sell her to pay the CC bill.
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    You should put it on CL as a "Racing Mountain Bike." DO NOT mention anything that is wrong with it. What a potential buyer noob doesn't know, won't hurt them (until it actually hurts them). Add up everything you've spent on upgrades over the years and list it for that amount. Do not budge on price.
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    Dear B.A.C.,

    I fall down whenever my bike hits a rock. Do I need new tires?

    When I fall down, I leave the bike and bounce down the trail. Should I get clipless pedals to prevent this?

    One last thing: My poker buddies tell me I should bet heavily until the end of a hand, then fold. Does this sound right?

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    Dear Gasp: Spending money on new parts always makes up for lack of riding ability. Yes, buy new tires and pump them up to 50 psi. It's faster that way. Also, definitely buy clip less pedals. It is so much faster. Lastly, your friends are mostly right - always bet heavy, regardless of your hand but ALWAYS go all in on the river.
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    This is a funny thread. Last year was my first year of mountain biking. I've been guilty of doing some of the things mentioned in this thread, mainly in doing upgrades I didn't really need at my level and spent money unnecessarily doing it. In my case, some I'm such a cheapskate and typically only bought new parts or bikes, some of the upgrades I did were hardly upgrades at all, like changing out 80mm Rock Shox Dart 2 forks for 100mm RST Omegas. Probably wouldn't have done stuff like that had I not found this forum, but oh well...I guess you live and learn.

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    Quote Originally Posted by getagrip View Post
    In my case, some I'm such a cheapskate and typically only bought new parts or bikes, some of the upgrades I did were hardly upgrades at all, like changing out 80mm Rock Shox Dart 2 forks for 100mm RST Omegas.
    Seriously?

    Guess I missed that one. How'd it work out?
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    Quote Originally Posted by AndrwSwitch View Post
    Seriously?

    Guess I missed that one. How'd it work out?
    Well, in the case of the RST Omegas, I rode with them for a few months and re-upgraded to Rockshox Recon Silver R's. They are much better forks than both of the other forks I previously had on the bike, but a little too "squishy". I will say, however, that if I could have done it again, I would have upgraded straight to the Recon's instead of the RSTs, or perhaps splurged a little more for a more expensive, but better performing fork. At my level, though, the Recon's work fine. Probably wouldn't race with them, though, assuming I ever get into that!

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    Recons are fully raceworthy. You just need to be able to set fork pressure and adjust rebound. That one doesn't even have the damper people break, IIRC.

    If they're too squishy, why don't you just add another 5 psi or so? I'm riding an aging Marzocchi with pressure and rebound only, and I've found a happy pressure that pedals fine and also gives a good enough ride. Sure it's not like having a platform or compression damper, but it's enough to go racing and beat some of my previous times.
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    monzie, i was trying to figure out how to phrase that pressure washing one. well done. and i love the "move the rocks" one too. around here it would be "just cut the roots".

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    Quote Originally Posted by AndrwSwitch View Post
    Recons are fully raceworthy. You just need to be able to set fork pressure and adjust rebound. That one doesn't even have the damper people break, IIRC.

    If they're too squishy, why don't you just add another 5 psi or so? I'm riding an aging Marzocchi with pressure and rebound only, and I've found a happy pressure that pedals fine and also gives a good enough ride. Sure it's not like having a platform or compression damper, but it's enough to go racing and beat some of my previous times.
    Either I'm really missing something, or my forks aren't air forks. This is the model I have:

    RockShox Recon Silver R Fork 2011 at Price Point

    Downhill, the Recon's work great, at least for me. Up hill, not so much...would help if I lost some weight, though.

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    Nothing wrong with this advise. Do you expect me to just HIT the poor fool?
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    LOL, didn't realize the Recon shipped with a coil.

    Try more preload or get a stiffer spring. That's part of the point of buying a name-brand fork - different spring kits are available. You can probably also switch to an air cartridge if you like. Both systems have their pros and cons.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AndrwSwitch View Post
    LOL, didn't realize the Recon shipped with a coil.

    Try more preload or get a stiffer spring. That's part of the point of buying a name-brand fork - different spring kits are available. You can probably also switch to an air cartridge if you like. Both systems have their pros and cons.
    Thanks. I may look into that if I decide to start racing in the Spring or Summer. I may just upgrade to a whole new bike, though. If you have seen any of my other threads, I've really wanted to upgrade to a $1000+ full suspension bike after Winter (or maybe a 29er or 650b), and I'm kind of ready to move on from my Frankenstein Leader "Money Pitt" mountain bike.

    Only problem is my disposable income just went down quite a bit since I just bought an SUV, and now have a car payment. Until recently, I've been able to comply with Rule #25.

    "The bikes on top of your car should be worth more than the car."

    See Velominati The Rules

    I decided to get rid of my two functional, but ugly vehicles, which I owned out right, and buy a nice looking, gas guzzling SUV so I can get more babes. Or at least not get creepy looks from them.

    Only downside is that means not as much free cash to spend on bikes!

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    I haven't been able to comply with rule #25 in a while. Although at least I was able to buy my (12-year-old) gas-guzzling SUV outright. Sort of. Will take me that much longer to pay off my student loans, but at least I'm not afraid of having the damn thing break in the middle of nowhere. Mostly on my way to see the babe I got while I was driving my '93 Ranger, with three outta four working cylinders (and that ain't bad!)

    Still, I'm not sure why racing is a prerequisite to setting up one's bike correctly. The spring kit is about a $40 part. Have you been bottoming out, or does it just bob when you climb?
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    Quote Originally Posted by AndrwSwitch View Post
    I haven't been able to comply with rule #25 in a while. Although at least I was able to buy my (12-year-old) gas-guzzling SUV outright. Sort of. Will take me that much longer to pay off my student loans, but at least I'm not afraid of having the damn thing break in the middle of nowhere. Mostly on my way to see the babe I got while I was driving my '93 Ranger, with three outta four working cylinders (and that ain't bad!)

    Still, I'm not sure why racing is a prerequisite to setting up one's bike correctly. The spring kit is about a $40 part. Have you been bottoming out, or does it just bob when you climb?
    I purchased a 15 year old gas guzzling SUV! 1998 Ford Explorer Sport. Really bad on gas, but really nice looking! I figure it is going to double my monthly gas budget (about $80 a month extra + $158 for the payment), so I may even pick up a cheap commuter bike to offset that cost. Even though it does have enough space to put a bike in the back, it also has a rooftop rack that I can put a bike on to look even cooler and double my chances of getting a babe!

    I don't think I've been bottoming out on the fork. Its more of a really bad pedal bob when going up hill, and a certain extent on flat surfaces. Pre-load adjustment is on the stiffest setting, but it doesn't feel stiff at all. I have broken 2 out of 3 personal course records on that bike with that fork, so at least I'm faster on it than other bikes I've owned.

    I may buy the $40 part you suggested to upgrade the fork, but like I said, I kind of want to move on from that bike entirely. Truthfully, working on bikes has been very frustrating for me, because there is always this little curve ball that is thrown at me. I know a heck of a lot more about bike repair than I used to, and I'm glad I have the knowledge, but I'm almost at the point where the best course of action is to let someone else do the work! Or just get a bike that is easy to maintain and has the parts I like so I won't need or want to upgrade. Maybe fork upgrades are easier to deal with, though, than other types of repairs, so if I don't have enough money to upgrade to a better bike, I may go that route.
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    Quote Originally Posted by getagrip View Post
    I purchased a 15 year old gas guzzling SUV! 1998 Ford Explorer Sport. Really bad on gas, but really nice looking! I figure it is going to double my monthly gas budget (about $80 a month extra + $158 for the payment), so I may even pick up a cheap commuter bike to offset that cost. Even though it does have enough space to put a bike in the back, it also has a rooftop rack that I can put a bike on to look even cooler and double my chances of getting a babe!

    I don't think I've been bottoming out on the fork. Its more of a really bad pedal bob when going up hill, and a certain extent on flat surfaces. Pre-load adjustment is on the stiffest setting, but it doesn't feel stiff at all. I have broken 2 out of 3 personal course records on that bike with that fork, so at least I'm faster on it than other bikes I've owned.

    I may buy the $40 part you suggested to upgrade the fork, but like I said, I kind of want to move on from that bike entirely. Truthfully, working on bikes has been very frustrating for me, because there is always this little curve ball that is thrown at me. I know a heck of a lot more about bike repair than I used to, and I'm glad I have the knowledge, but I'm almost at the point where the best course of action is to let someone else do the work! Or just get a bike that is easy to maintain and has the parts I like so I won't need or want to upgrade. Maybe fork upgrades are easier to deal with, though, than other types of repairs, so if I don't have enough money to upgrade to a better bike, I may go that route.
    With all due respect, you make some of the strangest choices going in how you choose to apply money. Not that a commuter bike is a bad idea - I have one too. But you have a couple you could ride to work tomorrow.

    Don't think of a different spring kit for your fork as an upgrade. That's like saying that cutting a chain to length is an upgrade, or buying a more appropriate cassette is an upgrade.

    I'm not going to try to talk you out of yet another mountain bike while you still owe money for a car. I don't think I've talked you out of buying something yet. But maybe we can at least get you riding a bike that is actually set up for you.

    I've been going to more demo days lately, and I'm discovering that while fancier bikes than mine are nice and all, the thing that matters most to me is correct setup. SRAM really hooked me up at an endurance race where I twisted my derailleur badly, broke my derailleur hanger, and didn't feel I could ride another lap on my own bike... but while I was riding the fancy 29er hardtail they put me on - basically what I'd like my next bike to be - I mostly just missed being on my own bike, that's set up for me. Except that the drivetrain was completely non-functional at that point.

    If I have a message that I'm trying to get out, to everyone really, it's that good setup is really the most important aspect of one's equipment. Whether it's an LX/SLX/Deore drivetrain or XTR, X0, XX or whatever, it's setup that matters. And if I sometimes contradict my claimed anti-upgrade stance, it's in favor of parts that can be set up correctly and then stay that way. (I guess I also like disc brakes and front suspension.) At least get your hardtail set up correctly, so that when you're comparing your time trials between the next bike and this one, you're comparing to a well-functioning hardtail.

    Anyway, SRAM publishes the technical manuals for their products on their web site. So you can see what's involved in swapping the spring and decide if it's something you can take on. I tend to split between work I do myself and work I have done.
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    Nothing wrong with this advise. Do you expect me to just HIT the poor fool?
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    Quote Originally Posted by AndrwSwitch View Post
    With all due respect, you make some of the strangest choices going in how you choose to apply money. Not that a commuter bike is a bad idea - I have one too. But you have a couple you could ride to work tomorrow.

    I'm not going to try to talk you out of yet another mountain bike while you still owe money for a car. I don't think I've talked you out of buying something yet. But maybe we can at least get you riding a bike that is actually set up for you.

    If I have a message that I'm trying to get out, to everyone really, it's that good setup is really the most important aspect of one's equipment. At least get your hardtail set up correctly, so that when you're comparing your time trials between the next bike and this one, you're comparing to a well-functioning hardtail.
    Its always great when you have a guy like Andrew who knows about all of your past bike purchase history!

    About purchasing a commuter...don't THE RULES state that the minumum correct number of bikes you should own is 3?

    And I'd feel a lot better about leaving my $200 commuter locked up outside a grocery store than my $530 cyclocross!

    Getting back to my bike purchases, I'd say I went a little ape s**t for a while there, and made some purchases I would not have made if I could do it over again. This includes both complete bikes and bike parts where I didn't make the best choices. In spite of that, you actually HAVE influenced me in NOT buying bikes at times, because of what you have said in this forum about my purchases. Just so you know, statements like, "you go through too many bikes too fast" (not an exact quote but close enough) have actually influenced me. For example, I probably would have picked up a new Breezer last week if I didn't have that post you made stuck in my head.

    You might also laugh if you knew about the things I DON'T spend my money on. When my friend Takashi from Japan was over at my apartment hanging out on a Sunday afternoon, he noticed that I had purchased a lot of new bike parts which were still in their packaging. At this particular time, I was converting my Leader Hardtail from a single speed BACK to a geared bike so that I could race it to hopefully finish better than last place. Long story short, a month or two later, instead of doing the race, I ended up taking a biking trip with my ex-girl friend out to this place called "Potters Pasture" in Nebraska (a different story for a different day), and I probably could have left it a single speed, but oh well.

    Getting back to my story, Takashi likes to give me crap about all of my bike/parts purchases too. But one thing he noticed when he was at my apartment was how I didn't have a fancy wide screen tv or CDs or DVDs or anything like that other "normal" people spend their money on. He noticed that all I seemed to spend my money on was bikes!

    Three years ago, before I got hired with my current employer, I was really broke, and a total tight wad. Thankfully, things have changed a bit, and I now can afford nice things like bikes I don't need. LOL Well, at least I DID until I bought the dang Explorer! But really, I'm getting to the point where I really want to find the "right" bike with the "right" setup, as you mentioned above. I don't think the Leader is it, but I've sure had some fun riding it over the past year and a half.

    Getting back to the subject of this thread, one thing I will say, based on some of my stupid bike purchase decisions, is that if anyone reading this is going to upgrade their bike or bike parts, make sure its a BIG upgrade. I mean, upgrading from Alivio to Deore isn't really that significant a change (unless you are doing it for mechanical repairs), and you would probably be better off to sticking with what you started with in the first place and not spending the extra cash. You might get a slight improvement in performance with one model over the next, but unless you about double the original retail price of your current bike, the differences will be insignificant.

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    too much seriousness going on in this thread

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    Long way to say this: " if anyone reading this is going to upgrade their bike or bike parts, make sure its a BIG upgrade. I mean, upgrading from Alivio to Deore isn't really that significant a change (unless you are doing it for mechanical repairs), and you would probably be better off to sticking with what you started with in the first place and not spending the extra cash. You might get a slight improvement in performance with one model over the next, but unless you about double the original retail price of your current bike, the differences will be insignificant."

    This is why I am a Sette fanboy. Full high end groups with a good fork and frame and ultra low price. After a while, if you want a new frame, buy one, move everything over and sell the Sette. Super inexpensive way to get a great bike!
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    Quote Originally Posted by FLMike View Post
    LOL, love it.. Now who can tell me what this refers to



    I know there was a thread that Kona started that had this reference in it.

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    Sorry man! But everyone needs a little stupid bike purchase history drama in their life! Let's see more of the cat!

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    Nothing wrong with this advise. Do you expect me to just HIT the poor fool?




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    Quote Originally Posted by wmac View Post
    Long way to say this: " if anyone reading this is going to upgrade their bike or bike parts, make sure its a BIG upgrade. I mean, upgrading from Alivio to Deore isn't really that significant a change (unless you are doing it for mechanical repairs), and you would probably be better off to sticking with what you started with in the first place and not spending the extra cash. You might get a slight improvement in performance with one model over the next, but unless you about double the original retail price of your current bike, the differences will be insignificant."

    This is why I am a Sette fanboy. Full high end groups with a good fork and frame and ultra low price. After a while, if you want a new frame, buy one, move everything over and sell the Sette. Super inexpensive way to get a great bike!
    Yeah, Sette looks pretty good. I'm looking at their Razzo 29ers and Derro FS bikes. Definitely a lot of bang for your buck, and most owners seem really happy with the bikes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by getagrip View Post
    ..snip...
    About purchasing a commuter...don't THE RULES state that the minumum correct number of bikes you should own is 3?

    ...snip.....
    The correct number of bikes to own is N + 1 where N = the current number of bikes you own. So you always need one more bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mitzikatzi View Post
    The correct number of bikes to own is N + 1 where N = the current number of bikes you own. So you always need one more bike.
    Darn right! How could you re-write that equation for the need to upgrade parts?

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    getagrip, I'm glad I managed to slow you down on at least a few bikes. Now you have more money to spend on better-informed bikes!
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    A scratched fork sticker I know exactly what that is referring to. It must have been close to a year ago. Someone I think it was Kona dog posted a thread about his fork sticker being scratched. All hell broke lose as everybody gave him a hard time about his little sticker scratch. Now that I think of it the OC just turned a year old. And this happened before that in the general discussion forum. Back when there was non stop flaming going on in that forum.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AndrwSwitch View Post
    getagrip, I'm glad I managed to slow you down on at least a few bikes. Now you have more money to spend on better-informed bikes!
    Thanks. You should buy at least one new bike to balance out my non-purchases. And you should buy one from Pricepoint just to see if your suspicions about mail order bikes are true!

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    I was waiting for that.
    OP, this thread's pretty funny. Well done.
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    How about something to the effect of all forks under $500 are crap, even if you ride on the streets...

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    Not bad advice...true statement.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mitzikatzi View Post
    The correct number of bikes to own is N + 1 where N = the current number of bikes you own. So you always need one more bike.
    But is the relationship linear or exponential? Is there an upper bound to the number of bikes? We could have 3 raised to the N+1, necessitating 3 bikes, plus an infinite number of additional bikes...

    With components, I can see something "nested":

    Given any one component, the related components would also require some sort of consideration: Buy a new hub, so do we buy a new wheel? Spokes? If the hub won't match the fork, we need a new fork, spacers...

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    Quote Originally Posted by CSC View Post
    Not bad advice...true statement.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wmac View Post
    I have one on my RH..."pogo stick made out of damp cardboard" is a better title...the thing flexes back under my bike a good half-inch if I lean on the front brakes at speed

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    Quote Originally Posted by getagrip View Post
    Thanks. You should buy at least one new bike to balance out my non-purchases. And you should buy one from Pricepoint just to see if your suspicions about mail order bikes are true!
    Actually I got two new-to-me bikes several months ago - I broke my old commuter last December and decided it wasn't worth trying to save any of the parts, so I got mid-2000s Trek Portland from a friend of mine. Kickass commuter, disc brakes are awesome for that job here in the Pacific Northwet, but it's not titanium, and so he didn't feel like he needed to keep it anymore.

    The other is a track bike I bought around March. I got it from a woman who bought it to race and didn't find it really clicked with her - so low miles, kept inside, not thrashed around on the road by hipsters, and with the right geometry for what I wanted it for. Which was also racing. Track racing is lots of fun, btw.

    I'm telling myself that I'm not getting any really expensive bike stuff until I pay for my degree, though. I had a look at how much I owe, how long the Feds think I'll take to pay them back, and how much of that will be interest. Terrifying! But it's refreshingly responsive to paying faster. The compound interest formula is double-edged... So I dunno, I might get a shiny new fork with more knobs to play with instead of a whole new bike as my "first paycheck" present, and save the bike until I've paid down the loans.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CSC View Post
    But is the relationship linear or exponential? Is there an upper bound to the number of bikes? We could have 3 raised to the N+1, necessitating 3 bikes, plus an infinite number of additional bikes...

    With components, I can see something "nested":

    Given any one component, the related components would also require some sort of consideration: Buy a new hub, so do we buy a new wheel? Spokes? If the hub won't match the fork, we need a new fork, spacers...
    In what world is N+1 non-linear? I believe the standard acceptable version says that the minimum number of bikes to own is 3 with no maximum.
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    I have one on my RH..."pogo stick made out of damp cardboard" is a better title...the thing flexes back under my bike a good half-inch if I lean on the front brakes at speed
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    Quote Originally Posted by CSC View Post
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    Pics or it didn't happen!
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    26 er's are old school ,29er are clown wheels you need a 650b.

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    What about something about developing a relationship with your LBS vs. buying from Bikesdirect? I am sure the Cat can think of something!!
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    You can probably do some damage with this blog post from Surly:

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    You can probably do some damage with this blog post from Surly:

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    Woops, sorry. Duplicate post. I hope the bad advice cat doesn't beat me up for that!
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    Quote Originally Posted by getagrip View Post
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    But that's honest and sincere advice. Something BAC wouldn't abide by.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CSC View Post
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    This is a great idea! I love it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by evasive View Post
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    True, but his fork costs more then what a can of redbull does, lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by evasive View Post
    Doerfling managed to survived Redbull Rampage on a Suntour fork.
    He gets a new fork every event. Longevity isn't a problem.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Malibu412 View Post
    He gets a new fork every event. Longevity isn't a problem.
    I agree that it probably isn't, but that wasn't the complaint here. It was about their forks being lethal pogo sticks.

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