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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  1. #326
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    what size frame is that? its making your wheels look tiny...
    Nice bike btw- the Darth Vader name is pretty fitting

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    my 2006 gary fisher advance...ESI grips, WTB laser seat, bontrager lightweight seatpost.

    i'd like to get some new tires, maybe try tubeless or something...eventually i wanna upgrade to clipless, when i can find a good deal on shoes and pedals...also, i'm kinda sorta looking for a new fork, but that's not a priority at all.

    i'm just curious...exactly how much upgrading is it worth to do on an entry-level bike? i've heard that, even for entry-level bikes, it's almost worth upgrading everything until the frame breaks, then switching all the "good" components onto a new frame. i'm still of the mentality of keeping stuff until it breaks, then upgrading from there (which is my plan of attack thus far).

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    Thought I'd post my Trek 6500 w/ hydro discs. It stock with the following upgrades:

    Ergon GR2 grips
    Selle Lookin Athletic Gel saddle
    Cateye Strada Wireless computer
    Knog Frog LED lights on the front and back

    On order:

    Shimano PD-M324 pedals
    Pearl Izumi shoes

    Unfortunately, I do most of my riding while commuting to work or on back country roads. I have to drive about 45 minutes to a local trail system and it's tough to find the time with a job, three kids and a wife. I just couldn't come to grips with buying a road bike though. The occasional trips to the trails are well-worth it. One of the best things I bought for biking is a Camelback Blowfish. Holds a ton of water, some Cliff Bars, pump, tubes, etc. Here's some pics....








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    09 Gary Fisher Wahoo disc.

    Upgraded quite a few components on it.

    RaceFace Deus XC handlebars and stem
    RaceFace Evolve XC seat post
    WTB Pure V Race saddle
    ODI Yeti lock on grips
    RaceFace Evolve XC cranks and BB
    Azonic Accelerator pedals
    Deore LX dereuller
    Deore 9 sp cassette and XT chain
    SLX shifters
    XTR brake levers







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    I'm still riding this bike today. It's a 1993 Jamis Explorer XR that was rigid. I didn't ride much at all from 95-2008 so it's pretty much full of components from 1994.



    Upgrades:

    Fork: Rock Shox Mag 21
    Stem: Control Tech 135mm 0 degree rise
    Bar: Nuke Proof Carbon
    Seatpost: Control Tech
    Seat: Flite Ti
    Rims: Mavic 230 TIB
    Front Hub: Ringle Supebubba
    Rear Hub: Nuke Proof Bombshell 7 speed
    Bottom Bracket: White Industries Titanium
    Cranks: Topline (in purple!)
    Brakes: Dia-Compe 987 cantis (in purple!)
    Bar Ends: Control Tech (in purple!)
    Shifters/Derailleurs: Stock Shimano Exage
    Tires: Picture shows Tioga Psycho-K/Ritchey Z-Max WCS, now Kenda Smallblock 8s
    Pedals: Onza H.O.
    Bottle Cage: Ringle (in purple!)

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    2009 Schwinn Frontier

    Look who's coming to dinner.
    http://www.mtbr.com/cat/bikes/xc-har...9_1527crx.aspx
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    No pic's. this is my first post. Rockin an 03 Ironhorse Maverick. Stock. Just cleaned the chain & sprockets for the first time ever. Other than what gets washed off when I go through a stream. Although I have hosed it off a time or two.

    It needs work now. I think a new chain and rear cassett? Noisey since I cleaned and oiled it.

    Looking to possibly find a leftover Ironhorse Warrior or get a Specialised Hardrock disc.

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    My 09 rockhopper pro. Got it off craigslist a few weeks ago. Upgraded forks, bars, stem, pedals, front brake. Alot of the stock parts that were originally on the bike were swapped out for lower quality parts when I got her... Was kinda of a bummer, but it gives me an excuse to do a few upgrades.
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  9. #334
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    09 trek 4300 disc

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    upgrades:
    odi lock-on grips
    tora318 coil
    m520 pedals
    bontrager 2.35 up front
    spesh bg saddle
    sram x7 drivetrain
    sram pg970 cassette
    sram pc-951 chain
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    This is my first Mtb...its a Singular Swift Single Speed, 29er...

    As for specs....uhhh it has an Origin-8 Pro Pulsion Pro Sweep Flat Bar, Avid BB7's, some Shimano SPD Pedals, some random Shimano Cranks, the gearing is 32x18 I think, and I don't remember much more atm...
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    My first real mtb. '08 Haro Escape Sport, got her at the beginning of May.

    I changed the stem to a specialized one with a higher rise, bought a BBB FreeBar for an extra 2 inches of handlebar width, got ErgonGp1 grips, and a Sigma computer. EDIT: Forgot to add that I got Wellgo LU95 BMX pedals for it

    My BB7 203mm Front brakes are in due in the next 2 days.

    Here are pics of my dirty precious:



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    '07 Iron Horse Azure Comp

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    Wow there are a lot of pretty bikes on here!

    Here is mine, I took this photo today!



    My first mountain bike, a 2006 Weyless XP that I bought off of Craigslist.org

    Here are the stats:

    Manitou swinger adjustable shock, Manitou 1 minute fork 110-130mm of travel, Shimano XT derailer, Deore shifters, Avid mechanical disk brakes, Truvative firex cranks, Thompson seatpost, WTB hubs and seat, Kenda Nevagal tires

    It cost me $400. You guys think that was a good deal for a begining bike?
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    damn good deal!!!! lol theres nothing like that on craigslist here!!!
    Mine-2010 Trek 4300 Disk
    Wifes-2010 Trek 3700

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    I'm loving this thread. It's making me feel a llittle better about spending more in mods than I paid for the bike. I thought I was alone lol.

    Me and the girlfriend bought two Specialized Hardrock disks at the same time. Hers has remained stock other than some pink handlebar grips and water bottle.

    Mine has:
    203mm BB7 with cleansweep G2 rotors and ceramic pads up front
    185mm BB7s, same setup rear
    Speed dial 7 levers
    Upgraded SRAM chain (broke it the second day I owned it)
    Rock Shox Revelation dual air fork
    WTB Mutano tires

    Next will be the gears and shifters. Then anything I can do to lighten it.

    I'm loving every second of modding this bike. I hadn't ridden one in over 10 years and wanted a beginner yet "real" mountain bike. It's so much fun doing one upgrade at a time and seeing the result. What's really nice is I ride the girlfriend's bike from time to time so I can really see the difference the mods have made.

    Someone asked the question at what point do you stop the mods and move to a better bike. I've wondered the same thing. One thing I've tried to do is buy good enough components where if I decide to buy a really nice frame one day I can transfer the good stuff over to it.

    Of all the mods, I have to say the fork made the biggest difference. Also, the large BB7s have sooooo much better modulation than the stock 160mm Tektros and of course power too.

    I'll dig up some pictures tomorrow of both bikes.

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    My and my gf's 820's. We just got these a couple months ago. They do the job, but lately I'm having issues shifting between the 1st and 2nd front chainrings. Stupid SIS derailleur probably.




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    Previous bike was a Schwinn Mesa GSX from like mid 90's i guess haha. Hadnt rode in a good 6-7 years. Wanted to get back into it again so i went and got a new bike...so i consider this really my first real setup and its "my" entry level bike and it has def resparked my passion for riding.




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    ^that is not even close to be entry level.
    Big Foot Blue KHS XC704r

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    Great thread! It's awesome to see people get out there and ride. No matter the bike, if it puts a smile on your face, then that is a great bike!!!

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    My second bike, but my first FS.






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    Just got this '07 GF Piranha. All stock as far as I can tell, except the funky bar end things.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Vtolds
    We remove them for the same reason we remove kick stands, you just dont need them on the trail. Any half serious rider doesnt use there mountain bike on the road, so you just dont need them.
    Any fully-serious rider rides to the trails

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    Here's mine... 2010 4300.


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    09 RH comp




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    '09 specialized rockhopper comp disc frame 17"
    '10 Recon Race soloair/MoCo poplock
    Alligator Serration 160mm Ti-Nitride
    Avid Juicy7
    Bontrager XXX lite grips
    Cane Creek S3
    Crank Brothers Eggbeater C, Ward Ti spindles
    DTswiss445D rims, 1.8mm spokes
    Easton Monkeylite XC carbon, 31.8
    Jagwire Hyflow Hose and fittings
    Jagwire Ripcord housings, cables
    Kenda Nevegal 2.1 Stick-E front
    Kenda Nevegal 1.95 Stick-E Lite rear
    KMC X9 SL gold
    MRP 1.X chainguide
    RaceFace Evolve 175mm cranks, EXI BB
    RaceFace 34T Single ring
    RaceFace NextSL seatpost, 30.9
    Race Face Ride stem, 60mm
    Sette Lynx saddle
    Shimano Deore Xt front hub
    Shimano M475L rear hub
    Sram X.9 short cage
    Sram PC 980, 11-34T
    Sram x.5 trigger shifter
    Stan's Tubeless Kit

    ~24.4 lbs and dropping
    parts costs.. $a lot
    labor costs.. $0

    need new wheels
    09AS-Rsl/09Six

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    2008 Trek 6000



    Upgrades:
    Avid BB7
    Mavic XC717
    XT Hubs
    DT Comp Spokes
    Alligator Bulletproof Brake/Shift Housings
    Alligator Stainless PTFE Cables
    Sram PG970 Cassette

    Will eventually upgrade fork, derailleurs, headset, crank, and other random parts.

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