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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  1. #1351
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lorenjz View Post
    Here's mine:



    I got it off of craigslist from a college kid in need of some money. Obviously a Trek 3700, he told me that it's a 2012.

    The first upgrades will most likely be a new saddle and a new set of pedals. Both need to be replaced.
    Drop the kickstand too and you've got a solid first ride

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    Quote Originally Posted by sasquatch rides a SS View Post
    Drop the kickstand too and you've got a solid first ride
    whoops I guess serious loss of cool points huh??

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    Upgraded my '09 Fuji Nevada to a '10 GT Avalanche 3.0 Disc to my current '11 Fuji Nevada 1.0. It is a huge jump from each model. The hydro brakes are perfect, and the Shimano Alivio parts aren't so bad either. They definitely shift much smoother than the stock GT and older Fuji.

    So far I've cut down the stock weight (approx. 32lbs) a little with a few new parts: (I don't have the exact numbers though)
    1. FSA K-Force carbon seatpost
    2. FSA K-Force handlebars
    3. FSA K-Force stem
    4. Tioga Surefoot 8 pedals
    5. Crank Bro's seatpost clamp
    6. Crank Bro's skewers
    7. Cygolite lights for night rides
    8. FSA K-Force crank (soon to come)
    9. Lighter wheels? Haven't decided on which ones yet..
    10. Lighter saddle?

    **Sorry I can't post a pic yet, still not enough posts

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    They're actually kind of dangerous off-road. Drop off a ledge and it'll deploy, whether you wanted it to or not.
    "Don't buy upgrades; ride up grades." -Eddy Merckx

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lorenjz View Post
    whoops I guess serious loss of cool points huh??
    Not yet

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    2003 hardrock comp I bought new.
    Only things changed are the seat,
    Deore fdr, Kool Stop brake pads, and Odi grips.
    All else is orig equipment.
    This bike is such a great fit for me I love it.
    Last edited by Keto; 08-20-2011 at 08:23 AM. Reason: updated pic

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    Heres my bike when i first got it almost 2 years ago... 99% stock Moto 700HT


    And heres my bike today; what i consider a budget non-entry level bike
    Nothing left but the frame, shifters, and deraileurs. (Deore and XT)

    list of upgrades just in case anyone was interested
    Avid BB7 brakes w/ Speed Dial levers (185 fr, 160 r)
    Marzocchi 44 Air fork
    Deore/Sun Charger wheels
    Shimano M520 pedals (covers on for a ride to the shop)
    WTB Rocket V saddle
    WTB Weirwolf front tire, Wolverine rear tire
    Deore LX crankset
    Easton Vice stem with EA50 handlebar and ODI Oury lock-ons
    Easton Havoc seatpost
    Cane Creek ZS-3 headset
    and some Bontrager wireless computer.

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    2008 Raleigh Mojave 8.0
    Only changes from stock... Bontranger bar ends, Wellgo MG-1 pedals, Thomsen Elite seatpost, Topeak Master Blaster pump, Bell trip computer, water bottle cages
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    Quote Originally Posted by sasquatch rides a SS View Post
    ^^ I love that thing
    Thanks bro.. I do too!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by fattybikejones View Post
    Thanks bro.. I do too!!
    Those tires literally make any bike look badass. I don't know what it is but they are just awesome

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    This is my new 11 Cannondale Trail SL4. I am ready to get back into MTB's.
    So far a trip computer/speedo and water bottle holder.
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    New ride!
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    New ride!
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    My custom build trail bike :)

    So I finally achieved the build today by receiving my Jagwire red housing kit and installing it

    So to sum it quick, I took my Nikon and shoot a couple frames... then put them together and make a full resume of my bike Don't cry, the pic is large, but only 1.5 Mb

    So the pics first, then the spec if you are still wondering what parts are those








    Specs :

    80mm Trail bike
    RockShox Dart 2 fork w/preload
    DNM Torch 7.5x2.5 rear shock w/rebound/lock
    FSA Alpha Drive 22-32-42 175mm crank
    DMR V-8 pedals
    Shimano UN-26 sealed BB, english, 68mmx122.5mm
    KMC 8.93X chain w/quick link
    Shimano CS-HG50 8-Speed 11-30 cassette
    SRAM SX5 rear derailleur, mid cage
    Weinmann rear wheel w/disc hub
    26x1.95 shitty tires
    2011 Avid MTB BB7 rear caliper w/G2 203mm rotor
    Red Jagwire full housing and cables.
    2009 new RaceFace Deus 27.2mmx400mm seat post
    Avocet saddle (will be WTB Pure V)
    Carbon and aluminium spacers
    Cheap alu stem (will be a RaceFace Deus)
    Cheap steel handlebar (will be a alu RaceFace Deus)
    Random alu levers
    SRAM X-4 rear shifter 8 speed w/zero loss travel and impulse technology
    Diamondback grips (just because they match the color)
    V-brakes up front (powerful as disc, really)


    So the bike weights in at 36 lbs, and should go down as I will get carbon spacers only, new stem, alu handlebar, WTB saddle, etc...

    I spend a total of less then $300 for this bike, as I already have the suspension parts that I use on a winter bike and I had the frame for free... $300 include the lbs fees for installing the cassette, changing the BB and put proper mounting hardware for the shock.

    Is this entry level enough ? Or should I get a Huffy next time ?


    Thanks,

    David
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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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    2011 Trek Wahoo
    Lizard Skin chainstay protector
    Crankbrothers Kraton lock on grips
    Time Atac alium clipless pedals

    thats all for now..now for pics!


    crankbrothers by S.Mshots, on Flickr


    trek wahoo by S.Mshots, on Flickr


    DSC_0552 by S.Mshots, on Flickr

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    Very nice bikes everyone; I am envious.

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    Bought my first mountain bike. Probably not the best deal but I am really happy with it. Its a 2002 Specialized Rockhopper. The owner before upgraded to the Fox shock, WTB seat, disc brakes, clipless pedals(I got rid of them), WTB wheels, Quando hubs, better neck, handle bars and grips. I bought it for $400. Had the rear tire changed, changed the chain, did a general tune up and added a mileage computer. The pictures are of the bike as I bought it.








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    Quote Originally Posted by zmusselman View Post
    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" )

    Current upgrades:

    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.
    Does one put bar ends over grips? Or slide grips back further?

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    Generally speaking... I would cut the grip off the width of the bar end clamp ... that way your controls stay where you are used to finding them
    TREK X CALIBER 6, MOTOBECANE USA MIRAGE SLX

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    Quote Originally Posted by sasquatch rides a SS View Post
    Those tires literally make any bike look badass. I don't know what it is but they are just awesome
    Well.. believe it or not, the bike is now in the sub 25# weight range and that's with stock shifters and derailleurs...
    The Contis do add to the aggressive look of the bike.. Quite honestly, this turned out to be quite the consummate woods bike!
    TREK X CALIBER 6, MOTOBECANE USA MIRAGE SLX

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    hey folks, new guy here looking forward to hitting the road and trails.

    firstly, haven't rode in about 9 years. I rode bmx/street on 20" bikes when i was in my teens. i rode daily....rain/shine/snow. built and maintained my own bikes too. that all washed away when i got my license of course.

    fast forward to now @ 26 years old and getting back into shape. I let myself go a bit. Ive lost 25lbs ((5'7")down from 178 to 153) since February of this year with a complete lifestyle change in my (and families) diet, exercise routine, and overall activity level instead of being lazy bums Most of this has been my running routine, which has brought my cardio to a fitness level i have never been before. but it seems to be taking a toll on my legs and knees even with proper footwear. Seems the impact really takes its toll. which leads me here of course.

    Secondly, I'd like to thank the forum here. I have been lurking doing a bunch of research for an entry level bike. I am stationed temporarily in Southern Mississippi and do not have the time or money to worry about a bike breaking or malfunctioning on me. I was very close to getting a department store bike and held back before coming online to do research. I placed an order for my first bike since I was a teen and am really excited for it ('12 hardrock disc). It was really hard making the initial investment, $500 is a lot of money for me. But after lurking here I think it will prove to be a wise investment. I expect this bike to kick butt out of the box for what ill be doing (trails on the weekends and a bunch of commuting along the beaches/boardwalks here).

    looking forward to being a part of the community here, I am on automotive forums and sport forums as well.
    Gary Fisher HiFi Deluxe 29er

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    They should sticky this thread! I will post up pics one I reach 10 posts -_- lol

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    just picked up this bad boy a few mins ago. my first bike that i didnt find in the garbage.


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    heading out to go ride it for the first time. just picked it up this morning

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    My new bike, its in laywaway at the moment since weve had 44 days now of 100+ degree heat. I decided to stretch the payments a little bit. should have it in a few weeks.




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