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    ... and if we just ... Your Entry Level MTB (Pics and Upgrades)

    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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    Here is my contribution...



    08 Specialized Hardrock Sport

    Upgrades:

    Oury Mtn Grips
    Kool Stop dual compound Mtn brake pads
    WTB Velociraptor Kevlar tires Front and Back (back had to be sent back not pictured here)
    Lizard Skins chainstay protector
    Seat
    Wellgo Platform Pedals

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    06' GT i-drive 5 2.0

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    What kind of pedals are those? Did they come with the bike?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Resist
    [IMG]What kind of pedals are those? Did they come with the bike?
    No, they were some cheap bmx pedals i picked up at the lbs. I was havin problems slipping off so i got those and a pair of walmart skater shoes. Problem solved...

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    <a href="http://s252.photobucket.com/albums/hh8/nike103103/?action=view&current=bikephotobucket.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://i252.photobucket.com/albums/hh8/nike103103/bikephotobucket.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a>

    Its a 2009 Gary Fisher Advance. Everything is stock excpept for the sigma computer I added.


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    I was stoked after my ride!!hahaha

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    My new toy...

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    Quote Originally Posted by siscoOGpimp
    06' GT i-drive 5 2.0

    All Stock
    Do you have that yet? I thought you were trying to back out of the sale after looking at the pics of scratches on the fork for the first time...?

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    So far so good - a year with my dependable xc machine has gone by: how fun its been.





    The bike is worth more than the car, its true.

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Call_me_Al
    Do you have that yet? I thought you were trying to back out of the sale after looking at the pics of scratches on the fork for the first time...?
    Ya im in the process of getting it. I decided since its my first entry level bike I cant get the best but i can get the best bang for my buck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spec4life
    Here is my contribution...



    08 Specialized Hardrock Sport

    Upgrades:

    Oury Mtn Grips
    Kool Stop dual compound Mtn brake pads
    WTB Velociraptor Kevlar tires Front and Back (back had to be sent back not pictured here)
    Lizard Skins chainstay protector
    Seat
    Wellgo Platform Pedals
    Sweet ride!! Mine with Wellgo MAC3 pedals: Am saving pesos for a Tora 318 front shock. What fork is that on there?

    08 Specialized Hardrock Comp Disc


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    My Hardrock. I think its a 2004 model. Maybe a 2005.
    Got it off ebay for a song.
    Got the 100mm Manitou Black fork off ebay for under $40 shipped. Added the extra stiff spring kit.
    I built it up from a frame.
    Right now it is spec'd as follows.

    21" XL Hardrock
    100mm Manitou Black Comp
    Easton Vice 50mm stem
    Titec El Norte 2" riser bar
    Lizard skin north shore lock on grips
    Easton Vice seatpost
    Salsa non QR seatpost clamp
    SDG Grand Prix Chrome saddle
    Truvativ Fire-x cranks 22t-36t-bash with outboard BB
    Wellgo platform pedals
    Sun Rhyno Lite Wheelset
    Forte Gotham 1.75 city tires
    Avid BB7 front brake 160mm
    Tektro Rear brake 160mm
    Old Shimano brake levers
    Sram X0 Gripshifter 9spd rear shifter
    Sram X7 front shifter
    Sram X7 Rear Deraileur
    Shimano Acera front deraileur
    Sram PC991 chain
    Sram PG990 cassette 9spd

    I used an old 160mm disc brake adapter to mount the rear blinky light to the rack mount on the rear seatstay. It's complete with a bing bell and headlight as well.

    If you didn't guess yet, this is now my commuter bike. This bike has seen a few different build ups since I bought it. Here it is as my trail bike.


    This bike got me back into the sport after a layover of not owning a bike. I'm very stoked to be back btw.
    Here are the bikes I have built up over the last year or so.



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    Magura Menja fokr
    Avid BB7's front and rear
    Avid Speed Dial Ti levers
    Wellgo B37's
    Sram X-7 shifters
    Funn Fatboy bar

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    My 08 6000. New WTB Rocket Pro saddle and M647 pedals. Everything else is stock until I break it.

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    Thanks to Phadreus for naming it Darth Vader...
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    This is not mine, but it is the same model that got me started in mountain biking back in teh early '90s. U brakes FTW!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Roswell52
    My 08 6000. New WTB Rocket Pro saddle and M647 pedals. Everything else is stock until I break it.

    08 600000001.JPG

    Thanks to Phadreus for naming it Darth Vader...
    Anytime, glad to help! Glad to hear you're enjoying the ride Ros!
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    [QUOTE=HardRockCop]Sweet ride!! Mine with Wellgo MAC3 pedals: Am saving pesos for a Tora 318 front shock. What fork is that on there?

    The point of taking the stickers off is so noone knows for sure...

    No seriously its just the stock suntour 100mm..

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    Stevens M6 Race

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    Stock..so far..

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    '07 Diamond Back Response Comp. Not a pic of mine, but for the most part the same. I have alloy pedals with toe clips instead of the clipless.

    <img src="http://bluecollarmtb.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/02/diamondback.jpg">

    Upgrades:

    Grips: Bontrager Selects
    Chain: SRAM PG951
    Water cages

    Waiting for the bottom bracket to wear out so I can replace the cranks.

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    Here is my bike, 2008 Haro, I guess it's entry level, I paid $800 for it at the shop. Since I bought it I have replaced the brakes with Avid Juicy Sevens, Sram Attack shifters, Rock Shox Recon 351 fork, RaceFace crank, Red Line BMX pedals (sharp as razor blades!) , 2.5 Weirwolf Race tires, ODI lock on grips. Threw on a bottle cage and a wireless computer to track my stamina (which is improving by the day)
    Future upgrades will be a new wheelset, new rear shock, new derails and what ever else I can get my hands on. I am building a extra bike to loan out to guests with all the extra parts.
    I ride this every day, it's twice the ride now than when I bought it. My five year old grandaughter took a wet rag to it today and gave it a good cleaning. A.H




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    some shots of my iron horse maverick, all stock.... for now


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    IH Warrior 1.3

    Pretty much "stock" except for seat, saddlepack, and tube-chainstay. Takes a beating.


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    I upgraded the pedals to Time Aliums since i took this pic.

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    My Iron Horse Warrior 5.0 that I bought from Rscycle.com. It has been a solid bike which has kept up with most of my friend's much more expensive rigs. Upgrades include:
    • Several Pounds of dust
    • Chunks of Colorado Rock
    • Many foreign objects stuck in chain
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    Forge Sawback

    Forge Sawback - After a fresh bath and a new fork

    Upgrades - all ebay buys except the tires

    XT Dual Control Shifters
    XT Rear Derailleur
    XT Hydro Brakes
    Manitou R7 Super

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    Quote Originally Posted by dana109


    I upgraded the pedals to Time Aliums since i took this pic.
    Nice Rocky!

    Looks real nice in that colour.

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    this was an entry level GT avalanche, about 2 years ago ... my first bike ... and not 1 month into it, i have already upgraded the brakes and rotors

    20080829 GT 01 MTBR FORUM.jpg

    then it was the saddle and seat post and fork and wheels

    20080829 GT 02 MTBR FORUM.jpg

    thereafter i caught the deadly disease, upgradis canceritis, and the GT frame was history ... i still have the upgraded parts mentioned above just that it is on another frame and so at least i did not actually upgrade a part that was previously an upgrade itself ...


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    my 2008 Marlin Disc, stock except the saddle which was replaced with an unknown bontrager that was narrower and thinner than the original, which was torn when I picked up the bike.

    Mine and my Fiance's bikes on our super cheap target rack. She made me take it down though, she said it was too big for our one bedroom apartment. She's right lol!

    yeah that's the Marlin going off its first pretty sweet jump

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    Here's my IH Maverick 5.0.

    F&R Avid BB7
    Avid Full Metal Jacket
    Avid SpeedDial 7
    Panaracer XC Fire Pro
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    WTB PrueV saddle
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    08 Yukon Giant

    Get UP ! Dust Off ! & Try It Again!!

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    Which bike should i get ?

    Hello fellow riders, I started riding to get some exercise at the beginning of this year.When I first started it was like work but I stuck with it and now its fun if I dont ride everyday I dont feel right. I've been riding trails and single tracks and the single is rough so heres my problem I've been doing this on a Pacific mountain bike from Toys R Us LOL I did'nt know how hard I was working riding this bike until I went to some bike shop's that were having sale's, so here's my ? I want to get a real entry level mountain bike and these or my pick's Gaint XTC1,Cannondale F4 or 5,Trek 6000 all hardtails. I would like some feedback PS. you may laugh at my Pacific but it got me in shape and opened up a whole new world .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vonhendon
    Hello fellow riders, I started riding to get some exercise at the beginning of this year.When I first started it was like work but I stuck with it and now its fun if I dont ride everyday I dont feel right. I've been riding trails and single tracks and the single is rough so heres my problem I've been doing this on a Pacific mountain bike from Toys R Us LOL I did'nt know how hard I was working riding this bike until I went to some bike shop's that were having sale's, so here's my ? I want to get a real entry level mountain bike and these or my pick's Gaint XTC1,Cannondale F4 or 5,Trek 6000 all hardtails. I would like some feedback PS. you may laugh at my Pacific but it got me in shape and opened up a whole new world .
    Dont be a thread jacker...

    Start a new one....

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    Quote Originally Posted by ProjectBomber

    Mine and my Fiance's bikes on our super cheap target rack. She made me take it down though, she said it was too big for our one bedroom apartment. She's right lol!
    Hey so ya selling the rack? I booted mine (MTB hater) and that would great in my two bedroom apartment....right next to my big-screen HD football watching 56" DLP TV!

    Nice bike, btw, too!

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    Thanks for all the help guys NOT I quess I'm flying solo !!!!!!!!!!!

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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

    I'm in love with the color of your frame

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    Marin Hawk Hill SE 2005.

    Upgrades are XT front and rear derailleur, LX shifters, Truvativ Stylo Crankset, Mavic/Shimano front wheel, Alex/Shimano rear wheel and Avid BB7 brakes.



    I was going to upgrade some other things as well (especially the fork), but at this point I'm looking at getting a Chumba XCL frame and doing that up with an all XT setup with a TALAS 32 fork. I'm pretty sure that the bike shop I bought this bike at didn't fit me properly. Doing longer rides (1.5+ hrs) I get significant discomfort in my back and when I ran my measurements through a few online calculators they calculated that I need a TT length of 23.5 to 24". The Marin is 21.7" I believe.

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    '09 Specialized Hardrock disc

    All stock for now except for the Specialized Speedzone Comp computer i added.
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    Heres my 08 Diamondback Responce... This is for getting me back and forth from school (around 2-3 miles) and to hit minor trails when i want! Im basically using this til i get used to trails and can start hitting bigger ones. Im going to get road tires for this bike pretty soon so i can basically use this as a road and trail rider til i feel like i need to upgrade and when i do im going to get the competition version of this bike!!! DIAMONDBACK FOR LIFE!!!



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    This is my entry lvl Diamondback Hardtail Responce... And i Love it!!!


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    This might be a little off topic, but many of us who have posted have mainly entry level bikes with upgrades. At what point do you stop with the upgrades and move on to another bike? Is it really worth it to invest heavily in an entry level bike? I am most likely done with upgrades until something breaks.

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    Hello to all, this is my first post after being a lurker for a while . Currently only have the one pic of my Spec Hardrock Comp Disc 08. I look a little bemused but the photo was taken about 10 minutes after doing a flying act over the handle bars and snapping my wrists back (luckly no break of fracture). Currently no upgrades but only had for a couple of months. I'm fairly new to mountain biking, haven't been on a bike for a good 10 years but thoroughly enjoying it
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    08 fisher tassajara

    Finally have a picture up. No major upgrades...terry fly gel saddle, crank brothers mallet 1's, and a cateye computer. That's about all.

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    Here's my 08 Hardrock

    No real upgrades...just some Time ATAC pedals. I also changed the stem and bar out. But they're back at the stock setup now. Saddle has been upgraded to something smaller than I can slide back on easier. The stock saddle was way too big and made descents fairly difficult and dangerous!

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/averen1/2354335293/" title="Specialized Hardrock by averen, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2118/2354335293_35062b3595.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="Specialized Hardrock" /></a>

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    08 Trek 4500 (converted to 1x9)
    C.B. EggBeaters, WTB PureV Saddle, WTB VelociRaptors 2.1, Blackspire 34T, Gamut Bashguard, Rohloff Chainguide Half, Deore LX Rear Derailleur.

    She gets around alright, nice and light on the climbs. Wish i had a granny today, but nothin a little mashing wouldntt get me through on that trail.
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    1x9 Hardtail, yummy.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vonhendon
    Hello fellow riders, I started riding to get some exercise..... ......I want to get a real entry level mountain bike and these or my pick's Gaint XTC1,Cannondale F4 or 5,Trek 6000 all hardtails. I would like some feedback PS. you may laugh at my Pacific but it got me in shape and opened up a whole new world .
    not going to laugh at your pacific. any of those bikes are good, pick the one that fits the best and that you like the best. its really that easy.
    now.... dont hijack threads

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    Old bike. 2000 Gary Fisher Marlin. Totally stock.

    New bike. 2008 GT Force 3.0. Totally stock except the standard pedals.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HardRockCop
    Hey so ya selling the rack? I booted mine (MTB hater) and that would great in my two bedroom apartment....right next to my big-screen HD football watching 56" DLP TV!

    Nice bike, btw, too!
    sorry, I'm not planning on selling the rack quite yet. we should be moving around the first of the year to a bigger place and I hope to have room for it then, maybe even a garage lol.

    For all you people with rockin' the DiamondBacks, have you had any issues i should look out for on my fiance's ride?

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    2003 Jamis Eureka converted to a singlespeed.


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