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  1. #301
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    ^actually my bike never had reflectors because it is custom, but mostly you remove them because every ounce you dont carry up the trail the better. Dont take it personally, wasnt meant too be a personal shot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by louisssss
    ^^ so u remove the reflectors so they they don't cause you any serious injury when on some rocky trails?
    i see, well i must not be a serious mtbiker lol

    i installed armadillo crossroad tires on mine so i can get a smoother and less resistant ride in NYC roads.

    i did keep my original tires tho so i can pop em on when i go off road
    there's not a single reflector on my bike and I ride it on road, path, and trail. I never ride my bike on roads that are more than lightly traveled at night, and in the day they're practically useless anyway. I always stay alert of movement around me be it pedestrians, bikers, or cars so I know what's coming.

    the majority of my riding is on a college campus for 8 months of the year, and on the trails during the summer. I don't need the reflectors and I don't use them.

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    Cool-blue Rhythm My old, reliable bike

    I'm new here, so i don't have some big-name bike to show. It's my reliable full suspension cheap MTB, who has served me well. It has stock parts, exept karbon pedals and shimano v-brakes. I'm planning to buy a bike with a name, so if you have any suggestion, you're welcome. I'm from Croatia, so please have that in mind. And please, it would be nice if it costs under 1500$.




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    19” 2008 Jamis Dakar XC

    Pedals: Eggbeater C
    Wheels: XT CL hubs/717 rims/DT Comp spokes
    Tires: Kenda Karma DTC
    Brakes: Hayes 9 hydraulic
    Rear derailleur: XT shadow
    Cassette: XT 8-speed
    Stem: Sette edge 110mm
    Handlebar: Sette FX carbon flat bar
    Seat post: Sette APX (cut)
    Saddle: Sette NYX

    Starting weight: 35.3 lbs
    Current weight: 29.2 lbs

    I suppose this bike would have been considered “entry level” when I got it. I’d like to think that if upgraded it into more of a mid level bike, although I’ve seen a lot of pretty nice “entry level” bikes in this thread. It’s made through one 24-hour race (on a team, not solo), and it will be doing a 100-miler next month.

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    My 2009 Specialized Hardrock Sport Disc 15". I upgraded the forks to Rockshox Tora 302 and put a Truvativ crankset on it.

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    Here's my GF Wahoo....few years old, but was in real good shape when I picked it up off craigslist end of last year.

    Replaced pedals to shimano spd and broke the rear derailleur about a month after I bought it, and OURY lock ons. Replaced rear Alivio with SLX, and even without changing shifters there was a night and day difference.





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    2008 Giant XtC2
    upgrades
    Sunline lock on grips
    Kenda 2.3 K-Rads
    BB7 185mm front brake
    Tora 318 Solo Air fork
    Lizard Skin chainstay protector

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    Hey lesrace what size lizard skin do you have? What is the size of your chainstay at both ends? Looks like it tappers.

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    I went with the jumbo size. front is 1-3/8" tapers down to 15/16" and is around 3/4" thick all the way through.
    Last edited by Lesrace82; 07-03-2009 at 02:46 PM.

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    Here is my first FSMTB. I love this bike it is a 29er and it rides great, took the bike out for the first time on a trail in NJ, and it was great.





    Some upgrades was the seat, seat post, handale bars, and went tubless.
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    Nice ride ZGOZZ.
    I think your bike may be a tad better than an entry level rig, but since it is your first FS rig, we will let it slide............= )

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    Quote Originally Posted by savagemann
    Nice ride ZGOZZ.
    I think your bike may be a tad better than an entry level rig, but since it is your first FS rig, we will let it slide............= )
    I am a conplete newbe thanks. From what my buddy who owns a elsworth he thinks it is LOL
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    Hahaha....no worries. You got a nice rig.

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    Do I see a pattern here? Everybody loves a Dart?

    Had a Pilot C on mine.. 80mm I believe it was and on a Trek4900... can't find any pictures of the darn bike though without a whole buch of mods on it.

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    Here's my turd, I think its around 6 years old.





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    2009 Trek 4300 Disc





    2009 Trek 4300 Disc
    -Argon Grips
    -Shimano M520 Pedals
    -Maxxis Ardent 2.25 (front and rear)
    -Rock Shox Tora 318 Solo Air Fork
    -Cateye Micro Wireless Computer

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    i was so close to getting that, insted i got the 2010 4300 disk. looks killer.

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    My entry level bike.

    1995 Trek6500. Upgrades are the state of the art MAG21. Recovered the seat with a piece of vinyl and a staple gun. Also added Tektro V-brakes to replace the alivio cantilevers.

    Behind it is my second "real" mountain bike, a '97 Pro~Flex Beast FS.


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    Traded the orange 09 Hardrock a couple post above for this 09 Rockhopper Comp Disc yesterday. Much happier!


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    Quote Originally Posted by jonw9
    1995 Trek6500. Upgrades are the state of the art MAG21. Recovered the seat with a piece of vinyl and a staple gun. Also added Tektro V-brakes to replace the alivio cantilevers.
    Did you ever lube its chain?

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    I did, many moons ago. I saw that rusted thing hanging there, which is why I noted it had been hanging 9in the garage) for a long while.

    It also saw its share of WD-40 back in college as well. I am not proud of it, but the Internets weren't what they are now.

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    2009 Trek 3900 18"
    Upgrades:
    BB7 discs
    Sun-Ringle Rhyno Lite with DMR Revolver hubs - LBS hand built
    Truvativ Stylo 1.1 32T Crankset
    Shimano 11-30 Cassette
    Third Eye Jump-stop
    Rock Shocks Tora SL Solo Air

    Already on my 4th set of wheels in 10 weeks... hopefully some non-Bontrager hand built wheels will keep up with me. Now that I know I'm sticking with 1x8, I'm going to throw a short-cage derailleur and new levers on soon. Probably rebuild the headset and handlebars while I'm at it. I know it's a cheapy, but I love this little frame!
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    Here's my stock 2010 Hardrock w/ disc brakes.




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    Bike's two day old, just got back into Mtnbikes after a 10 year hiatus. Harvey frame, Bontrager rims, Raceface cranks and seatpost, Shimano XT components, Cane Creek headset and bottom bracket, hydrolic brakes, Manitou air shock and forks and Kenda tires.


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    Heres mine- a 1998 Trek 7000 ZX frame with almost everything on it modified by the previous owner.


    If I get a chance, I will replace this picture with a better, more scenic one on the trail, but until then, this will suffice

    Here are the specs from when I got it:
    Frame: 1998 Trek 7000ZX Frame
    Fork: Magura Quake C
    Wheels: Forte Terramax
    Cranks: LX Hollowtech
    Shifters/Derailleurs: all Shimano XT
    Tires: Racing Ralph
    Brakes: Hayes HFX Mag
    Handlebars: Topo XC 220
    Saddle: Forte Team Ti Rails
    Headset: Cane Creek S6
    Seatpost: Icon Aluminum
    Pedals: plastic!

    So far I have upgraded the pedals to Crank Bros Eggbeater C's and the tires to Panaracer Smoke and Dart. I am going to be ordering a new wheelset from BWW, probably their pure rims with XT hubs and supercomp spokes.

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    what size frame is that? its making your wheels look tiny...
    Nice bike btw- the Darth Vader name is pretty fitting

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    my 2006 gary fisher advance...ESI grips, WTB laser seat, bontrager lightweight seatpost.

    i'd like to get some new tires, maybe try tubeless or something...eventually i wanna upgrade to clipless, when i can find a good deal on shoes and pedals...also, i'm kinda sorta looking for a new fork, but that's not a priority at all.

    i'm just curious...exactly how much upgrading is it worth to do on an entry-level bike? i've heard that, even for entry-level bikes, it's almost worth upgrading everything until the frame breaks, then switching all the "good" components onto a new frame. i'm still of the mentality of keeping stuff until it breaks, then upgrading from there (which is my plan of attack thus far).
    I ride a 26'er with tubes and rim brakes.
    Yeah, I'm basically living in the stone age.

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    Thought I'd post my Trek 6500 w/ hydro discs. It stock with the following upgrades:

    Ergon GR2 grips
    Selle Lookin Athletic Gel saddle
    Cateye Strada Wireless computer
    Knog Frog LED lights on the front and back

    On order:

    Shimano PD-M324 pedals
    Pearl Izumi shoes

    Unfortunately, I do most of my riding while commuting to work or on back country roads. I have to drive about 45 minutes to a local trail system and it's tough to find the time with a job, three kids and a wife. I just couldn't come to grips with buying a road bike though. The occasional trips to the trails are well-worth it. One of the best things I bought for biking is a Camelback Blowfish. Holds a ton of water, some Cliff Bars, pump, tubes, etc. Here's some pics....








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    09 Gary Fisher Wahoo disc.

    Upgraded quite a few components on it.

    RaceFace Deus XC handlebars and stem
    RaceFace Evolve XC seat post
    WTB Pure V Race saddle
    ODI Yeti lock on grips
    RaceFace Evolve XC cranks and BB
    Azonic Accelerator pedals
    Deore LX dereuller
    Deore 9 sp cassette and XT chain
    SLX shifters
    XTR brake levers







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    I'm still riding this bike today. It's a 1993 Jamis Explorer XR that was rigid. I didn't ride much at all from 95-2008 so it's pretty much full of components from 1994.



    Upgrades:

    Fork: Rock Shox Mag 21
    Stem: Control Tech 135mm 0 degree rise
    Bar: Nuke Proof Carbon
    Seatpost: Control Tech
    Seat: Flite Ti
    Rims: Mavic 230 TIB
    Front Hub: Ringle Supebubba
    Rear Hub: Nuke Proof Bombshell 7 speed
    Bottom Bracket: White Industries Titanium
    Cranks: Topline (in purple!)
    Brakes: Dia-Compe 987 cantis (in purple!)
    Bar Ends: Control Tech (in purple!)
    Shifters/Derailleurs: Stock Shimano Exage
    Tires: Picture shows Tioga Psycho-K/Ritchey Z-Max WCS, now Kenda Smallblock 8s
    Pedals: Onza H.O.
    Bottle Cage: Ringle (in purple!)

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    2009 Schwinn Frontier

    Look who's coming to dinner.
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    No pic's. this is my first post. Rockin an 03 Ironhorse Maverick. Stock. Just cleaned the chain & sprockets for the first time ever. Other than what gets washed off when I go through a stream. Although I have hosed it off a time or two.

    It needs work now. I think a new chain and rear cassett? Noisey since I cleaned and oiled it.

    Looking to possibly find a leftover Ironhorse Warrior or get a Specialised Hardrock disc.

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    My 09 rockhopper pro. Got it off craigslist a few weeks ago. Upgraded forks, bars, stem, pedals, front brake. Alot of the stock parts that were originally on the bike were swapped out for lower quality parts when I got her... Was kinda of a bummer, but it gives me an excuse to do a few upgrades.
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    09 trek 4300 disc

    <a href="http://s66.photobucket.com/albums/h258/starrjewel/?action=view&current=IMG00106.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://i66.photobucket.com/albums/h258/starrjewel/IMG00106.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a>

    upgrades:
    odi lock-on grips
    tora318 coil
    m520 pedals
    bontrager 2.35 up front
    spesh bg saddle
    sram x7 drivetrain
    sram pg970 cassette
    sram pc-951 chain
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    This is my first Mtb...its a Singular Swift Single Speed, 29er...

    As for specs....uhhh it has an Origin-8 Pro Pulsion Pro Sweep Flat Bar, Avid BB7's, some Shimano SPD Pedals, some random Shimano Cranks, the gearing is 32x18 I think, and I don't remember much more atm...
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    My first real mtb. '08 Haro Escape Sport, got her at the beginning of May.

    I changed the stem to a specialized one with a higher rise, bought a BBB FreeBar for an extra 2 inches of handlebar width, got ErgonGp1 grips, and a Sigma computer. EDIT: Forgot to add that I got Wellgo LU95 BMX pedals for it

    My BB7 203mm Front brakes are in due in the next 2 days.

    Here are pics of my dirty precious:



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    '07 Iron Horse Azure Comp

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    Wow there are a lot of pretty bikes on here!

    Here is mine, I took this photo today!



    My first mountain bike, a 2006 Weyless XP that I bought off of Craigslist.org

    Here are the stats:

    Manitou swinger adjustable shock, Manitou 1 minute fork 110-130mm of travel, Shimano XT derailer, Deore shifters, Avid mechanical disk brakes, Truvative firex cranks, Thompson seatpost, WTB hubs and seat, Kenda Nevagal tires

    It cost me $400. You guys think that was a good deal for a begining bike?
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    damn good deal!!!! lol theres nothing like that on craigslist here!!!
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    I'm loving this thread. It's making me feel a llittle better about spending more in mods than I paid for the bike. I thought I was alone lol.

    Me and the girlfriend bought two Specialized Hardrock disks at the same time. Hers has remained stock other than some pink handlebar grips and water bottle.

    Mine has:
    203mm BB7 with cleansweep G2 rotors and ceramic pads up front
    185mm BB7s, same setup rear
    Speed dial 7 levers
    Upgraded SRAM chain (broke it the second day I owned it)
    Rock Shox Revelation dual air fork
    WTB Mutano tires

    Next will be the gears and shifters. Then anything I can do to lighten it.

    I'm loving every second of modding this bike. I hadn't ridden one in over 10 years and wanted a beginner yet "real" mountain bike. It's so much fun doing one upgrade at a time and seeing the result. What's really nice is I ride the girlfriend's bike from time to time so I can really see the difference the mods have made.

    Someone asked the question at what point do you stop the mods and move to a better bike. I've wondered the same thing. One thing I've tried to do is buy good enough components where if I decide to buy a really nice frame one day I can transfer the good stuff over to it.

    Of all the mods, I have to say the fork made the biggest difference. Also, the large BB7s have sooooo much better modulation than the stock 160mm Tektros and of course power too.

    I'll dig up some pictures tomorrow of both bikes.

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    My and my gf's 820's. We just got these a couple months ago. They do the job, but lately I'm having issues shifting between the 1st and 2nd front chainrings. Stupid SIS derailleur probably.




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    Previous bike was a Schwinn Mesa GSX from like mid 90's i guess haha. Hadnt rode in a good 6-7 years. Wanted to get back into it again so i went and got a new bike...so i consider this really my first real setup and its "my" entry level bike and it has def resparked my passion for riding.




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    ^that is not even close to be entry level.
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    Great thread! It's awesome to see people get out there and ride. No matter the bike, if it puts a smile on your face, then that is a great bike!!!

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    My second bike, but my first FS.






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    Just got this '07 GF Piranha. All stock as far as I can tell, except the funky bar end things.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Vtolds
    We remove them for the same reason we remove kick stands, you just dont need them on the trail. Any half serious rider doesnt use there mountain bike on the road, so you just dont need them.
    Any fully-serious rider rides to the trails

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    Here's mine... 2010 4300.


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    09 RH comp




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    '09 specialized rockhopper comp disc frame 17"
    '10 Recon Race soloair/MoCo poplock
    Alligator Serration 160mm Ti-Nitride
    Avid Juicy7
    Bontrager XXX lite grips
    Cane Creek S3
    Crank Brothers Eggbeater C, Ward Ti spindles
    DTswiss445D rims, 1.8mm spokes
    Easton Monkeylite XC carbon, 31.8
    Jagwire Hyflow Hose and fittings
    Jagwire Ripcord housings, cables
    Kenda Nevegal 2.1 Stick-E front
    Kenda Nevegal 1.95 Stick-E Lite rear
    KMC X9 SL gold
    MRP 1.X chainguide
    RaceFace Evolve 175mm cranks, EXI BB
    RaceFace 34T Single ring
    RaceFace NextSL seatpost, 30.9
    Race Face Ride stem, 60mm
    Sette Lynx saddle
    Shimano Deore Xt front hub
    Shimano M475L rear hub
    Sram X.9 short cage
    Sram PC 980, 11-34T
    Sram x.5 trigger shifter
    Stan's Tubeless Kit

    ~24.4 lbs and dropping
    parts costs.. $a lot
    labor costs.. $0

    need new wheels
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    2008 Trek 6000



    Upgrades:
    Avid BB7
    Mavic XC717
    XT Hubs
    DT Comp Spokes
    Alligator Bulletproof Brake/Shift Housings
    Alligator Stainless PTFE Cables
    Sram PG970 Cassette

    Will eventually upgrade fork, derailleurs, headset, crank, and other random parts.

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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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    Upgrades





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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.
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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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    Wifes-2010 Trek 3700

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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

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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
    I ride a 26'er with tubes and rim brakes.
    Yeah, I'm basically living in the stone age.

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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
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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).
    I ride a 26'er with tubes and rim brakes.
    Yeah, I'm basically living in the stone age.

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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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    Quote Originally Posted by Lambdamaster
    wow you've dumped $650 into that thing?? you know you can't get nearly that much back right??
    otherwise, loving the color
    dont really plan on getting any of it back
    and i dunno if you think i spent 650 extra or what but i got 650 total including the bike, shipping, and taxes

    i paid 280 for the bike itself
    then 240 for the fork
    40 for the pedals
    90 for the rear shock

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    Quote Originally Posted by hondaman01
    dont really plan on getting any of it back
    and i dunno if you think i spent 650 extra or what but i got 650 total including the bike, shipping, and taxes

    i paid 280 for the bike itself
    then 240 for the fork
    40 for the pedals
    90 for the rear shock
    Oh I see, I thought you heaped $650 on it in addition to the bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by the-one1
    What is that on your stem? And I take it that rock garden is at Theo?
    it is a steering damper. yes, it is the rock garden at theo. the 4th pic is from theo beach. i take it that you ride theo also?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kalbo
    it is a steering damper. yes, it is the rock garden at theo. the 4th pic is from theo beach. i take it that you ride theo also?
    Been there several times this year.

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    i dont know if its entry level, but heres my 1st mtb. its a 2008 DB Response Sport. upgrades coming this winter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hondaman01
    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
    I like your ride man. Pretty funny, we're both running single pivots with the same fork. I went with an air shock with motion control for plushness and bob control. Is the Swinger you're getting a big hit type shock?
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    Somewhat current picture of my bike:
    Specialized P.1 All Mountain


    Upgrades:
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    Quote Originally Posted by Starkonian
    I like your ride man. Pretty funny, we're both running single pivots with the same fork. I went with an air shock with motion control for plushness and bob control. Is the Swinger you're getting a big hit type shock?

    and i went with spring because im easily able to adjust the travel the fork has so far i think it likes best about 85-90mm front travel

    and for the swinger i dunnno i know it was a new older model spring type 4-way with spv valve

    its this one

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    This is a 2010 Trek 6000, LBS just finish it. Rode friday and saturday for the first time in years, well not too much just had an appendectomy 31/2 weeks ago lol. Still managed to log 22.5 miles this weekend on the road and little trail. Cat Eye wireless Strada and changed seat to Speacialized Phenom Gel Ti, only change to stock. Ass is sore as hell, have to build up some butt callus.



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    Quote Originally Posted by hondaman01
    and i went with spring because im easily able to adjust the travel the fork has so far i think it likes best about 85-90mm front travel

    and for the swinger i dunnno i know it was a new older model spring type 4-way with spv valve

    its this one

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...m=260473521982

    I went with the U-turn because I went with a bigger shock and I wanted to be able tweak my postiion a little bit. I've ended leaving it fully extended and crank it down for big climbs. I did drop in the firm spring, I have tjhe x-firm too but haven't used it yet.

    You might want to ditch that poloc for a poploc adjust or old school tension shifter (cheaper). You'll get additional compression adjustment not available with the poploc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Starkonian
    I went with the U-turn because I went with a bigger shock and I wanted to be able tweak my postiion a little bit. I've ended leaving it fully extended and crank it down for big climbs. I did drop in the firm spring, I have tjhe x-firm too but haven't used it yet.

    You might want to ditch that poloc for a poploc adjust or old school tension shifter (cheaper). You'll get additional compression adjustment not available with the poploc.

    yea i plan on getting the adjustable poploc lever just when i bought this fork thats what came with it

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    I just recently purchased an 09' Gary Fisher Mullet. I love this thing. I can put it through alot of heat. Just yesterday I was bombing some dirt jumps for the first time. I'm pretty new to that type of aerial assault so ended up taking a pretty huge spill. Now my shifting is very shoddy. I'm gonna take a look at it when I get home from class today and see if I can adjust the rear derailleur to get it smooth as it was before. I'm gonna try and get a couple pictures up here as well.

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    i guess i found a thread where i'm at home. i love my entry level and it has grown with me and my needs over the years. it definatly gets some use! started out on the trails and moved to singletrack, now i'm commuting on it with a trail escape on the ride home at times. seems to fit all my needs and feel bad even thinking about upgrading.

    '06 giant boulder (non se version - steel is real right?)
    stock handlebar (worth upgrading?)
    stock seatpost (worth upgrading?)
    stock tektro brakes
    kona clump stem
    odi lock grips (going to foam)
    stock spinner grind fork (is this worth upgrading, and what can be had for just a little cash?)
    wellgo 964 pedals
    stock giant saddle (looking to upgrade - sette vu or rev)
    stock wheels
    stock integrated shimano brake and shifters
    stock altus rear derailluer
    front derailluer removed and replaced with n gear guide
    cranks replaced with nashbar (175mm) with bashring and single 32 tooth ring
    new shimano 7 speed cassette (got rid of the megarange cassette)
    stock cheng shin knobbies (1.95) for the trail and michelin country rocks (1.75) for the road (looking to switch to kenda small blocks)

    ~30 lbs and dropping
    bike cost ~$230
    parts costs ~probably getting close ot as much

    i'm ready to get a set of kenda small block 8s, a new seat, and some foam grips (trying to cut weight). any other ideas? are seatposts and handlebars really worth the money? i really don't know what else to do without spending more money then needed... or could be put towards a better bike.

    opinions welcome. thanks!
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    For weight reduction, the foam grips and seat will nab you less than a pound. I recommend bontrager XXX lite (18g), and sette lynx(200g). I would save the upgrade money and put it in the new bike fund.
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    mjm:

    If you must upgrade things right now, I would say only upgrade things that can be transferred to another bike easily (easily being a relative term that you could do it yourself).....understanding that if you ever get a nicer bike it may come with same or better components that were an upgrade for the boulder.

    Keep the stock comps incase you want to sell the bike.

    drivetrain I probably wouldnt change anything unless you broke it. That model frame is very entry level (my wife has the SE version).

    IMO i wouldnt start upgrading heavily on giant hardtails until the XTC....seems like a solid platform. maybe, just maybe the yukon if you really like the bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iamtylerdurden
    mjm:

    If you must upgrade things right now, I would say only upgrade things that can be transferred to another bike easily (easily being a relative term that you could do it yourself).....understanding that if you ever get a nicer bike it may come with same or better components that were an upgrade for the boulder.

    Keep the stock comps incase you want to sell the bike.

    drivetrain I probably wouldnt change anything unless you broke it. That model frame is very entry level (my wife has the SE version).

    IMO i wouldnt start upgrading heavily on giant hardtails until the XTC....seems like a solid platform. maybe, just maybe the yukon if you really like the bike.
    I have to agree. I bought a Giant Yukon FX brand new for close to what you paid for your bike plus the upgrades you want to make.
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    so basicly go out and have a blast on it until it crumbles beneath me?!?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mjmi11er
    so basicly go out and have a blast on it until it crumbles beneath me?!?!
    I'd have to say yes. In the meantime. Put away any cash u have left over etc and in no time you will have a the cash to get a descent higher level bike. I did that and faster than i expected i had the cash for my bike. Which is not the best bike. But a great bike indeed and for room to upgrade until it is a better bike. Set a goal as to what you really want and you will have it. I started and said id have the bike in 6 months. While i rode my other bike. In less than a month while riding the other one i had the cash for the bike i wanted. Every little dollar u get u will want to save it to get that better bike. Trust me. It will happen faster than you believe. Good luck man
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    bio, it's not that i can't afford it. it's more like i just don't want to get rid of a bike that works just fine.

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    My 2009 Cannondale F9 CO2 (in Patriot Blue)



    I have some CB Egg Beater pedals on order. That's the only real upgrade so far.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mjmi11er
    bio, it's not that i can't afford it. it's more like i just don't want to get rid of a bike that works just fine.
    It's not about someone els's idea of a good bike. If you're happy with your bike, that's all that matters. You'll know if and when you want something else.
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    I have the same bike as mjm, I have to ask what makes a platform (thats the frame right?) better than another to a rider if its a hardtail? Jw, thanks.

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    Mikey Dawg...can I make a slight suggestion? Move the computer sensor to the front side of the shock. That way if the spokes were to ever catch it, it will go forward with the motion of the wheel and not get caught in the spokes. You just might save yourself a trip over the handlebars some day.
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    ... and if we just ...

    Here's my first mt bike, just got it this past Saturday. I got a great deal on this 06 Giant Pistol

    I haven't upgraded it nor taken anything off of it yet.




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    Quote Originally Posted by ~J~
    Here's my first mt bike, just got it this past Saturday. I got a great deal on this 06 Giant Pistol

    I haven't upgraded it nor taken anything off of it yet.




    Thats a great deal on a brand new 2006 that was msrp at $1100. You got a good bike at walmart bike price
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