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2. If possible, try to find a shop that will let you demo the bike on real dirt. Five minutes in a parking lot won't cut it. You wouldn't buy a car without a real world test drive, and a bike should be no different.
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    Just picked up a new one!!!

    After a long hiatus from riding I am back in the game. I rode bmx for years in addition to a 4500 trek.

    This past week I picked up a leftover 2009 Felt Q720, got 25% off.
    It looks just like the following, however, mine has a dart 3 fork. Not sure how my bike came to have a dart 3, but it does.


    I do have one question. From my bmx days I have a tendency to ride aggressively. How much abuse it the Q720 built for (jumps/drop-offs)?

    The seat and pedals have to go, any recommendations?

    Thanks, glad to be on here.

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    If you prefer platform pedals,
    Wellgo MG1 platforms from Abaxo on ebay.
    Just ordered my pair

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    Even though the Q-series are XC bikes, it can handle a bit of hucking and chucking but I wouldn't do more than 3 foot drops and small jumps.

    For anything bigger, you'll need AM or DJ bike which will handle more abuse.

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    BTW....sweet bike, man. Congrats!!

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    sweet bike, congrats on your purchase

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    saddle is very personal. lots of sweet cheap pedals out there. check out crc.

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    Thanks everyone!

    I just picked up a WTB V pro gel for 30 bucks.

    Atomic pedals for really cheap at my local shop. I would like to get some 50/50s, but I paid $20 for a new set of Atomics that retailed for over 50.

    Looking forward to getting some trail time.

    One more question though, what kind of maintenance should I be performing and at what intervals?

    This bike has hydrolic brakes and a spring fork - any maintenance there?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elitesigs
    Thanks everyone!

    I just picked up a WTB V pro gel for 30 bucks.

    Atomic pedals for really cheap at my local shop. I would like to get some 50/50s, but I paid $20 for a new set of Atomics that retailed for over 50.

    Looking forward to getting some trail time.

    One more question though, what kind of maintenance should I be performing and at what intervals?

    This bike has hydrolic brakes and a spring fork - any maintenance there?
    I don't think that you will need to do maintenance on the brakes, unless they're misaligned (you'll know if they're misaligned if you hear a repetitive scratching sound when you spin the wheel). I really don't know if the fork needs to have regular maintenance. What I do, if I come from a mud ride, is wipe the fork stanchions with a soft towel.

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    sweet looking bike man as for the pedals i hav a set of funn vipers that are awesome and a set of shimano XT's for when i ride clipless as for the seat i have a WTB vigo and love it the rails are replacable if you ever bend them
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