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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    Here is mine. It is my first real mountain bike. Upgraded a bit, the frame and fork are still stock. I still prefer this one over all my other mountain bikes.

    Bike: 2001 Kona Cinder Cone
    Fork: Bomber

    Upgrades: Mavic CrossMax, Shimano xt cranks, Cane Creek S2 headset, Easton ec70 carbon flat bar, lx levers, lx shifters, yeti grips, xt front derailer, lx rear derailer, spd pedals, Titec Ithys saddle, irc mythosxc tires, avid bb7 disc brakes, bontrager stem.


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    My first bike....sold...

    My second bike...still got...love it...
    Hold on 2 your f***n fillings !!!!!

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    Nice rides G4...definitely digging the rootbeer color. But, what is entry level about those exactly? Just busting your chops...enjoy the ride.

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    upgrades are:
    Shimano clipless pedals
    WTB Rocket V Pro saddle
    Sun Rhyno Lite wheelset with Deore Hubs
    Lizard skins chainstay guard
    Hayes Hydraulic disc brakes
    Cateye wireless computer

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    Quote Originally Posted by ncfisherman
    Nice rides G4...definitely digging the rootbeer color. But, what is entry level about those exactly? Just busting your chops...enjoy the ride.
    ......they are just first rides.....spent too much ££££/$$$$ too start haha
    Hold on 2 your f***n fillings !!!!!

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    Nice bikes. I like the diff. bikes from you guys.

    I will post some pictures of my bike soon.

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    My Bike: 05 Hardrock Sport

    Got it a couple years ago to just mess around with, and the rest is history. I bought this off a guy who totally neglected the bike, it spent its whole life since he bought it outside, and just about every component was ruined.
    I rebuilt the whole bike with 07 hardrock comp components, and some other little goodies like a better saddle, Blackspire chainrings, and some Specialized Mud spring tires (off for the season.) I currently have Panaracer Firecomp Pro's on, and I'll never buy another tire again!
    So, the only original parts to the bike are the pedals and the fork, but it desperately needs a new fork, but I'm content at the moment.


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    My Haro Flightline Comp She's currently in the shop for oil leaking from around the rebound adjuster. I've got some BB7s and Speed Dial 7 levers waiting for her to come home.
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    If it ain't broke, fix it 'till it is.

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    wow

    Quote Originally Posted by whayong
    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.

    that is a work of art.. i love the old univega bikes.... yours is simply beautiful

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    these sure are some snazzy entry level bikes.

    I would have taken any of them as my entry level mountain bike.

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    '08 Gary Fisher Marlin Disc. Stock in this picture. I've only been doing this since May and I've already gotten into XC racing.

    So far it has:
    WTB Speed V saddle
    Maxxis ADvantage tires
    An XT rear derailleur(to replace the Deore I trashed in my first race)
    M520 pedals

    Plans:
    Mavic 717's
    Reba Race
    BB7's
    LX/XT drivetrain bits as they wear out/break.
    new seatpost/bars/stem to drop more weight.

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    08 Rincon

    Damn, there's some nice bikes here! Mine looks a little boring to the others, but i'm still happy with it

    Here is my 2008 Giant Rincon.

    Only upgrades are Panaracer Fire XC Pro 2.1's and a pair of DMR V8's...mainly because i'm too chicken to use clipless yet


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    My beloved steed. Univega Alpina 2000

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    2008 motobecane fantom elite
    upgrades:
    2.4 tires
    x-firm fork spring
    thudbuster lt
    seatbag strapped to the stem
    after plastic clip and velcro strap broke
    now i like it there-very handy

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    I've been keeping up to date on this thread, It has brought me to a good question I suppose. I noticed that some people upgraded from bb5's to bb7's. Is it actually worth it?
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    Started with this:



    Now I have this:


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    This is my Specialized XC Comp my 1st bike but an awesome entry XC bike I would recommend one! I have since upgraded to a Cube Fritzz for Freeriding and Downhilling!

    If your not falling off, your not riding fast enough!

    Cube Fritzz 2008

    GT Aggressor XC 1

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    This is my first bike. Haro Extreme. I've had this for almost 15 years. Still going strong. Current ride is a Kona Kikapu deluxe.

    Upgrades:

    Mavic Crossrides
    Sram X7 F & R derailleurs
    Sram X9 thumb shifters
    Avid SD7 levers
    Sram PC991 chain
    Sram pg980 cassette


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    ^ That's what I do
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    That ^ Haro is interesting. This is my 3-day old Rockhopper

    '08 Specialized Rockhopper 29er (modified)

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    Quote Originally Posted by frdfandc
    This is my first bike. Haro Extreme. I've had this for almost 15 years. Still going strong. Current ride is a Kona Kikapu deluxe.

    Upgrades:

    Mavic Crossrides
    Sram X7 F & R derailleurs
    Sram X9 thumb shifters
    Avid SD7 levers
    Sram PC991 chain
    Sram pg980 cassette

    That is one sweet ass ride!

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    Great pics and descriptions. Pics of my new entry-level Forge Sawback 7xx coming soon.

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    Diamondback Response

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    My 07 Diamondback Response 22" frame
    SRAM Attack shifters
    Shimano LX rear derailleur
    Shimano Deore front derailleur
    Shimano LX 9sp cassette
    Shimano Deore hubs
    FSA Alpha 2x crank set
    Wellgo WPD 823 pedals
    Vuelata USA 32T bash guard
    Lizard Skin chainstay protector
    Wheelsmith 14ga spokes
    WTB Speed disc xc rims
    IRC Mibro 2.1 tires
    Titec Hellbent Nemesis saddle
    Titec Hellbent Loc-on grips
    Titec Hellbent DH bars
    Titec Big Al stem
    Avid Juicy 5 brakes
    Alligator Windcutter rotors 203mm front 180mm rear
    Rock Shox Dart 3 fork
    Last edited by Diamondhead; 10-11-2008 at 11:01 AM.
    "It's a Sledgehamer" "Dang! You got shocks, pegs...lucky! " Napoleon Dynamite & Pedro Sanchez

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    Quote Originally Posted by EndersShadow
    That is one sweet ass ride!

    Thanks. I've tried to keep it in good shape over the years. The previous owner (a good friend) made more spills in the first 2 years of ownership than I have the past 15. lol

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    I got back into the sport this spring after a too long hiatus. I bought this bike in March, and it's been alright.

    2008 Specialized Rockhopper
    • Sun Rhyno Lite Wheels with Deore Hubs
    • Avid BB-7 discs with SD-7 Levers
    • Jagwire Ripcord Cables & Housing
    • 1x8 Setup with a Blackspire Mono Veloce 34 tooth chain ring.
    • NGear Jumpstop as a chain guide
    • Old outer ring turned into a bashguard by grinding off the teeth
    • Full length rear dérailleur housing routed on the TT.
    • Shimano PD M520 pedals

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    Nice looking Rockhopper there. How are the BB7s? My bike has BB5s. I'm not planning on upgrading my brakes anytime soon, but I would like to know what they're like.

    What do you mean by "full length rear derailleur housing"? Do you mean your cables have full length housings? I was thinking that might be one of the first upgrades I make to my bike in the spring of next year.
    '08 Specialized Rockhopper 29er (modified)

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