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  1. #701
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    All these bikes are nice but one thing with most of them... They are clean
    1.. 2.. 3... 4...........FIFFFFFFF !!!!!!!!!!

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    heres my beginner bike. been using it since 1994.

    I had a Trek Fuel the first year it came out. rode it thru various snowstorms until it got stolen the day i moved to California.

    so im back on this Trek 920 singletrack




    stock gear with the exception of a new trek seat (prolly 1999), and new chain (1998), new pedals, as i kept breaking the trek ones, so i got these Performance pedals with clips on one side, they rock!!! and take a hell of a beating.
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    My first post on this forum so far.

    Im new to the whole mountain biking thing, and just picked this up last weekend:





    Forgive the poor cell phone pictures, havent had a chance to take it out much yet.

    Its an 08 or 09 KHS Alite 300

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    not to be mean. but lose the kickstand. it'll get you in trouble
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    Resize those pictures please so this whole page isn't fukked..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trek920
    not to be mean. but lose the kickstand. it'll get you in trouble
    +1...reflectors are borderline but justifiable with night riding, but the kickstand really has no excuse Nice bike otherwise

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hellrazor666
    All these bikes are nice but one thing with most of them... They are clean



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    2008 Fuji Tahoe Comp 29er. Mostly stock, with just a few minor upgrades (e.g., switched out handlebar, stem, and seat clamp due to cheap quality Fuji components; rear cassette switched to a SRAM X9 that has 2 more teeth (34) in the granny; slightly better Avid mechanicals than stock ones; old school Ritchy clipless pedals; and new Terry saddle). I liked this bike from the get-go, but as I've become even more used to how it rides, I've come to appreciate it even more. It's now my main mtn bike and I think I'm pretty much sold on 29ers from now on.
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    Here is my 2010 Cannondale F5 and a few upgrades. I have a WTB pure V saddle on the way.









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    actually, this isn't my first bike, I'm just now getting back into it. I started with a cheap wal mart NEXT bike... yeah baby, full suspension, 40+ lbs :-) realized that wasn't the way to singletrack so I bought a new trek 4500 and it made all the difference in the world.... that was about 8 years ago.... getting back into it and found what I think was a good deal on this bike....




    2006 Feul EX 9

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    Sweet! I was hoping to come across a thread where I could post pics of my entry level bike. I quit smoking after nearly 13+ years, and wanted to do something good for myself. I couldn't think of anything more fun than mountain biking! So, I shot over to my LBS and picked up my 2010 DB Response "Sport". So far, I orderd the Tora 318 solo air... just haven't received it yet, can't wait to try it out!

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    07 TREK Fuel EX 9...all pimped out.

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    My 2010 ride, Its also my first Mountain Bike...


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    My 2010 Gary Fisher Cobia. After my first ride definitely glad I went with the 29er!
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    2010 Giant Boulder SE

    Here is my 2010 Giant Boulder SE with all stock.....

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    After a break from riding for several years, I picked up a '10 Fisher Wahoo Disc.

    I know the dork ring is still on, but I'm not going to remove it until I fine-tune my ability to adjust my rear derailleur.

    A couple pics from my ride yesterday taken on my cell camera:






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    Here is my new Giant Rincon SE. The pic is fresh from he LBS. It is now a few weeks old.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jmaxin
    After a break from riding for several years, I picked up a '10 Fisher Wahoo Disc.

    I know the dork ring is still on, but I'm not going to remove it until I fine-tune my ability to adjust my rear derailleur.

    A couple pics from my ride yesterday taken on my cell camera:





    I did test drove the Wahoo but it's out of my price range. Very nice bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Giant77407
    I did test drove the Wahoo but it's out of my price range. Very nice bike.
    Thanks!

    It was a bit out of my price range as well but I loved everything about the bike so I couldn't resist. Everything from the disc brakes (rainy Oregon weather!) to the paint job were just perfect for me.

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    I was looking for the Rincon Se but my LBS didn't have suitable size. Very nice color.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Giant77407
    I was looking for the Rincon Se but my LBS didn't have suitable size. Very nice color.
    The black\white scheme of the Rincon SE is definitely catchy too. I'm waiting to see how the matte paint of the Wahoo holds up to dirt/wear but I'm guessing a year or two down the road I'll wish I would've bought something with a gloss paint on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Giant77407
    I was looking for the Rincon Se but my LBS didn't have suitable size. Very nice color.

    Funny you say that, my LBS did not have the black/white in my size, that is why I got the SE. But overall I like it. My last bike, I built up from a Leader frame with older parts I had and newer parts as well. I really loved that bike but it was stolen within 6 months of me completing it. I did not even think of getting another bike for 4 years.

    anyway, thanks for the compliment.

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    My new ride, Rocky Mountain Vertex 30 2009 with some customizations.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tracers
    Funny you say that, my LBS did not have the black/white in my size, that is why I got the SE. But overall I like it. My last bike, I built up from a Leader frame with older parts I had and newer parts as well. I really loved that bike but it was stolen within 6 months of me completing it. I did not even think of getting another bike for 4 years.

    anyway, thanks for the compliment.
    That sucks, sorry to hear that.
    The one thing I regret not doing initially was to get a SE with disc brakes. Disc brakes are the way to go. Almost run right into a tree head on couple time last week with little wet condition on the trail.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Giant77407
    That sucks, sorry to hear that.
    The one thing I regret not doing initially was to get a SE with disc brakes. Disc brakes are the way to go. Almost run right into a tree head on couple time last week with little wet condition on the trail.
    The disc brakes were a nice touch. I have never had disc but I have taken a few rides in drizzling weather and no brake loss, which was quite a change. Unfortunately I have not had a chance to take it on the trails yet, which should be in a week or two.

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    Moved to end of thread
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    My bike, when I just got it 2 years ago



    And its current looks:


    Road Configuration



    XC Configuration

    Only the frame, head set and seatpost(while in XC config) are still original. the rest are all replaced.
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    I think I've posted here in the past... but I just got a couple new parts.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/30867489@N08/4630279058/" title="mtb new brakes 002 by Andrew183, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4039/4630279058_312eb521f2.jpg" width="500" height="458" alt="mtb new brakes 002" /></a>

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    This is my '07 Specialized Hardrock. I'm the original owner - I was in a hurry, and bought new. It's drifted pretty far from stock over the last few seasons. I just got a set of Avid Elixir 5s for it - combination birthday present and team purchase. The current build is getting a little silly for the frame it's on, I suppose, but I don't anticipate being able to get a new bike until I'm back to working full-time, and I don't anticipate that until I finish with my current round of education. It's my only mountain bike and sees everything from cross-country races to skills park days.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AndrwSwitch
    \The current build is getting a little silly for the frame it's on, I suppose
    No way, man.. keep it up! You have a better spec'd bike than if you spent all that money on a new bike anyway, in my opinion.

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    My first toy w/ a few upgrades...

    The first pic is prior to the upgrades and the second is just after install right before a ride.
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    What were your upgrades, and if you don't mind me asking, why did you upgrade?

    Thanks

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    The first pic is prior to the upgrades and the second is just after install right before a ride.

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    Here is a pic

    Quote Originally Posted by 5.0Trunk
    What were your upgrades, and if you don't mind me asking, why did you upgrade?

    Thanks
    This is a up close pic of what i have done so far. I upgraded my crankset and BB. The old one was junk and the a few teeth on the one chainring got bent on a rock or something.
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    Love this thread!!!

    Here's my '99 Gary Fisher Paragon, bought in '2000, used for a season and put away..... until now. About 10 years ago, this was my dream bike. I still love it. It's hideously beautiful.





    And here is my first MTN bike. '96 Giant Iguana.... now my neighborhood cruiser...

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    Here is my first MTB, a NRS Giant....so far so good!

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    06 Specialized hardrock comp

    " width="549"> Went out for my first ride in a long time, feels good to be back on the bike!!

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    2009 Specialized Rockhopper Comp Disc

    Upgrade:
    Forte Pedals

    1990 Giant Yukon

    Upgrades:
    Can't remember, but I broke a lot of things over the years!
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    This is my MTB, a Bianchi Doss 6100.
    I bought it today.

    It's my second mountain bike, I sold my previous one, which was just a week old, and bought an FR instead. Probably stupid, but I enjoy my FR so I don't regret it. Although it was a really nice bike.

    Carbon headset.
    Deore and Alivio gears and brakes. The deore is pretty new.
    Might be upgrading them to XT, I'm not sure since they to the job so far.

    Things I Am going to change are the grips, pedals and the rear tire, and probably the saddle too.
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    My polished turd
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    '05 Giant Reign 3 w/ RockShox Revelation dual-air forks

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    My '07 Kona Fire Mountain. Will probably keep this fairly stock except for some cockpit upgrades while I learn what works and doesn't work for me on a bike.

    Some good looking bikes in this thread


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    Here's mine, got the frame of Ebay for a few hundred quid, the rest came off my old cheapo bike (just to get me up and riding asap) and will be upgraded as I can afford it. Have thusfar only upgraded to Sram X9 rear derailleur and shifter. I have GOT to win the Lottery... and soooon! There are so many col things I want! ;D


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    My entry level mtn bike. It's a Raleigh Talus 4.0 and right now I have done nothing to it other than ride it.
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    Here is my used bike I just bought.




    2004 Giant NRS 2 Frame
    Rear shock - Rockshox SID
    Fork - 2009 Rockshox Reba Team Dual Air
    Remote Suspension Control - SRAM Pushloc
    Wheels - Mavic Crossmax SL SCC
    Tires - Hutchinson Python tubeless
    Brakes - Formula Oro K24
    Shifters - SRAM Attack Trigger Shifters
    Cables - SRAM AVID Full Metal Jacket
    Derailleurs - Shimano XTR front and rear
    Crankset - Shimano XTR
    Seatpost - Thomson Elite
    Handlebar - RACE FACE EVOLVE LOW RISE XC BAR
    Grips -ODI OURY LOCK-ON

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aaron1017
    Here is my used bike I just bought.

    2004 Giant NRS 2 Frame
    Rear shock - Rockshox SID
    Fork - 2009 Rockshox Reba Team Dual Air
    Remote Suspension Control - SRAM Pushloc
    Wheels - Mavic Crossmax SL SCC
    Tires - Hutchinson Python tubeless
    Brakes - Formula Oro K24
    Shifters - SRAM Attack Trigger Shifters
    Cables - SRAM AVID Full Metal Jacket
    Derailleurs - Shimano XTR front and rear
    Crankset - Shimano XTR
    Seatpost - Thomson Elite
    Handlebar - RACE FACE EVOLVE LOW RISE XC BAR
    Grips -ODI OURY LOCK-ON
    Congrats, but nothing in that part spec is entry-level.

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    We recently got his & her bikes, a new endeavor for us. The color similarity is purely coincidental.

    My Giant Talon 2 29er:



    And my wife's Hardrock:



    Everything is stock on the Talon, 'ceptin' the pedals, and the Hardrock has an upgraded woman's saddle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GiddyHitch
    Congrats, but nothing in that part spec is entry-level.
    Yeah... Its my first bike and entry level for me. At least I won't have to upgrade.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bonbonan
    If you know more knowledge about bike, you will never say that.
    I really meant "Not have to upgrade for a while or get the itch to switch components.

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    old school

    just got back into biking and wasnt sure if I'll enjoy it for long (ADD I guess) so I decided to retro fit some modern parts onto my bike along with vintage stuff.
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    Interesting brake setup. What do you have going on there?
    "Don't buy upgrades; ride up grades." -Eddy Merckx

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    my update again:



    -Marzocchi Bomber 33
    -(now broken) Mosh platforms
    -Cane Creek ZS-3 headset
    -Sette Amp saddle
    -GT (something 6061) 4-bolt stem
    -Easton bat tape chainstay protector
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    I just got into mtn biking. Found this on Craigslist last week and it seemed like a great deal. Thus far, I am very pleased with it.

    2007 Rocky Mountain Vapor


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    Shes a beast but shes heavy as a fat chick.
    Stock except for
    Hayes MX1 disk brakes
    Time Atac clipless pedals
    Kenda Nevegal 2.35-front(this tire is magic)
    Michelin Mountain A.T. 2.2-back (this tire sucks)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sheepo5669


    Shes a beast but shes heavy as a fat chick.
    Stock except for
    Hayes MX1 disk brakes
    Time Atac clipless pedals
    Kenda Nevegal 2.35-front(this tire is magic)
    Michelin Mountain A.T. 2.2-back (this tire sucks)
    All I see as your photo is a box with a red X in it
    Quote Originally Posted by anthonys
    Its still just the push of a button away...
    I am no longer a hardtailkid. 2012 Trek Remedy 9!

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    All I see as your photo is a box with a red X in it
    Ur not missin much: 5 year old Trek 4500
    You think its an error on my side? Hmmm... i entered a link to my email so it might be blocked from yall. How do you upload your pictures HTKid?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sheepo5669
    Ur not missin much: 5 year old Trek 4500
    You think its an error on my side? Hmmm... i entered a link to my email so it might be blocked from yall. How do you upload your pictures HTKid?

    Thanks,
    Sheepo
    I save the picture that I want to post in my computer then when you are ready to post it, click "Go Advanced" under the box that you type in when you reply to a thread. Once you click "go advanced," you have a longer page and more options for your reply. One of the first options is "Attach Files". Under where it says that, you will see a gray box that says "upload images" on it. Click that box. Then a new window pops up and there are five boxes, each box with an option next to it that says "browse.....". Click borse. And then you can find the picture you wish to upload that is saved on the computer. If it says something like "unable to upload image because it exceeds the maximum size of 1024x768". If it does that, minimize the browser and go to the picture and then compress it.

    Hope that helps
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    Its still just the push of a button away...
    I am no longer a hardtailkid. 2012 Trek Remedy 9!

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    Shes a beast but shes heavy as a fat chick.
    Stock except for
    Hayes MX1 disk brakes
    Time Atac clipless pedals
    Kenda Nevegal 2.35-front(this tire is magic)
    Michelin Mountain A.T. 2.2-back (this tire sucks)
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    Thanks HTKid, Did that work?
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    It worked. Nice ride!

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    K2 Zed 4.4

    Only stock part is the crankset and headset. Edit: And wheelset

    Hayes stroker ryde brakes, alligator 160mm rotors
    Shimano 9 spd cogs HG?? /chain
    X7 rear mech & shifter
    Deore front mech & shifter
    WTB pure V saddle
    Race Face Evolve seatpost
    Race Face Ride 26'' bar
    Race face ride 120mm stem
    Rock Shox Dart 2 100mm fork
    Race Face Good & Evil grips
    Custom Paint (Retro red flake / Gold Wheels)

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    Quote Originally Posted by LordDRIFT
    K2 Zed 4.4

    Only stock part is the crankset and headset.

    Hayes stroker ryde brakes, alligator 160mm rotors
    Shimano 9 spd cogs HG?? /chain
    X7 rear mech & shifter
    Deore front mech & shifter
    WTB pure V saddle
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    Race face ride 120mm stem
    Rock Shox Dart 2 100mm fork
    Race Face Good & Evil grips
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    That is SUCH a nice bike! Sooo clean! But ya know what it needs? Gold anodized bolts everywhere!!! Then it would be even better looking.
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    lol thanks man.. I would bling it out if it wasn't a parts bin bike.. I will consider some of those bolts in blue for my main ride though... Where can I get the stem type bolts?
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    ChainReactionCycles.com has sooo much stuff. Thats where I found them. The search process is a b!tch though. I'll try to get a link for you to follow. Oh....it's in the U.K. though, if that matters. Spend over $230 (I think) and you get free shipping. They are actually water bottle rack bolts.
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    This is a great thread! Entry level stuff doesn't get much love around here, so I think it is great to have a place to show off the entry level bikes. What I don't get is why some people are posting $2000 or $3000 bikes as their "entry level" bikes. Maybe you are "entry level" but a bike that costs that much is not. There are plenty of other places to show off your bike other than this thread.
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    You're right, sorry. Removed.

    I totaly forgot this was an entry level thread. I had been following it for awhile and I was thinking a "post your ride" kind of thread. The fact that there are some higher level bikes makes it seem like that.

    Lots of nice bikes in here of all levels.

    I'll post this one in the Transition forum.
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    Not mine but my family's.



    My stepson's 1994 Cyclepro Stony Point. 4130 CrMo steel with Alivio components.
    He's a grown man now and the bike hasn't seen any use for a decade.

    My wife has started to show an interest in biking, so I have "upgraded" it for her into this:























    Only the frame and the hubs remain from the original bike.
    Most of the parts I've put on are retro stuff, the saddle and fork being the oldest - 1991 and 1992 respectively.
    Maybe I went a bit overboard with the bling
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    That is one of the nicest buiIds I've seen in a while. The atttention to detail is astonishing. Good job!
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    That black/gold bike looks really nice.

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    This is actually my second "nicer" bike. The first was a Fuji Sunfire that I purchased back in like 1992. It was a great ride and held up very well to 18 years of use and abuse, and is actually still very functional and has been passed down to my sister. I recently purchased this Raleigh as an upgrade from the definitely obsolete Fuji. I've had the Raleigh for about 6 weeks now, and have so far been very happy with it in all respects. I added the bar ends, a Bell computer, some hybrid style grips, and picked up a softer seat for the longer rides around town.
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    Just recently upgraded from my 5 year old department store bike to this...











    Took it on my first ride today (been bad weather for the past week) and it was amazing. Got the brakes, derailleurs, and stuff all dialed in. Still have yet to take it on some trails though =[

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    I like how that Motobecane looks.. but do you keep your seat that low?

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    Quote Originally Posted by intoflatlines
    I like how that Motobecane looks.. but do you keep your seat that low?
    Nah, just didn't get a chance to raise it after I put everything together.

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    I travel to Cleveland, Ohio by air two or three times a year with my family to visit my in-laws and I've long wanted a cheap trail bike that I could ride during the warmer visits each year. Looking on Craigslist this time, I found a likely candidate and when I went to see it the guy swore he'd ridden it "at least 30-miles" the day before. Okay, so with low tire pressure, rough wheel bearings, loose cables and partially seized brakes and fork, that must have been one fun ride! LOL. Being on day three of a seven day visit, I threw good judgment out the window and paid $85 for it. I spent a day tearing it down and rebuilding it with only a Topeak Alien II multi-tool, a borrowed tub of grease, WD-40 and a visit to a bike shop to remove the rusty freewheel (no charge). For $45 more, I swapped out the rusty seatpost and worn saddle for new a Precision micro-adjust alloy post and a new saddle so now I have something to ride when I take the family up there. I wish I had another $130 in the budget for Shimano EZ-Fire shifters, a better rear derailleur, M151 alloy crankset and an inexpensive Cro-Mo rigid fork. Probably not a sound investment though. It's not much but it is a working set of wheels.


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    04' Hardrock Sport

    bought new back in 2005 but just never rode it. now ive got about 20hrs on it the last 3 weeks alone... blew the stock RST forks the first day after pulling it out of its hibernation in the garage. so, leads me to the one and only upgrade (besides a Milano saddle purchased a week after i got the bike - 10' Marzocchi 44 RLO's

    the below picture was after about a 10 mile test ride/dialing in session on some rutted fire roads near my house. like night and day, i may add. i really like the bike so i'll probably upgrade most drivetrain components this summer before buying a second full suspension bike later this year, but we'll see....
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    Quote Originally Posted by ragnar.jensen
    Maybe I went a bit overboard with the bling

    That bike is absolutely beautiful. Excellent photos too.

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    pic of the beast. 04' Hardrock Sport w/ 10' Marzocchi 44 RLO's... should be rocking a new deraillur, chain and cassette here shortly


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    Here is my entry level mountain bike. Bought it for exercise, not knowing I would be getting this into mountain biking. Used to race BMX in my teens,but now after trying MTBiking, I love it. The bike is a 2010 DB Sorrento. So far I've replaced the stock pedals with animal pedals and added a lizard skinz chain guard. I 've been trying to get used to the seat, but thats not happening. So I guess the seat will be my next upgrade.



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    Well I just got mine. It came in today. I will take it on some trails this weekend hopefully. It is a '10 Trek 3900 Disc.


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    Wow, gorgeous bikes, everyone. I recently replaced my 6-year-old Wal-Mart Schwinn with this (thanks Craigslist).

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    Quote Originally Posted by salpic
    Wow, gorgeous bikes, everyone. I recently replaced my 6-year-old Wal-Mart Schwinn with this (thanks Craigslist).
    Nice bike - REALLY bad camera. Dude!

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    My Craigslist special of last week - 1984 Diamondback Trail Streak...












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    Quote Originally Posted by WarmCoke
    My Craigslist special of last week - 1984 Diamondback Trail Streak...
    That's in amazing shape. What's the plan?
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    Quote Originally Posted by AndrwSwitch
    That's in amazing shape.
    Seriously.
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    My first realy mtb since I was a kid, Just started getting into riding with friends. Borrowed my bosses Klein Mantra comp and really liked it compared to most of new bikes that I rode in my price range. So I picked of this Klein Mantra Race cabon fiber on ebay after a few weeks of looking.

    Model: Mantra Race.
    Frame Material / Size: Carbon / Large.
    Stand Over: 33"
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    Rear Derailleur: Shimano XTR.
    Brakes: Shimano Deore XT.
    Shifters: Shimano Deaore XT.
    Speeds: 27.
    Crank: Shimano Mega Drive Train.
    Pedals: Shimano Deore XT.
    Front Suspension: MANITOU SX.
    Rear Shock: FOX Air Vanilla Float R.
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    Seatpost /Seat: Thomson Elite, Bel AIR SDG.
    Rims: MAVIC X517 MAXTAL S-6000
    Wheel Front/Rear: Paranacer Dart II / Paranacer Smoke 26 x 2.1.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clones123
    Nice bike - REALLY bad camera. Dude!
    That's what I get for playing around with camera apps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by salpic
    That's what I get for playing around with camera apps.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AndrwSwitch
    That's in amazing shape. What's the plan?
    Not totally sure - need new tires as these are the original tires from the mid-80's - that rubber has to be getting hard and inflexible I would assume. It has a lot of dark grease on the chain - need to clean that and re-lubricate with whatever you guys are using these days. Not sure what else to do really - do I need to check out the brakes at all? I think I need to do a bit more derailer adjustments as well.

    I'm not looking to deck this thing out with a bunch of upgrades - just get it in completely workable and usable shape - which shouldn't be too hard as it seems it was never ridden very hard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WarmCoke
    Not totally sure - need new tires as these are the original tires from the mid-80's - that rubber has to be getting hard and inflexible I would assume. It has a lot of dark grease on the chain - need to clean that and re-lubricate with whatever you guys are using these days. Not sure what else to do really - do I need to check out the brakes at all? I think I need to do a bit more derailer adjustments as well.

    I'm not looking to deck this thing out with a bunch of upgrades - just get it in completely workable and usable shape - which shouldn't be too hard as it seems it was never ridden very hard.
    I am assuming you are relatively new to the whole MTB scene, seeing as you have 4 posts, so don't think I'm insulting you by saying this....just trying to help.
    Tires: do your research and ask questions about tires. Don't just buy what's cheap (it has to be cheap for a reason). Think about where you will be riding your bike, and don't hesitate to ask seemingly stupid questions.

    Chain: that grease is NASTY. I'm pretty sure I know what you are talking about. It will be way easier if you just go to your local bike shop (LBS) and buy a chain tool (ask them what it is if you don't know) and a new chain (make sure it is specifically made to fit your drivetrain. Tell the mechainic or whomever you are talking to how many "speeds" your drivetrain has). They may try and sell you a more expensive chain tool, but it perfoms suuuch a simple task, so get a cheaper one. Hell, you might want to take the bike to them and just have them tune it.

    Brakes: it's up to you. Maybe if you have a friend that is more into MTBing than you, he can ride the bike and tell you if the brake performance is adequeate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hardtailkid
    I am assuming you are relatively new to the whole MTB scene, seeing as you have 4 posts, so don't think I'm insulting you by saying this....just trying to help.
    Tires: do your research and ask questions about tires. Don't just buy what's cheap (it has to be cheap for a reason). Think about where you will be riding your bike, and don't hesitate to ask seemingly stupid questions.

    Chain: that grease is NASTY. I'm pretty sure I know what you are talking about. It will be way easier if you just go to your local bike shop (LBS) and buy a chain tool (ask them what it is if you don't know) and a new chain (make sure it is specifically made to fit your drivetrain. Tell the mechainic or whomever you are talking to how many "speeds" your drivetrain has). They may try and sell you a more expensive chain tool, but it perfoms suuuch a simple task, so get a cheaper one. Hell, you might want to take the bike to them and just have them tune it.

    Brakes: it's up to you. Maybe if you have a friend that is more into MTBing than you, he can ride the bike and tell you if the brake performance is adequeate.

    Thanks,
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    Andy - killer information - and I am very new to the mountain biking scene to be sure, so your suggestions really hit the mark with me. I want to try and do most of the work on the bike myself - as I pride myself in other areas on saving money by doing the work myself. My neighbor is a big mountain biker and he has large maintenance book by a guy named Zinn that he let me borrow and I have been perusing that for the last couple of days. That is where I found information on the upper and lower limit screws on my derailers to get them working better.

    I also look forward to this forum and the assistance that can be gained here for sure from helpful folks like yourself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WarmCoke
    Not totally sure - need new tires as these are the original tires from the mid-80's - that rubber has to be getting hard and inflexible I would assume. It has a lot of dark grease on the chain - need to clean that and re-lubricate with whatever you guys are using these days. Not sure what else to do really - do I need to check out the brakes at all? I think I need to do a bit more derailer adjustments as well.

    I'm not looking to deck this thing out with a bunch of upgrades - just get it in completely workable and usable shape - which shouldn't be too hard as it seems it was never ridden very hard.
    I'd start by putting a tape measure to the chain. If it's not stretched, it may be worth taking it off and soaking it in degreaser. If it is, just throw it out. While it's off, you have an opportunity to check out the bottom bracket bearing feel, the hubs and the headset. It certainly doesn't look like a bike that got ridden hard, so I bet nothing's damaged. However, 20 years in a garage can still dry out the grease, so those parts might need a repack. It's a messy, but not particularly difficult task.

    In your shoes, I'd be a little torn about the brakes. With a newer bike, or one in worse condition, I'd just Craig's List those cantilevers to a hipster building a 'cross bike and buy some V-brakes. You'll need new levers too, to do that. But it's a big improvement. But that bike is in such awesome shape, it seems a little wrong to start putting period-incorrect bits on it. In either case, the brake pads are probably toast, especially if the guy kept a car in his garage too. So if you keep the brakes, replace the pads. I like Kool Stop Salmon pads. Take the bike or an old brake pad with you - there are a couple different attachment standards. You can upgrade to disc brakes if you really want to, but it would require buying a whole lot of stuff and cost as much as a used bike that already came with them.

    Tri-flow in all the pivot points for everything. Probably new cables and housings. I wouldn't worry about the derailleurs (beyond lubricating) until after dealing with the chain and cable runs.

    There's a sticky on this forum about maintenance that's good. sheldonbrown.com and parktool.com are also really good web sites for learning about how to fix things. Sheldon Brown loved bikes and tuning them, and had a thing for older bikes, and it comes through in his writing. Park Tool has shorter articles with lots of pictures - if you don't want to learn about why something is as it is and you just want to fix it, go there. Sheldon has a great article on tuning cantilever brakes that's worth a look if you decide to keep them.

    EDIT: Zinn's book is good too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by toadwaker
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    Haha looks like it, right? Actually it's the filters from the Camera+ app for the iPhone. Probably needed more light to start out with instead of messing with it post-shot.


    Quote Originally Posted by bonbonan
    Yeah,Really bad camera,dude!!!! maybe this effect makes the bike look good!
    The bike is actually in great condition for being (1) from Craigslist, and (2) used regularly by it's previous owner. Dude knew his stuff though and really took care of it. I've been able to ride it a few times since buying it last week (yeah, VERY new rider here!) and it's a blast.

    Next up - upgrades! Question for you more experienced ones out there, where's a good place to start upgrading? I do want to change the grip shifters to rapid-fires, but is that necessary at this point for a new rider?

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    my 2010 diaondbak response sc, stock just new diamondback pedals, bottle cage and cateye computer. Fuji odessa is my wifes also has wellgo pedals, cage and computer.










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    Nice bikes (and couch)!

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    New frame???
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    Quote Originally Posted by Schultzy1982
    This is actually my second "nicer" bike. The first was a Fuji Sunfire that I purchased back in like 1992. It was a great ride and held up very well to 18 years of use and abuse, and is actually still very functional and has been passed down to my sister. I recently purchased this Raleigh as an upgrade from the definitely obsolete Fuji. I've had the Raleigh for about 6 weeks now, and have so far been very happy with it in all respects. I added the bar ends, a Bell computer, some hybrid style grips, and picked up a softer seat for the longer rides around town.

    Well, I stayed up a little too late tonight, and wound up purchasing a few more upgrades for the Raleigh.
    -Alivio ST-M410 Shifters
    -Deore M531 Front Derailluer
    -Kenda Kwest street tires
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    Replace your rear derailleur.
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