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    Quote Originally Posted by Jernas View Post
    Just upgraded my brakes to Shimano Deores 596. Have high hopes after all the good reviews and feedback. I think they look nice.
    Wipe off those fork stanchions after each ride! You don't want them to get pitted.

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    this POS here...



    is getting replaced by this not-so-POS here...



    not brand new but new enough.
    If you arent bleeding, you arent riding hard enough.
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    Anything wrong with that Deore derailleur? If not, send it to me, I can always use spares.
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    yeah, the lower arm is bent and it has a good half-inch of slop in it. tends to shift wherever it wants whenever i get into some bumpy stuff, and tends to ghost shift a lot otherwise. i could possibly rebuild it, but not unless the xtr explodes.

    its been nothing but trouble since the day i got the bike. trust me, you dont want it, lol.
    If you arent bleeding, you arent riding hard enough.
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    Not much you can do about slop in the pivots. Oh well.
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    heres the rear part, i think an adapter will be needed for fitting the brakes ?

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    That's a standard disc brake mount. You'll just need the appropriate adapter for your rotor size and brake you ordered. What brakes did you get? Some companies come with adapters (avid) while others like shimano do not.

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    so i was right, i will need adapters the brakes will be shimano deore

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    Yep! Congrats on the upgrade. Huge value in those new deore brakes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BLAMM0 View Post
    heres the rear part, i think an adapter will be needed for fitting the brakes ?
    Just to make sure, you know your current rear wheel (the one in the pic) isn't disc brake compatible ? Your hub cannot take a rotor, which means in order to run a disc brake in the rear (and maybe in the front too), you'll need new hubs that can accept a rotor.

    Unless you already have them of course.
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    Yes, i've a complete new rim with the hub and a rotor for the front, and currently nothing except the rim for the rear, going to run disc brakes on front only for some time

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    That's good. If you'd like, you could always build the rear wheel yourself too
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    topless. that's what all mtb girls do. we go ride, get topless, have pillow fights in the woods, scissor, then ride home!

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    Here's my bike after a few upgrades.

    Its finally dialed in.



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    looks nice what parts are on it ?

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    My new bike!

    Just getting back into Mountain Biking after a 10 year "break" (being lazy). Found this 08' Specialized XC Comp on Craigslist for a great price and barely used!

    Can't wait to go riding again

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    Quote Originally Posted by bclagge View Post
    Wipe off those fork stanchions after each ride! You don't want them to get pitted.
    Thanks for the notice but yeah I try to do that after each ride but sometimes I "forget".

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    Quote Originally Posted by BLAMM0 View Post
    looks nice what parts are on it ?
    Shimano deore lx components
    Wtb rocket v saddle
    Shimano deore discs
    Shimano spd pedals
    Avenir 80mm stem
    Sunlite aluminum seat post
    Lizard skinz chain guard
    Wtb velicoraptor tires
    Alex dm18 rims with shimano hubs


    I'm putting some ritchey comp rizer bars on it, taking the Judy tt shock off and replacing with rs 32 tk. That should be all it needs to be a little more comfortable for me.


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    Finished the the 1x8 conversion a couple days ago and loving it!





    2011 GT Avalanche 3.0
    Fork: Rockshox Recon Silver TK 2012 100 mm travel
    Brakes: Avid BB7 2012
    Wheelset: Mavic Crossride UB Disc 2011
    Tires: WTB Weirwolf 2.1
    Tubes: XLC Thorn Resistant 26x2.1-2.4
    Pedals: Blacklabel Gas Pedals
    Grips: Odi Longneck (Fluoro Yellow)
    Bar End Plugs: Odi alloy bar end plugs (Silver)
    Seat Clamp: Cannondale non-QR
    Chainstay Protector: Lizard Skins
    Bashguard: BBG Bashguard
    Chain Guide: N-Gear Jump Stop

    Bars cut to 25”
    Seatpost shortened
    Removed front derailleur and shifter for 1x8 drivetrain conversion

    Getting for Christmas:
    WAY lighter tubes (Current ones are over a lb each...)
    Wellgo B103's:

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    Here's mine, 85 or later Diamondback Apex. Craigslist find.
    New: wheels, 8spd cassette, bars, saddle.
    Upcoming: stem, single spd crank, possibly fenders & racks/bags.
    Great commuter!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mk.ultra View Post


    Looks like your Jump Stop may be on upside down.

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    1x8 how does it ride ? how fast can you go ? (km/h) i was in xc tourney today, boy were those uphills hard

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wingo View Post
    Looks like your Jump Stop may be on upside down.
    It is but it needs to be that way because I left my granny gear on. It's riveted to my other chainring and I don't feel like trying to take it off.
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    Quote Originally Posted by camekanix View Post
    Here's mine, 85 or later Diamondback Apex. Craigslist find.
    New: wheels, 8spd cassette, bars, saddle.
    Upcoming: stem, single spd crank, possibly fenders & racks/bags.
    Great commuter!
    That would be a sweet fixie.

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    Bought a rebuilt dart 2 for $100 to replace a Judy tt. Kona lock on grips and a set of kenda kwik tires. Tires did great this weekend surprisingly! Next is some shimano deore hydro brakes


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    currently riding a GT-Avalanche 3.0 (09 Model)

    Sorry cant post pics due to 10 minimum post.

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    Easton Haven: Wheels, Stem, Bars, Carbon seat post
    Avid Elixer 7 Brakes
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    Hi Guys,

    I am very new to MTB and also very new to this website forum so I would like to say hello to everybody!!! I am still getting around in how to post. I wont be able to answer most questions but I already have a couple of questions. If somebody could help me, I will appreciate that.

    I've got a MTB Diamondback Axis 2011 hard tail with very basic components. 21 speed, Shimano Touring R/F Derailleur, Mechanical Disc brakes tektro draco, crap suspension etc, suntour crank set etc.

    I am thinking of getting a new group set with hydraulic brakes, Shimano Alivio M430 (not the best but better then mine and i am a beginner) and a new rockshox tora suspension. I will spend around $400 as per my checks and thats what I can afford at the moment. I do like the Diamondback frame tho.

    My question is: is it worthy to replace the group set and suspension on this diamondback frame? Or should I sell the bike and get a new one? The problem is that i dont have much money at moment.

    Any advice will be very welcome. Thanks very much!
    Albert.

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    i've started modding my entry level bike, don't know if it's a good idea yet

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    05 Rockhopper 17" with less than 10 miles on it. Just getting into the sport. Serfas rx-921l and a cat eye. That's all I've done to it. No plans really, just need to ride it and shed some pounds. I'm 5'9 290lbs now. What better way? They just opened a new trail this past weekend down the street from my house too!


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    my new ride...

    heres my new ride...
    its a 2005 Trek Liquid 25
    the previous owner rode it once YES ONCE!!!!!
    it sat in his basement since.
    no rust, no scratches, it still had the frame size sticker on it by the headtube...
    did a complete service on it. minus the f N r shocks.
    2300.00 bike for 600.00 (including a brand new still in the bag fox hydropack and a shock pump, and all the original manuals...)
    so far im liking it, need to update the front and rear shocks though ( a bit old, and STOCK!)

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    my current bike: raleigh mojave 2.0

    not really made for what i do with it

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    Quote Originally Posted by akacoke View Post
    i think the yakuza is supposed to be a DH/FR bike, unfortunately the geo is not very forgiving for noob like me. but its all good for me, im not doing anything crazy on it as im still learning a lot on riding. some point in the future i will probably switch the frame to intense Uzzi or devinci Wilson. at this point i just wanna play with the settings see how everything effect the bike.

    the price you mentioned is perfectly right, but dealing with manufacturers you can buy large quantity at good price. the distributors in US have some OEM stuffs for cheap, but its definitely not as cheap as buying from the factory/distributors in Asia. most Chinese ebay sellers are in for a quick buck, they really dont care if their stuffs are legit or not.
    Let me know about the handling of the bike. I got back home and can't wait to take mine out again for some urban blasting !

    Edit : just got done wrenching the rear end on mine. New solid bolt on axle and custom spacer to get a 142mm spacing, fine tuned the bearings yesterday and now got the rotor and custom ratio cassette, new X7 med cage rd and rear BB7 caliper. This bike feel so sweet for urban assault I can't wait to take it out tomorrow for some trail and downtown riding !
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    topless. that's what all mtb girls do. we go ride, get topless, have pillow fights in the woods, scissor, then ride home!

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    Awesome bikes I will have some up sooner or later when I get it

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    '12 Cobia
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    203 Front Rotor
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    To buy ... Or not to buy

    Quote Originally Posted by albertosjk View Post
    Hi Guys,

    I am very new to MTB and also very new to this website forum so I would like to say hello to everybody!!! I am still getting around in how to post. I wont be able to answer most questions but I already have a couple of questions. If somebody could help me, I will appreciate that.

    I've got a MTB Diamondback Axis 2011 hard tail with very basic components. 21 speed, Shimano Touring R/F Derailleur, Mechanical Disc brakes tektro draco, crap suspension etc, suntour crank set etc.

    I am thinking of getting a new group set with hydraulic brakes, Shimano Alivio M430 (not the best but better then mine and i am a beginner) and a new rockshox tora suspension. I will spend around $400 as per my checks and thats what I can afford at the moment. I do like the Diamondback frame tho.

    My question is: is it worthy to replace the group set and suspension on this diamondback frame? Or should I sell the bike and get a new one? The problem is that i dont have much money at moment.

    Any advice will be very welcome. Thanks very much!
    Albert.

    that's a nice looking bike
    front fork lock-out
    disc brakes
    metal pedals
    great paint job
    graceful lines

    you want to spend money you can hardly spare to do what?
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    Quote Originally Posted by albertosjk View Post
    Hi Guys,

    I am very new to MTB and also very new to this website forum so I would like to say hello to everybody!!! I am still getting around in how to post. I wont be able to answer most questions but I already have a couple of questions. If somebody could help me, I will appreciate that.

    I've got a MTB Diamondback Axis 2011 hard tail with very basic components. 21 speed, Shimano Touring R/F Derailleur, Mechanical Disc brakes tektro draco, crap suspension etc, suntour crank set etc.

    I am thinking of getting a new group set with hydraulic brakes, Shimano Alivio M430 (not the best but better then mine and i am a beginner) and a new rockshox tora suspension. I will spend around $400 as per my checks and thats what I can afford at the moment. I do like the Diamondback frame tho.

    My question is: is it worthy to replace the group set and suspension on this diamondback frame? Or should I sell the bike and get a new one? The problem is that i dont have much money at moment.

    Any advice will be very welcome. Thanks very much!
    Albert.
    OK... I'll bite... what the heck is a Diamondback Axis? It's not on their website...

    How much did the bike cost you?
    I use the rule... if the parts total to 1/2 or more of the original price of the bike.. replace the bike. You have Tourney drivetrain? It's probably 8 speed? Maybe 7 Speed?
    Does it use freewheel or a cassette? (I've never seen disc freewheel, but it wouldn't surprise me... lol)

    I'm going to say, because of the amount of the parts, save your $$ and buy a new bike.
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    Agreed. Buy a new bike. Upgrade the parts you need to.

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    Low budget MTB wont be much better than the thing you have now.

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    my girl's new donation bike. an old (2003?) trek 4500 alpha


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    May Raleigh all grown up. The only stock parts left are the frame, seatpost, rear brake, pedals, and headset spacers. Everything else has been upgraded.

    Still need to get me some better pedals, the VP's I have on there now are absolute crap.

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    Disc brakes front and v-brakes rear? That's actually an interesting idea and a nice way to save weight and have the best of both worlds
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    Quote Originally Posted by mk.ultra View Post
    Disc brakes front and v-brakes rear? That's actually an interesting idea and a nice way to save weight and have the best of both worlds
    Yup, it's a "mullet" setup, I would have done disc rear but since the frame isn't set up for rear discs I went v-brake (and I'm not shelling out $100+ for a Brake Therapy setup when I could buy a whole new disc-ready frame for $100).

    Unfortunately the wheels and tires make the bike a bit of a heffer, weighs in at 32 lbs. Need to get a better wheelset and some non-crap tires. Trying to get it under 30 lbs. by next year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DuManchu View Post
    Yup, it's a "mullet" setup, I would have done disc rear but since the frame isn't set up for rear discs I went v-brake (and I'm not shelling out $100+ for a Brake Therapy setup when I could buy a whole new disc-ready frame for $100).

    Unfortunately the wheels and tires make the bike a bit of a heffer. It weighs in at 32 lbs. Need to get a better wheelset and some non-crap tires. Trying to get it down under 30 lbs. by next year. Should be pretty easy to achieve.
    Looks good!

    My raleigh m80 was suppose to be a bike that i could ride for cheap.

    Ive done alot to it, now its awaiting hydraulic brakes and new shifters.

    Ill take a picture of it monday when the rest of my parts arrive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EmbraceTheHate View Post
    Looks good!

    My raleigh m80 was suppose to be a bike that i could ride for cheap.

    Ive done alot to it, now its awaiting hydraulic brakes and new shifters.

    Ill take a picture of it monday when the rest of my parts arrive.

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    Good on ya! I'm a big fan of the M80 frame, if I had just waited a month I could have snagged a nice M80 for what I bought my bike for and had a rear-disc-ready frame.

    Mine started as a lowly Mojave 2.0. Picked it up off Craigslist super cheap and went from there. Still under $400 for the whole build at this point.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DuManchu View Post
    Good on ya! I'm a big fan of the M80 frame, if I had just waited a month I could have snagged a nice M80 for what I bought my bike for and had a rear-disc-ready frame for nearly what I paid for mine.

    Mine started as a lowly Mojave 2.0. Picked it up off Craigslist super cheap and went from there. Still under $400 for the whole build at this point.
    I paid $275 for mine.

    Heres my upgrades
    Rock shox dart 2 $100
    Spd pedals $80
    Rocket v seat $40
    Avid juicy 7 brakes $100
    Deore shifters $90

    Its my only bike and im pretty comfortable on it. i figured what the hell its my money ill do what i want. Havent rode it yet with new shock, brakes or levers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EmbraceTheHate View Post
    I paid $275 for mine.

    Heres my upgrades
    Rock shox dart 2 $100
    Spd pedals $80
    Rocket v seat $40
    Avid juicy 7 brakes $100
    Deore shifters $90

    Its my only bike and im pretty comfortable on it. i figured what the hell its my money ill do what i want. Havent rode it yet with new shock, brakes or levers.

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    I'll be interested to hear how you like the Rocket V. My Speed V is past its prime at this point and I'm going to be shopping new saddles here in a few weeks. Also, hell of a deal on those Juicy's. I'd love to go hydro but didn't figure it worth my while on the current build.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DuManchu View Post
    I'll be interested to hear how you like the Rocket V. My Speed V is past it's prime at this point and I'm going to be shopping new saddles here in a few weeks. Also, hell of a deal on those Juicy's. I'd love to go hydro but didn't figure it worth my while on the current build.
    I love the saddle so far!

    Yes the juicys are in good shape and came with a bleed kit, 203mm rotor, and 185mm rotor. Should stop really well!

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    I got myself a 2012 Giant Revel 1 at the Giant dealer closest to me and I love it. I made some essential upgrades so I have better quality parts. I have the road tires on since that is what I ride most at the moment. I hope to get in better shape and do some trails and XC which I'll put the knobs back on for.

    Current upgrades:
    Wheels: HALO SAS 36h rims with Spin Doctor hubs
    Tires: Schwalbe Big Apple 3.5.
    Crankset: Shimano Deore M590
    Stem: RaceFace Evolve XC 110mm
    Handlebar: Kore Torsion low rise 800mm. (I have broader shoulders so I have a wider hand placement)
    Grips: ODI Rogues
    Pedals: Wellgo B132
    I intend on replacing the seatpost, saddle, brakes and forks as my budget allows.
    If possible could I get some advice on forks? As a clydesdale should I go rigid and if so could somebody point me in the direction of a rigid fork that would look good on my bike? If I should stay with a suspension fork, what is a good one for a rider of about 300lbs?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Methodical View Post
    I just upgraded to these pedals.



    Update: these pedals are sticky good and much wider than the stock pedals.

    Btw, how often do you check the pressure in the front shock?

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    Newbie here, I started out making the same mistake many do. I picked up a cheapie box store bike. Road it twice and realized it was going to be a widow maker. I found a Gary Fisher HiFi Plus at the local bike shop. Fit was great, the service was excellent and the first two rides...... outstanding. I see now why everyone says get the "Better quality bikes used from your LBS". You are absolutely right. It was day and night difference. Shamefully admitting this since, I have ridden a road bike for years. I did buy a box store bike to start there as well, however that proved to be a good experience. I got a ton of miles of road riding out of that bike with no trouble. When I went to a Trek road bike, it was amazing the difference in the ride quality. Short version is, I should have known better than to take a cheapie on the trails.
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