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    beginner 101

    I live in the North East, almost 40

    I am a Hockey Player first..6 foot with Game weight of about 215. so I am just about a clydesdale I guess...lol... I play approx 42 weeks a year, up to 3x a week and roughly 3-4 tournaments in the winter which can be 4-5 games in 36 hours. This sport is also expensive like MTB can be

    I am a mountain Biker second ,not very aerodynamic and ride as often as I can in the spring/summer to stay in relative shape for Hockey.

    I have an Iron horse FS bike and I am starting to realize I want to upgrade...everything...but I know little besides what I read and whats expensive.

    I want to learn about components... and bike set up...

    Is it wise to buy a fame and gradually build it to have a second bike? Thus completing my task of learning how things work and fit and maintaining them.. Is it too much to do??
    how do I pick a frame? there are sooooo many I cant ride.

    My LBS carries 2 brands at best...and only top name brands..IE specialized...trek...

    I have a budget of $1500 for doing this project.

    I will be riding mainly wooded trails with little down hill..plenty of small climbs.... mostly loose stone, dirt, ruts and minor 2 foot drops...typical packed marked trail stuff...


    Learning all the components can be daunting for a Hockey Player...

    any thoughts /suggestions

    love this place for info!
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    I live in the northeast as well and I know the riding conditions here. I would say buy a complete bike from a local dealership that knows what they are doing. If you were to build a bike component by component you need to know a lot about bikes and if you screw something up you'll have to pay a lot to get it fixed. I would recommend since you mentioned Specialized to get the BigHit I. It may seem like overkill for what riding you are doing now, but being a bigger hocky player yourself you would want that more beffy and strong of a bike. You may want to get a stiffer coil for the front shock becuase it maybe too loose. Haro also makes some good bikes for the price like the Extreme X7 which is $1600. The Trek Session 7 is also a good bike. I know they have size large clearouts from the 2005 models and you can get them very cheep. At a local dealership they are selling them for $1650. By the way what state do you live in? Hope my information was helpful.
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    You mention that you currently have a Ironhorse FS, what model/year is it? Ironhorse has made some very good frames in the past and might be worth upgrading VS entire new unit.

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    agree and let me add

    www.speedgoat.com is in your neck of the woods. One of the best frames can be had - for not too much loot, move the parts over from the I-H bike if that's an avenue for you?

    Check the cost of a Santa Cruz Heckler frameset @ $1050 USD.

    FWIW I got mine when I was 53, so it's a *geezer approved* bike


    here you go. <-- click here

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    JimC know his crap & i cannot say no to a Heckler, mountainbiker9109 also has good points & of course i cant forget the suggestion of rebuild from 006_007 because IH does have great frames. Ok call me a kiss ass. I will suggest a Ibex Asta Pro, has excelent components for the price. They are a net company so you will get the bike in a box. The bike in a box is almost compleat but you will have to put on the basic parts witch is what you are looking for, something to build. Awsome bike at a beyond real price & you get to do toutchy feeley.

    http://www.ibexbikes.com/Bikes/ASTA-PRO-Details.html

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    wow nice mountain bike plan to get a new one. any set up you could recommend guys?

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    Thanks for all the input
    9109... great info...tips, I am from NY Upstate...Lots of nice trails....

    Bike in a box sounds nice as well.....

    I have no problem buying something I have never heard of B4 as long as they have quality...

    My current frame is an Iron Horse G out.... 2000 if I remember correct.. I like the frame, just the components are well... not beefy enough for my size in my opinion...

    Many thanks

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    I also found a decent deal on a frame... if I go that route...

    Giant VT1 Frame

    Any thoughts on this frame.. I checked reviews and its hard to get feedback from only positive owners

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    Not a bad frame the VT1, didnt last long on the market though.
    Here is some more positive reading for you.

    http://forums.mtbr.com/ibex/

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    much appreciated all...

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