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    2013 Revel1 29er

    First 29er and loving it so far.

    Eggbeaters
    Grips
    Lizard Skin carbon chainstay protector
    CatEye Micro Wireless
    RockShox Tora TK
    Sell Italia SLR Gel Flow
    Crankbrothers Cobalt 2 post (in the mail)

    CatEye Lights and DeFender set on the floor behind it
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    2002 Diamondback sorrento sport from craigslist for $ 80. I like the way it rides , needs big cleaning.
    I wanna replace the seat post. The back derailleur is a SRAM 3.0 and the front is shimano TY-10 and it's a 7 speed .... I want to upgrade the derailleurs and considering an 8 or 9 speed upgrade ...Any suggestions on parts and models would be greatly appreciated . Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by jdrums View Post

    2002 Diamondback sorrento sport from craigslist for $ 80. I like the way it rides , needs big cleaning.
    I wanna replace the seat post. The back derailleur is a SRAM 3.0 and the front is shimano TY-10 and it's a 7 speed .... I want to upgrade the derailleurs and considering an 8 or 9 speed upgrade ...Any suggestions on parts and models would be greatly appreciated . Thanks
    Wow, that encourages me! I'm going to be scouring craiger from here on out!

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    Yeah @SpaceCraft totally do it m. I took it to the bike shop on my campus and its free tune up so that's great. Hitting the trail tomorrow

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    Bike 1)

    2012 Marin Bolinas Ridge 29er
    MSRP $699
    Sale price $499 from REI
    Upgrade = WTB Speed V saddle.
    Portland Design Locking grips
    And just ordered Wellgo MG-1 flat pedals

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    Bike 2)

    2012 GT Sensor Elite 9r
    MSRP $1999
    Paid $1035 from giantnerd.com
    Upgrades none yet but plan on doing pedals and seat first.

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    1989 Giant Iguana
    Paid $60 Craigslist
    Bought rim tape $5
    Free tire and tube from friend
    Tightened headset
    Adjusted derailleur
    Future upgrades will be moving parts from other bikes like low end flat pedals from GT and maybe seat. Also may put city tires on bike and use as urban assault vehicle and use on trainer.

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    Additional future upgrades will probably involve upgrading the suspension, brakes, etc on the GT and then moving the GT parts to the Marin.

    Bikes are ridden mostly in Pisgah and DuPont which includes some very difficult terrain.
    I ride everywhere my friends ride on their $3k+ bikes and have just as big of a smile at the end of the day which goes to show you do not have to break the bank to have a good time on a mountain bike no matter where you ride.

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    My Scott aspect 29 tour
    I put a RS xc32 fork on it

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    As a teen I use to BMX and rid all over the bronx. Going back 25 years or so. It was a concrete jungle so it was jumping homemade ramps and sidewalks and doing simple tricks.

    In 07 I bought this diamondback which back when I was a teen was the bike to have as well as a Haro. I purchased it used for $350 so i could ride to work once in a while. Well today finally i found in bikepedia that its a COIL model and goes for like $400 new. lol oh well i got hosed. I started getting into trail riding 3 months ago. Tossed like $400 in upgrades, hydraulics, new rims, tires better shifters etc. Well i took one jump and the back shock blew.....

    So I got this Giant anthem X1 thingy last mo nth and now i can make those huge steep hills finally!
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    ^^^^^^ Not seeing the "entry" level in this bike... lol, that is what like a $2000 bike?

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    lol, the Diamondback is my entry bike. My replacement was $2800 but a girl from my acadamy hooked it up for 2400 out the door.

    Today the new shock for the Diamondback comes in. Funny, when i decided to man up like back when I was 14 i built the nerves to do a simple roll off. Well thats when the shock said it was not going to hold up my 235lb self. lol Started leaking oil big time.

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    The Academy where I live sells Mongoose....I hate my town

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    I'm a crap camera man and have been to busy riding to get any better pics but here it is. Traded a 2011 haro fl one that was waaaaaaay to small for me for my 2012 aspect trail 29er. Will be upgrading the fork soon and thanks to simpledesign (local fellow member i ride with) I have his old disc wheelset and calipers to convert my to disc.

    If you have sex in a car with airbags....does that count as safe sex???

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    Quote Originally Posted by Simpledesign View Post
    The Academy where I live sells Mongoose....I hate my town

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    LOL beat me to it
    If you have sex in a car with airbags....does that count as safe sex???

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    just bought a 2012 Diamondback Overdrive 29er.

    first mountain bike and my budget was around 350. i have only gotten a chance to ride it twice since november due to wet trails and busy schedule. im pretty happy with it so far. not planning on doing anything too crazy. ill post pics later on

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    Upgrades!

    My Spesh Hardrock all upgraded

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    Your Entry Level MTB (Pics and Upgrades)

    Wow nice hardrock!!!??

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    Fresh out of the shop 2013 Giant Revel 0

    Manitou Tower Expert on the way
    Possibly hydraulic brakes in the near future (Shimano m596)

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    Re: Your Entry Level MTB (Pics and Upgrades)

    Waiting for the Brown Truck to deliver my Dawes HM2900. My third bike
    In as many months from bikesdirect. Doggone UPS!!!
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    Here is my entry level bike. Traded an old '08 Kmart bike for it and paid only $425 for it.
    I upgraded the Kenda Small block 8 tires to a Specialized Purgatory in the rear and a Kenda in the front.
    I was thinking about upgrading the fork, cassette to 10 speed, brakes to hydraulic, and a dropper post.......but I bought a 2013 Trek Cobia instead. The seat and pedals are swapped from that.
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    Wow man, that's a really nice Hardrock! I've got a Hardrock too, i'm curious in the difference between ours! I need to get a pic up of my ride, maybe tomorrow...

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    Your Entry Level MTB (Pics and Upgrades)

    That's awesome you'll have to add it to the hardrock topic. My hardrock pics are on there as well

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    specialized rockhopper 1999... 50 bucks lol

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    New at this just purchased scott scale 960

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    It's here!!! Pics shortly...
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    Quote Originally Posted by CannondaleF9 View Post
    Here is my entry level bike. Traded an old '08 Kmart bike for it and paid only $425 for it.
    I upgraded the Kenda Small block 8 tires to a Specialized Purgatory in the rear and a Kenda in the front.
    I was thinking about upgrading the fork, cassette to 10 speed, brakes to hydraulic, and a dropper post.......but I bought a 2013 Trek Cobia instead. The seat and pedals are swapped from that.
    Looking GOOD!
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    My Marin Bobcat trail

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    Hi all,
    Here's my Marin Bobcat Trail which has had a few upgrades:
    rockshox reba rlt 120mm
    full 10 speed slx drivetrain (crank, front & rear deraileurs & shifters)
    Easton ec70 zero carbon seatpost
    Easton xc monkeylite carbon bars
    DT SWISS XR400 RIMS with sram x9 hubs (don't like the free hub!)
    Fizik Gobi xm saddle
    Thomson x4 stem
    Hope qr skewers & seatpost collar
    xt trail pedals
    Mucky nutz bender fender.
    rocket ron / racing ralph combo

    To be honest only the brakes & frame are original & i want rid of the tektro draco's!
    Now my wife hates me as a result of severe upgrade fever!
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    Re: Your Entry Level MTB (Pics and Upgrades)

    May as well throw mine in the mix.
    Here's my Dawes Haymaker 2900 with some uogrades (work in progress) Yanked the Suntour fork and installed a Salsa cromoto grande rigid, Easton flat bar, Easton stem, Specialized barends, FSA seatpost (not shown) Shimano Deore rear der., WTB speed disc all mountain wheels and GEAX Saguaro 29 kevlar bead tires.
    I have a set of Avid FR5 levers and Alivio shifters on order.
    I plan to replace the baggy Suntour crank soon as well.
    I am running the stock pedals with PowerGrips straps.

    This may not be a high zoot parts pick, but most of it I had in my schwag box of parts and I dont need weight weenur boutique race race components to impress anyone. The way to make people take notice is to drop guys half my age on the trail.
    Oh yeah.. also dumping the Tektro Novela discs for bb7s

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    Wink

    I dont need weight weenur boutique race race components to impress anyone. The way to make people take notice is to drop guys half my age on the trail.


    Since this is only my 2nd post on this site so not entirely 100% if you were referring to my upgraded parts list or not, but if so it quite clearly made you take notice if not my apologies in advance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BAT555 View Post
    I dont need weight weenur boutique race race components to impress anyone. The way to make people take notice is to drop guys half my age on the trail.


    Since this is only my 2nd post on this site so not entirely 100% if you were referring to my upgraded parts list or not, but if so it quite clearly made you take notice if not my apologies in advance.
    Oh.. no, sorry.. I should have looked before leaping. My post was nothing toward your bike or choice of components. Sorry for the confusion my man.

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    Replaced the stock Suntour fork with a Manitou Match Comp.
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    Just about done with my Opus Strat 2011

    Full SRAM X7 set-up ( shifters/front and rear derail )
    Marz Dj3 forks ( I know...long story lol )
    SRAM X7 9 speed Crankset with SRAM Cassette ( Being shipped to me as of now! )
    RaceFace Turbine bars
    Giant stem
    Avid BB7's

    Basically anything I could change.. I did..

    Bike was roughly 600$ New. It had pretty basic Acera set-up with XCT 120mm Suntour forks ( garbage ) that ended up falling to pieces on me. A fight with the LBS and them being to thick headed ( them not calling Opus and getting the warranty )... They ended up having a NOS of 2010 Marzocchi DJ3's sitting around and tossed them on ( NOT my LBS anymore ).. I really couldn't argue, they were far better then what I had.

    Next upgrade will be tires/rims then maybe some proper forks later on!
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    2010 Hardrock 29er Sport Disc

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    My first bike. Bought it off craigslist and have been slowly upgrading (getting parts that can be transferred to a Heckler i'm building).

    Upgrades:

    -Stock Suntour fork to Manitou Tower 120mm (The fork actually does something!)

    - Stock BB5s to SLX with 180F/160R XT Ice-tech rotors (WORLD of difference. So sweet)

    - Stock specialized seat to WTB Rocket V (my fatass just bent OEM rails, the rocket is nice though)

    - Thompson X4 45mm Stem (Digging the short stem with wide bars)

    - 31'', 785mm Race Face Atlas Stealth Riser (loving the wide bars, looks sleek too)

    - Wellgo MG-1 (grips MUCH better, though my shins have had its disputes with them...They also crash into lot of rocks...they've held up though)

    - Ghetto tubeless with stock wheels and tires (PITA to do, but they've held up pretty well, only burped once when i took a big spill. Pumped right back up though)

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    Hey all newb here. Been riding for a couple months now and just getting around to posting. I've got a Specialized Rockhopper 29er. Bone stock minus basic upgrades; couple cages, pump, wedge bag. Going to be going tubeless with the stock tires here this week. Looking for ideas on some good first upgrades. Any ideas? No real good pics of the bike out on the rides. I need to work on that. Here's all I've got for now...

    Well, I can't post pics yet

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    Airborne Skyhawk should be arriving today, will posts pics as soon as I can.

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    My '06 Diamondback Response with few uprades. Taken at Seal Beach pier with downtown Long Beach in the background
    -Answer Pro Taper 685 XC Handlebar
    -Race Face Evolve 70mm Stem
    -DMR V8 Pedals
    -WTB DX23 Wheelset
    -Easton EA30 Seatpost
    -Shimano V-Brakes
    -Sette Type S Grips
    -Sette X2 Cyclometer
    -Rock Shox Recon R
    -Ibera Bottle Cage
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    Here is my 2012 Diamondback Overdrive. Dont have any trail pics yet, so here it is in front of one of my many other money pits

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    Cool stuff

    im looking into buying a DJ as I've grown out of my BMX, cool stuff here

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    Airborne Skyhawk

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    Quote Originally Posted by coxinio View Post
    Airborne Skyhawk
    Rather excited to receive this Yesterday, have since swapped out the bar and stem for a Raceface and switched the grips to my Superstar lock ons.
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    Thats a nice XC what forks are they? I love my XC I've put alots of time into it, bet you are looking forward to hitting a sick trail today!

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    Forks are SR Suntour XCM 100mm Travel here's the spec Airborne Bicycles. Skyhawk

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    Your Entry Level MTB (Pics and Upgrades)

    Just picked this up last night. My first full suspension MTB.

    2012 Giant Yukon FX. Has an upgraded fork: marzocchi 44rlo and Maxxis High Roller tires. Comfy seat and a wireless computer. Picked it up for a great deal. Bike has less then 20miles on it.

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    My past bikes have been Specialized Rock hopper. (Stock)

    Giant Revel 0 (upgraded derailure)

    Giant Revel 0 (stock)

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    My $350 '12 Diamondback Overdrive 29er. Only upgrades so far are Avenir 100 saddle, Ergo grips, and Shimano 520 pedals. Changing over to Shimano Saint flat pedals this weekend, didn't do too well on my first trail ride with the clipless pedals.


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    Quote Originally Posted by dmtnt View Post
    Shimano 520 pedals. Changing over to Shimano Saint flat pedals this weekend, didn't do too well on my first trail ride with the clipless pedals.
    Try the SM56 cleats. You will be able to release much easier.

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    I also have a 2012 Giant Yukon FX.

    -Venzo bike seat
    -Specialized Demo Alloy Riser Bar. it's 750mm wide. It's awesome
    -Specialized Ergo Grips
    -Atom Lab flats, Shimano SPD's M520's
    -Crank Brothers Cobalt XC wheelset with shimano rotors
    -Geax Gato tires for winter/spring riding
    -Maxxis Ignitors for summer/fall


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    My new baby. 08 Giant STP Pro
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    Quote Originally Posted by Robswin View Post
    My new baby. 08 Giant STP Pro
    Nice! If possible, can you post some pics mid-flight? Id like to live vicariously through you.

    Clyde + DJer = catastrophe!
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    I will be uploading a photo hopefully within the next week. I've not bought my bike yet!

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    finally rebuilding

    I got my Trek 4300 about 11 years ago. Road it on trails, 75 mile road rides, back and forth to school, etc.
    I usually love new gear but I've keep this thing as is for a LONG TIME. I finally decided last year it was time to
    start putting some money back into the bike to make sure it can stay with me even longer. I first put on new grips and this week I
    put on new pedals, tires and tubes, brakes and a second bottle cage. Here are the before and afters. I also gave it a new wipe down.

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    upgrades:
    bontrager grips
    shimano spd pedals
    new breaks
    "road and trail" tires and tubes
    bottle cage

    Soon:
    new cables
    new seat
    crank set hopefully

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    Here's my bike. Access Stealth Ltd. Paid $999 at Performance on New Year's Day. Upgrade over my 2005 Trek 4300. Large size carbon frame 29er. Stock photo.

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    Current upgrades. WTB Rocket V Pro seat. Ritchey stem, bar, and seatpost. Eggbeaters (red 3s on the way through the upgrade program). BBG bash guard instead of the big ring. Lizard skin lock on grips. Incredibell. Anodized red bits (headset space, top cap, grip rings, seatpost clamp). About $1500 in now. Next planned upgrade is a fork later this year, lighter tires (tubeless?) when they wear out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nike103103 View Post

    Its a 2009 Gary Fisher Advance. Everything is stock excpept for the sigma computer I added.
    I love that frame

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    Quote Originally Posted by Koppuh Klyde View Post
    Nice! If possible, can you post some pics mid-flight? Id like to live vicariously through you.

    Clyde + DJer = catastrophe!
    Haha all I need is a photographer!

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    Here's my starter bike. It's a crappy Diamond Back Response frame and RST Gila fork, but everything else has been upgraded.
    All XTR and XT shifting components, Hayes Brakes, Easton Monkey Lite Handlebars, etc. It will do for now...

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    Just finished a fork swap on my wife's 820. Swapped her suntour M-2025 63mm travel fork for a basically brand new Suntour xct v2 80mm travel that I got off CL for $20. The adjustments while they more or less suck it is a little softer then the old fork and for $20 figured it was worth swapping out.

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    My Riding Pleasure!

    Hello folks!
    This is my ride...

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    Iron Horse Quantum ii
    it was purchased from a LBS.
    I have upgraded many of the parts.
    This is my main bike that i use to go NIGHT Downhill Biking
    I use a Frankensteined NiteRider Light setup using 4S 4000mAh LiPos
    The bike currently is a 14 speed 22/28 front 13-23 Rear cassette
    (and that's more gears that i need as it is!!!)
    TruVativ Crankset
    Shimano Deore Derailleurs
    Easton Carbon Post
    GripShifters
    Hayes Disc Brakes

    Welp... see you folks on the Trails!!!

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    Perhaps someone can give me an idea if this should be my starting bike..

    Ad says:

    For sale is a very nice 2005 GIANT Reign 2 mountain bike. The frame size is 16", perfect for riders up to 5'9". This is a great "all-mountain" mountain bike with dual suspension. The front fork was recently upgraded to a Rock Shox Sector RL with adjustable travel from 120mm to 145mm, also has a lockout feature. The Manitau Swinger center shock has a plush 6 inches of travel. The tires are GEAX Saguero with "gheto tubless" setup so you can ride with super low presure and not worry about pinch flats. The seat is a new WTB Pure V, and the Shimano M424 spd pedals are new and still the box.

    The drive train is Raceface crankset with Shimano Deore LX shifters, and derailleurs(front and rear).

    The bike is in excellent condition with the exception of a small dent on the rear downtube. This has no affect on the structural integrity of this bike. Giant Reigns are built like tanks...this is mearley a "flesh wound" on this bike...it is tough.

    Price of the bike is a low $750. More pics upon request

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    Seller is willing to go down to $600... Really debating if this is the way for me to go... I live in FL so we don't have the types of trails of say a Utah or NC, but there is some decent stuff... really looking at bang for the buck.

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    Sounds like a nice bike.
    Cash can buy a great deal of a bike !

    I personally went from a Full susp Giant AC-1 down to a hardtail.
    I missed the skilled response needed to ride hardtails on expert trail/downhill trails.

    Good luck in your decision!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChristianGuy View Post
    Sounds like a nice bike.
    Cash can buy a great deal of a bike !

    I personally went from a Full susp Giant AC-1 down to a hardtail.
    I missed the skilled response needed to ride hardtails on expert trail/downhill trails.

    Good luck in your decision!

    Well, ended up with a different bike... picking it up today... 2011 Cannondale Flash F3. Very happy with the deal... it's prob a size up from perfect, but it is fine. Bike is in like new condition and for the price, it is exactly what I want.

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    Thats Awesome!
    That Cannondale is one of the lightest Aluminum frames out there!
    Enjoy your "new" bike!

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    All stock. It's either an '87 or '88 Cannondale. I don't know too much about it, other than my father bought it new and rode it in Germany.

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    Great pics

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    My airborne guardian.
    All stock except I removed the large chain ring and installed a race face bash guard.

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    Great pics over here

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    little more work to my fiancee's 820. DMR V8s a set of Shimano Altus shifters, Avid brake levers and some new grips. With the slightly better fork I put on before she said the bike rides a lot better.

    His Hers
    2014 Trek CrossRip 2015 Trek Lexa
    2012 Trek Rumblefish 2013 Sette Reken

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    ^^^^ Your wife is going to be a little upset when she see's your fiancee riding her bike! Just saying......
    Just remember,Where ever you go there you are...

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    Cool-blue Rhythm 2012 Raleigh Talus 29er

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    I bought this bike in November of 2012 and couldn't resist upgrading anything and everything. So here's a list of all of what i've done...
    -RockShox Reckon Silver Solo Air fork 80mm
    -Race Face Evolve Stem
    -Truvative Bars
    -Oury Lock-On grips
    -Hayes Stroker trail brakes(just put on today)
    -WTB Speed V Pro gel seat
    -Shimano Clipless pedals
    -Continental X-Kings 2.4 (Monster wide tires)
    -Stans tubeless setup
    -Stans Arch EX rims laced too SRAM x9 hubs with double butted chromoly spokes and alloy nipples

    Never thought i'd be this into mountain biking but i love it and do it any time i can !

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    I bought this bike in November of 2012 and couldn't resist upgrading anything and everything. So here's a list of all of what i've done...
    -RockShox Reckon Silver Solo Air fork 80mm
    -Race Face Evolve Stem
    -Truvative Bars
    -Oury Lock-On grips
    -Hayes Stroker trail brakes(just put on today)
    -WTB Speed V Pro gel seat
    -Shimano Clipless pedals
    -Continental X-Kings 2.4 (Monster wide tires)
    -Stans tubeless setup
    -Stans Arch EX rims laced too SRAM x9 hubs with double butted chromoly spokes and alloy nipples

    Never thought i'd be this into mountain biking but i love it and do it any time i can !
    You did a very nice job with the upgrading. Especially the wheelset you chose.

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    Scott Spark 29 Team

    My new rig. I haven't seen it in person yet as I am still overseas on contract. Any upgrade ideas would be greatly appreciated as I would like to have it set up for summer XC series.

    Thanks,

    J
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    heh, i almost got a Spark, but there was no way i was able to test ride it. let me know how you like it.
    fap

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    Your Entry Level MTB (Pics and Upgrades)-779929d1363031523-13-hardrock-sport-29er-102_3684.jpg
    Your Entry Level MTB (Pics and Upgrades)-779928d1363031477-13-hardrock-sport-29er-102_3685.jpg

    My new Recreation MTB = 2013 Specialized Hardrock Sport Disk 29er
    Upgraded the pedals added a computer & water bottle. Pealed off all the damn stickers everywere.
    The frame decals will have to stay as they are clearcoated over. all good!
    Happy Friday!!
    NOW get out there and RIDE!!!!!!!!!!
    Burt
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    Here is my new Felt
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    pushed my entry level a tad higher today
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    some shots of my iron horse maverick, all stock.... for now

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    2012 Diamondback Response Sport

    Azonic 420 flat pedals
    Lizard Skin chainstay protecter
    Lizard Skin grips


    First Mountain bike bought last week on CL for 200 bucks. Grew up racing motocross, stopped riding about 2 years ago and needed a new passion on 2 wheels.
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    Just finished building this last night. Taking the place of my hardtail
    2008 Santa Cruz blur xc
    Rockshox monarch rt3 high volume
    Rockshox recon sl
    Sram x-9 rear shifter
    Sram x-7 medium cage rear derailleur
    Sram x-7 front shifter
    Raceface deus xc 90mm stem
    Truvativ husslefelt sl handlebars
    Odi lock on grips
    Giant unity seat
    Kenda nevegal stick-e 2.1 front tire
    Kenda nevegal DTC 2.1 rear tire
    ryhno lite wheel set on shimano hubs
    lizard skin chainstay protector

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    Have some headset spacers and cane creek s-8 headset coming

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    Quote Originally Posted by loki0278 View Post
    My new rig. I haven't seen it in person yet as I am still overseas on contract. Any upgrade ideas would be greatly appreciated as I would like to have it set up for summer XC series.

    Thanks,

    J
    Hey you should see about moving that front brake line to the inside of your fork and than zip tie it.

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    Here is my trusty steed. a 13' Diamondback Response XE 29er. So far i have swapped the peddles for Shimano clipless, ditched the stock saddle for a WTB Speed V. I also had to "upgrade" the delrailluer hanger after the stock one that appeared to be made from recycled gum wrapper metal blew apart on a climb. Its a big box bike but i ride it and it gets me where i want to go.

    Cheers!

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    2012 Genesis Latitude 00

    I've added:

    Mavic X317 rims with an XT hub front and SLX hub back (built by my own fair hands)
    Thomson Elite stem and seatpost
    Answer 685 XC bars
    Brooks Swift Ti saddle (why Brooks - because its like have your buttocks massaged by the wings of an angel with every passing mile)
    Fox 32 F100 FiT RLC fork
    Shimano XT M785 brakes and RT-67 rotors

    Cheers

    Danny B

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    2013 Giant Revel 3







    Completely stock for now, planning on using Suntour's upgrade program to get a lot better pair of shocks, and planning on adding some disc brakes on it. Really cant think of anything else, besides needing to add the standard accessories, like a seat pack for tools and and water bottle.

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    My Windsor Cliff 4500 purchased from a Bikes Direct store


    photo by jqueyquep, on Flickr

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    Hey Everyone,

    Picked up my first mountain bike a few days ago. Always wanted to do some good riding, and now I can finally start. This site has a lot of information and really helped when it came to picking out a bike in my price range and had what I was looking for.

    2013 Giant Talon 0 29er.
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    2012 Specialized Carve Expert 29.

    Bought back in late summer last year.

    So far I've changed:

    Tubeless
    Stan's Crest rims
    Hope Pro 2 Evo hubs
    Shimano XT cassette
    Shimano XT Ice Tech rotors
    Shimano XT SPD pedals
    2013 Reba fork

    Still within my first year of riding and having a great time. 33 years old and feel like I'm 10 when riding my bike. It has been fantastic for stress relief and cutting down some extra pounds I've put on since turning 30.

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    2012 Specialized Carve Expert 29.

    Bought back in late summer last year.

    So far I've changed:

    Tubeless
    Stan's Crest rims
    Hope Pro 2 Evo hubs
    Shimano XT cassette
    Shimano XT Ice Tech rotors
    Shimano XT SPD pedals
    2013 Reba fork

    Still within my first year of riding and having a great time. 33 years old and feel like I'm 10 when riding my bike. It has been fantastic for stress relief and cutting down some extra pounds I've put on since turning 30.
    Cough... Not entry level.... Cough

    Nice bike though, great upgrades on it too
    -Airborne Skyhawk
    -2000 Raleigh M30
    -2008 Cannondale Rush 6

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    Good point. Didn't really think about that. It is my first mountain bike so was thinking entry level.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GelatiCruiser View Post
    '11 Giant Talon 29er 2...just got some Forte Converts as of now... And got rid of the reflectors.
    After the new fork... Hoping to add a carbon saddle/seat post combo soon:

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    Will have to post a picture later. 08 Diamondback Response, plan on upgrading it quite a bit over the next year. Rockshox Dart 3 and white Wellgo MG-1's being delivered shortly, white Oury grips are next. After that, who knows, depends on what I can find good deals on.

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    I beleive that thw 2012 model. Its awesome bike cause I have the same lol
    I actually put a 120mm tower pro on it. Such a beautiful bike.

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    First mountain bike in 15 years, and my first "real" bike..

    '13 Trek Mamba 23 inch.


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    ^ That's a huuuuuge bi... ke!

    Looks awesome!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bleedinblue View Post
    ^ That's a huuuuuge bi... ke!

    Looks awesome!
    I said the same thing when the sales guy rolled it out on the floor. Then I got on it and realized I'm still much bigger than it is!

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    For those of people with the recon solo air the silver edition with the turn key.
    Should think about upgrading the damper on the fork.
    Just replaced mine the other day haven't test ridden it yet but wow I can feel an immediate difference in the fork.
    I used the rockshox argyle motion control damper because it has the low speed compression adjustment and adjustable floodgate threshold. You can still lock the fork out if you turn it all the way. Makes the fork much firmer than my stock turn key damper and as you can see from the picture there is quite a difference between the 2. I will let you figure out which one is the motion control.

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    Long story short. 1 month ago.. Bought this KHS full suspension MTB. Brother having some financial issues and sold it to me for $100.

    Ive gotten rid of the long bars... Bought new riser bars and grips, front wheel was backwards,fixed it, did a full tune-up... Next step,changing the chrome parts to black.
    Bought a ride along pump and flat fix it kit. I'm now riding 5 miles every other day till my legs are back.
    Bought wife a bike too and she loves it. Addicted.

    LOVE THIS BIKE!
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    Hi Everybody. This is my first post! Thought I'd kick things off by showing off my bike.
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    '09 Diamondback Outlook

    Upgrades include:
    Shimano Megarange cassette
    Sram PC870 Chain
    Delta stem adapter
    Easton EA50 90mm Stem
    Easton EA50 Riser
    Suntour XCM V.3 Fork
    Bulletproof BMX pedals
    Weinmann Zac19 Double Wall Wheels

    Kenda tires and trigger shifters are on the way!
    What do you think?
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    Quote Originally Posted by bleedinblue View Post
    ^ That's a huuuuuge bi... ke!

    Looks awesome!
    Haha! Yeah, I just threw my leg over a 21" Mamba the other day and my boys were hangin' ten on the top tube and Im 6'4"!
    I'm a ******bag in real life so I dont have to be one on the interwebz.

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    ... and if we just ... Finally finished upgrading my Polygon Xtrada 5.0.

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    Upgraded the whole drivetrain to the new SLX M675 2x10.
    SLX(front) and XT(rear) brakes.
    Rockshox Recon Gold RL coil fork.
    Crank brothers cobalt3 bar (72cm)
    Kormak stem (80mm)
    polygon flat pedals.
    Stock seat and wheels.

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    Here's a better pic of the drivetrain:
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stainless Steel View Post
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    '09 Diamondback Outlook

    Upgrades include:
    Shimano Megarange cassette
    Sram PC870 Chain
    Delta stem adapter
    Easton EA50 90mm Stem
    Easton EA50 Riser
    Suntour XCM V.3 Fork
    Weinmann Zac19 Double Wall Wheels

    Kenda tires and trigger shifters are on the way!
    What do you think?
    That is a nice start, although the next thing to do would be to swap the fork out with a RockShox XC fork if you ride on the mountain. If you do not ride on the mountain, then the Suntour will be good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CannondaleF9 View Post
    That is a nice start, although the next thing to do would be to swap the fork out with a RockShox XC fork if you ride on the mountain. If you do not ride on the mountain, then the Suntour will be good.
    Thanks, a new fork is in the works after upgrading the tires and shifters. Also, I should mention that I live in Houston, TX. A bit more plains and hills than mountains but still plenty of fun.

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