1. The most important thing about buying a new bike is to make sure it fits. The only way you'll know if the bike is right for you is to size up the bike and make sure that the bike's geometry matches your body's geometry. Ask questions and do some research.
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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.
3. Don't belive the hype. Just because your favorite rider or best friend rides a certain bike, that doesn't mean that's the best one for you. Have an open mind and be realistic about your needs and ability.
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    About 12 miles today with the wife...
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    Re: What did You do today on your mountain bike?

    We did Honey Bee again today. Love the trail. Great weather here in the desert right now.. Ride report: http://dirtsweatgears.com/honey-bee-3222014/


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    What did You do today on your mountain bike?

    Rode it. Longer ride than I've ever done - was great. Then I came home and did a little service on it. Today I learned how to (and then did) service the hubs on my bike. A year ago there was no way I would've tried to tackle something like this. It's a nice feeling to learn more and more every time I work on it.

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    Had a free day so went to see my dad and took the bike for a little ride out.... Set off from dads in town and rode to Sherwood pines do do most of the red route and then ride back to dads.. Nothing eventful to be honest and no breakdowns or punctures... I actually enjoyed it more than I had expected and didnt feel as bad as I have done previously... I still feel like a beginner and unfit when I get passed. But what the hell, I am out there getting miles under my belt....
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    Forgot to post....but how about what I did this past SAT and SUN?

    Sat - did a ride in Chino Hills State Park - about an hour's drive from me and man....what a gem. Great, vast expanse of meadows and hills. Awesome.

    Sun - Morning group ride at Sycamore Canyon.....saw a new trail or two and its also another beautiful ride. Then in the pm I had a Demo ride on an Ibis Ripley out in the Santa Monica Mountains. OMG....what a bike. I want one.....hopefully soon

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    Re: What did You do today on your mountain bike?

    First ride on the new slacker (1.5 degree) headset. Felt more confident on the downhill sections and it seemed to perform better on the tech uphill as well.

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    SRAM's warranty is awesome. Too bad most of their products are crap, and that is probably why their warranty is so good. But the reason I bring this up is because last week, I brought my Recon Silver to my LBS for repairs, and they sent it in to RockShox for warranty. Turns out RockShox had no Recons in stock and instead they sent a Sid RCT3.
    And all I wanted was a Reba. So while I did not do anything on my MTB today, or even for the past week, that makes up for it.
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    What did You do today on your mountain bike?

    Quote Originally Posted by morepower View Post
    Had a free day so went to see my dad and took the bike for a little ride out.... Set off from dads in town and rode to Sherwood pines do do most of the red route and then ride back to dads.. Nothing eventful to be honest and no breakdowns or punctures... I actually enjoyed it more than I had expected and didnt feel as bad as I have done previously... I still feel like a beginner and unfit when I get passed. But what the hell, I am out there getting miles under my belt....
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    Yep that top speed was on the homeward road section down hill.. I could have pushed harder but as the speed limit is 30mph anyway and there were speed humps I didnt try any harder... I did overtake a car at one point though... haha. OK it had slowed for the speed hump but still the look on her face as I passed her was priceless...

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    hopefully that works for me to lol my bike is in the shop for warranty work on a recon gold that was on my el mariachi
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    I put the Sid on my Cobia today.
    I payed $50 in labor for it (to get a new steerer tube), but the fork is sick, and when it retails at over $1000, it is completely worth it.
    Then I bought a Fox Flux helmet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CannondaleF9 View Post
    Too bad most of their products are crap...
    How can you say that when you have no experience with their products? You've made these claims before, but have also admitted you've never really used anything from Sram except their lowest-end brakes.

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    What did You do today on your mountain bike?

    I looked at the box it was delivered in today.


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    Quote Originally Posted by pcmxa View Post
    First ride on the new slacker (1.5 degree) headset. Felt more confident on the downhill sections and it seemed to perform better on the tech uphill as well.
    Nice. Glad that worked out for you.
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    Today in Aspen, Colorado... Endo crash, lol

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    Smile

    Rode 12 miles in crappy flurry/freezing rain/snow conditions.

    Surprisingly, traction was pretty decent. Only spun on a few uphill logs, still cleared a 32" built-up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sasquatch rides a SS View Post
    How can you say that when you have no experience with their products? You've made these claims before, but have also admitted you've never really used anything from Sram except their lowest-end brakes.
    I have ridden bikes with X3, X4, X5, X7, Elixir 1, Elixir 3. The only reason for this is because the bikes I have test ridden have Shimano.
    I like the 11 speed drivetrains and The forks, but most of their other products (other than XX, XO, X9) are really bad.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CannondaleF9 View Post
    I have ridden bikes with X3, X4, X5, X7, Elixir 1, Elixir 3. The only reason for this is because the bikes I have test ridden have Shimano.
    I like the 11 speed drivetrains and The forks, but most of their other products (other than XX, XO, X9) are really bad.
    That's like me saying "I have ridden bikes with Tourney, Acera, Altus, and Deore along with Shimano's low end hydro brakes. I like their highest end stuff (that I've only read reviews about), but I'm gonna base my opinions of the company and their products off the crap I have actually used." Kinda dumb, right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DethWshBkr View Post
    Rode 12 miles in crappy flurry/freezing rain/snow conditions.

    Surprisingly, traction was pretty decent. Only spun on a few uphill logs, still cleared a 32" built-up.

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    Dang Bro..you got some cleaning to do there..hope there is not that roadsalt too YUCK...awesome!
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    (Yesterday) 8miles @ Bonnelli Park in SoCal - Some too technical downhill that I avoided but improving on each ride.

    Man this is fun!
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    Quote Originally Posted by sasquatch rides a SS View Post
    That's like me saying "I have ridden bikes with Tourney, Acera, Altus, and Deore along with Shimano's low end hydro brakes. I like their highest end stuff (that I've only read reviews about), but I'm gonna base my opinions of the company and their products off the crap I have actually used." Kinda dumb, right?
    You are right, I do read reviews. That is how I have learned about SRAM. Their warranty is awesome, but I don't want to buy something knowing that I will probably have to be inconvenienced by bringing it into a dealer. And because I read reviews I bought an XT rear derailleur and brakes because I knew they are awesome and work well.

    BTW I love the Sid!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Burt4x4 View Post
    Dang Bro..you got some cleaning to do there..hope there is not that roadsalt too YUCK...awesome!
    That is all ice/frost/snow, except what is obviously mud. We rode all trails. Bike looks beautiful now, after it all melted!

    The logs and roots were surprisingly tractable, rocks - not so much!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DethWshBkr View Post
    That is all ice/frost/snow, except what is obviously mud. We rode all trails. Bike looks beautiful now, after it all melted!

    The logs and roots were surprisingly tractable, rocks - not so much!
    That bike looks happy to me.

    (Might wanna ditch the plastic spoke guard thing tho).
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    Rode 21.1, half in 40-45 mph winds. Rode around a tree that blew down and a big chunk of concrete some jackass threw on the trail. Spent the second half of the ride hanging on and hoping the wind wouldn't knock me over.
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