1. The most important thing about buying a new bike is to make sure it fits. The only way you'll know if the bike is right for you is to size up the bike and make sure that the bike's geometry matches your body's geometry. Ask questions and do some research.
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2. If possible, try to find a shop that will let you demo the bike on real dirt. Five minutes in a parking lot won't cut it. You wouldn't buy a car without a real world test drive, and a bike should be no different.
3. Don't belive the hype. Just because your favorite rider or best friend rides a certain bike, that doesn't mean that's the best one for you. Have an open mind and be realistic about your needs and ability.
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    Why the shimano discs?

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    2006 Iron Horse Warrior Team SE from Dick's. Paid $300.

    Upgrades:
    • Kaloy seat post
    • Egg Beater pedals
    • scored a sweet deal on a new XT rear dérailleur from eBay (after the Alivio wore out)
    • cheap bar-end grips
    • Lizard Skins chainstay protector
    • SRAM chain with Power Link
    • WTB Velociraptor rear tire
    • SRAM 8-speed cassette with 34 tooth big ring (not installed yet)
    • scored another sweet deal on an LX front dérailleur from Chainlove (not installed yet)


    This is an old photo - I'm using a hydration pack instead of the seat bag & the reflectors are gone.

    The next logical upgrade would be the fork, but any decent fork would cost as much as the bike & the other upgrades combined, so maybe I'll just save up a while & upgrade bikes instead. I'd like to get a DW Link XC race machine.
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    Very Nice

    Very nice bike you have there. It looks like it is light and tough. What kind of crank setup is that? Never mind. It's better that I not know...I'll end up going shopping instead of working on the bike I have...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ncfisherman
    Why the shimano discs?
    Why the shimano discs you ask? I have a few reasons for that choice. The bike came standard with the avid discs. For some reason they just didn't feel like they worked as well as they should. I spent hours trying to get them adjusted but they always squealed, and things like that get under my skin when i ride , so i found some old shimano discs and mounted them on. They work good in my opinion.
    breTT

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    I guess it's my turn to contribute, although I don't have pics yet.

    2005 Giant Boulder SE (was stock until last year )
    Magura Odur 80mm Fork
    2007 Avid BB7's with Cleansweep G2 rotors (185/160) rear is A2Z adapted
    Avid Speed Dial Ti levers with Jagwire ripcord cables and housing
    Mavic Crossride wheelset
    Shimano XT front and rear Der's
    Some crappy Shimano plastic shifters
    Truvativ FireX GXP crank
    Shimano M520 pedals
    Easton EA70 OS riser bars
    ODI Rogue clamp-on grips
    Sette Edge OS stem
    Sette APX seatpost
    WTB Power V DH saddle
    Panaracer Smoke/Dart combo

    I think thats about it. Main goal was to drop some weight while strengthening certain areas. Stock weight: 34 pounds, Now: 28.5

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    this is my 98 or maybe it was a 97 kona mountain shock. used it for a year or so then didnt touch it till 3 years ago and ive been slowly upgrading

    thudbuster seatpost
    wtb seat
    kore stem
    time atac alum pedals
    panaracer fire rear tire

    the computer is in the back cuz i use a trainer in the winter

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    Getting back into the biking scene after a decade.
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    I recently went through my 2003 Specialized Hardrock. This is the first mountain bike I purchased.

    Rock Shox - Tora 318 U-Turn fork 85-130mm - X firm spring.
    ODI Rogue lock on grips
    CraneCreek Direct Curve brake levers
    FSA 36 deg head set
    Avid single digit V- Brakes
    Shimano - LX front derailer
    RaceFace Atlas XC bars
    RaceFace Deus 70mm stem
    RaceFace Dues Cranks and rings
    Seat-Specialized Rival SL 143
    Thudbuster LT seat post
    Sram PG 980 cassett
    Sram X0 Shifters
    Sram X0 Medium rear derailer
    Shimano XT chain
    Crank Brothers Candy pedals
    Bontrager Mustang rear wheel with Cris King Hub
    Cat Eye mini wireless computer
    Tires - Maxxis Minnion F+R
    And of course the Kickstand.....lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by 07 FSRxc
    I recently went through my 2003 Specialized Hardrock. This is the first mountain bike I purchased.

    Rock Shox - Tora 318 U-Turn fork 85-130mm - X firm spring.
    ODI Rogue lock on grips
    CraneCreek Direct Curve brake levers
    FSA 36 deg head set
    Avid single digit V- Brakes
    Shimano - LX front derailer
    RaceFace Atlas XC bars
    RaceFace Deus 70mm stem
    RaceFace Dues Cranks and rings
    Seat-Specialized Rival SL 143
    Thudbuster LT seat post
    Sram PG 980 cassett
    Sram X0 Shifters
    Sram X0 Medium rear derailer
    Shimano XT chain
    Crank Brothers Candy pedals
    Bontrager Mustang rear wheel with Cris King Hub
    Cat Eye mini wireless computer
    Tires - Maxxis Minnion F+R
    And of course the Kickstand.....lol
    A KICKSTAND?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Holy Smoke!

    I've never seen one of those on a nice mountain bike. May I ask why you put that on?

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    '09 Marine Alpine Trail

    No much to brag about; all stock but I am stoked!

    Tomorrow I will go ahead and change the tires to Kenda slicks for commuting (I need to get in better shape before I hit some trails).
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    Here's my Schwinn Delta. Got it on-line from Costco back in Jan just to see if I like this thing called mountain biking. After my first off-road ride in June, turns out I am obsessed with this sport. Only thing I changed were the pedals to a set of Shimano M520 clipless. Not planning on any further upgrades but am now looking for my next bike.








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    Quote Originally Posted by EndersShadow
    A KICKSTAND?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Holy Smoke!

    I've never seen one of those on a nice mountain bike. May I ask why you put that on?
    I retired the bike for awhile to just ridding around the neighborhood with the Mrs and my son (5 now). Then I gave to my best friends son. He used it for a year or so. He returned it when he out grew it. When I got it back the kickstand was on it. Kinda convenient so it has stayed....lol

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    99 Specialized Hard Rock, all stock except the grips.


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    Quote Originally Posted by 07 FSRxc
    I retired the bike for awhile to just ridding around the neighborhood with the Mrs and my son (5 now). Then I gave to my best friends son. He used it for a year or so. He returned it when he out grew it. When I got it back the kickstand was on it. Kinda convenient so it has stayed....lol
    Hey, i feel ya. i'd get rid of the kickstand if it weren't so gosh darn convenient

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    Quote Originally Posted by clvlc4door
    My entry level mtn bike still building her


    uhh this bike doesnt fit this thread very well

    beautiful and sexy it is tho !!!

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    08 trek 6000

    only upgrades are time pedals and bb-7's
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    I wreck alot.

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    This is my 99 GT Zaskar LE. I bought it with all original stock components on the bay a few years ago. The drive train is still original XT/XTR but I have added an Easton EA70 stem/bar, XTR dual control and discs and a Rock Shox Revelation Uturn Air.




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    My Fisher...

    This is my 08' Gary fisher Marlin...
    Bone Stock for now.
    Waiting for some cash...
    or something to brake.


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    Quote Originally Posted by 07 FSRxc
    I recently went through my 2003 Specialized Hardrock. This is the first mountain bike I purchased.

    Rock Shox - Tora 318 U-Turn fork 85-130mm - X firm spring.
    ODI Rogue lock on grips
    CraneCreek Direct Curve brake levers
    FSA 36 deg head set
    Avid single digit V- Brakes
    Shimano - LX front derailer
    RaceFace Atlas XC bars
    RaceFace Deus 70mm stem
    RaceFace Dues Cranks and rings
    Seat-Specialized Rival SL 143
    Thudbuster LT seat post
    Sram PG 980 cassett
    Sram X0 Shifters
    Sram X0 Medium rear derailer
    Shimano XT chain
    Crank Brothers Candy pedals
    Bontrager Mustang rear wheel with Cris King Hub
    Cat Eye mini wireless computer
    Tires - Maxxis Minnion F+R
    And of course the Kickstand.....lol
    If you intend to ride mountain on that, then you'd best take off the kickstand. It can be dangerous...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Berkley
    If you intend to ride mountain on that, then you'd best take off the kickstand. It can be dangerous...
    I know, I took it on a ride this AM and could hear the kickstand rattling when I went through the rock garden at speed. First time I have heard anything from it. It will more than likely come off in the AM.

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    Right here folks, we have a 2008 Gary Fisher Marlin. It's stock except for...

    -WTB saddle.
    -Shimano PD-520's.
    -Avid Juicy 5 brakes.

    But the seasons done for me now. I ate it on a fairly tame piece of traverse the other day down in SLC near the Shoreline trail. Now I'm in a splint and the docs are x-raying me every few days making sure I don't have a scaphoid fracture.
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    Heck, why not?

    2000 Univega Alpina. Bought this 8 years ago. I stoped ridding it but fell in love again recently. Ever since I got back, I put in a new MX Pro Lo instead of the stock fork.


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    Just got my 09 GF Piranha the other day. Hasn't seen dirt yet but so far it's a great ride. Hoping to take some better pictures outside with a real camera soon.

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    F400

    Finally! Well mine is back up and running. Upgraded to dual control's , rapid rise, and black v-brake (since i cant go disc on the back, mise well hide the v). Been riding for 3 months and this is what i built to keep me on the dirt.






    I know i know. I could lose some weight, by ditching the walky dog

    JayDial

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    My first MTB:

    2000 Schwinn Mesa......Bought it new and it's still going strong with all the original components!!!!


    Recently upgraded to this:
    2008 Giant Trance 2
    Last edited by ADVGUY; 09-27-2008 at 11:14 AM.

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