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    Quote Originally Posted by AndrwSwitch
    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.

    You'll save yourself a lot of grief if you don't even think about suspension forks.
    Such killer information - thanks VERY much and I will report back with other issues or concerns for sure.

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    Here's mine. Trek 4300 Disk (2010) I got back in the fall. Only additions are the Bontrager bar ends (I mostly use them when riding up some steep hills when I ride on the street) and shimano clipless pedals. So far, I really like it.....it's a vast improvement over my Trek 800 Mountain Track (1998?) that I gave to my brother when I got this one.


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    Quote Originally Posted by hogarth
    Here's mine. Trek 4300 Disk (2010) I got back in the fall. Only additions are the Bontrager bar ends (I mostly use them when riding up some steep hills when I ride on the street) and shimano clipless pedals. So far, I really like it.....it's a vast improvement over my Trek 800 Mountain Track (1998?) that I gave to my brother when I got this one.

    Is it black, red, and tan? I can't really tell what colors it is
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    Pretty sure its white. Saw one in the shop last week.

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    White! It looks tan due to the shade. /smack hardtailkid.
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    It's mostly black, with some white, I think there's some silver in it, and then some red. Kind of wish it had more white, like the 6700 disk, but I'm happy with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blksocks
    White! It looks tan due to the shade. /smack hardtailkid.
    You biatch!!! That hurt!
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    Entry level? Bwhahaha. I started out with this little garage parts build. Pieced it together and did a few rides. Once I out grew it, skill wise, I decided to build a budget 29er hardtail. Riding a full rigid is so much fun and really teaches you a lot. Now that I have a suspension fork, it feels like I just fly through some portions.

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    Well just about finished what i can afford atm on my bike after getting it back from my mothers haha never leaving it there for 2 years again. Just got to deside on wether or not to apply stickers and where.

    Planned future upgrades: Rock Shox Recon 351 fork, Shimano crank (not sure which one, depends on funds), riser handle bars Da Bomb Badbone or DMR Wing, stem Da Bomb or FSA, Rear air shock? Maybe not sure as to spring or air or even which one, and ideas? Its 152mm e2e
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    Here is my new toy just got it fathers day! Jamis Durango 1.0 Looking to put 65mm riser bars, thats about it so far! any reviews on the Funn Full Bore Riser Bars? any info will be of great help!


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    Quote Originally Posted by AMACHADO5501
    Here is my new toy just got it fathers day! Jamis Durango 1.0 Looking to put 65mm riser bars, thats about it so far! any reviews on the Funn Full Bore Riser Bars? any info will be of great help!

    Facebook links dont work.....

    The pic showed up as a box with a red "X" in it..
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    Quote Originally Posted by AMACHADO5501
    Here is my new toy just got it fathers day! Jamis Durango 1.0 Looking to put 65mm riser bars, thats about it so far! any reviews on the Funn Full Bore Riser Bars? any info will be of great help!

    try imageshack.us or photobucket.com

    I was thinking about buying that one, did you get the "birch beer" color from jensonusa?

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    Jamis Durango 1.0 just got it for fathers day! nothing done it, but looking at Funn Full Bore Riser Bar. any info on these? good? bad?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Pink57
    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v319/mrpink57/7c0d916d.jpg
    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...7/IMG_0152.jpg

    Lots of changes.....
    I'm not sure I would call an Inbred "entry level" but OK... I do have a couple of questions though. How is that seat angle not killing you and what's up with the janky crank arms? Just a mistake when putting it together or do you actually ride it like that?
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    Haven't had a bike in close to 10 years. This is my first mountain bike: Windsor Cliff 4900
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Pink57

    Lots of changes.....
    What's up with the riser bars turned backwards and run parallel to the ground?

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    They are drop bars
    Quote Originally Posted by anthonys
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    Imagine riding with the cranks like that, LOL!

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    Quote Originally Posted by basso4735
    Imagine riding with the cranks like that, LOL!
    lol i think he should keep em like that then give us some video action

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    Quote Originally Posted by basso4735
    Imagine riding with the cranks like that, LOL!
    Wha chu talkin bout willis?
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    Quote Originally Posted by basso4735
    try imageshack.us or photobucket.com

    I was thinking about buying that one, did you get the "birch beer" color from jensonusa?

    Yes i did buy the "birch beer" I was a left over and they took about $300 off

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    Quote Originally Posted by hardtailkid
    Wha chu talkin bout willis?
    Look at the crank arms on Mr Pink57's On One Inbred.

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    Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha hahahahaha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!
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    I decided to stop overthinking my first bike and bought a trek. It looks good and rides great. I don't plan to ride to much in muddy conditions so I went for rim brakes. I can always buy a nicer bike later. It originally had an alivio rear and alivio pod s******s but they upgraded me to sram x5 shifters and rear free since I didn't like the alivio

    I'm very happy with it


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    Quote Originally Posted by Drewcifer84
    I decided to stop overthinking my first bike and bought a trek. It looks good and rides great. I don't plan to ride to much in muddy conditions so I went for rim brakes. I can always buy a nicer bike later. It originally had an alivio rear and alivio pod s******s but they upgraded me to sram x5 shifters and rear free since I didn't like the alivio

    I'm very happy with it

    Did you pay for the kickstand?

    Why go from Alivio to x5? They are identical lines that directly compete against each other. The major difference it SRAM is usually less expensive.

    My son's bike has all Alivio and hasn't had a single problem with it.

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    I decided to stop overthinking my first bike and bought a trek. It looks good and rides great. I don't plan to ride to much in muddy conditions so I went for rim brakes. I can always buy a nicer bike later. It originally had an alivio rear and alivio pod s******s but they upgraded me to sram x5 shifters and rear free since I didn't like the alivio

    I'm very happy with it


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    Quote Originally Posted by Drewcifer84
    I decided to stop overthinking my first bike and bought a trek. It looks good and rides great. I don't plan to ride to much in muddy conditions so I went for rim brakes. I can always buy a nicer bike later. It originally had an alivio rear and alivio pod s******s but they upgraded me to sram x5 shifters and rear free since I didn't like the alivio

    I'm very happy with it
    How wide are those bars? 630mm?
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    My wifes 05 hardrock sport and my 09 (purchased in 2010, last week) hardrock sport

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    2009 Gary Fisher Marlin

    This is my first mountain bike that I have ever really gone [I]mountain biking[I] with.

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    May as well get mine up here too. Far from stock, but I felt it was a decent enough frame to invest a few dollars in. Considering I got the bike for only $300 in mint condition for an '09, I felt adding a bit couldn't hurt. I'll get a better pic on the trails with it. This one is on the front porch and pretty generic.

    One scale I had it on said 29.8, another said 30.0. Is ok to stick with 29.8?

    Here is the breakdown of components. I have not put the CF stem or handle bars on yet.

    '09 Giant Yukon
    XTR Fr/Rear derailleurs
    LX Hollowtech cranks
    RST Gila Pro
    Ritchey Pro seatpost
    Ritchey Pro carbon saddle
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    Carbon ergo bar ends
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    My new one

    Just upgraded from a GT IDRIVE 4 1.0 It was decked out full XTR and loaded up. I got rid of it due to me wanting some more travel. New bike is GT Force Expert. No upgrades until tomorrow. I have to have some new bard and grips. Bars are a bit narrow for me. The bike is unreal! Love it! Carbon Fiber and smooth as SH!T! Once I rode it as a demo I had to have it. I am hating the pedals I chose. Shimano PD-M324. Thought I was going to like em. But they just don't feel right to me. Name:  pedal.jpg
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    Sorry about the in house pics. I snapped these right after I changed another flat(4 this week alone!!!) and was going through everything in the house! LOL My wife isn't to fond of me detailing the bike in the house.....but oh well. hahhaha I highly recommend the bike to anyone. I'm very very impressed with this one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by icarian_pow
    Just upgraded from a GT IDRIVE 4 1.0 It was decked out full XTR and loaded up. I got rid of it due to me wanting some more travel. New bike is GT Force Expert. No upgrades until tomorrow. I have to have some new bard and grips. Bars are a bit narrow for me. The bike is unreal! Love it! Carbon Fiber and smooth as SH!T! Once I rode it as a demo I had to have it. I am hating the pedals I chose. Shimano PD-M324. Thought I was going to like em. But they just don't feel right to me. Name:  pedal.jpg
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    Sorry about the in house pics. I snapped these right after I changed another flat(4 this week alone!!!) and was going through everything in the house! LOL My wife isn't to fond of me detailing the bike in the house.....but oh well. hahhaha I highly recommend the bike to anyone. I'm very very impressed with this one.
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    If you consider that an entry level bike, I don't want to know what you consider as a non-entry level bike lol

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    I wish my entry level bike was a full suss carbon machine like that Must be nice to have lots of money.

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    This thread has lost its way to photo whoring....
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    Quote Originally Posted by LordDRIFT
    This thread has lost its way to photo whoring....
    /agree
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    Isn't this a "Picture" motivated thread though? It only sucks if you are still on dial up.

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    I think they mean that it's turning into a pissing contest on who has the best "entry level" bike and/or who spent the most in upgrades.

    That said, isn't that the point?

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    I try not to determine a person's overall knowledge of MTBing by there post count. Unfortunately sometimes it is what is is.

    The thread was to post pics of Entry level mountain bikes (and upgrades). More than a few bikes here were not originally sold as entry level. Carbon is not entry level and a stock Fox fork is certainly not.
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    I thought the point of the thread was that there are already a bunch of threads in the different forums on MTBR for showing off expensive bikes for one purpose or another. Entry-level bikes are also a lot less differentiated from one another - they're almost all XC hardtails.

    I think the new, stock bike pics are a bit boring - I can get those straight from the manufacturer. But I enjoy seeing the pictures of bikes that people have adapted to suit themselves better, or tuned up after years in the garage. And it's interesting to see where people think it's worth spending their upgrade dollars on bikes that can really be upgraded at every component, down to the frame. I don't know if anyone else who follows the forum takes some inspiration from other people's upgrade choices, but I think I would if I wasn't trying to stop upgrading mine.

    I don't quite get the pictures of bikes that rolled out of the shop expensive and with a good parts build either - if they're stock, they're boring, as well as irrelevant to the thread's intention (as I think it is, anyway) and if they're upgraded, the upgrades are frequently pretty pointless. As someone said on another thread, "If that bike needs upgrading, I'm getting out of the sport." It also seems kind of ******y - I know if I had the budget, I'd be on a Stumpjumper HT or a Kona Kula, or something along those lines, not on my beloved but heavy and sometimes flaky Hardrock. At least when I roll up to a race on it, I get to beat some people on expensive hardware.
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    i try not to think too too much on which bikes are on here. I mean yah a carbon fiber FS bike is by no means entry level, but its still cool to look at. Im not a big fan of looking at stock bikes, but i remember when i got my first bike, i posted it online fully stock and was happy as can be that i had a real mountain bike.

    I really like this forum because it gives me tons of ideas on what to upgrade my entry level bike with ( Rockhopper Expert). The pictures are great to look at too!!!
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    The thread pretty much is...post an image of your bike.

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    My 2006ish Haro Flightline Comp.

    I've bought it used and have owned it about a year and after doing a couple of six hour solo races on it I had to make some changes, the truvativ/deore stuff that came on it was very difficult to shift cleanly under load and the Dart2 fork was average at best.

    So, it's now got a Titec stem, FSA sealed headset, Monkeylite XC bars, XTR dual control shifters (older M960 set), XTR rear cassette (M970), XTR front/rear derailleurs (again M960), XTR crankset (M960), XTR disc brakes front/rear (M960), thomson elite post and an SID race fork.

    I haven't ridden it at all since the changes but they did account for almost 7lbs in weight loss. I guess I could look at the wheels as the next heaviest item to work on but I'll probably save my $$ for a full suspension rig... doing those 6 hour + rides showed me that I need more cushion for the pushin'... so to speak!


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    Quote Originally Posted by AndrwSwitch
    But I enjoy seeing the pictures of bikes that people have adapted to suit themselves better, or tuned up after years in the garage. And it's interesting to see where people think it's worth spending their upgrade dollars on bikes that can really be upgraded at every component, down to the frame. I don't know if anyone else who follows the forum takes some inspiration from other people's upgrade choices, but I think I would if I wasn't trying to stop upgrading mine.
    Couldn't agree more.
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    Right, I love the trash to treasure and before and after stuff. But when someone comes along posting their super-high-end "entry level" bike...well it's not the same!

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    I think that the people who are confused should read post #1 of this thread - in it entirety.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LordDRIFT
    I think that the people who are confused should read post #1 of this thread - in it entirety.
    Just to refresh our mamories. (sic)

    Well guys if you like me you have just as much passion for your entry level bike as anybody who has poured thousands into their FS rig. However there seems to be no dedicated thread to show off to the world our bikes. Well here it is.

    Well folks lets see those entry level MTB that are so dear to you. After all they have introduced you to one of the greatest sports on earth. Be sure to include those upgrades

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    I'll try to get the thread back on track.

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    Nice P.1
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    I am no longer a hardtailkid. 2012 Trek Remedy 9!

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    Take note guys ..That last bike is what this thread is all about. Rags to Riches.
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    what is the fork on the p.1? that bike is sexy.

    google is my friend...it's the argyle. i don't now how it rides, but i love how it looks.

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    ^^^^^^^^ props on the P1
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    Finally got a new fork to replace the stock Manitou Six that I broke in half. Now I can finally post in here


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    I want your jeep. How'd you break your Manitou in half? I bet the bright light off of your reflector melted the stanchions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mwayne5
    I want your jeep. How'd you break your Manitou in half? I bet the bright light off of your reflector melted the stanchions.
    Hehe probably.

    Im a big guy and went over the bars off a 2ft drop which cracked the piece that connects the stanchions.

    The jeep is my other hobby, lifted and such.

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    I just picked up this 2010 Trek 6700. So far I really like it!
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    My First and Only Ride

    Ok here goes. I bought this bike in 1996. Rode if for about 18 months stock, then started upgrading with discounted (previous year usually) parts bought on the internet (yes e-commerce existed way back then!)



    Its a 96 Trek 7000 (frame made in the USA!), its got:

    * an ugly-ass orange Answer Manitou TPC fork
    * threadless Ritchey headset
    * XTR hubs and rear 8-speed cassette
    * XT shifters and derailleurs
    * Sun CR-17A rims
    * Shimano 747 pedals
    * a fancy seat that 10 years ago me thought was comfortable
    * cheap bar ends
    * stock: cranks and related, seat post, and handlebars

    The pics were taken with my narrow road tires that I used when I used to commute on this bike (those were the days)...

    Anyhow, hopefully this is within the spirit of this thread.

    BTW, anyone have advice on how to adjust/maintain that fork?





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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffc666

    BTW, anyone have advice on how to adjust/maintain that fork?
    I believe the preload is the knob on top of the fork and the preload is an allen on the bottom of the fork near the drop outs. This guy used to have info on how to overhaul it but right now I can't get the site to pull up:
    angryasian.com

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    hello! i'm new here and new to mt biking in general. i figured this is a good place for my first post.
    so this was my first bike i bought about 14 months ago, it's a 2008 F7. (i have another one, but will post that one later).
    this is not my normal trail, i was just riding around my neighborhood and i went too far and ended up here







    which brings up an issue i have with it: it can ride on the first and second gears in the front, but it won't go into third.
    the front (left) trigger shifter is broke, i know because i opened it up to look inside .
    so i want to replace it, it's an sram x.4 but was wondering if i should get the x.5 or x.7 instead.

    thanks! happy ridin' ya'll

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    Here is my Hardrock sans upgrades





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    Here's what I ended up buying, got a good deal on a 09 Jamis Durango.
    So far upgrades are
    Stan's tube less kit
    Shimano M520 peddles
    lizard skin chain stay protector
    BBG bashguard




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    I found these on my phone today. They're posted as links so they don't stretch out the forum page.
    http://img697.imageshack.us/img697/2945/photo0049sm.jpg

    The panorama mode on my phone kinda messed up on this shot, but it still kinda gets the view in.
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    How do you get pics to show up as pics and not links?...

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    when posting click the little mountain with a yellow sky icon. This will bring up a box you paste your links into.

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    I tried that but i didn't quite know what to put in there. On photo bucket, i could either copy link location or copy image location. Ill try both




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    Ok take 2.

    09 giant brass sx. Prowler mx 2.3 rear tire.



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    Upgrades:

    Stem to Thomson 50mm
    Bars to Easton Monkey lite risers
    Front tire - WTB Nevegel
    Rear tire - Panaracer XC fire pro
    Post - Thomson
    Seat - Specialized
    Bash guard - Race face
    Grips - Ergon
    Rotors - Aligator/Avid
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    Another new MTB rider

    My 4500 Trek. No mods, just two days and 30 miles old. My rear end hurts but I'll be out again tomorrow. I did add a trip 2 Bontrager computer to the bars so I know the time/miles/speed etc. My first post!


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    2010 GF Marlin Disc.


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    Quote Originally Posted by DARE_SUPPORTER
    2010 GF Marlin Disc.

    I will take that off your hands anytime tomorrow, just let me know.
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    my new rockhopper



    its gross outside so i haven't been able to play with her. hopefully the weather is nice tomorrow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rockNnachos
    My 4500 Trek. No mods, just two days and 30 miles old. My rear end hurts but I'll be out again tomorrow. I did add a trip 2 Bontrager computer to the bars so I know the time/miles/speed etc. My first post!


    Holy crap man, what size frame is that? That has to be the biggest frame I've ever seen! Love the color tho

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    Me 2010 GT Avalanche 2.0 purchased on 06/14/2010. No upgrades or problems yet. Only add on is Cateye computer. Has seen over 200 miles on trails and road. Has been to Hogans Reservior, Stagecoach, Mammoth Falls, and Powerline Trails in Nor Cal. Still rides like new and wouldn't trade it heads up for any mountain bike double its value! sorry for the small photos, me no photoshop/picture editing guru!


    Last edited by dAt_nEw_gUy; 07-08-2010 at 12:17 AM.
    why would you want 2 deploy with someone that trains 1 weekend a month, 2 weeks a year? go active duty!

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    Quote Originally Posted by berry79
    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.



    try adjusting the seat first, i havent rode a bike since 1995 and lost all bike common sense. i went back to the bike shop after the first couple days of a$$ wrecking while riding my bike on the road.. SERIOUS A$$ WRECKING! the dude at the counter asked if i adjusted my seat... I laughed so hard at him cause it was somehting i failed to do, put the damn seat back, went outside and dug into my trusty camel back for me tools and in 10 minute of adjusting and riding my problems were fixed!
    why would you want 2 deploy with someone that trains 1 weekend a month, 2 weeks a year? go active duty!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trek43K
    Holy crap man, what size frame is that? That has to be the biggest frame I've ever seen! Love the color tho

    That's a 21" frame.

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    [QUOTE=dAt_nEw_gUy]wouldn't trade it heads up for any mountain bike double its value![\endquote]

    u sure about that? It's a nice bike and all but really?...

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    mos def

    its a guy thing.... she treats me well and shes grown on me..... my wife needs to realize that she is now number 4 instead of number 3... 1) my two girls 2) my truck 3) my bike 4) my wifey! i only paid $467ish + tax. reg was 799, but they had it on sale for 549.... when i took it on a test drive i took it for double the time they gave me so they called the police on me... when i returned in my army uniform (the same one i went in the store with) they apologized and tacked on an extra 15% off bikes dont make riders, riders make bikes. i will give you 10:1 odds that i can do more on this bike then a lot of the people here who have spent tripple the price i paid for mine on their bikes
    why would you want 2 deploy with someone that trains 1 weekend a month, 2 weeks a year? go active duty!

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    Smile I call it a SpecTrek....

    ...

    This is my wife's "old - new" Trek. It is almost finished. We ride hardtails in winter and autumn.
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    07 Trek 4 Series the day i got it...i love it

    all ive added is Bontrager saddle and bar ends and a seat bag...none of which is pictured


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    2007 Trek 3900
    So far I've repaced:

    Tires: Michelin Mountain A/T
    Saddle: Specialized Phenom
    Brakes: Avid 185mm BB7
    Fork: RS Tora 302 U-Turn
    Bars: Easton EA30

    Works GREAT for what I use it for.


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    Quote Originally Posted by ecosse
    2007 Trek 3900
    So far I've repaced:

    Tires: Michelin Mountain A/T
    Saddle: Specialized Phenom
    Brakes: Avid 185mm BB7
    Fork: RS Tora 302 U-Turn
    Bars: Easton EA30

    Works GREAT for what I use it for.

    Something tells me that I'm jealous of your camera.
    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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    40D w/ 17-85 and a little bit off PP.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ecosse
    40D w/ 17-85 and a little bit off PP.
    Nice I have an XTi with a 28-135 IS USM
    I just can't bring myself to lugging it on a ride.
    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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    stock 2010 trek 4300 just 2 weeks and 45 trail miles! love the way it has performed so far!

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    My 2003 Kona Lana'i, 20" frame, bought used for $125. Upgrades you see there are Panaracer FireXCs, shorter stem, and Shimano M424 pedals. And bear spray.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hardtailkid
    Nice I have an XTi with a 28-135 IS USM
    I just can't bring myself to lugging it on a ride.
    +1, t1i owner here... will do it when i dont feel like riding to kill myself (always riding to hard) and learn how to use my cam better...
    why would you want 2 deploy with someone that trains 1 weekend a month, 2 weeks a year? go active duty!

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    Hardtail - This was actually int the back yard of buddies place. Haven't had the guts to bring my camera with me on the trail yet. I'd have to take it fairly easy I think.

    Heres a shot of his Rockhopper expert 29er:


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    Quote Originally Posted by ecosse
    Hardtail - This was actually int the back yard of buddies place. Haven't had the guts to bring my camera with me on the trail yet. I'd have to take it fairly easy I think.

    Heres a shot of his Rockhopper expert 29er:

    You had me fooled

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    Quote Originally Posted by Killertofu
    my new rockhopper



    its gross outside so i haven't been able to play with her. hopefully the weather is nice tomorrow.

    Hey! i got the same bike, lol. it's nice, i really like it


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    To clarify I did swap out the frame and the arms were fixed shortly after the photo it had not been ridden. Also the stem I have on their now is about a 6 degree rise and the Mary bars are pretty comfortable this direction. The rise and the flipped bars give me about were I want to be and great leverage on uphills.

    As for the seat angle don't knock it till you try it. The angle is not as steep as a photo shows, pushes you into the seat so you actually sit in it I see a lot of people leaned forward on their seats around here this prevents a lot of that.

    EDIT: In the Inbred photo the stem is actually in negative rise mode.
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    Just bought it a couple of weeks ago. 2010 Specialized Rockhopper Comp 29er. It needs a new fork, but I'm going to wait until I blow this one to pieces, or this winter, whichever comes first. Then it will be a new wheelset and brakes. I'm 260, and the BB5s suck at stopping me on a downhill..or anytime for that matter.

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    Only upgrades so far....

    Race Face Deus Stem and bars
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    here is my 08 RockHopper, my first MNT bike ever.....







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    from this


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    to this













    upgraded the entire drivetrain.. went with a1x9 setup! lovin it so far, im riding again after a 10 yr break so started with a 2010 Orbea Tenere!

    Parts List

    RaceFace Ride DH Single Chainset 2010 - 170mm 4-Bolt 36t Silver
    SRAM PC991 Chain 9sp - Each
    SRAM X9 Rear Derailleur 9sp 2010 - Medium Cage
    SRAM X9 Twister Shifter 9sp - RH Rear - 50mm
    SRAM PG980 Cassette 9sp - 11-34
    Da Bomb Recoil DJ Chain Guide 2010 - Black ISCG & Std BB 32-38t
    Fire-Eye FE254 Handlebar
    Fire-Eye PS1 Stem Black
    Fire-Eye Skinnies Grips
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    fork + saddle + brakes upgrade next lol or should i start with the wheels n tyres?

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    If the fork is terrible, I'd definitely go with a new wheelset. IMHO, upgrading what rolls is almost always the best bang for your buck. A good saddle is not optional, so if it hurts your azz get a new one!
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    Hardock Disc 2010





    Only thing I have changed so far is the pedals (DMR V8s)

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    My New Ride (2010 TREK 6500)

    Hello all,
    I recently started riding again and after reading the board for almost a year now, I've done a lot of research and decided to upgrade from a Mongoose Blackcomb (hey! I wanted to see if I would really stick with it!) to a 2010 Trek 6500. Yesterday I got to take it out for a 5 mile ride and man was it nice. The bike is very responsive, predictable, and just feels great. I have a higher rated springs on order from the LBS to help with the feel of the front fork due to my weight (but losing more each day). I also treated my self to a 1upUSA Quick Rack with an add-on and to me it was worth ever penny. And my wife also likes to ride with me at times so she picked out a 2011 Trek Skye S. So far we are completely satisfied with the LBS and our purchase. Here are some quick photos of it for you to check out.

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    (Repost from the Trek section. This should be a sticky so it's easy to find.)
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    Beautiful color on that Trek. I'm not even going to say get it dirty.

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    Hey everyone,
    I finally got around to taking a couple pics. of my ride. It's an 09' Cannondale F4. The only changes I've made so far are Rogue grips, Selle Italia Shiver saddle, Sigma 1609 computer, and Wellgo D10 pedals.
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    Nice bike and trail MTLizard!

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