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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    My new Giant XTC2. Picture was taken right after the first break in ride. Reflectors came off the next day. No upgrades yet.


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    My 2010 Specialized Hardrock Sport...Stock


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    The following post may ruffle your feathers. If it does… You may need to take yourself less seriously!

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    no pics but i got a 99 hardrock comp after my brother decided to start riding again. then got a killer deal on a sette riddik fs with pretty nice components

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    Glad to see other iron horses on here. Here is my Sports Authority special. A IH Quantum 2. All stock except Memory foam seat, pump and custom made frame bag. Not that the last two have anything to do with bike mods... This bike has held up great. Did some pretty good downhill the other day and its all good. Hoping to pick up a Specialized Enduro from my LBS if I can work the deal out.


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    Quote Originally Posted by ZGOZZ
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    About your seat angle. Do you find you get sore wrists? Mine are sore just looking at it.
    I hate 650b because it's not as fun as 26 inch wheels and because it doesn't have the rollover ability of 29 inch wheels.

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    Upgraded to torsion handlebars, a race face evolve am stem, LX cranks and the RS Tora soloair fork with aluminum steerer. Dropped 2lbs with those additions over stock. If can get this bike to 30lbs ill be happy, but heck it doesnt ride to heavy as it is. Tacoed my front rim not to long ago and just laced up a twenty year old Araya RM-20 I had layin around, not an upgrade, but certainly not a downgrade.
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    Well, sold my GF Wahoo (post #15 on pg 4) and picked up an '08 Diamondback Sortie 1 closeout. Pretty much upgrade all way round on components from my GF. Deore shifting and Dart 3 up front.

    Extremely happy with performance of the bike for an entry level FS.






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    Here is a few shots of my new 2010 Trek 8500 stock. I haven't even rode it yet, need to buy shoes!








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    ^^^sick just sick!!!!!^^^^^
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    Quote Originally Posted by Echodawg
    Here is a few shots of my new 2010 Trek 8500 stock. I haven't even rode it yet, need to buy shoes!
    Your skewers are pointing int he wrong direction. Other than that nice ride, not nearly entry level but you still want to show it off
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    Quote Originally Posted by Echodawg
    Here is a few shots of my new 2010 Trek 8500 stock. I haven't even rode it yet, need to buy shoes!







    Nice! Love the looks of it. Wouldn't call it entry level though.

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    i thought this thread was for entry level mtb's lol
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    This is my 1st Mountain bike. Its a Giant Yukon FX. With Ergon Performance Grips. Specialized Lo Pro Mag Platform Pedals so far. Next up on the upgrade list is as follows

    1. Sram Powerglide PG-850 8SP Cassette

    2. Race Face X-Type Deus Crankset

    3.Rockshox Recon 351 Coil U Turn FRK or Rock Shox Tora 302 Coil U-Turn Fork. If the right cash is available get Fox.

    4. Sram X.9 Front & Rear Derailleur

    5. Wippermann Connex chain


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    Quote Originally Posted by Spawne32
    i thought this thread was for entry level mtb's lol
    After a few of the bikes i have seen on here i was scared to post mine lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spawne32
    i thought this thread was for entry level mtb's lol
    i guess that depends on your definition of "entry level"

    for one dude, it's the first mtb he's bought, regardless of price...for the next dude, it's any bike under $X00. for me, my entry-level mtb fit into both criteria

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    Quote Originally Posted by bucksaw87
    i guess that depends on your definition of "entry level"

    for one dude, it's the first mtb he's bought, regardless of price...for the next dude, it's any bike under $X00. for me, my entry-level mtb fit into both criteria
    trek 8500 retails for 3 grand, thats like posting a ferrari in a thread called "Post your honda civic" lol regardless, cool bike
    Quote Originally Posted by Juggler2
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spawne32
    trek 8500 retails for 3 grand, thats like posting a ferrari in a thread called "Post your honda civic"
    haha, no kidding

    at least he still has his pie plate on
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spawne32
    trek 8500 retails for 3 grand, thats like posting a ferrari in a thread called "Post your honda civic" lol regardless, cool bike
    have you ever seen that show on MTV, "my super sweet 16?"

    some of those prissy-ass *****es get a better car for their birfdey than most people will ever afford in their lifetime. their first car IS a bmw m3, mercedes SLK, or porsche boxter...whereas the rest of the world, to use your example, will get a honda civic (maybe not a civic exactly, but some other little ol' car).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spawne32
    i thought this thread was for entry level mtb's lol
    Quote Originally Posted by Biohazard74
    After a few of the bikes i have seen on here i was scared to post mine lol
    exactly how I fell

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    here is my entry level bike:
    GIANT YUKON 07




    upgraded saddle, rear der, brake levers, headset and fork.













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    What is that on your stem? And I take it that rock garden is at Theo?

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    My entry Moto single pivot

    XT/Deore mix with Rapidfire shifters were stock. I swapped in an upsized MC-3 shock which increased my rear travel from 1.5 to 3.5". I also upgraded to a Tora 318 U-turn coil w/remote, platforms and Easton seatpost. The bike plus parts off e-bay and I have around $780 in it which is all I'd want to spend at this level. I'm having a good time on it so far.

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    here is my 2008 diamondback coil-ex entry lever i have a total of $650 into it and cant wait to upgrade some more

    i just put some Wellgo MG-1's on it, and a Rock shox Tora 318 U-turn with pop-loc and a Manitou Swinger SPV 4way rear shock will be here in 2 days, ill upload pics of that when i get it up
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    wow you've dumped $650 into that thing?? you know you can't get nearly that much back right??
    otherwise, loving the color
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