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  1. #501
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    Quote Originally Posted by Biohazard74
    Nice Diamondback. Aned nice upgrades. The white FOX looks great on it. Where was that taken?
    Heritage Park in Farmington, GA.

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    Looks like a great place
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    2010 trek 4300

    pic was the day i got the bike home
    added a seat pack, barends, shimano m324 pedals, chain guard, removed reflectors, wireless computer, air pump

    wish i spent the extra $$ for disc brakes though
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    Quote Originally Posted by murda
    Here's my turd, I think its around 6 years old.




    what kind of frame is this, this bike looks like a ride into hell so mean looking! love it

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    My current do-all, an '06 Trek 4900.



    Truvativ Stylo 3.3
    SRAM cassette 11-34
    Deore LX Shifters
    Wellgo clipless

    I switch tires a lot. Pictured is a Michelin XCR Mud (rear) and a WTB Weirwolf Race tire (front), both 2.1s.

    My previous bike. It's seen the wrong side of a wrench a few times.



    And while it's not a "cheap" bike, this is pretty much the bottom of the price barrel for serious DH. Thus entry level, I suppose.


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    haha

    Quote Originally Posted by shenny88
    again, these $1500+ "entry" bikes reeeaaally belong in this thread, right? a 16 year old with a porsche doesnt make it an entry level car...

    well said my friend, i have a decent Schwinn right now, hmm decent and Schwinn can be taken many ways..... and a Frankenstein re welded huffy frame with dual susp that im messing with

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    Quote Originally Posted by vanhellion
    My current do-all, an '06 Trek 4900.


    This saddle looks very painful.. I know it is supposed to be cheap, but I think this is overdoing it.

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    My kona stinky i just grabbed. my first non-BMX bike.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Curmy
    This saddle looks very painful.. I know it is supposed to be cheap, but I think this is overdoing it.
    I have a Brooks B17, I took it off to proofide it.

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    Killed a rim so I bought a new set this weekend.



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    Quote Originally Posted by trueblue01gt
    2010 trek 4300

    pic was the day i got the bike home
    added a seat pack, barends, shimano m324 pedals, chain guard, removed reflectors, wireless computer, air pump

    wish i spent the extra $$ for disc brakes though
    Damn.. I really love the graphics on the bike for the 2009/2010 Trek bikes... Wish my bike had those graphics...

    Why are you bothered abt the v-brakes? V-brakes can be just as good or maybe even better than disc brakes.. On the up side, v-brakes require less maintenance and is lighter and easier to maintain. My bike is using v-brakes, no problems..

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    Quote Originally Posted by vanhellion
    I have a Brooks B17, I took it off to proofide it.
    Damn. We need to add "proofride" to Urban dictionary..

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    My first "decent" mountain bike. It's a pretty much bone stock '01 Trek 4900 Disc.
    Definitely nothing special compared to some of these bikes, but it works great for me! I hope to be upgrading the wheels and brakes soon...

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    Quote Originally Posted by imranbecks
    Damn.. I really love the graphics on the bike for the 2009/2010 Trek bikes... Wish my bike had those graphics...

    Why are you bothered abt the v-brakes? V-brakes can be just as good or maybe even better than disc brakes.. On the up side, v-brakes require less maintenance and is lighter and easier to maintain. My bike is using v-brakes, no problems..
    i think they might work a little bit better when i roll through some small creeks and streams and the v-brakes feel a little weak.

    i really do love the color/ graphics of the new bike also
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    Just finished building her up. This is my first build and first real MTB. All completed for around $500ish and under 25 pounds. A lot of used and clearance parts. Nothing fance but mostly good quality stuff. A few upgrades could drop it to under 23 pounds easily.


    Frame:: Supergo stripped to raw Al.………………………………..1654g
    Fork :: Duke- …………………………………………….……….1957g
    front Brakes :: Avid Ti ,noodles, bolts, pads- ………………………168g
    rear brakes:: Avid SD7 ,noodles, bolts, pads- ……………………….187g
    Cables :: …………………………………………………….300g ???
    Cassette :: 11-34 LX-……………………………………….……….. 390g
    Chain : shimano HG53 112 links……………………………………..287g
    Crankset :: XTR L+R with chainrings-……………………..……….. 678g
    Drive side-457g.
    Non drive- 221g
    Bottom bracket:: M952- …………………………...…………………215g
    Derailleur (Front) ::XTR………………………………………………109g
    Derailleur (Rear) ::XT- ……………………………………………….244g
    Grips :: Ritchey WCS………………………………………………………50???
    Handlebar :: Specialized 6 degree- …………………………………...155g
    Headset ::Cane Creek S3……………………………………………...125g
    Headset Cap/Bolt :: …………………………………………(37g)
    Pedals :: Free Wellgo SPD ?................................................. .....300???
    Seat Binder :: kalloy black……………………………………………..35g
    Saddle :: Selle San Marco ASP ide……………………………………..166g
    Seatpost :: 30.4 Al- Unknown…………………………………………...269g
    Shifters :: XTR with pods removed- …………………………………..368g
    Stem :: EA70 90mm……………………………………………………..150g
    Wheelset:: Mavic XC717/XT hub/XTskewer…………………………..1811g
    Front:…………………………………….758g
    Rear:……………………………………...931g
    Tires ::Hutchenson Scorpions……………………………………………1150g
    Tubes :: Performance ultra lights…………………………………………214g

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    My first, at 39.9 years old. It's a 99 GF Hoo Koo E Koo converted to single speed. I bought it off craigslist from a guy about 2 miles from my house and he gave me the geared components if I want to switch back, though they're pretty well worn it appears.

    It rides great, the fork responds well, though I'll probably switch to a hardpack tire since most of my riding will be roads with the kids/wife, but we'll see.
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    Good job!

    Here's my first "real" mtn bike. 07 or 08 Fetish Cycles Discipline. Manitou R7 comp fork. Some sorta tektro mechanical discs, shimano LX front derailleur. XT rear derailleur. Think the shifters are shimano too.

    Truvativ cranks, and shimano 520 pedals.

    I think i weighed it and it came right around 30lbs. It feels light to me but i've only owned costco and walmart specials.

    Got the bike and some shoes for around $650 new? something like that. I love it.. First 20 mile race/ride this weekend.

    (Picture taken a year or so+ before first ride)
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    Quote Originally Posted by elhungarian
    Here's my first "real" mtn bike. 07 or 08 Fetish Cycles Discipline. Manitou R7 comp fork. Some sorta tektro mechanical discs, shimano LX front derailleur. XT rear derailleur. Think the shifters are shimano too.

    Truvativ cranks, and shimano 520 pedals.

    I think i weighed it and it came right around 30lbs. It feels light to me but i've only owned costco and walmart specials.

    Got the bike and some shoes for around $650 new? something like that. I love it.. First 20 mile race/ride this weekend.

    (Picture taken a year or so+ before first ride)
    nice bike thats a beautiful colour
    as well

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    I am hoping the pictures upload.

    Here is my 09 Specialized HR.
    Upgrades:

    Older Octalink XT Crank
    XT rear derailleur
    LX front dιrailleur
    Deore 9 speed cassette
    Deore V-brake Levers
    LX pod shifters
    Ritchey severe duty rizer bar
    Wellgo platform pedals
    WTB Velociraptor Tires
    Mavic Crossride Wheels, Front and Rear

    I am sure there is something I am missing.







    Thanks for the help manoffew!
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    Quote Originally Posted by safme
    I am hoping the pictures upload.

    Here is my 09 Specialized HR.
    Upgrades:

    Older Octalink XT Crank
    XT rear derailleur
    LX front dιrailleur
    Deore 9 speed cassette
    Deore V-brake Levers
    LX pod shifters
    Ritchey severe duty rizer bar
    Wellgo platform pedals
    WTB Velociraptor Tires
    Mavic Crossride Wheels, Front and Rear

    I am sure there is something I am missing.



    You're going to have to upload those photos from your hard drive to a site like Photobucket, and use the IMG code they give you there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr.Hyde
    nice bike thats a beautiful colour
    as well
    thanks man i like it alot.

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    My contribution: An '09 GT Marathon Sport with a Specialized seat and Thomson seat post upgrades.



    And soon to be stopping with Juicy Fives as a slight upgrade. Tired of the Tektro Levers popping out after only 2 weeks of riding.

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    No real upgrades yet.

    Pulled the reflectors and stickers, mounted some LEDs and small bag on the bars for gear.


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    Here is my trusty ride!

    2008 Rockhopper Disc that I have been riding for a couple of years now. Definitely the first upgrade will be to replace the fork; but that wont happen until the current fork implodes.


    I gotta say that mountain biking seems to have come a long way since the mid 90's when I was riding my Roadmaster Coyote's Pass 10 speed.

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    Here's my Trek 3700 all dirty after a cross country practice run.... Getting familiar with the route first as I'm taking part in a local cross country race this Sunday.....


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    Are you guys with the 3900/3700's having trouble with the 550 rims coming untrue? I have a friend who is by no means an aggressive rider yet the things just keeping going untrue after about a month. Is this normal for a non double wall tire?

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    Quote Originally Posted by manoffew
    Are you guys with the 3900/3700's having trouble with the 550 rims coming untrue? I have a friend who is by no means an aggressive rider yet the things just keeping going untrue after about a month. Is this normal for a non double wall tire?
    Mine were warped in about 2 weeks but i am aggressive with my bike the rims are not the most dependent but they get the job done

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    Quote Originally Posted by manoffew
    Are you guys with the 3900/3700's having trouble with the 550 rims coming untrue? I have a friend who is by no means an aggressive rider yet the things just keeping going untrue after about a month. Is this normal for a non double wall tire?
    As you can see in my photo of my 3700, I'm not using the 550 rims. I changed it to the Mavic Crossride after the stocked 550 rims was bent out of shape after a minor accident a couple of years ago.

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    Yikes, doesn't sound promising. Thanks for the answers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by manoffew
    Yikes, doesn't sound promising. Thanks for the answers.
    Lol.. My advise to you and to others going for a 3700, the stock saddle should be the first to go. Seatpost is up to the individual. The front suspension fork is pretty good in my opinion but its heavy. Will only change that once it is damaged. But if you intend to take the bike for some serious off road and cross country on the trail, I would suggest you change the stock 550 rims to something stronger such as a set of mavic rims..

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    Got a new Truvative Firex GXP crankeset. Now the only thing stock on the bike is the frame and shifters. I'm starting to look at FS frames to transfer these components to and put this one back to stock. It's been a lot of fun. I didn't know what flex was until I replaced the crank. I looked at what the stock crank goes for and it's $18. Feels like it has more power, especially under heavy load. Plus I gained 5mm in stroke. Again, bad cell phone quality pics.



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    I really get caught up with the enthusiasm of this thread and just had to post the latest version of my bike. I got it in August of this year. The bike itself was only $350, but I think I have a slight case of upgraditis... but it seems inherent with entry level bikes.
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    no upgrades yet
    <a href="http://s72.photobucket.com/albums/i192/brianjamesitzaina/?action=view&current=MTB.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i192/brianjamesitzaina/MTB.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a>
    Quote Originally Posted by ISuckAtRiding View Post
    The dude is like 120lbs, tops lol he can run any tires he wants without issues, i'm sure.

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    Well this if my first post. I've noticed that only a few people have the same bike as I do, which leads me to believe that it is truly entry level. I got it new back in 05 and paid around $360 for it. No upgrades done to it yet, other than a Trek Incite 9i wireless computer. I finally decided about a month ago that I wanted to start biking again, which really sucks because it's starting to get cold again, haha. Well here it is, an 05 Gary Fisher Advance.


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    My Academy special...

    Mongoose something. Didn't have a model number. Looks like their Maxim but I can't find any with this color scheme. Either way it has done its job which is to get my lazy butt out of the apartment. And it will soon be my loaner as I'm buying a Gary Fisher frame to build...

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    Why isn't this thread a sticky???

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    heres mine

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    My first was a crap Walmart mongose that was a death trap, no pics of that. Now I have a Diamondback Coil EX 07 thats treatin me pretty well. Has a few minor mods.


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    I was searching for tube posts and came across this thread. Great pictures! I like it!! Here is my entry level Cannondale F5. First serious mtb.


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    My entry level ride




    Novara Ponderosa FS. Got it to get into shape. I won't upgrade. It suits my needs just fine.
    So other than that Mrs. Lincoln, how was the play?

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    My starter bike that got me back into it.

    2008 Scott Scale 40. I need an All Mountain bike now.
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    I bought a 2010 Trek 4300 (v-brake) mid summer last year - I got it cheaper from lbs than I could get a left over 09 at the trek store. I had a blast with it last year and really looking forward to spring to ride again...

    These pics were taken at the Alligrippis Trails at Raystown Lake, PA - was the highlight of my summer.

    At the time I added: M324 clipless pedals, cateye enduro8 comp. + new tires and a pump on the bike because i was getting to many flats on the oem tires, they just didn't hold up - plus the new tires made climbing night/day with traction.

    Over the winter I have upgraded a few more things...
    - Oury Grips, Atomlab Quickstep Pedals, new brake pads, and a WTB seat.




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    My first one just picked up last week. Its an 02 model but should do me well to see if I'm gonna ride much or enjoy it.

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    Finally, this one is done. The frame is truly the only item that remains from the original bike. I ended up doing a 9 speed conversion, not because I wanted to but because of parts availability. Since last time I've done the seat, seatpost, front and rear derailleurs, shifters, and 11-34 tooth cassette. The lights are always on it for now because it's always dark by the time I get around to riding it.





    Got a little crazy with a sharpie and the one light lol.

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    My first bike was a Dick's Sporting Goods special. But here is my first REAL mountain bike. Just picked it up a few days ago.


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    Here's mine! mainly stock IronHorse Maverick 5.5 with new IRC MythosXCII tires and Sette Duo bars...works out nicely for me!

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    New (to me) Fuji Tahoe SL:




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    Nice Fuji

    Thats one massive looking downtube....

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    Everybody here seems to have some pretty nice bikes... Well, here's my piece of crap... (not that I'm jealous or anything)...
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    Nate, that thing looks pretty sweet to me, so be proud. What don't you like about it? I recently changed the oil in my old Zokes Z2 and set it up according to the tuning manual I found on here, and that made it a really nice riding fork.

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    Don't get me wrong, I am in love with this bike. I would put it up against any on this thread as far as durability and ride quality... I just get jealous sometimes... I'll save up and get something newer, but until then this b-tch is gettin' thrashed!!!! YEEEEHAAAAWWW!!!!
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    Hello everyone!...Here's my contribution:

    Trek 6000 - All stock except for the seat:









    one with the stock seat:

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    thats my 2000 trek 6500, as of now is completely stock but has a few broken pieces and is missing gthe front wheel

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    New Fish!

    2010 Gary Fisher Cobia 19"






    Mods:
    SRAM X9 F/R Derailleurs
    SRAM X9 Shifters
    Avid Elixir R 185/160 brakes
    Thomson Elite seatpost
    WTB Speed V Comp saddle
    Easton MonkeyLite XC low-riser bar
    ODI X-Treme lock on grips
    Shimano XTR 970 pedals
    Vittoria Randonneur road tires

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    ....at the trail with my 6000..


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    2009 Cannondale F5





    Upgrades:
    Avid BB7s Front rotor 185mm Rear rotor 160mm
    SD7
    Lizard Skins Grips
    Azonic 420 flats
    Sram Full Metal Jacket brake cable guides

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    First of all, it's absolutely great to see all the Iron Horses. They are mostly hardtails, so I know I'm in good company. I built the stand that one of the previous posters had designed
    (I found it on Instructables) and it works great, and I highly recommend it.

    Now, to the bike.
    It's a 2007 Iron Horse Quantum 2 (Sports Authority....).
    Upgrades are as follows:
    Hayes MX-2 disc brakes front and rear
    Not pictured:
    2007 Rockshox Recon 351 U-Turn (it is currently being rebuilt by SRAM)
    And I am currently anticipating the arrival of these just purchased upgrades:
    2008 Avid Single Digit 7 levers
    Shimano Alivio 3x8 shifters
    2008 Race Face Deus XC Stem
    Answer Alumilite Handlebar
    Race Face Diabolus Lock On grips
    Shimano rear derailleur cable
    (2) 26x1.9 Vredestein Tiger Claw tires

    And I bought those upgrades fromJenson USA and saved a total of $157.50 and spent $138.15.
    I bought the fork, also from Jenson USA, for $219.00, when it was originally priced $404.00.
    The Hayes MX-2s and V6 rotors cost me $19.95 for each set, so combined they cost $39.90.

    Happy Riding!
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    Hey, Hardtailkid. Can I get the details on that pvc stand? Would love to make one of my own.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nathan Hate
    Hey, Hardtailkid. Can I get the details on that pvc stand? Would love to make one of my own.
    http://www.instructables.com/id/PVC-Bike-Repair-Stand/
    Thats the link. Download the PDF; it makes things much easier. I also made a little clamp to secure the bottom tube to the stand as you see in my picture. The credit for designing this does NOT go to me. Good luck!

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    thats a nice clean and smart build hardtailkid...always love understated black on a bike.

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    Thanks!

    Quote Originally Posted by mwc1
    thats a nice clean and smart build hardtailkid...always love understated black on a bike.
    Thanks man, that means alot. It'll look even nicer once I get the new tires and all that stuff on it! I'll be sure to post pics.

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    I am not finished with my entry bike, yet.

    Love the bike, Hardtail and love the blackness!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blksocks
    I am not finished with my entry bike, yet.

    Love the bike, Hardtail and love the blackness!
    Thanks! It won't be as black once I get that poor excuse of a fork off of it, but I think it looks cooler. I had thesilver Recon U-Turn (85-130mm) on it for a day. Yep, a whole day. Then I flipped it upside down to adjust dampening and I noticed that the seal had let looose and was 7cm up the right stancion. There was fluid all over the bike as well. I can't wait to get a new wheelset, crankset, and saddle, to make it look more sleek. Anyways, thanks for the compliment, as it means a lot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hardtailkid
    Thanks! It won't be as black once I get that poor excuse of a fork off of it, but I think it looks cooler. I had thesilver Recon U-Turn (85-130mm) on it for a day. Yep, a whole day. Then I flipped it upside down to adjust dampening and I noticed that the seal had let looose and was 7cm up the right stancion. There was fluid all over the bike as well. I can't wait to get a new wheelset, crankset, and saddle, to make it look more sleek. Anyways, thanks for the compliment, as it means a lot.

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    First off id like to say i love all the support for these Quantum 2 bikes. I've owned mine since 2007 when they first came out and sadly at that time no-one had ever heard of them now it seems like everyone has one. I forgot how beautiful the black on black theme was to bad i just stripped my down and listed the frame on pinkbike along with the fork ( i actually think the dart 1 wasn't to bad of a fork for a light rider even tho i love my sid more)
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    Bought it new in 98 I think, still got it, but its worn out.

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    01 F500, upgrades are xt FD and the bar.

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    Picked up a Cannondale Rush 400 on craigslist last sunday as my first real bike. Replaces my old GT saddleback. So far just new tires. I'll post pics later.

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    My entry level bike.

    Just got back into MTBing from a long hiatus. I picked up this 03' stumpy fsr for $500 in Toronto from a guy that used it as a commuter bike and never took it out on the trails. He lived downtown. He was moving out west and wanted to move lightly. I can see why it was never trail ridden. I can't see why he bought an FSR for commuting. He said he fell in love with it when he saw it hanging above the cash at his LBS. He rode it for 3 summers and didn't ride it for the last 3 years due to a leg injury from skiing. Anyways, it's in mint condition.
    The bike is stock but not for long. I have invested about a K into it and now I'm just building it. I should have it done by March. These are the stock photo's and the overhauled photo's will be up as soon as I'm done. Let me know what you think?
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    Here's my ride which I picked up yesterday. I've never been a fan of red frames, but this one got me. I'll remove that dork disc tomorrow.

    "It's not lacking any meat. That's what real women need."

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    Sweet ride!
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    Here's mine!

    2006 IH Warrior Comp -

    Just upgraded to Hayes hydros (my brother upgraded his and gave them to me!!)



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    starting with this at the moment, Felt Q220 2009


    already changed the tyres as the supplied one's are no use, currently riding a 2.3 conti gravity on the rear and 1.9 Kenda (dont know what version) they seem much more grippy and predictable.

    upgrades so far have been welgo V8 copies CRC chain stay protector and lizard skins headset protector.

    mostly XC but the trails round this way might demand going full sus so im already planning building up my own bike whilst i learn with this one

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    I've been meaning to post, but hadn't gotten around to taking pictures of the current build. It started as a 2007 Hardrock Comp Disc

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/30867489@N08/4375619043/" title="bike shots 003 by Andrew183, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2704/4375619043_10ac8e288f_b.jpg" width="1024" height="768" alt="bike shots 003" /></a>

    I've been calling it "The Nicest Hardrock in Seattle" because I think that I crossed the line from "a few upgrades" to a little bit silly some time last summer. The suspension fork, handlebar and barends were straight upgrade purchases; everything else has been parts bucket, upgrade-of-opportunity, or replacing something I wore out. I do think I could get it to perform a little better with a nicer wheelset, especially the rear (stock) wheel and nicer brakes, but both of those are pretty expensive upgrades to throw on a bike that will never be a Stumpjumper. I'm trying to call it "done" on upgrades on this bike until I can either buy a complete 29er with nice components and a good fork or a nice 26" hardtail frame to migrate to.

    Because people seem to like lists...

    FRAME Stock, A1 aluminum, probably somewhere north of 4 pounds.
    FORK Manitou R7 Platinum, 80mm, 2006, EBay
    STEM FSA Gap DH, 90mm, +/- 6deg, got it from a swag pile at an event
    HANDLEBARS Specialized XC flat, cut down, Profile bar ends, bought myself
    TAPE / GRIPS Specialized Enduro, dual density Kraton
    Brakes: Avid BB5, mechanical disc, 6" G2 Clean Sweep rotor
    BRAKE LEVERS Avid FR-5, alloy "V"
    FRONT DERAILLEUR SLX, pad for with a gift certificate I won racing
    REAR DERAILLEUR Shimano Alivio M-410
    SHIFT LEVERS Deore LX, deal from a teammate
    CASSETTE / FREEWHEEL Shimano 9-speed, 11-34, bought it myself
    CRANKSET SLX, 44-32-22, gift
    PEDALS Old-ass Time ATAC Aliums, bought in 2000
    wheel, front: random Alex, 19mm internal width, weird Shimano hub, parts pile
    Rim, rear: Stock heavy-ass Alex really wide rim
    REAR HUB Shimano M-475 Disc, cassette, 36h
    SPOKES 2.0mm (14g) stainless
    FRONT TIRE Panaracer Dart. Love it.
    REAR TIRE Panaracer Smoke. Don't love it.
    SADDLE OG Bontrager 3D. Either the one I bought in 2000 or the NOS from EBay.
    NOTES Inner tube taped around the chainstay. Paint chipped. Owner's manual probably in my files somewhere.
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    Here's my stock 09 Trek 4300 that i just got little over a month ago, sorry the picture quality sucks, I took it with my phone. Is it hard to install a bb7 160mm brakes on this bike and will it fit, thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by baboy
    Here's my stock 09 Trek 4300 that i just got little over a month ago, sorry the picture quality sucks, I took it with my phone. Is it hard to install a bb7 160mm brakes on this bike and will it fit, thanks.
    BB5s are easy and BB7s mount the same way, so it should be no biggie.

    You need to find out if your hubs will accept the rotors, though. Take clear photos of your front and rear hub.
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    New wheels, crank, and stem...









    2010 GF Cobia 29er specs: 27lb.
    SRAM X9 F/R Derailleurs
    SRAM X9 Shifters
    Avid Elixir R 185/160 brakes
    Thomson Elite seatpost
    Thomson seatpost clamp
    Thomson Elite X4 stem & cap
    WTB Speed V Comp saddle
    Easton MonkeyLite XC low-riser bar
    ODI Rogue lock on grips
    Shimano Deore XT 770 crankset
    Shimano Deore XT 770 cassette
    Shimano XTR 970 pedals
    Stans ZTR Flow 29er 36h wheels
    DT Swiss 2.0-1.8 Comp. butted spokes w/ alloy nipples
    Hope Pro II hubs & skewers
    Schwalbe Marathon Dureme tires

    So basically the only parts left of the Cobia are the frame and fork. LoL
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    Well, that's definitely not entry-level any more, ha. And it must not be very hilly where you ride ...

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    This is my first Dirt/Street/4X bike. I plan to upgrade to a FR bike.

    BikeCheck:
    UMF Hardy 1 frame
    RST Slope fork
    Truvativ Hussefelt Stem and Handlebar
    Truvativ Blaze cranks w/rockguard
    Full Alivio
    Tektro Auriga Comp Brakes
    Alex DM24 Rims
    Maxxis Holy Roller 2.2" Tires
    UMF stock seat
    VP pedals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StumpHugger
    2008 Specialized Stumpjumper Expert

    All stock demo bike, so I only had to drop 1600 for a bike with less than 50 miles on it

    Current plans are to get wider tires and new handlebar grips.



    that's your entry level bike?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DezFX
    Stans ZTR Flow 29er 36h wheels
    Schwalbe Marathon Dureme tires
    That's some odd pairing right there...

    Entry level??

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    After a week of shopping I brought home my first mountain bike tonight. I think I got a good deal, it's a Novara Bonanza that was discounted by $200 down to $399 because it was last years model. I can't wait to start riding!


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    Hey I have the same bike and the hubs on your wheels are not disk compatible. You will have to get a new wheelset or have the hubs switched out to get disks on there. I just upgraded my wheels (because my other bike the one my girl rides needed wheels) to a set of Mavics. Disc brakes are next for me and then maybe a few other odds and ends.

    Quote Originally Posted by baboy
    Here's my stock 09 Trek 4300 that i just got little over a month ago, sorry the picture quality sucks, I took it with my phone. Is it hard to install a bb7 160mm brakes on this bike and will it fit, thanks.

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    My old Hard Rock...now a unicycle..
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    my Diamond Back Sorrento



    and upgrade to this Motobecane Fantom 29Pro SL

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    Quote Originally Posted by reckoner13
    After a week of shopping I brought home my first mountain bike tonight. I think I got a good deal, it's a Novara Bonanza that was discounted by $200 down to $399 because it was last years model. I can't wait to start riding!

    Good deal?... No, you stole it!
    Now go out and ride it like it was stolen!

    Cheers
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    Yea, oh well I'll just ride the hell out of it until it breaks then get a new wheels
    Quote Originally Posted by FotoJesse
    Hey I have the same bike and the hubs on your wheels are not disk compatible. You will have to get a new wheelset or have the hubs switched out to get disks on there. I just upgraded my wheels (because my other bike the one my girl rides needed wheels) to a set of Mavics. Disc brakes are next for me and then maybe a few other odds and ends.

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    Gonna be my first real mountain biking year this year. Tired of sitting around a cubicle all day so this will be my new after work weekend fun .
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stang
    Gonna be my first real mountain biking year this year. Tired of sitting around a cubicle all day so this will be my new after work weekend fun .
    That's sooo "entry level"
    seriously... wow... that's a sweet bike

    Cheers
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    Rockin' the X5. For now.


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    here is my 2010 cannondale F7. all stock for now i just got it a couple days ago. i paid 599 for it at rei. i want to upgrade the pedals and the tires. other than that i guess i'll just wait till things break to upgrade. what do you think?

    some real nice bikes here btw


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    2009 Norco Wolverine

    I just picked up this bike 3 weeks ago. Its a 2009 Norco Wolverine. So far my only upgrade is clipless pedals. I went with the Shimano M520s.
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    First post! wahoo. Good to see such an active forum.

    Here is my bike which I just picked up recently. It's a GT Aggressor XC2, and I love it! I haven't really cycled since I was 16 (28 now) and am absolutely loving it so far!

    There are also some other great bikes on here!

    Not done any mods to it yet. Will mist likely get some lock-on grips and I desperately need all the other maintenance kit...pump, spare tubes, tyre levers etc.


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    First bike. only change from stock is the tora 318 coil fork. Next comes clipless pedals.
    not the greatest pic.


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    Here's mine. 1991 Off-Road ProFlex. I've had it since 1993. The elastomer dampers have completely dried out now.

    Any collectors interested in purchasing it, please PM me.
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    moi new bike


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    Nice Kickstand

    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
    Sweaaeet, What kinda kick stand is that??

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