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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    when i first bought it (used)

    since then have changed a lot of stuff.. too lazy to take a new one though

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    This is my 08 Iron Horse Warrior 5.5
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    I'll play.

    New 2008 Fuji Outland Pro FS w/ 2008 Forge Sawback 5xx grouppo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by preludedriven
    Here is my Iron Horse Quantum II
    Here's a quick update to my bike:

    Iron Horse Maverick Full Suspension Frame
    RaceFace Ride Low Riserbars
    Easton EA50 Stem
    Wellgo MG-1 Pedals
    RaceFace Ride Seatpost
    Panaracer Fire XC Pro Tires

    Current status of build:

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    My Iron Horse Warrior 1.2
    upgrades:
    odi lock on grips
    BB7 185mm front and 160mm rear
    WTB Velociraptors front and back
    and CB Mallet Cs

    I've got about $500 bucks in it and I am very happy with it. An upgrade to the fork is probably in it's near future then I'll be done with it.
    Last edited by Code Rage; 11-17-2008 at 05:30 PM.

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    Is that a still or a meth lab in the background! HaHa!

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    Quote Originally Posted by aaron04
    Is that a still or a meth lab in the background! HaHa!
    Better yet! Its my other passion an all electric all grain brewery .

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    many many moons ago, i was a young mountain biker. many many moons later, i am an older mountain biker.

    i dont have pics of my first 'real' bike, but i do have pics of the E/L that came about four bikes after that day. probably my proudest ride too.





    That, dear freinds and neighbors, is a 1997 VooDoo Bantu, it started life as a box-buy from a mail order (we did mail order back then, dinosaurs would carry our letters and parcels across pangea to our caves. it was really high-tech stuff.) supplier...i think either s-go or jensen. it came with absolute bing-bong rubbish for parts.

    i upgraded even after the picture, i will spare you the extreme details, but you should know that they dont make a SINGLE thing in the photo, even the bench is obselete. Note the lack of GREY anywhere but the wheels.

    front-to-back (difficult to clearly see because of the fred flintstone 35mm camera scan):

    Bontrager/Fisher radial wheelset (this was radial lacing's infancy for cross country)

    Manitou Pre-production '99 SX Fork (note the color is wrong, no decals, and the brace is
    wrong as well)

    Race Face Real Seal Headset (wow, eons)

    KORE Elite Stem (anodized blue, of course)

    Titec Bar

    Control Tech Barends (from 1992!!! PURPLE!!!)

    if the shifters look a little weird, it's because they are, Precision Billet Twisters.

    Kore Elite Seatpost (i ordered blue, but the dinosuar brought me cobalt)

    WTB all Leather/titanium saddle

    if the front derailleur looks a little complicated, it's because it is, precision billet again.

    Kooka CNC Crank (first generation kooka... work of art in anodization, black fading to purple with blue streaks, purple/blue/black rings in order from big to wee)

    Race Face cro-mo bottom bracket
    Shimano threetwentysomething pedals

    Precision Billet rear derailleur.

    after the picture, it got LX componentry for brakes and wheel hubs.

    here we are, billions of years later, all the bikes are grey and black. bring me back, please.
    '13 Cannondale F29
    '01 Gary Fisher Hoo Koo E Koo
    '98 Manitou FS
    '97 GT Avalanche
    '97 GT LTS-1

  9. #209
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    now, kind of a bad pic, new parts thomson stem, easton bar, oury lockons, race face atlas cranks w/bashguard, revelation fork, specialized lowpro mag pedals, wtb saddle, maxxis ignitor rear, kenda nevegal front, next up is brakes/wheels

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    Another IH warrior 5.5 with a new recon 351 fork I just installed. Had the bike for 5 months and I wouldn't be surprised if it had upwards of 1000 miles on it already. I've never taken it to the LBS for repair. I'm a DIY kind of guy.
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    Good job! I'm far from a beginner...

    ...at least in years riding (mid '80's),but i dig inexpensive things that work,and i'm really diggin this thread!great bikes guys,and glad to have alla ya riding

    anyhoo,based on price,I guess these are considered "entry level",so here's a couple Redlines for ya.



    2002 Monocog
    stock:frame and (2nd set of) wheels (20-22t rear cog,i swap em out a lot)
    Fox 125RL fork set at 100mm
    IRC Mythos tires f&r 2.1"
    Truvativ Hussefelt crankset/bb 32t
    Cane Creek hs
    Salsa stem/On One Mary bars
    Bontrager seat/Nashbar post
    Deore V-brakes/levers
    platform pedals



    2008 d440 (29er)
    added:avid bb5 disc brakes,cateyes computer
    swapped the stock 34t chainring for a 32t
    everything else stock...for now (including those nifty reflectors,so coyotes can see me comin )
    '11 Origin 8 700CX
    '14 Surly Troll

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    Another contribution

    Here is a Diamondback Voyager II that currently lives life as a SS.



    The current configuration has removed the triple crank and the cheap tensioner and replaced it with White Industries ENO cranks and eccentric rear hub.

    I have had the setup on several different bikes, Including a Dean Ti HT, a Mongoose Ti HT and a Stumpjumper M2 and the Voyager is the best riding SS of the bunch.
    Cynicism is a perquisite to satire. Satire without cynicism is like a metaphor without...whatever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aaron04
    Is that a still or a meth lab in the background! HaHa!
    Sorry to jack the thread for a sec but whats an electric brewery? Thats pretty cool!

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    My freshly purchased GF Cobia



    I'm not new to MTB's, but I am new to 29ers! Can't wait for the thaw to try her out!
    "There are those who would say there's something pathological about the need to ride, and they're probably on to something. I'd wager though that most of the society-approved compulsions leave deeper scars in the psyche than a need to go and ride a bicycle on a mountain." Cam McRea

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    NIce fisher

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    Frozenspokes,

    Very nice. I have one myself. The cobia is a great 29er. First upgrades I did before it left the store were a new saddle (WTB Rocket V), new grips (Ergon GP2's), and some new pedals (Shimano 520 clipless).

    I found the toe strap pedals extremely annoying and also thought the grips were like a layer of duct tape over a skinny bar. The saddle was OK for short rides, but anything over a few miles and the boys went numb.

    It's a lot of fun to ride especially in the rock gardens.

    Go ahead and ride it in the frozen snow. It will handle just fine!
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    hi everyone im new here but not new to cycling. about 4 or 5 years ago i was havaly into bmx and when i moved to florida, the heat and no one to ride with made me put down the handle bars.a year later i picked up an oar and began crew (competitve rowing). my team won a bunch, but after high school i had no sports so i picked up bikes again.

    heres my "new" bike, it's an 08 hardrock comp, all stock for now


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    2007 Giant Rincon "Halo3 Bike"

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    Velociraptor rear tire.
    Bar ends

    My son and I both have one!

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    That thing come with any plasma grenades?
    Oddly enough, none of us were born cool.

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    Not mine...but my first mountain bike was a mid-late 80's Cannondale (dont know exact year, got it used around 88-89). It was a smaller size frame and I traded a 1982 Yamaha IT 175 for it that someone gave me that needed work. .



    This is one of the bikes I have now, mostly stock.

    Ironhorse Chimpira Yakuza.

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    My Gary Fisher Mullet, stock apart from '09 Rockshox Recon 351 U-Turns
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    Quote Originally Posted by jc99
    Another IH warrior 5.5 with a new recon 351 fork I just installed. Had the bike for 5 months and I wouldn't be surprised if it had upwards of 1000 miles on it already. I've never taken it to the LBS for repair. I'm a DIY kind of guy.
    Is your stem on upside down? Or do you prefer it like that?
    Oddly enough, none of us were born cool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fuzz1028
    Is your stem on upside down? Or do you prefer it like that?
    The stem is designed to be put up or down depending on what angle you want. It's all based on your preference.

    That being said, I don't know if I prefer it or not. It's just how the bike came. Now that you mention it I never noticed the shallower stem angle before.

    I might just flip it over and give the steeper angle a try.

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    Here is my 2006 GF Piranha:



    Upgrades:

    Bontrager Hank slicks
    Cat Eye wireless computer
    Blackburn light (sucks)
    Taillight
    Bell saddle tool bag - Trek bag in photo = junk; fell apart in about a month
    Bottle cages

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    Crap, its an '04
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    200 bucks on craigslist.

    Yeah baby, I am so excited, i bought this yesterday and have had a blast the last 2 days, Can anyone tell me if anythings modded?



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