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    Quote Originally Posted by 84prerunner View Post
    Haven't riden a bicycle in about 10 years, coming from a dirt bike trail riding back ground. Last weekend I picked up s Craigslist bike cheap. It is very clear it is a cheap bike but I want to make sure it's something I enjoy before dumping loads of money into it. So far I've riden about 25 miles and learned this beast is wayyyy to heavy.
    Already bought a used rock shox monarch rt rear shock for it and am going to pickup some clipless pedals tomorrow. Plan was to slowly upgrade it as I went, I think that plan went out the window after riding my friends Pivot race bike, thing is insane and gave me instant confidence compared to my bike.

    How heavy is it, bathroom scale?
    You are comparing a multi $$$$ bike with a budget bike, not a fair comparison.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gilpi View Post
    How heavy is it, bathroom scale?
    You are comparing a multi $$$$ bike with a budget bike, not a fair comparison.
    It is 40lbs on the dot...with a Bathroom scale.
    It seems to be the front of this bike that is a tank. I am wondering how much weight I'd lose with a new fork.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 84prerunner View Post
    Haven't riden a bicycle in about 10 years, coming from a dirt bike trail riding back ground. Last weekend I picked up s Craigslist bike cheap. It is very clear it is a cheap bike but I want to make sure it's something I enjoy before dumping loads of money into it. So far I've riden about 25 miles and learned this beast is wayyyy to heavy.
    Already bought a used rock shox monarch rt rear shock for it and am going to pickup some clipless pedals tomorrow. Plan was to slowly upgrade it as I went, I think that plan went out the window after riding my friends Pivot race bike, thing is insane and gave me instant confidence compared to my bike.

    Dude your money is much better spent on many other things over clueless pedals. Not that their bad, but way overrated. Plus most will tell you learning mountain bike on clipless can cause issues. Learn to ride on flats so you get proper technique down, use the money for a better seat etc. Stuff to make your ride more comfortable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tigris99 View Post
    Dude your money is much better spent on many other things over clueless pedals. Not that their bad, but way overrated. Plus most will tell you learning mountain bike on clipless can cause issues. Learn to ride on flats so you get proper technique down, use the money for a better seat etc. Stuff to make your ride more comfortable.

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    Thanks for the advice, but it's too late lol. Bought the pedals and shoes yesterday. I can always transfer them to a new bike down the road. I would spend the money in better places, but I am still figuring that out. IMO the seat is fine but I don't have much to compare it to and I don't know what else I want/need.

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    nice bikes on here.

    dont' buy a seat until you learn to adjust the one you already have. Seat, brake lever and shifter adjustment is the #1 problem i see with bikers.

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    Raleigh Kodiak 2 only upgrades so far is crank bros 50/50 flats which I like so far. Upgrading quite a bit this winter. I bought this to make sure I was going to stick with mtb. So this winter I am upgrading to 1x11 new wheel and tire set and going tubeless. Dropper seat post possibly some other minimal things but we will see.


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    Upgraded my spring to an actual shock. Excited to ride it, feels grate around the neighborhood.


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    2 month old GT backwoods sport

    My new whip
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    Giant/Liv Tempt 3. Only upgrades so far are 5050 pedals. Love it so far.

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    Here's my entry level bike. It's an old Haro V2 i got off a coworker for $50. Had been sitting for a few years and needed some TLC. After a good cleaning, inspection, re-greasing, and new chain, it's running pretty great.
    Only mods so far are a Schwalbe Magic Mary 2.3 tire in the front and a Hans Dampf 2.3 in the back. I do have a RockShox Reba Team fork in the mail though.

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    Soon I shall have a pic to post

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    My entry level bike was a 2010 Scott Aspect 20. I heavily weighed the idea of upgrading it with decent parts or buying a new bike. I ended up scoring a really good deal on a Rocky Mountain Instinct 950 MSL and it was such a good decision. I would never have been able to upgrade the Scott to the same level for the same amount of money.

    Still have the Scott though, and do ride it occasionally when I don't feel like beating up the better bike


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    Your Entry Level MTB (Pics and Upgrades)

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    Jamis D29 All Custom
    Ritchey Seatpost
    Crank Brothers Cobalt 2 Rims
    Maxxis L.U.S.T. Ardent 29" x 2.25"
    1x1 setup with Truvativ crankset (SRAM XO 9x1 coming soon:-))
    SRAM Level T brakes
    Reba RockShox RL 100mm travel
    Marin Mtn XC series handlebars

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    After only a month on my cheapy ironhorse I stepped up my game yesterday. 16 stumpjumper comp 650b




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    Good job!

    It's nothing too fancy, but it has survived close to 2 years of my day in day out use and abuse.Your Entry Level MTB (Pics and Upgrades)-img_20160730_184025.jpgYour Entry Level MTB (Pics and Upgrades)-img_20160728_221455.jpg
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    Quote Originally Posted by jsmalls73 View Post
    My specialized pitch after a few rides on Texas trails! Attachment 1042539 only has some new to me pedals, borrow from a friend cause the stock ones sucked. Will be getting some even better ones soon.


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    Brand new here. Have got about 100 Miles on it and 13 staples to my head already. But I recently had my redemption and got right back out after 2 weeks out.

    Noob as it gets.I come from the car world and have a severe modding problem so I give it till spring for the frame to be the only original thing left.
    Giant ATX 2 Only mods so far
    Manitou Marvel 30 Fork
    Raceface 1x 32t
    Christmas should bring me new wheels,cassette and proper derailleur to get the 100% conversion.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WannaBeMTBer View Post
    Brand new here. Have got about 100 Miles on it and 13 staples to my head already. But I recently had my redemption and got right back out after 2 weeks out.

    Noob as it gets.I come from the car world and have a severe modding problem so I give it till spring for the frame to be the only original thing left.
    Giant ATX 2 Only mods so far
    Manitou Marvel 30 Fork
    Raceface 1x 32t
    Christmas should bring me new wheels,cassette and proper derailleur to get the 100% conversion.
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    Picked up my first bike, a 2015 Salsa El Mariachi!

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    Quote Originally Posted by theEschatologist View Post
    Picked up my first bike, a 2015 Salsa El Mariachi!

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    Sweet bike! Congrats
    2016 SC Heckler R build
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    Nashbar 29er (Rigid)

    Giggity!

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    Cool-blue Rhythm

    I started here:
    Scott Aspect 940, Tire size: 29 x 2.2
    With wet brakes New for $625, only upgrades were pedals and a better fork. In that $900
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    Was Fun but slow because I had no skills yet.

    Moved to a Full suspension New was $1800, got It new on a closeout for $1280. Upgrades were a 1x11 and better wheels,,tubeless.
    In that for $2500.
    Tire size 27.5 x 2.35
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    I got faster on this as I filled my skills bag..

    Recently Plus wheels came out and I have found Nirvana :P
    $1800 and moved my 1x11 to this plus bike.
    I am faster and far more happy as I found a bike better suited to my trails and my riding style. I missed Hard Tail efficiency and believe me It makes a profound difference...
    Tire size 27.5 x 2.8
    and yes that extra half Inch of tire width and being able to run lower tire pressures was a real game changer.
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    Happy to be back on a Hard Tail without the Harshness, I truly don't need rear suspension any more for two reasons.
    1) the plus tires taller sidewalls act as limited rear suspension.
    2) I am stronger now and can ride a Hard tail as they should be ridden.

    My road bike Is a Trek but I guess my Mtb's will always be Scott's as
    that's three In a row now, have test rode many brands and styles.
    Never been loyal to a brand before, But In the woods I'm a Scott rider, probably for life :P
    “I seek only the Flow”, "27.5+ Hard Tails Rock"
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    bit by bit over the past couple of years. The fork still original, but its working good enough for my purposes as I'm old

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    Frame Santa Cruz Highball CC 27.5 size small black
    Fork Magura TS8 Elect 100mm
    Headset and BB Chris King
    Drivetrain SRAM Eagle
    Brakes Magura MT8 Next 180mm Front rotor and 160mm back rotor
    Wheels Industry Nine TR245
    Tires Vredstein Black Cat

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    Diamondback Syncr

    Well it ain't here yet but here is what I ordered.

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    Trek Marlin 7 (2017) for me! Replaced the stock pedals with Saints and I love them! Already really contemplating a 1x conversion as I've never been off the middle ring Just not sure whether I want to sell this one and buy a hard tail with a lighter frame

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    I was looking at that bike on Craigslist for a while! By the time I had the cash together it was gone so I picked up a 2017 T3!

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    Got this frame for $427 USD...

    Built it up w/ parts I already had...



    Geo is hardly entry level, but the price point definitely is

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    It's been really good, but I just picked up a 2012 Fuel EX9 and the weight difference has got me jonesing for a lighter HT and maybe a 1x to make it even nicer.

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    2017 Diamondback Sync'r added KS Eten seatpost dropper. Added temporary fenders as it won't stop raining here.


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    to err is human... to face plant is frickin hilarious!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by targnik View Post
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    Lol you added it up after posting?
    2016 SC Heckler R build
    2012 CX Kona Jake
    Nashbar 29er (Rigid)

    Giggity!

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    Your Entry Level MTB (Pics and Upgrades)



    2017 Scott Aspect 940

    Upgrades:

    Cloud 9 sport saddle

    Odyssey twisted flat pedals

    removed all reflectors and added bell lights (from Walmart but they work) (pic was taken morning after I bought it, haven't remembered to take a new one)

    Added phone holder for riding the paved trails with the wife (and playing Pokémon go on said paved trail lol)

    Upcoming upgrades:

    SR Suntour epixon or raidon air fork

    Maybe a 1x conversion....


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    2017 Giant Talon 3. No upgrades yet.



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    2014 Trek Fuel ex 8. I've swapped the bars for box X carbon, race face 50mm stem, and odi Rogue grips. I also have a volume reducer in the shock from Push.



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    Just got back into the biking scene with this new to me Specialized Crave Comp. It's all stock but I plan to get some new grips and possibly converting it to a 1x soon.

    Pedals might come next but not 100% sure if I'm going clipless or platform yet.



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    Decided to pick up one for the wife too this past weekend. '15 Giant Talon 27.5 4

    Now everyone in the family has a bike!



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    Gettin back into the swing of things with my first non-box store bike. Looking forward to tinkering with and upgrading it over time.


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    Also my first non-dept store bike. Giant Revel 29er. No upgrades yet, but I'm loving this thing so far!

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    2017 Trek Marlin 5
    No upgrades yet, but I'll probably change the grips first, and I imagine I'll be replacing the derailleur at some point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cburns117 View Post
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    2017 Trek Marlin 5
    No upgrades yet, but I'll probably change the grips first, and I imagine I'll be replacing the derailleur at some point.
    That's a nice looking bike. This was the same one I originally wanted to get first when I wanted to get back into the mtb scene. I also agree that the grips were the first thing I wanted to change when I took it out for a test ride.

    Congrats.

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    Here's my 2013 or 2014 Fuji Nevada 4.0 which is completely stock right now.
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    I have some new tyres on the way, since these have been flat for so long they've cracked, and I might see about getting some inner tubes as well as they're cheap. Plus I need to start learning how to so some maintenance stuff to stop the chain slipping, I've heard that's helpful when you're trying to ride a bike

    Pretty much that's the minimum I need to get it usable again and I'll work my way up from there. Next up will be a shorter stem and a new saddle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by William24 View Post


    Also my first non-dept store bike. Giant Revel 29er. No upgrades yet, but I'm loving this thing so far!
    I love mine also , it's a 2015 Revel 29er !

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyb0rg View Post
    Decided to pick up one for the wife too this past weekend. '15 Giant Talon 27.5 4

    Now everyone in the family has a bike!
    nice, hope your wife likes riding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by targnik View Post
    Got this frame for $427 USD...

    Built it up w/ parts I already had...

    Geo is hardly entry level, but the price point definitely is

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    lol, that doesn't count. nice bike though.

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    my 2017 Giant Talon 3. bought it Feb 1st and have about 300 miles on it so far, loving it!

    upgrades so far:
    Fifty-Fifty Lockons
    Imrider flat pedals
    KS eten dropper post

    i took these pics today at the local trails. the river that runs next to the trail area is really high and was flooding part of the trail system. they ended up closing the trails right after i left today.

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    2017 Trek Marlin 6
    ODI Rogue Grips
    Shimano Saint Pedals
    WTB Volt Comp Saddle
    Suntour Raidon Fork
    2.2 Kenda Nevegals

    I love this bike... Buying it at this point in time was a terrible financial decision honestly haha, but gettong inro MTB was one of the best choices I've made in a long time. No regrets!


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    2017 Rockhopper Sport


    The only thing I have changed are the grips, saddle and pedals.


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    ODI Ruffian, WTB Rocket and Race Face Chester

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeneezy View Post
    2017 Rockhopper Sport


    The only thing I have changed are the grips, saddle and pedals.


    https://goo.gl/photos/mT2bseHSVP93xth99


    ODI Ruffian, WTB Rocket and Race Face Chester
    Love the colors on the hopper!
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    This is the bike I bought new in March 2000. I had never been on a mountain bike or even had been to a trail. I spent over $2K with accessories because I needed shoes, a hydration pack, etc. Plus I did upgrade the rear brake when it was new. It had a rim brake so I put a disc on it as it was disc ready and just a bolt-on process.


    It hasn't really been upgraded so much but I did replace the swing arm because it cracked. I also recently put a new brake lever for front on, not pictured yet.

    I still use the bike too (my main bike is a 2015 Scalpel 29 Carbon 3). But I just rode it just over a week ago.

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    This is my "entry level" bike. It's entry level to me as it's my first mtb.
    Rode for the first time this past weekend.
    I've come to the conclusion that my legs are not in shape lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rockhilltc View Post
    This is my "entry level" bike. It's entry level to me as it's my first mtb.
    Rode for the first time this past weekend.
    I've come to the conclusion that my legs are not in shape lol.

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    I'm new as well. I come from hiking and backpacking and it's amazing how I'm hurting in other parts I never felt before 😁

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    My entry level was a million years ago... starting off with an old '91 - 93' cannondale... can't remember. Looked similar to this...

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    Was a die-hard cannondale fan until my first Trek HT 29er.

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    I am brand new to trail riding. I just picked up my first real bike today.

    My LBS had a 2014 Trek Stache8 , I went to pick up an entry level Rockhopper, one ride on the Trek and it was over.

    I left it overnight so they can tune it and replace the rear tube.

    I am looking forward to learning to ride proerly and having fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jhamiltonMSU View Post
    I am brand new to trail riding. I just picked up my first real bike today.

    My LBS had a 2014 Trek Stache8 , I went to pick up an entry level Rockhopper, one ride on the Trek and it was over.

    I left it overnight so they can tune it and replace the rear tube.

    I am looking forward to learning to ride proerly and having fun.
    The Stache is an excellent bike, certainly far from entry level. A few of my buddies have them and they eat up the tough sections like nobody's business.

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    My 91 Hard Rock was the first mtn bike I purchased and we migrated from the flat lands of Michigan to Colorado in early 1993. The rest of the family followed within 6 months.


    You can't find the word 'vertical' in a Michigan dictionary but here in CO, I found my way to trails and learned the topography of Colorado Springs pretty fast. It's a steep curve for the inexperienced and brings on some pain or minor suffering while leaving it's mark in a way the summer sunshine tans flesh and makes some of those lessons a permanent imprint.


    It still has it's place in the garage and the changes are minor. I can't really call them upgrades but it is somewhat personalized. The left shifter quit working years ago so it now has an integrated shifter / brake. I spotted an old Schwinn metal-flake vinyl seat in outgoing trash at a health-rehab center and noted the orange/red highlights in it so I grabbed it to replace the boring looking black saddle. I've had that rear rack on it a long time and 4 or five years ago, added a kid seat that clamps to it in a unique way that is very handy and fast. First grand kid at the time got to bounce around in the fresh air. His dad was 6 years old when I got the bike. I added nicer grips and fender to it giving it an urban look. I've had a number of knobbie type tries but this last time I went with a smooth roller like the city bikes use. Still rides nice and is my only rigid bike. Works well as a spare and will always have the kiddo option so it's valuable beyond sentiment. First picture is on a trail in an area here known as Section 16 over by Manitou Springs probably going back 4 years or so. The other pictures are along Cottonwood Creek from late January.

    Within 8 or nine years, I bumped up to a modern bike of 2001, aluminum frame hard tail and now have a third 'modern' bike as of a bit over a month ago.




    In the Middle Ages, the biggest mistake was not putting on your armor because you were 'just going down to the corner.'

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    Quote Originally Posted by GoldFly View Post
    The Stache is an excellent bike, certainly far from entry level. A few of my buddies have them and they eat up the tough sections like nobody's business.
    I posted here as it is my "entry level" bike, I would consider this my first real bike.

    I spent a lot of time researching which bike I wanted/could afford. I sold off all of my home brewing equipment.

    I am glad that I was able to get a relatively new bike vs the 2008 Gt Sanction and Cannondale Prophet that I was looking at.

    I look forward to riding and building technical skills, if I do not over analyze everything, it is just the nature of a engineer ​I suppose.

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    Sweet looking bikes, love the colors. Stay consistent y'all and those pains become almost enjoyable in the future. I tend to look for the pain as proof of work being done.

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    2016 Trek Marlin 7, picked it up in Feb 2017 off craigslist for $400 and started mountain biking for the first time in 10+yrs....already ready to upgrade to a Full suspension so I can carry more speed through the rough stuff....hopefully in a few months. I have already conquered all of my local black diamond trails @ the Pueblo Reservoir, and some DH trails in Colorado Springs.

    Few mods I did myself....tires upgraded to Purgatory Grid Tubeless w/ stans, drilled out rivets for the 3rd ring to convert it to a 1x9 system, it's definitely gotten me stronger for sure....new grips, blew out the stock front brake last month and upgraded it to a Shimano M7000 SLX, rear is still the crappy tekro hydraulic brake, new flat pedals with bigger spikes for grip, old stock plastic ones were an issue when they got wet and my foot would slide around.

    I am probably now $800 into this bike, I should have steeped up my game and gotten a enduro right off the bat, this bike isn't made for what I'm doing with it, lol. I've had the wheels trued twice, and they are now bent again from doing 2ft+ drops at speed and charging through rock gardens......huge money pit.

    Before (stock):
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    After all the mods/adjustments:

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    Access Growler Charlie 27.5+

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    Finally got a mountain bike ! The weather is rainy though.

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    Had a 1999 Marin Rocky Ridge just for rides around a camp ground. A couple years ago I found some trails at Hueston Woods. Thought it was cool. I used to ride motor bikes all the time, but that's expensive. A friend of mine I used to ride with told me he started MTB and told me about Idlewild, KY. So I went shopping. Bought this on clearance for $650. GT Backwoods Expert.Your Entry Level MTB (Pics and Upgrades)-gt-backwoods6.jpg

    Big mistake. As soon as the rest of my family found out, I had to buy all of them new bikes too.
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    Built a hardtail. Just waiting for a 1mm rotor shim so I can get the rear brake working/aligned properly. Got some spd pedals as well

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    Hi everyone, new to the fourm here. Here's my first mountain bike that's not from Walmart lol.

    2015 Kona Cinder Cone
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    1x10 Conversion
    Raceface 32T Front Chainring
    Wolftooth Giantcog 42T rear chainring
    Wolftooth goatlink
    Deore Shadow + Derailleur
    WTB Beeline 2.2 Rear/Vigilante 2.3 Front
    WTB i23 Frequency tubeless wheels

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaw2floor View Post
    Built a hardtail. Just waiting for a 1mm rotor shim so I can get the rear brake working/aligned properly. Got some spd pedals as well


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    nice build, looks solid!

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    Love it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeneezy View Post
    I'm new as well. I come from hiking and backpacking and it's amazing how I'm hurting in other parts I never felt before 😁
    i get this at the beginning of each season. You'll love it over time.

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    Just picked up a giant fathom, my first bike in probably 10 years, been wanting to get into biking again and do some trail riding. Definitely more then I wanted To spend but I like to buy things right the first time and I don't forsee any pricey upgrades needed for this for quite some time. Can't wait to get some time on this thing love the color.

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    Your Entry Level MTB (Pics and Upgrades)

    My first entry level bike was back 97 when I moved out of Mom & Dads to go to college. My drivers license was suspended so I picked up a new Cannondale M300 to commute to school on.


    Now that my kids are old enough to keep up, I'm the last in line for a new bike. This is my new entry level ride.
    2016 Charge Cooker 27.5+, only upgrade so far is a pair of Double Shot pedals. Hoping to upgrade the fork soon. I tried a RockShox XC32 but my tire rubbed.

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    ^^ Looks sweet rigid.. just sayin
    2016 SC Heckler R build
    2012 CX Kona Jake
    Nashbar 29er (Rigid)

    Giggity!

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    2012 Tanuki with the major components upgraded. Rides very well.

    Digital bathroom scale says 27lbs, but it's probably closer to 29.

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    Diamondback Mason Trail 27-5+

    Race Face Chester Pedals
    WTB Pure V Race Saddle
    Ergon Grips
    Rockbros underseat saddle

    And a $29 bike Stand from aldi's that's great!

    Love this bike! Rides so great




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    Quote Originally Posted by Wool Verigne View Post
    2012 Tanuki with the major components upgraded. Rides very well.

    Digital bathroom scale says 27lbs, but it's probably closer to 29.

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    Oh, what a beautiful bike!

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    After many months of researching, I finally got my first bike. This is a 2016 Ghost Kato 7 – managed to get an air fork, shimano brakes, and solid components all for $900. Thank you very much REI sales for keeping me in my 1k price range. Took it for its first ride this afternoon and had a blast. Had to share my excitement with the world.
    I was actually deciding between this bike and the Diamondback Mason Trail. Decided on the Ghost because it was available in store, cheaper, and had some higher quality components.

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    2017 Specialized Rockhopper Sport. Upgraded from wal mart Next bike. Just getting in to the Sport.Your Entry Level MTB (Pics and Upgrades)-img_0037.jpg

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    My entry level ride

    2017 Scott Aspect 940

    Changed seat and pedals that's it. Still a blast to ride!


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    I bought my first mountain bike in 1991, a Giant Iguana. That one has been modified into a commuter bike. A few years ago I found a hardly used, all original 1991 Raleigh Technique Instinct at a thrift store for $25. I use that for bike path riding with the wife or cruising around the campground. I also have a 2000 Schwin Super Sport road bike. A couple years ago I dealt with cancer and due to surgery and treatment I couldn't ride any of my bikes so I bought a Specialized Expedition "comfort bike". Well, I'm better now and can ride my other bikes and the Expedition was just hanging on the wall. So off to the LBS I went and traded it in on a 2017 Rockhopper Sport. I liked it so much and was really getting in to off road riding again. Then I started reading these forums. The LBS has a 30 day return policy and on day 30 I brought the Sport back, coughed up so more $$ and walked out with the Pro model. My wallet is a little lighter, but so is my bike.

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    2017 Raleigh Tokul 2. Loving this thing so far. No upgrades yet but pedals, dropper post, and Race Face narrow/wide are on the short list.

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