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  1. #1
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    Jun 2013

    Newb to the site, kind of new to MTB's

    I worked in a bike shop many years ago when I raced BMX but that was back in the 80's. When I graduated from tech school in 92 I bought a Mongoose Hill Topper, it felt nice and comfortable, besides back in my BMX and freestyle days I only rode Mongoose's or GT's. Any how long story short in 2003/04 I decided to upgrade my bike to a F/S bike and I had bought a K2 Sidewinder FS(I have read the negative reviews on this board here today I only joined the site today). Well shortly after buying it my wife and I moved to NC where the only riding I did was on paved roads and it felt fine on pavement. We had recently moved back to Long Island NY and yesterday we went riding the trails of a local state park. If felt great to ride on dirt again a few fast sections(wife takes her time she is not one for riding fast). I noticed under hard riding that my derailleurs would start shifting gears without any input from my shifters, now I had ditched the stock grip shifters in favor of Shimano Rapid Fire shifters, I just love having the figure tip control of them. When we stopped for a break I tried making adjustments to them but they were lined up in the right gears when I checked them. I also noticed the rear of my bike was feeling darty like it was trying to slide out from under me. On our next stop I was going over it thinking the rear wheel may have been loose but it is the swing arm pivot that is loose and I noticed when the swing arm moves the chains alignment moves and was causing my shifting issues. Does anyone know how to adjust the swing arm on this bike I don't see any adjustments for it.

    My wife and I are also thinking of upgrading our bike just not too sure when. Going by what I remember back years ago I am looking at Trek, Giant, Gary Fisher or GT's which would be a better choice. I am probably going to start the shopping process next week to get an idea of what feels good. I am not looking to spend fortune on a bike(I have a Mustang that sucks up alot of money)

  2. #2
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    Jun 2011
    "Better choice" is a matter of opinion.
    Better price, more comfortable, better components, etc.

    I have a GT Sensor 9r Elite, and for the price I paid new, it was an awesome choice.
    However, I found it on clearance for $1k which is half off the MSRP of $2k.
    It would still be a good bike at $2k.
    Just stick it in granny and start grinding.

  3. #3
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    Jan 2012
    It's best to get out there and ride some bikes. Check for any demo days for on trail tests.
    A 29er HT can handle a lot. Try a Trek X-Cal or for more money a Stache 8.

  4. #4
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    Jun 2006
    Y Never mind - got all caught up in the shifting and missed the part about the rear end wobbling around.

    sorry, no help.

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