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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    that's a pretty sweet looking paint job! Almost looks army!
    [SIZE="5"]It's easy to make a buck, it's much harder to make a difference."[/SIZE]

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bikerkid
    I know. It's part of the reason I liked it. I saw the 2009 model and was like no way. It looks like every other bike and the components were the same. I love the design of the frame and color is like icing on the cake I cant wait to get it dirty.
    I dig that bike. How much did it set you back if you don't mind me asking.

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    ^^^

    Very nice Rincon! I love that flat olive green! Awesome color.

    I'd just ditch the reflectors

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lbsigman
    I dig that bike. How much did it set you back if you don't mind me asking.
    It set me back $420 and he threw in a free water bottle.lol

    Quote Originally Posted by holycrikey
    ^^^

    Very nice Rincon! I love that flat olive green! Awesome color.

    I'd just ditch the reflectors
    Thank you sir. I rode it to the the pole to go vote today and she rides nice.Yeah I already took off the front and rear ones but I cant get the ones in the spokes out w/o scratching the finish in the spokes.

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    there should be little white "screws" on the reflector. Just turn those woth a regular screwdriver and the reflector should slide down and you can pull it out.

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    Got it. Thanks dude.

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    my contribution

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    My daughter's Hardrock.



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    Here is my Iron Horse Quantum II




    Parts List:
    Rock Shox Dart 1 Fork
    Hayes MX4 Disc Brakes
    Truvativ X-Flow Crank
    Shimano Acera Rear Derailer
    WTB Speed V Saddle

    Future Upgrades:
    Wellgo MG-1 Pedals
    WTB Velociraptor 2.1 Tires
    Race Face Next XC Handlebars
    Avid BB7 Brake upgrade
    Rock Shox Recon Fork
    Last edited by preludedriven; 11-11-2008 at 12:18 AM.

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    Small upgrades from stock...

    Race Face Evolve longer Steam
    Ritchey Comp Seat post
    DMR V8 pedals White
    Panaracer FireXC
    Selle Italia saddle.

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    stoo61 - which saddle is that? ^
    '08 Specialized Rockhopper 29er (modified)

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    Here is my Motobecane Fantom Comp DS start it on 32.5 lbs, on the first pic i already upgraded crankset and wheelset to shimano Deore and Vuelta XRP Team SL and Saddle with Selle Italia Onda , then i upgraded handlebar with Easton Monkey Lite SL, Headset with Cane Creek S-8, Cassette with Shimano XT, Saddle again with Nashbar Race 190 gr. , Front Suspension with Rock shox Reba Team U-turn, Pushloc and now the bike weight 28 lbs , i'm very happy with the performance of this bike and i will onlu upgrade again as is need it



    Actual Bike Set Up

    Frame TripleActive 4B, 3"/4"/5" Travel - Four Bar Rocker Arm. Gussetted SL 7005 Aluminum (Disc Brake Equipped) SuperSmooth Sealed Cartridge Bearings at critical pivots, replaceable rear derailleur hanger

    Fork/Rear Shock RockShox REBA TEAM WITH UTURN ADJUSTABLE TRAVEL (85-115MM) TurnKey LOCKOUT COMPRESSION and PUSHLOC /Rockshox Ario 2.2 Air with Rebound and LOCKOUT

    Crankset Shimano Deore Hollowtech

    Bottom Bracket Shimano Deore

    Pedals Plataform witth toe clips

    Front Derailleur Shimano Deore LX

    Rear Derailleur Shimano XT long cage

    Shifters Shimano Deore LX Rapid Fire 27 speed trigger shift

    Cassette/Freewheel Shimano XT cs-750

    Chain Z9000 super narrow 9 speed

    Hubs Vuelta forged alloy with high flanged hubs with CNC machined 6 bolt rotor mounts

    Spokes 2.2mm stainless bladed Count: Front: 28 Rear: 28 Lacing: 3 cross Nipple: Brass CP Finish

    Rims XRP Vuelta Team SL

    Tires/Tubes Panaracer FireXC PRO 26x2.1 / Presta Valve

    Brakes Avid Juicy 3 Hydraulic Disc front and rear, 160mm rotor

    Brake Levers Avid Juicy 3 Hydraulic

    Headset Cane Creek S-8

    Handlebar Easton Monkey Lite SL Riser Bar

    Stem Ritchey Comp Aluminum threadless

    Tape/Grip WTB DualCompound

    Saddle Nashbar Race Saddle 190 gr.

    Seat Post Ritchey Comp Mountain 31.6mm aluminum

    Seat Post Clamp Super Light Aluminum

    Size Small 42c

    Color GlossBlack
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    well on the las pic instead of the first pic i mean it, i uploaded the pics in wrong orther

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    Here is my ride: a Trek 4300. Got is used in good condition for a great price.

    Upgrades:
    LX cranks, derailleurs, and cassette
    XT shifters
    Mavic XC 717 wheels with XT hubs
    Avid BB7 disc brakes
    WTB Motoraptors
    Crank Bros Mallet C pedals
    WTB Speed V saddle
    Sigma computer



    A couple of things I've learned. If you are sure you want to be riding for a long time, save the necessary funds to get what you want at the start. The wait will kill you but will be more efficient. If on the other hand, you are just wanting to try it out then get the best used bike you can afford. When you are hooked you can then decide if you want to upgrade by bargain shopping like I did or if you are going to want/need more bike (I don't), in which case just ride what you've got until you get the necessary funds for your next bike. I probably should have listened to this advice from the outset...but I wanted a bike right then

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    Here's mine....


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    Quote Originally Posted by flipside
    Here's mine....

    Where did you get those bar end caps?

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    '09 Fisher Wahoo Disc

    My first post on MTBR!

    Here's my recent purchase. So new it still has the reflectors on!




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    Quote Originally Posted by 2ndtime04gt
    Where did you get those bar end caps?
    I got them from Purely Custom

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    Quote Originally Posted by zerohnine
    My first post on MTBR!

    Tip of the week: rubber side goes down.

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    La Goose

    There are some good looking bikes posted.

    Here is a real entry level bike - 01 Wallyworld Mongoose. Good for kicking it around the yard or the occasional street ride. It wouldn't hold up on trails.

    Upgrades: Those $7 Forte slicks.
    Last edited by rlouder; 01-26-2011 at 05:03 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hopping_Rocks
    stoo61 - which saddle is that? ^
    All I can really tell you is what it says on it. San Marco, pretty sure its Selle Itallia too....I haven't got it just now, loaned it to someone.

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    My Warrior 3.5 taken minutes after purchase!!

    Brakes: Avid BB-5 w/ 160mm rotor
    Levers: Avid FR-5
    Frame: Double Butted Aluminum Hardtail
    Bottom Bracket: FSA
    Crankset: FSA Gamma, 42/32/22T Alloy
    Seatpost: FSA SL-280
    Stem: FSA ST-OS-190LX
    Handlebar: FSA XC-282A-OS, 18mm rise
    Wheelset: Hubs: Alloy Disc, 32H; Rim: WTB SX-24, 32H w/ eyelets
    Chain: KMC HG-73
    Fork: Marzocchi Race, 100mm travel
    Rear Shock: NA
    Pedals: Shimano M505 Clipless
    Cassette: SRAM PG-950, 11/34T, 9-speed
    Shifters: SRAM SX5 Triggers
    Rear Derailleur: SRAM X.7
    Front Derailleur: SRAM X.7, low clamp
    Saddle: WTB Pure V Sport
    Grips/Tape: WTB Technical Trail Grip
    Tires: WTB Weirwolf 26 x 2.1
    Headset: Zero Stack


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    Quote Originally Posted by GroverTheClover
    Here's my IH Maverick 5.0.

    F&R Avid BB7
    Avid Full Metal Jacket
    Avid SpeedDial 7
    Panaracer XC Fire Pro

    Nice job on the upgrade list... I'm now actually thinking about getting the Panaracer's instead of the WTB Velociraptor's.

    BTW I regret everyday not choosing the Maverick 5.0 (got my Quantum II for the same price)...that green is sick!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyrix
    This is my daily ride. I love it more than the other bikes simply because it's been with me the longest and has spent more time with me than any other bike.



    Rock Shox Dart 2 front shock, Alex DH 20 rim up front, Mavic X317 in the rear, Bontrager Jones XR tires (I find the give me a good balance since this bike is used really only for commuting and for long trail rides on paved surfaces or hardpack with minimal need for high grip in the corners)

    I will never EVER part with it.

    Oh and her name is Sweaty Betty.

    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.
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    Always remember, "Pain is Weakness Leaving the Body."

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    07 Cannondale F3:

    FSA V-drive Crankset

    SRAM Powerglide II PG-980 cassette

    CrankBros Eggbeater

    Panaracer Fire XC Pro tires

    Forte Classic saddle


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