Forge Sawback 7xx initial run down
Ok, so I got most of the 7xx adjusted and took it for a quick ride down the street and back a few days ago. I was on my way out so I didn't have time to shift through all the gears but the bike felt really smooth and the suspension was extremely soft. I have it set for the most travel and rebound and it was like riding on a cushion of air when I was bouncing on the pedals. It's probably a little soft for off-road use so I need to set the sag and gears and then it'll be ready for some off-road tests. I'll keep you posted.
Welp, here is my first mountain bike. 2006 Giant Pistol 1. It was a demo bike for one season, then I scooped it up. Other than some small scratches and dings, it's in great shape. Got it at a killer price. Should do me well for awhile until I decide to step up to something a bit better.
I was about the pull the trigger on a Forge 5xx, but I'm thankful that I found this. Way better components for an even better price. I love finding stuff used!!
Congrats on the new bike! I was following your thread over on nasioc, believe it or not. Glad you found a good deal.
Haha, awesome! Always good to hear from NASIOC members!
Originally Posted by MATT0404
Still trying to figure out the adjustments on the deraileurs.. sigh.
Congratulations on the ride, Holycrikey. You ended up with a nice bike there. Looks like you can find a good deal if you are willing to put the time in. Maybe try picking up a MTN bike maintenance book for the derailleurs(heard zinns' book is good). Either that or Youtube and parktool are very helpful.
I've gone almost 200km's now (over 120 miles) since I bought my bike a couple weeks ago and my shifting hasn't given me any problems yet. Since they said I'd have to bring it back within the first couple weeks or so for adjustment, I was planning on getting it to the bike shop for a free adjustment after break in but it doesn't seem to be happening. The snow will be flying pretty soon and I guess I won't be getting any adjustments done until at least spring by the looks of it.
I've had my 2008 Ibex Alpine 650 ( hardtail ) for ~ 1year now. *** It's been great and I've updgraded " just cuz" with the exception of the wheels I got yesterday :D because I bent my front on a jump ( my version of one anyway :) and I told my wife that " it just made no sense to only buy 1 wheel;) and brake levers ( broke 1 but bought 2 for same reason - see a pattern? )
Upgrades to date:
* Panaracer Fire XC Pro tires
* Cane Creek Thudbuster suspension seatpost( $75 from owner of LBS:thumbsup: )
* Oury grips
* Mavic 717 rims w/ XT hubs
* Shimano DX clipless pedals ( I think they're M646, maybe 647, something like that )
* $5 stem I bought at a swap meet ( 90mm versus the 115mm that came with it )
* Avid SpeedDial brake levers
***After purchase I read with dismay some of the 'issues' surrounding Ibex but I've been happy. I simply don't have the $$ to make a statement with my purchases - just bought what I thought was as much bike as I could get for my limited dollars. If I had the money to buy LBS then I wouldn't be talking about my entry level bike. Ha:thumbsup:
This mountain biking thing surely is a passion/obsession/just plain fun thing. I'm not much of a mechanical, tinkerer type but I could be out in my garage or on these boards or looking at magazines all day.
Peace and happy trails.
I roll on a Warrior Disc. Here is what I did.
1. Shimano Deore LX long cage rear derailer.
2. Shimano Deore LX front derailer.
3. Shimano Deore LX trigger shifters.
4. Avid TI adjustable brake levers.
5. FSA Carbon Kforce riser bars.
6. FSA Carbon SLK seatpost.
7. Q2 Carbon Stem.
8. Cane Creek S2 headset.
9. Rockshox Tora 302SL 100mm forks.
10. Sram Chain and 9 speed Cassette.
11. WTB Speed V Comp Saddle.
12. Panaracer Fire XC Pro tires.
Most of the parts were purchased on E@ay and the rest from various online retailers.
I just received my Motobecane Fantom Trail today :D
No upgrades yet, but I'll be getting a computer and new peddles tomorrow.
How is that entry level?
Originally Posted by musky
Here is my 2006 Marin Attack Trail
Nice Marin. :thumbsup:
Originally Posted by D1PHAM
I have GOT to stop looking at FS bikes! HAHAHA! I think for my 1 year mark I'll drop around 3 grand on something fancy. :eek:
Got her finished about 2 weeks ago. Started with an upgraded Schwinn that a friend built me to give this a try. Loved it right from the start and began building this bike right away. I've been riding a little less than 3 months now.
I have a RMB Fusion in 15in. Its a pretty good comuter as i havent hardly used the 3 chainring yet and can still average 13mph on a 30mile ride with a lot of hills. I dont have pictures of it yet as i have been to busy riding it. I just got it 4 days ago and have rode it for 30miles each day off and on road and havent noticed anything wrong with it yet. I'm I the only one on here with a RMB fusion? All the RMB i see are FS not XC.
look at the bottom of page 1. I have a Rocky Mountain Fusion.
Also just because a bike is FS doesn't mean it isn't XC.
Have you had any problems with the components on it? I heard that the BB is worthless after a month or two. I was wondering what kind of riding will it stand up to
Originally Posted by dana109
I've ridden it around 3-5 days a week since June. I ride a lot of rooty single track. It isn't a downhill bike. But for XC it is a solid bike. I haven't had any problems except with the wheels coming out of true. But the shop took care of that with a tune up.
Thanks for answers i just wanted to find out before something went wrong and I didnt have a part.
Here's my 2006 Marin Northside Trail I just recently bought from a LBS for $430 out the door. It was new old stock that they had, never ridden. It's completely stock for now but as shown in the picture, I have a M961 XTR front derailer, Race Face Evolve crankset and XTR brake cables. As of this morning, I just ordered an XT rear derailer. Piece by piece i'm going to can the stock components.
Here is my 06 Marin Bobcat Trail all stock except the seat. I upgraded to a WTB Power V seat.
Here's my '08 Gary Fisher Tassajara. This was my first new bike after my last bike was stolen more than 10 years ago. I thought about getting a FS but didn't want to drop too much $ and figured I'd get a decent hardtail instead. Cost $899
Upgrades so far:
WTB Pure V Saddle (stock Bontrager was a torture device)
WTB Velociraptor Tires (stock Bontrager Jones just didn't cut it in the loose stuff around here)
XT rear derailleur (busted the original LX)
Ergon Grips (help with the numbness)
Red Salsa Skewers (Mainly because the stock Shimanos were a pain, they didn't clear the shock on the lever side. Plus these look purty)
Crank Brothers Mallet C Pedals (gotta go clipless)
Rockshox Reba Team (This was a warranty replacement after the stock Toras blew out. I'm certainly not complaining)
Just made a purchase today. 2008 Giant Rincon
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I love the look of that rincon. You can't go wrong with OD green and flat black
I know. It's part of the reason I liked it. I saw the 2009 model and was like no way. It looks like every other bike and the components were the same. I love the design of the frame and color is like icing on the cake I cant wait to get it dirty.
that's a pretty sweet looking paint job! Almost looks army!
I dig that bike. How much did it set you back if you don't mind me asking.
Originally Posted by Bikerkid
Very nice Rincon! I love that flat olive green! Awesome color.
I'd just ditch the reflectors :)
It set me back $420 and he threw in a free water bottle.lol
Originally Posted by Lbsigman
Thank you sir. I rode it to the the pole to go vote today and she rides nice.Yeah I already took off the front and rear ones but I cant get the ones in the spokes out w/o scratching the finish in the spokes.
Originally Posted by holycrikey
there should be little white "screws" on the reflector. Just turn those woth a regular screwdriver and the reflector should slide down and you can pull it out.
My daughter's Hardrock.
Here is my Iron Horse Quantum II
Rock Shox Dart 1 Fork
Hayes MX4 Disc Brakes
Truvativ X-Flow Crank
Shimano Acera Rear Derailer
WTB Speed V Saddle
Wellgo MG-1 Pedals
WTB Velociraptor 2.1 Tires
Race Face Next XC Handlebars
Avid BB7 Brake upgrade
Rock Shox Recon Fork
Small upgrades from stock...
Race Face Evolve longer Steam
Ritchey Comp Seat post
DMR V8 pedals White
Selle Italia saddle.
stoo61 - which saddle is that? ^
Here is my Motobecane Fantom Comp DS start it on 32.5 lbs, on the first pic i already upgraded crankset and wheelset to shimano Deore and Vuelta XRP Team SL and Saddle with Selle Italia Onda , then i upgraded handlebar with Easton Monkey Lite SL, Headset with Cane Creek S-8, Cassette with Shimano XT, Saddle again with Nashbar Race 190 gr. , Front Suspension with Rock shox Reba Team U-turn, Pushloc and now the bike weight 28 lbs , i'm very happy with the performance of this bike and i will onlu upgrade again as is need it
Actual Bike Set Up
Frame TripleActive 4B, 3"/4"/5" Travel - Four Bar Rocker Arm. Gussetted SL 7005 Aluminum (Disc Brake Equipped) SuperSmooth Sealed Cartridge Bearings at critical pivots, replaceable rear derailleur hanger
Fork/Rear Shock RockShox REBA TEAM WITH UTURN ADJUSTABLE TRAVEL (85-115MM) TurnKey LOCKOUT COMPRESSION and PUSHLOC /Rockshox Ario 2.2 Air with Rebound and LOCKOUT
Crankset Shimano Deore Hollowtech
Bottom Bracket Shimano Deore
Pedals Plataform witth toe clips
Front Derailleur Shimano Deore LX
Rear Derailleur Shimano XT long cage
Shifters Shimano Deore LX Rapid Fire 27 speed trigger shift
Cassette/Freewheel Shimano XT cs-750
Chain Z9000 super narrow 9 speed
Hubs Vuelta forged alloy with high flanged hubs with CNC machined 6 bolt rotor mounts
Spokes 2.2mm stainless bladed Count: Front: 28 Rear: 28 Lacing: 3 cross Nipple: Brass CP Finish
Rims XRP Vuelta Team SL
Tires/Tubes Panaracer FireXC PRO 26x2.1 / Presta Valve
Brakes Avid Juicy 3 Hydraulic Disc front and rear, 160mm rotor
Brake Levers Avid Juicy 3 Hydraulic
Headset Cane Creek S-8
Handlebar Easton Monkey Lite SL Riser Bar
Stem Ritchey Comp Aluminum threadless
Tape/Grip WTB DualCompound
Saddle Nashbar Race Saddle 190 gr.
Seat Post Ritchey Comp Mountain 31.6mm aluminum
Seat Post Clamp Super Light Aluminum
Size Small 42c
well on the las pic instead of the first pic i mean it, i uploaded the pics in wrong orther
Here is my ride: a Trek 4300. Got is used in good condition for a great price.
LX cranks, derailleurs, and cassette
Mavic XC 717 wheels with XT hubs
Avid BB7 disc brakes
Crank Bros Mallet C pedals
WTB Speed V saddle
A couple of things I've learned. If you are sure you want to be riding for a long time, save the necessary funds to get what you want at the start. The wait will kill you but will be more efficient. If on the other hand, you are just wanting to try it out then get the best used bike you can afford. When you are hooked you can then decide if you want to upgrade by bargain shopping like I did or if you are going to want/need more bike (I don't), in which case just ride what you've got until you get the necessary funds for your next bike. I probably should have listened to this advice from the outset...but I wanted a bike right then:)
Where did you get those bar end caps?
Originally Posted by flipside
'09 Fisher Wahoo Disc
My first post on MTBR!
Here's my recent purchase. So new it still has the reflectors on! :D
I got them from Purely Custom
Originally Posted by 2ndtime04gt
Tip of the week: rubber side goes down.
Originally Posted by zerohnine
There are some good looking bikes posted.
Here is a real entry level bike - 01 Wallyworld Mongoose. Good for kicking it around the yard or the occasional street ride. It wouldn't hold up on trails.
Upgrades: Those $7 Forte slicks.
All I can really tell you is what it says on it. San Marco, pretty sure its Selle Itallia too....I haven't got it just now, loaned it to someone.
Originally Posted by Hopping_Rocks
My Warrior 3.5 taken minutes after purchase!!
Brakes: Avid BB-5 w/ 160mm rotor
Levers: Avid FR-5
Frame: Double Butted Aluminum Hardtail
Bottom Bracket: FSA
Crankset: FSA Gamma, 42/32/22T Alloy
Seatpost: FSA SL-280
Stem: FSA ST-OS-190LX
Handlebar: FSA XC-282A-OS, 18mm rise
Wheelset: Hubs: Alloy Disc, 32H; Rim: WTB SX-24, 32H w/ eyelets
Chain: KMC HG-73
Fork: Marzocchi Race, 100mm travel
Rear Shock: NA
Pedals: Shimano M505 Clipless
Cassette: SRAM PG-950, 11/34T, 9-speed
Shifters: SRAM SX5 Triggers
Rear Derailleur: SRAM X.7
Front Derailleur: SRAM X.7, low clamp
Saddle: WTB Pure V Sport
Grips/Tape: WTB Technical Trail Grip
Tires: WTB Weirwolf 26 x 2.1
Headset: Zero Stack
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Originally Posted by GroverTheClover
Nice job on the upgrade list... I'm now actually thinking about getting the Panaracer's instead of the WTB Velociraptor's.
BTW I regret everyday not choosing the Maverick 5.0 (got my Quantum II for the same price)...that green is sick!
Originally Posted by cyrix
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":D )
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.
07 Cannondale F3:
FSA V-drive Crankset
SRAM Powerglide II PG-980 cassette
Panaracer Fire XC Pro tires
Forte Classic saddle