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    Getting back into Mountain Biking, need some advise

    I'm jumping back into Mountain Biking after finally moving off of night shift for the past two years. I use to ride a hard-tail but have always wanted a full suspension bike but never really wanted to fork out the extra coin. I do have a friend that is selling me a Raleigh Ram XT 2500 extremely cheap that he built new in 2005 and only rode it twice. I've been looking for reviews and info on this bike but haven't been able to find much info. I have seen about half talk bad about the Raleigh name and the other half say great things. So i figured id try and see what info you could share.

    Attached is a picture of the bike,

    Thanks in advance for your help,

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    Well, the bike looks alright. If you are getting it "extremely cheap" and it's only been ridden twice, then you cannot go wrong with this deal.

    So the bike won't be the latest thing, but it will give you rear suspension and almost certainly a great deal of fun on your local trails.

    Just make sure the brakes and suspension work, and maybe take it to your LBS for a quick check over/service.

    You can always upgrade the bike as time and funds allow.

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    Thanks, I'm getting the bike for $300. Hope to be hitting the trails again soon.

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    What kind of riding do you like to do? That looks like a ton of suspension travel...
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    I mostly ride trails not too much into the downhill but something i would like to try eventually. Im a bigger guy 5'11'' 230lbs so i wanted a bike that would be able to absorb a good 4-5ft drop when i get to that point again. 180mm front fork does seem a little much was going to be swaping it out evetually for a better 140mm front shock.

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    If you want a bike with 140 mm of suspension travel, buy a bike with 140 mm of suspension travel. Putting on a fork 4 cm shorter is going to make the head angle a lot steeper and drop the bottom bracket a little lower. The changes will be enough to notice.

    Do you still have your old bike?
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    X2, that bike looks like it has more travel than the average downhill bike.. I wouldn't say that's the best type of bike to get back in the game with, but hey, its 300$
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    NO, I sold my old bike once i went to night shift.

    A friend of mine is needing the money so i figured why not help out a friend and jump back into the sport.

    I didnt think about the head angle, but now that you mention that i might just keep it and see how it goes. I figure the worst that could happen is that i dont like the way it rides and keep it in the garage for a loaner bike, and fork out the money for something diffrent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AndrwSwitch View Post
    If you want a bike with 140 mm of suspension travel, buy a bike with 140 mm of suspension travel. Putting on a fork 4 cm shorter is going to make the head angle a lot steeper and drop the bottom bracket a little lower. The changes will be enough to notice.

    Do you still have your old bike?
    I believe that bike only came with a 110-150 Manitou Sherman Flick fork when new:

    2005 Raleigh Ram TX2500 - BikePedia

    Putting a 140mm fork on it would likely improve the handling over the 180mm fork. It's more of an all mountain/trail bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffj View Post
    I believe that bike only came with a 110-150 Manitou Sherman Flick fork when new:

    2005 Raleigh Ram TX2500 - BikePedia

    Putting a 140mm fork on it would likely improve the handling over the 180mm fork. It's more of an all mountain/trail bike.

    Awesome, thanks for the info. I was told it was a XT2500 no wonder i couldnt find anything on it. All mountain/Trail is what i mostly do so i think it will work out perfect.

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    Ha. You'd be un-forking it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jams_805 View Post
    X2, that bike looks like it has more travel than the average downhill bike.. I wouldn't say that's the best type of bike to get back in the game with, but hey, its 300$
    My thoughts exactly!

    If you don't have much money to spend, then this bike will be great. Maybe not the IDEAL bike, but at $300 you won't do better.

    It can always be upgraded/replaced when funds allow.

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