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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...
    sign here ________________________

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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.

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    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..

    From Hamburg, Germany
    To be pleased with one's limits is a wretched state.
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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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    hmmm how much does single speed upgrades cost and what is it mainly for?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mychal89
    hmmm how much does single speed upgrades cost and what is it mainly for?
    Having a single speeder is mostly about being a true American badass, and telling the world, "Gears? I don't need no stinkin' gears!!!"

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    2009 Gary Fisher Marlin Disc, and 2008 Trek 6000 Disc

    I just purchased new bikes for the wife and I. Here they are in all of their stock glory!

    Hope you don't mind a bunch of pictures.

    2009 Gary Fisher Marlin Disc









    2008 Trek 6000 Disc








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    2007 Cannondale F7. Upgrades are Eggbeater pedals, WTB saddle, stem, flat bar, SRAM Attack Gripshift, IRC Mibro tires, and Dart 3 fork (wanted lockout but wish I bought something better).
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    Nice bikes Matt. Lose the reflectors though. I wish my 6000 series was still that clean. lol. She's a bit dirty.

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    ^^Thanks. Yeah, my reflectors will be gone soon. I was just too excited when I got home and grabbed the camera. The wife won't let me take her's off, though. She's the "what if" type. Nothing wrong with that, though, and it's her bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MATT0404
    ^^Thanks. Yeah, my reflectors will be gone soon. I was just too excited when I got home and grabbed the camera. The wife won't let me take her's off, though. She's the "what if" type. Nothing wrong with that, though, and it's her bike.
    How do you like the Marlin? I'm thinking about getting one for my first MTB in a while.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lshaker
    How do you like the Marlin? I'm thinking about getting one for my first MTB in a while.
    I am really liking the Marlin and its G2 geometry. I haven't had too much time to put it through the wringer yet, but so far so good!

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    My entry level mtn bike still building her


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    Y00, after 8 years i felt that it was time to get started with xc again. So i uppgraded my old schauff hurricane xt to an easton whiskey pete. The old frame felt actually lighter then the new one but the new one feels very nice and responsive.
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    I bought this bike a year or two ago, and had it sitting in my garage. One day I looked at it and thought about getting into mountain biking. So for now this is my entry level bike, but I am looking into getting a better and stronger bike

    Sorry for the crappy pictures, this was taken at a local park (wakefield)

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    2009 Giant Rincon, originally bought the bike to do some light XC, trail riding, etc

    A friend of mine got me to try downhilling.. it's ridiculously fun, but I'm still absolutely horrible at it. I decided to upgrade the original Suntour fork with a Marzocchi Dirt Jumper 2 to put up with that extra abuse and I definitely feel like I'm getting better.

    Love the bike so far and its been so much fun getting back into biking. I didn't realize how much I missed it.

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    Hopefully that image works... I got it used, and a bunch of it was upgraded. I dont know what was or wasnt, so here is a component list:

    Shifters and both derailleurs--Shimano Deore XT
    Brakes--Hayes Mag hydraulic disks
    Fork--Magura Quake w/80mm of travel
    Wheels--Forte Terra Max
    Crankset--Shimano Deore LX Hollowtech
    Headset--Cane Creek S6 cartridge bearings
    Saddle--Forte Team titanium rails
    Handlebars--Topo XC-220 aluminum risers
    Seatpost--O'rion aluminum

    it weighs 27.7 lbs, and I got it for $300. Works for me!

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    Got it used, so not sure what was upgraded and what wasnt. a lot of it was though. here are the components:

    Shifters and both derailleurs--Shimano Deore XT
    Brakes--Hayes Mag hydraulic disks
    Fork--Magura Quake s/ 80mm of travel
    Wheels--Forte Terra Max
    Crankset--Shimano Deore LX Hollowtech
    Headset--Cane Creek S6 cartridge bearings
    Saddle--Forte Team titanium rails
    Handlebars--Topo XC-220 aluminum risers
    Seatpost--O'rion aluminum

    weighs in at 27.7 lbs. got it for only $300.

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    2008 Trek 6500 Disc





    Upgrades:
    Shimano M520 clipless
    Raceface Ride flat handlebar
    Panaracer Fire XC Pro tires (66 tpi)
    WTB Speed V saddle
    Sette Edge stem
    Ourey Mountain grips
    Stickers: Raceface, Sette, Ourey, Pricepoint.com (all together add 1.37 mph at all times)

    I love this bike! I just started riding around the beginning July. I was about 224 lbs then, and now I'm at 215. The gut's shrinking as the legs get bigger. I attribute this to riding nearly every day because my diet hasn't changed. My goal is to be out of clydesdale status by the end of the year.

    If you noticed that the fork isn't stock, that's because my Tora 302 was leaking oil. Right now, I have a '09 Tora XC temporarily while the '09 Tora SL's are backordered at SRAM. I should have it in about a month I guess.

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    Love the 6500. I wanted one but they were sold out. Bike shop gave me a good deal on a 6000 out of pity so I have a 6000. Love the oreo paint scheme.

    Beautiful bike!
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    Quote Originally Posted by DrNickels
    Love the 6500. I wanted one but they were sold out. Bike shop gave me a good deal on a 6000 out of pity so I have a 6000. Love the oreo paint scheme.

    Beautiful bike!
    Thanks.

    The 6000 is still a very nice bike, and with the money you saved you can justify more upgrades! One of my riding buddies has a '08 6000. I upgraded all the "contact points" and feel the bike is 2x as good as it was stock. I wiped out quite a bit with the stock tires.

    Oreos are good, but zebras are faster. Although, I can eat an oreo faster than I can eat a zebra. But can a zebra eat an oreo faster than me? I think its a wash. At any rate, if possible, my future upgrades will be white. Then it will be double stuffd.

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    Me and my '08 Marlin that I got back in May. This was yesterday morning at the races!

    Only changes thus far are a Spesh BG Sport saddle, Spesh BG grips, some Shimano M520 pedals, and an old busted tube from my roadie I turned into a slapguard for my chainstay.

    Trying to win hearts and minds, but willing to stomp them if necessary.

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    2002 Kona Stuff. Bought it yesterday. Went and did some dirt jumping with it, very nice. old owner added OURY grips and shimano deore disks.


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    Nice 6500, that was the other bike I was looking at when I got my fisher. I was wondering about that 09 Tora on there. I had the same problem as soon as I picked up my bike at the beginning of the year. The same fork came back to me but just with a Reba rebound assembly instead. So does the 09 Tora SL come with motion control or is it just about the same as the '08 tora 302?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ncfisherman
    Nice 6500, that was the other bike I was looking at when I got my fisher. I was wondering about that 09 Tora on there. I had the same problem as soon as I picked up my bike at the beginning of the year. The same fork came back to me but just with a Reba rebound assembly instead. So does the 09 Tora SL come with motion control or is it just about the same as the '08 tora 302?
    What Fisher did you end up getting? I probably would have gotten one equivalent to the 6500 but I got a pretty good deal on the Trek. The Rockshox website is updated, so you can check out the '09 forks there. The SL is different from the 302 in that it is lighter, has wider stanchions (what my LBS told me), has no steer tube offset and has different decals.

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    I got the 08 tassajara(its on page 2). It's equivalent to the 6500. Pretty much the exact same component set stock. The fisher just fit me a little better. Gonna check out the RS site...didn't know they updated it yet. Thanks for the info.

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    I had to choose between the '08 Tass and 6500. I got the Trek for $150 less, so I figured I was doing pretty good considering they had the same components. The Tass is a bit lighter than the 6500, maybe by about 2 lbs, so if I had to make the decision again it would be tougher. At the time, they both seemed super light to me considering its my first serious bike.

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    Trek 6000



    upgrades: some free trails tires
    red grips
    some shimano discs
    and the computer
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    Why the shimano discs?

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    2006 Iron Horse Warrior Team SE from Dick's. Paid $300.

    Upgrades:
    • Kaloy seat post
    • Egg Beater pedals
    • scored a sweet deal on a new XT rear dérailleur from eBay (after the Alivio wore out)
    • cheap bar-end grips
    • Lizard Skins chainstay protector
    • SRAM chain with Power Link
    • WTB Velociraptor rear tire
    • SRAM 8-speed cassette with 34 tooth big ring (not installed yet)
    • scored another sweet deal on an LX front dérailleur from Chainlove (not installed yet)


    This is an old photo - I'm using a hydration pack instead of the seat bag & the reflectors are gone.

    The next logical upgrade would be the fork, but any decent fork would cost as much as the bike & the other upgrades combined, so maybe I'll just save up a while & upgrade bikes instead. I'd like to get a DW Link XC race machine.
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    Very Nice

    Very nice bike you have there. It looks like it is light and tough. What kind of crank setup is that? Never mind. It's better that I not know...I'll end up going shopping instead of working on the bike I have...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ncfisherman
    Why the shimano discs?
    Why the shimano discs you ask? I have a few reasons for that choice. The bike came standard with the avid discs. For some reason they just didn't feel like they worked as well as they should. I spent hours trying to get them adjusted but they always squealed, and things like that get under my skin when i ride , so i found some old shimano discs and mounted them on. They work good in my opinion.
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    I guess it's my turn to contribute, although I don't have pics yet.

    2005 Giant Boulder SE (was stock until last year )
    Magura Odur 80mm Fork
    2007 Avid BB7's with Cleansweep G2 rotors (185/160) rear is A2Z adapted
    Avid Speed Dial Ti levers with Jagwire ripcord cables and housing
    Mavic Crossride wheelset
    Shimano XT front and rear Der's
    Some crappy Shimano plastic shifters
    Truvativ FireX GXP crank
    Shimano M520 pedals
    Easton EA70 OS riser bars
    ODI Rogue clamp-on grips
    Sette Edge OS stem
    Sette APX seatpost
    WTB Power V DH saddle
    Panaracer Smoke/Dart combo

    I think thats about it. Main goal was to drop some weight while strengthening certain areas. Stock weight: 34 pounds, Now: 28.5

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    this is my 98 or maybe it was a 97 kona mountain shock. used it for a year or so then didnt touch it till 3 years ago and ive been slowly upgrading

    thudbuster seatpost
    wtb seat
    kore stem
    time atac alum pedals
    panaracer fire rear tire

    the computer is in the back cuz i use a trainer in the winter

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    Getting back into the biking scene after a decade.
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    I recently went through my 2003 Specialized Hardrock. This is the first mountain bike I purchased.

    Rock Shox - Tora 318 U-Turn fork 85-130mm - X firm spring.
    ODI Rogue lock on grips
    CraneCreek Direct Curve brake levers
    FSA 36 deg head set
    Avid single digit V- Brakes
    Shimano - LX front derailer
    RaceFace Atlas XC bars
    RaceFace Deus 70mm stem
    RaceFace Dues Cranks and rings
    Seat-Specialized Rival SL 143
    Thudbuster LT seat post
    Sram PG 980 cassett
    Sram X0 Shifters
    Sram X0 Medium rear derailer
    Shimano XT chain
    Crank Brothers Candy pedals
    Bontrager Mustang rear wheel with Cris King Hub
    Cat Eye mini wireless computer
    Tires - Maxxis Minnion F+R
    And of course the Kickstand.....lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by 07 FSRxc
    I recently went through my 2003 Specialized Hardrock. This is the first mountain bike I purchased.

    Rock Shox - Tora 318 U-Turn fork 85-130mm - X firm spring.
    ODI Rogue lock on grips
    CraneCreek Direct Curve brake levers
    FSA 36 deg head set
    Avid single digit V- Brakes
    Shimano - LX front derailer
    RaceFace Atlas XC bars
    RaceFace Deus 70mm stem
    RaceFace Dues Cranks and rings
    Seat-Specialized Rival SL 143
    Thudbuster LT seat post
    Sram PG 980 cassett
    Sram X0 Shifters
    Sram X0 Medium rear derailer
    Shimano XT chain
    Crank Brothers Candy pedals
    Bontrager Mustang rear wheel with Cris King Hub
    Cat Eye mini wireless computer
    Tires - Maxxis Minnion F+R
    And of course the Kickstand.....lol
    A KICKSTAND?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Holy Smoke!

    I've never seen one of those on a nice mountain bike. May I ask why you put that on?

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    '09 Marine Alpine Trail

    No much to brag about; all stock but I am stoked!

    Tomorrow I will go ahead and change the tires to Kenda slicks for commuting (I need to get in better shape before I hit some trails).
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    Here's my Schwinn Delta. Got it on-line from Costco back in Jan just to see if I like this thing called mountain biking. After my first off-road ride in June, turns out I am obsessed with this sport. Only thing I changed were the pedals to a set of Shimano M520 clipless. Not planning on any further upgrades but am now looking for my next bike.








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    Quote Originally Posted by EndersShadow
    A KICKSTAND?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Holy Smoke!

    I've never seen one of those on a nice mountain bike. May I ask why you put that on?
    I retired the bike for awhile to just ridding around the neighborhood with the Mrs and my son (5 now). Then I gave to my best friends son. He used it for a year or so. He returned it when he out grew it. When I got it back the kickstand was on it. Kinda convenient so it has stayed....lol

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    99 Specialized Hard Rock, all stock except the grips.


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    Quote Originally Posted by 07 FSRxc
    I retired the bike for awhile to just ridding around the neighborhood with the Mrs and my son (5 now). Then I gave to my best friends son. He used it for a year or so. He returned it when he out grew it. When I got it back the kickstand was on it. Kinda convenient so it has stayed....lol
    Hey, i feel ya. i'd get rid of the kickstand if it weren't so gosh darn convenient

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    Quote Originally Posted by clvlc4door
    My entry level mtn bike still building her


    uhh this bike doesnt fit this thread very well

    beautiful and sexy it is tho !!!

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    08 trek 6000

    only upgrades are time pedals and bb-7's
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    This is my 99 GT Zaskar LE. I bought it with all original stock components on the bay a few years ago. The drive train is still original XT/XTR but I have added an Easton EA70 stem/bar, XTR dual control and discs and a Rock Shox Revelation Uturn Air.




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    My Fisher...

    This is my 08' Gary fisher Marlin...
    Bone Stock for now.
    Waiting for some cash...
    or something to brake.


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    Quote Originally Posted by 07 FSRxc
    I recently went through my 2003 Specialized Hardrock. This is the first mountain bike I purchased.

    Rock Shox - Tora 318 U-Turn fork 85-130mm - X firm spring.
    ODI Rogue lock on grips
    CraneCreek Direct Curve brake levers
    FSA 36 deg head set
    Avid single digit V- Brakes
    Shimano - LX front derailer
    RaceFace Atlas XC bars
    RaceFace Deus 70mm stem
    RaceFace Dues Cranks and rings
    Seat-Specialized Rival SL 143
    Thudbuster LT seat post
    Sram PG 980 cassett
    Sram X0 Shifters
    Sram X0 Medium rear derailer
    Shimano XT chain
    Crank Brothers Candy pedals
    Bontrager Mustang rear wheel with Cris King Hub
    Cat Eye mini wireless computer
    Tires - Maxxis Minnion F+R
    And of course the Kickstand.....lol
    If you intend to ride mountain on that, then you'd best take off the kickstand. It can be dangerous...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Berkley
    If you intend to ride mountain on that, then you'd best take off the kickstand. It can be dangerous...
    I know, I took it on a ride this AM and could hear the kickstand rattling when I went through the rock garden at speed. First time I have heard anything from it. It will more than likely come off in the AM.

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    Right here folks, we have a 2008 Gary Fisher Marlin. It's stock except for...

    -WTB saddle.
    -Shimano PD-520's.
    -Avid Juicy 5 brakes.

    But the seasons done for me now. I ate it on a fairly tame piece of traverse the other day down in SLC near the Shoreline trail. Now I'm in a splint and the docs are x-raying me every few days making sure I don't have a scaphoid fracture.
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    Heck, why not?

    2000 Univega Alpina. Bought this 8 years ago. I stoped ridding it but fell in love again recently. Ever since I got back, I put in a new MX Pro Lo instead of the stock fork.


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    Just got my 09 GF Piranha the other day. Hasn't seen dirt yet but so far it's a great ride. Hoping to take some better pictures outside with a real camera soon.

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    F400

    Finally! Well mine is back up and running. Upgraded to dual control's , rapid rise, and black v-brake (since i cant go disc on the back, mise well hide the v). Been riding for 3 months and this is what i built to keep me on the dirt.






    I know i know. I could lose some weight, by ditching the walky dog

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    My first MTB:

    2000 Schwinn Mesa......Bought it new and it's still going strong with all the original components!!!!


    Recently upgraded to this:
    2008 Giant Trance 2
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