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    This was my first mtb.......1997 F700 Cannondale.

    It ended up with a lot of upgrades.

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    Giant Revel 2

    I posted this in another thread, figured I'd post it here as well.

    Current additions are SPD M520 pedals, BB7's with Avid levers, and Mavic EN317 wheels I had sitting around that have Shimano XT hubs. This is an older picture, and I've since added a pair of Oury lock-on grips (I get hand pain with smaller grips) and a new saddle as the stock one collapsed after my sixth ride on it. I've currently been scouring the used market for quite a while now looking for a deal on a decent fork. The stock one is pure junk. The fork will be the last addition to this particular bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by opmike View Post
    I posted this in another thread, figured I'd post it here as well.

    Current additions are SPD M520 pedals, BB7's with Avid levers, and Mavic EN317 wheels I had sitting around that have Shimano XT hubs. This is an older picture, and I've since added a pair of Oury lock-on grips (I get hand pain with smaller grips) and a new saddle as the stock one collapsed after my sixth ride on it. I've currently been scouring the used market for quite a while now looking for a deal on a decent fork. The stock one is pure junk. The fork will be the last addition to this particular bike.
    If you are looking to really turn that bike into a capable woods rig... Might I suggest a Surly 1x1 rigid fork.. I know.. Rigid aint for everyone.. I am diggin my REV2 with the surly fo sho!
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    2011 Kona Cindercone. No additions to it yet.

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    2011 Trek Mamba. Bonty Rhythm Pro wheelset, Reba XX, Shim XT775 brakes, Easton carbon bar and stem, xpedo mag pedals, raceface evolve crankset converted to 1x9, x9 shifter and der, pg990 cassette, Fizik Zeak saddle and carbon post, Troy Lee ODI grips.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fattybikejones View Post
    If you are looking to really turn that bike into a capable woods rig... Might I suggest a Surly 1x1 rigid fork.. I know.. Rigid aint for everyone.. I am diggin my REV2 with the surly fo sho!
    Awesome Frame!!
    No rigid for me. After experiencing quality forks on my other bikes and with the trails I usually ride, the battering isn't something that I miss.

    Any reason you went with the 413mm Surly 1x1? It's my understanding that their 453mm model is the one for bike frames designed around a 100mm suspension fork.

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    Yeeeee... !

    Dart fork !

    lol.

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    topless. that's what all mtb girls do. we go ride, get topless, have pillow fights in the woods, scissor, then ride home!

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    Quote Originally Posted by opmike View Post
    No rigid for me. After experiencing quality forks on my other bikes and with the trails I usually ride, the battering isn't something that I miss.

    Any reason you went with the 413mm Surly 1x1? It's my understanding that their 453mm model is the one for bike frames designed around a 100mm suspension fork.
    I wanted to steepen the head angle a tad more for the tight twisty stuff I ride.. It handles like a dream! As far as the stock POS SR fork having 100mm of travel... that is quite debatable.

    Pre load adjustment on the SR was non existent. The Surly was the best upgrade for under $100 for this bike IMO! Later.. Goin riding
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    what are some upgrades i can make to my felt q520?

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    You can literally replace every single part and the frame on bikes like that. It would be stupid.

    Make the bike fit you right. That might mean a new saddle and frequently means a new stem or handlebars.

    Get pedals and tires that you like and work for your riding style and trails.

    Go ride. In fact, do a few rides before you do any of the above.
    "Don't buy upgrades; ride up grades." -Eddy Merckx

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    thank you. i am glad i can upgrade it to my liking. would you suggest any upgrades?

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    At risk of being "that guy," I'm going to quote myself.

    Quote Originally Posted by AndrwSwitch View Post
    Make the bike fit you right. That might mean a new saddle and frequently means a new stem or handlebars.

    Get pedals and tires that you like and work for your riding style and trails.

    Go ride. In fact, do a few rides before you do any of the above.
    Those are the upgrades I suggest. Especially riding it.
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    Got a steal at 1500 bucks with all the upgrades on this brand new 2008 Cannondale. Found it on Ebay and was local. No way was I going to buy a Giant or Specialized for the same price the local shops wanted with less upgrades. Plus it's made in the good ole US of A....Happy 4th!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JumpManiac View Post
    what are some upgrades i can make to my felt q520?
    This question should answer itself after you've spent some time on the bike. Contact points (seat, grips, handlebars, pedals) and suspension are usually the two areas where you're going to see the largest immediate benefit. The latter can become very expensive, so you should weigh that option against perhaps just saving for a new bike if it comes to you wanting to upgrade that.

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    This is my first bike in 20 years or so, an 09 Jamis Dragon Comp I got from my LBS for $500


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    The Felt Q520 chain already broke. only had it for two days and it was the
    second day out. Chain just snapped right in half. Got my money back

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    trek 4300 or specialized hard rock disk sport

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    trek 4300 or specialized hard rock disk sport?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JumpManiac View Post
    The Felt Q520 chain already broke. only had it for two days and it was the
    second day out. Chain just snapped right in half. Got my money back
    You returned the whole bike? Why? Stuff breaks, especially on mountain bikes. I have only broken one chain in the last 2 years and that was due to improper shifting (shifting under heavy load).

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    this thread makes me laugh now. I returned a bike because I got a flat tire (kidding)

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    Quote Originally Posted by RK17 View Post
    This is my first bike in 20 years or so, an 09 Jamis Dragon Comp I got from my LBS for $500

    good deal

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    Quote Originally Posted by RK17 View Post
    This is my first bike in 20 years or so, an 09 Jamis Dragon Comp I got from my LBS for $500

    $500? That bike was around $1500 when it came out. That was an incredible deal
    He who dares....wins!

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    Is $600 good for a 09 rockhopper expert disc at my lbs?
    It retailed for 1100 when it came out. Tell me what you think. Brand new BTW

    http://www.specialized.com/us/en/bc/...4&menuItemId=0

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    Sure, if it's your size. Specs and prices haven't exactly improved over the last couple years.
    "Don't buy upgrades; ride up grades." -Eddy Merckx

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    ... and if we just ... My build-a-bike...

    from eBay to JensonUSA to pricepoint! First ride the urban jungle of SLC next to the mormon pioneer trail!!
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    Holy crap angle your seat down. That looks painful. Needs to be parallel with the ground, yo.
    Quote Originally Posted by anthonys
    Its still just the push of a button away...
    I am no longer a hardtailkid. 2012 Trek Remedy 9!

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    I have a felt q520 and love it. Even though I am a Newbie, I put it through hell! I just added clipless pedals. I will upgrade as things break. Just Ride it like you stole it...everything else will come into place. I use the philosophy that It is cheaper for me to lose weight then to lighten the bike.

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    2011 Jamis Exile 1

    Stock. Only upgrade so far is a Cateye Enduro 8 computer. Really enjoying riding this bike and getting back into shape. It beats the heck out of the too small Mongoose I started with last fall. The 29" tires roll really well and the stock components work fine for my uses. Great bike, very happy with it so far. My wife and kids got for me for fathers day so haven't had it very long. Riding some everyday weather permitting and I can't wait to get on it each day. Having a ball with it and I just turned 53.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Southgagnatknocker View Post
    Stock. Only upgrade so far is a Cateye Enduro 8 computer. Really enjoying riding this bike and getting back into shape. It beats the heck out of the too small Mongoose I started with last fall. The 29" tires roll really well and the stock components work fine for my uses. Great bike, very happy with it so far. My wife and kids got for me for fathers day so haven't had it very long. Riding some everyday weather permitting and I can't wait to get on it each day. Having a ball with it and I just turned 53.
    Nice bike your family did a good job picking out a gift

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    I was wondering why my lower back hurt so much! It felt like I was down at the county cell block and a cell mate was abusing me!!!

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    first mtb. 2011 cannondale trail 5.
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    ^^^ Hmm. How are you able to post pics.. I have to wait till after my 10th post.

    2010 Cdale F5


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    2011 CannondaleSL3

    Not sure why my phone took the pic in sepia but here it is, almost identical to the F5 above. I'll try to get some more (normal) pics

    Sent from my DROIDX using Tapatalk
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    Here's my new one, just got it (convinently I found a somewhat matching helmet too!)
    2011 Trek 4500 Disc

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    Quote Originally Posted by ImagePree View Post
    ^^^ Hmm. How are you able to post pics.. I have to wait till after my 10th post.

    2010 Cdale F5
    no idea. nice bike btw.

    Quote Originally Posted by 007E View Post
    2011 CannondaleSL3

    Not sure why my phone took the pic in sepia but here it is, almost identical to the F5 above. I'll try to get some more (normal) pics

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    nice, i wanted the sl3 but had to settle with trail 5 due to my lack of funds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zombie food View Post
    no idea. nice bike btw.


    nice, i wanted the sl3 but had to settle with trail 5 due to my lack of funds.
    Thanks. Word of advice to you both: Slap some tape on the top of the fork because the cables will rub paint off that area.

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    Is that a the actual size Mercfh?
    I'm a ******bag in real life so I dont have to be one on the interwebz.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Koppuh Klyde View Post
    Is that a the actual size Mercfh?
    Lawl.....ya sorry, I didnt realize the image would be that big would I loaded it on here. I just took it with my Phone :/

    my bad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AndrwSwitch View Post
    You can literally replace every single part and the frame on bikes like that. It would be stupid.

    Make the bike fit you right. That might mean a new saddle and frequently means a new stem or handlebars.

    Get pedals and tires that you like and work for your riding style and trails.

    Go ride. In fact, do a few rides before you do any of the above.
    Great advice
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mercfh View Post
    Lawl.....ya sorry, I didnt realize the image would be that big would I loaded it on here. I just took it with my Phone :/

    my bad.
    Edit your post and just use MS Paint to resize your picture so you don't throw off the formatting of the entire page. 1024x768 or less is more than fine for picture threads.

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    I just bought a Giant Revel 0 green/black. I can't wait to ride it because I'm getting into mountain biking and I'm also looking for trails to test my new Revel around the San Fernando Valley. I love mountain biking ever since i broke my first el cheapo bike. My first post!

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    Just bought my first mountain bike in over 12 years. I used to ride an old Specialized Rockhopper for 2 years about 12 years ago. I'm now getting back into the sport with this: it's a Cannondale Flash 29er 1. It comes nicely spec'd, so it's completely stock. I still need to get shoes and clipless pedals.
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    Quote Originally Posted by usn.mustanger View Post
    Just bought my first mountain bike in over 12 years. I used to ride an old Specialized Rockhopper for 2 years about 12 years ago. I'm now getting back into the sport with this: it's a Cannondale Flash 29er 1. It comes nicely spec'd, so it's completely stock. I still need to get shoes and clipless pedals.
    wow nice bike. i have been drooling over one of those!

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    here is my new purchase. I have had it for about 3 weeks now and really like it. First upgrade might be the fork as it is already showing alot of "grease" on the stanctions.

    Its a devinci cameleon 2


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    Quote Originally Posted by ImagePree View Post
    Thanks. Word of advice to you both: Slap some tape on the top of the fork because the cables will rub paint off that area.
    a little too late now. went and took a look at it, some of the paint have been rubbed off already.

    Quote Originally Posted by usn.mustanger View Post
    Just bought my first mountain bike in over 12 years. I used to ride an old Specialized Rockhopper for 2 years about 12 years ago. I'm now getting back into the sport with this: it's a Cannondale Flash 29er 1. It comes nicely spec'd, so it's completely stock. I still need to get shoes and clipless pedals.
    damn, lefty forks are so sexy!!

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    Here is Mine

    2009 Cannondale F9. Paid $400.00(owner used it for 2 weeks).
    upgrades: SR SUNTOUR SF11-XCR LOD 26' fork and CONTINENTAL EXPLORER 2.1 tires.
    Bike weight: 28 lbs.
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    My '11 Giant Rev.

    Started out as a Rev2, but since getting it a few months back, I have dumped the boat anchor SR fork for a rigid Surly 1x1, changed out the cockpit to Bontrager Race riser bar and Bontrager 100mm x 10deg stem, changed out the wheelset to Mavic / XT / LX and canned the stock Kenda small block 8s for Conti Mountain King 2.4s. I also slapped on an older school WTB sst saddle and am going to dump off the stocker seatpost for something a little nicer. As is, this bike is kicking all forms of a$$




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    ^^ I love that thing

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    My avalanche just picked up a set of easton am havoc wheelset . Nice and stiff and rolls really good. Got em bnib.

    Sent from my HTC EVO 4G
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    My First ride

    Here's mine:



    I got it off of craigslist from a college kid in need of some money. Obviously a Trek 3700, he told me that it's a 2012.

    The first upgrades will most likely be a new saddle and a new set of pedals. Both need to be replaced.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lorenjz View Post
    Here's mine:



    I got it off of craigslist from a college kid in need of some money. Obviously a Trek 3700, he told me that it's a 2012.

    The first upgrades will most likely be a new saddle and a new set of pedals. Both need to be replaced.
    Drop the kickstand too and you've got a solid first ride

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    Quote Originally Posted by sasquatch rides a SS View Post
    Drop the kickstand too and you've got a solid first ride
    whoops I guess serious loss of cool points huh??

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    Upgraded my '09 Fuji Nevada to a '10 GT Avalanche 3.0 Disc to my current '11 Fuji Nevada 1.0. It is a huge jump from each model. The hydro brakes are perfect, and the Shimano Alivio parts aren't so bad either. They definitely shift much smoother than the stock GT and older Fuji.

    So far I've cut down the stock weight (approx. 32lbs) a little with a few new parts: (I don't have the exact numbers though)
    1. FSA K-Force carbon seatpost
    2. FSA K-Force handlebars
    3. FSA K-Force stem
    4. Tioga Surefoot 8 pedals
    5. Crank Bro's seatpost clamp
    6. Crank Bro's skewers
    7. Cygolite lights for night rides
    8. FSA K-Force crank (soon to come)
    9. Lighter wheels? Haven't decided on which ones yet..
    10. Lighter saddle?

    **Sorry I can't post a pic yet, still not enough posts

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    They're actually kind of dangerous off-road. Drop off a ledge and it'll deploy, whether you wanted it to or not.
    "Don't buy upgrades; ride up grades." -Eddy Merckx

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lorenjz View Post
    whoops I guess serious loss of cool points huh??
    Not yet

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    2003 hardrock comp I bought new.
    Only things changed are the seat,
    Deore fdr, Kool Stop brake pads, and Odi grips.
    All else is orig equipment.
    This bike is such a great fit for me I love it.
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    Heres my bike when i first got it almost 2 years ago... 99% stock Moto 700HT


    And heres my bike today; what i consider a budget non-entry level bike
    Nothing left but the frame, shifters, and deraileurs. (Deore and XT)

    list of upgrades just in case anyone was interested
    Avid BB7 brakes w/ Speed Dial levers (185 fr, 160 r)
    Marzocchi 44 Air fork
    Deore/Sun Charger wheels
    Shimano M520 pedals (covers on for a ride to the shop)
    WTB Rocket V saddle
    WTB Weirwolf front tire, Wolverine rear tire
    Deore LX crankset
    Easton Vice stem with EA50 handlebar and ODI Oury lock-ons
    Easton Havoc seatpost
    Cane Creek ZS-3 headset
    and some Bontrager wireless computer.

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    2008 Raleigh Mojave 8.0
    Only changes from stock... Bontranger bar ends, Wellgo MG-1 pedals, Thomsen Elite seatpost, Topeak Master Blaster pump, Bell trip computer, water bottle cages
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    Rockin Da Suburbz

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    Quote Originally Posted by sasquatch rides a SS View Post
    ^^ I love that thing
    Thanks bro.. I do too!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by fattybikejones View Post
    Thanks bro.. I do too!!
    Those tires literally make any bike look badass. I don't know what it is but they are just awesome

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    This is my new 11 Cannondale Trail SL4. I am ready to get back into MTB's.
    So far a trip computer/speedo and water bottle holder.
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    My custom build trail bike :)

    So I finally achieved the build today by receiving my Jagwire red housing kit and installing it

    So to sum it quick, I took my Nikon and shoot a couple frames... then put them together and make a full resume of my bike Don't cry, the pic is large, but only 1.5 Mb

    So the pics first, then the spec if you are still wondering what parts are those








    Specs :

    80mm Trail bike
    RockShox Dart 2 fork w/preload
    DNM Torch 7.5x2.5 rear shock w/rebound/lock
    FSA Alpha Drive 22-32-42 175mm crank
    DMR V-8 pedals
    Shimano UN-26 sealed BB, english, 68mmx122.5mm
    KMC 8.93X chain w/quick link
    Shimano CS-HG50 8-Speed 11-30 cassette
    SRAM SX5 rear derailleur, mid cage
    Weinmann rear wheel w/disc hub
    26x1.95 shitty tires
    2011 Avid MTB BB7 rear caliper w/G2 203mm rotor
    Red Jagwire full housing and cables.
    2009 new RaceFace Deus 27.2mmx400mm seat post
    Avocet saddle (will be WTB Pure V)
    Carbon and aluminium spacers
    Cheap alu stem (will be a RaceFace Deus)
    Cheap steel handlebar (will be a alu RaceFace Deus)
    Random alu levers
    SRAM X-4 rear shifter 8 speed w/zero loss travel and impulse technology
    Diamondback grips (just because they match the color)
    V-brakes up front (powerful as disc, really)


    So the bike weights in at 36 lbs, and should go down as I will get carbon spacers only, new stem, alu handlebar, WTB saddle, etc...

    I spend a total of less then $300 for this bike, as I already have the suspension parts that I use on a winter bike and I had the frame for free... $300 include the lbs fees for installing the cassette, changing the BB and put proper mounting hardware for the shock.

    Is this entry level enough ? Or should I get a Huffy next time ?


    Thanks,

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    2011 Trek Wahoo
    Lizard Skin chainstay protector
    Crankbrothers Kraton lock on grips
    Time Atac alium clipless pedals

    thats all for now..now for pics!


    crankbrothers by S.Mshots, on Flickr


    trek wahoo by S.Mshots, on Flickr


    DSC_0552 by S.Mshots, on Flickr

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    Very nice bikes everyone; I am envious.

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    Bought my first mountain bike. Probably not the best deal but I am really happy with it. Its a 2002 Specialized Rockhopper. The owner before upgraded to the Fox shock, WTB seat, disc brakes, clipless pedals(I got rid of them), WTB wheels, Quando hubs, better neck, handle bars and grips. I bought it for $400. Had the rear tire changed, changed the chain, did a general tune up and added a mileage computer. The pictures are of the bike as I bought it.








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    Quote Originally Posted by zmusselman View Post
    I have the same bike and I use it as a daily commuter with occasional trail use although I have not named her as you have. ( If anything thing, its a "Beast" )

    Current upgrades:

    Specialized Bar Ends
    Crankbrothers Smarty Pedals
    Avid 160mm Rotors ( they just look cool!! )
    Mavic Crossride Rims
    Shimano Deore Rr Der (broke the stock one)
    Bontrager Flat Bar w/ Easton EA70 Aluminum

    And I agree with you, I will NEVER get rid of it, I bought it brand new and it has been through hell and back and keeps on ticking every time.
    Does one put bar ends over grips? Or slide grips back further?

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    Generally speaking... I would cut the grip off the width of the bar end clamp ... that way your controls stay where you are used to finding them
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    Quote Originally Posted by sasquatch rides a SS View Post
    Those tires literally make any bike look badass. I don't know what it is but they are just awesome
    Well.. believe it or not, the bike is now in the sub 25# weight range and that's with stock shifters and derailleurs...
    The Contis do add to the aggressive look of the bike.. Quite honestly, this turned out to be quite the consummate woods bike!
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    hey folks, new guy here looking forward to hitting the road and trails.

    firstly, haven't rode in about 9 years. I rode bmx/street on 20" bikes when i was in my teens. i rode daily....rain/shine/snow. built and maintained my own bikes too. that all washed away when i got my license of course.

    fast forward to now @ 26 years old and getting back into shape. I let myself go a bit. Ive lost 25lbs ((5'7")down from 178 to 153) since February of this year with a complete lifestyle change in my (and families) diet, exercise routine, and overall activity level instead of being lazy bums Most of this has been my running routine, which has brought my cardio to a fitness level i have never been before. but it seems to be taking a toll on my legs and knees even with proper footwear. Seems the impact really takes its toll. which leads me here of course.

    Secondly, I'd like to thank the forum here. I have been lurking doing a bunch of research for an entry level bike. I am stationed temporarily in Southern Mississippi and do not have the time or money to worry about a bike breaking or malfunctioning on me. I was very close to getting a department store bike and held back before coming online to do research. I placed an order for my first bike since I was a teen and am really excited for it ('12 hardrock disc). It was really hard making the initial investment, $500 is a lot of money for me. But after lurking here I think it will prove to be a wise investment. I expect this bike to kick butt out of the box for what ill be doing (trails on the weekends and a bunch of commuting along the beaches/boardwalks here).

    looking forward to being a part of the community here, I am on automotive forums and sport forums as well.
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    They should sticky this thread! I will post up pics one I reach 10 posts -_- lol

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    just picked up this bad boy a few mins ago. my first bike that i didnt find in the garbage.


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    heading out to go ride it for the first time. just picked it up this morning

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    My new bike, its in laywaway at the moment since weve had 44 days now of 100+ degree heat. I decided to stretch the payments a little bit. should have it in a few weeks.




    2010 Giant Yukon FX

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    Mongoose Deception, just picked it up on Wednesday. My bike before that was some crappy 29er that I got at Walmart too, pretty much just got me into biking and 29 inch wheels (really like them for the type of riding I do). I was gonna get alittle nicer bike from a LBS, but my old bike got wrecked and it made more sense to get a new bike instead of fix a lump of junk. My buddy had earlier got a Deception, I liked it and it rode nice. We got our bikes around the same time and I told him I wish they had his in another color, I woulda got that instead of the hunk of junk I got. Well he saw one and being in my situation I snatched it up.

    Rides pretty nice and has some nice features for it's pricetag. Mainly used for light commuting and trail riding. I'm not going to, but the frame seems nice enough where I could toss abunch of money at it and make it super nice. Right now it just has some 2.25 tires from my last bike, Aviener 100 Series MTB Seat, Oury MTB Grips, and some nice BMX bar end caps. All from my last bike. I'm going on vacation next week and I'm going to order Easten EA50 Stem and EA50 AM Bars, Shimano Acera Rapidfire Shifters, aswell as new Oury Grips and bar endcaps, and some throrn resistant Q Tubes. Probalbly get Alivio front/rear derailers and a new chain for smoother shifting. May upgrade the drivetrain later with Alivio cracks/better BB, and a nicer cassete. Last, but not least, I plan on buying an actual suspension fork. Nothing major like Fox or Reba, but something nice that I could transfer to my next bike if I wanted. Like Tora or maybe Recon.



    Edit: And after I get back from vaca and install the new stem, bars, shifhters, and grips, it is going to the LBS for a tune/service.

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    98 stumpy x2. Cant ride it anymore, kills my shoulders. upgraded to an stumpy fsr.
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    Hey all! Beginner mountain biker here, just started just over a month ago and I'm loving it!!! Here's my bike, and it's really entry level 2011 Diamondback Response Sport, all stock, which I got at Amazon.com for $399.

    Unfortunately, no pics yet as I just joined this forum. Just google the bike and you'll see how it looks. I'll post pics as soon as I'm allowed. Glad I've joined this forum and I hope to learn a lot from here.

    Cheers!!!


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    One stock (Canoe pic), and one with Upgrade of Wellgo MG-1 pedals. Other then that, bike pump and 2 water bottle cages. Will get a better pic of bike with pedals next time I go out.
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    If you don't come back banged up and bruised, you didn't go hard enough!

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    As "entry level" as it gets for me...
    '08 IronHorse Maverick 4.2
    Dart up front and Tough Shok FD out back
    Hayes MX-4 Mechanicals

    Never upgraded anything other than two tubes and a derailleur hanger! It's a pretty tough bike!





    I still like to ride it... But is now my spare that my buddies ride.
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    This thread makes me feel good about my 10 year old 6700!

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    2011 Giant Revel 0

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    ^^ ditch the reflectors and save some weight. Otherwise I love that bike

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    Quote Originally Posted by sasquatch rides a SS View Post
    ^^ ditch the reflectors and save some weight. Otherwise I love that bike
    That's true... Deflectors weights a lot.
    Quote Originally Posted by NicoleB28 View Post
    topless. that's what all mtb girls do. we go ride, get topless, have pillow fights in the woods, scissor, then ride home!

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    Loving that Revel 0. I have been thinking of getting a HT to do light stuff around with the family and this one fits the bill. Just need to save some pennies.

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    Revel's are an amazing platform to build off of. Just look at fattybikejones bike. Took a very inexpensive entry level ride and made a solid all around daily rider machine

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    Even though I just bought a brand new Stumpjumper FSR, I still absolutely love my singlespeed that is a Giant Yukon (Yukon changed to Revel for 2011, same bike basically)

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    Quote Originally Posted by sasquatch rides a SS View Post
    ^^ ditch the reflectors and save some weight. Otherwise I love that bike
    I took the reflectors off shortly after the pic. I've had the bike for a little over 2 months and have accumulated 400 miles. I upgraded to SD7 levers and lock on grips yesterday and its awesome!

    My biggest complaint is with the fork. I've been reading up on replacements and a 318 sounds like a good fork but has been discontinued....what are some recommendations? Also, would there be a noticeable improvement switching from the Acera crankset to a LX?

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    There are a million threads about forks at a bunch of different pricepoints. Click around and see what people are talking about, for whatever your figure is.

    Don't bother replacing an Acera crankset until you wear out a chain ring. The improvement from Acera to LX is that the LX is lighter, has better chain rings, and they're available as service parts. You may be able to find Acera rings, but I couldn't when I needed one, I like Shimano chain rings, and the sculpting of the faces of the rings makes them incompatible with cranks with wide tabs. I destroyed a perfectly good LX ring figuring that out, got a flat-faced FSA ring from "Return Every Item," and found out that chain rings are not all created equal, especially when it comes to a modern, indexed shifting system. You don't need much from a chain ring if your derailleur is tuned correctly, and the Acera rings already have shift ramps, pins, etc.
    "Don't buy upgrades; ride up grades." -Eddy Merckx

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    Quote Originally Posted by fattybikejones View Post
    My '11 Giant Rev.

    Started out as a Rev2, but since getting it a few months back, I have dumped the boat anchor SR fork for a rigid Surly 1x1,
    NICE!

    I'm working on a friend's old '95 Giant Yukon getting it in shape so he can get back into riding with me. It's completely rigid too, and handles like it's on rails. Fun as hell to ride, I almost don't want to give it back to him. I can see us switching bikes on the trail often.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SgtBaxter View Post
    NICE!

    I'm working on a friend's old '95 Giant Yukon getting it in shape so he can get back into riding with me. It's completely rigid too, and handles like it's on rails. Fun as hell to ride, I almost don't want to give it back to him. I can see us switching bikes on the trail often.
    Pics? I had a '95 Yukon too. Loved it, wish I never sold it

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    Yeah I'll take some pics this weekend of it when I get it wrapped up. Putting new shifters on it, I tried to dismantle the old ones (Shimano Aceras) and actually got them working for about an hour, then they crapped out again.

    New SRAM shifters on the way from Amazon now. I could probably get them working if I really spent a lot of time on them, but he's insisting on paying me for my time so it'll be cheaper just to get the new shifters!

    LOL the chain and rear cog were a rusty mess from sitting out in his shed for years, but amazingly when I hopped on the bike it rode smooth as silk, and when the shifters did work it shifted great. Didn't even squeak or make any noise! Told him to save his money on getting new ones, I just cleaned them up.

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    Shimano and most SRAM shifters are not cross-compatible.

    Please tell me you got the ones for Shimano drivetrains, or you're getting a new derailleur...
    "Don't buy upgrades; ride up grades." -Eddy Merckx

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    Quote Originally Posted by AndrwSwitch View Post
    Shimano and most SRAM shifters are not cross-compatible.

    Please tell me you got the ones for Shimano drivetrains, or you're getting a new derailleur...
    WHAT?????????????????????????????????????????????? ?????????????

    J/K. I've put enough bikes together to know which shifters to use with which derailleurs

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    Quote Originally Posted by SgtBaxter View Post
    WHAT?????????????????????????????????????????????? ?????????????

    J/K. I've put enough bikes together to know which shifters to use with which derailleurs
    Do you mean you made the mistake enough times to learned it ?
    Quote Originally Posted by NicoleB28 View Post
    topless. that's what all mtb girls do. we go ride, get topless, have pillow fights in the woods, scissor, then ride home!

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    lol... fortunately no!

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    Nice! I'm about to buy my first 29er. It will be all stock for a while. I'll post pics.

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    2011 wahoo
    - serfas gel seat
    - forte platform pedals

    love the bike so far...gunna ride it until something breaks...then upgrade that part


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    I just bought another bike after I sold my first one in 2007 (Gary Fisher Wahoo)

    I just bought a 98' Mongoose Alta (very good condition - almost brand spanking new) for $50!

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