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    Caution;  Merge;  Workers Ahead! New Users Check in Here - official introductions thread

    With the change in the posting requirements, we've created this thread here for newbies to introduce yourself.

    Hopefully this will unite all the "hello there" or "checking in" or "new here first time post" threads currently popping up here in the general forum.

    Please respond with:

    1.) Where you are from? (as specific as you care to share)
    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself? (ex: beginner, weekend warrior, all mtn/trail rider, XC racer, downhiller, singlespeeder, 29er rider, etc...)
    3.) How many bikes you own?
    4.) How long have you been riding?
    5.) What forums do you frequent most? (either here or on other sites)

    Add anything else you care to share.


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    I'll start...

    1.) gregg from SF-SJ bay area
    2.) all mtn/trail rider
    3.) currently own 3 bikes (hardtail, cross bike and road bike)
    4.) been riding actively about 17 years or so
    5.) mostly visit the Norcal, General and Passion forums

    Been working at Mtbr for almost 11 years now. It's been a great ride.

    I'm also Passionate about motorcycles (street bikes and dirt bikes, but mostly street bikes.)

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    my name is CHUM.....

    1.) i reside near Santa Cruz
    2.) i am a singlespeeder....mainly 'cause i am lazy....
    3.) hunter ss, surly single-crosser ss, frankenpumptrack-bike ss, '66 legnano ss, s-works enduro and s-works tricross.....
    4.) been riding for a while now...
    5.) i hang out in norcal..ss...others...



    trails are a 4 minute spin from my front door.....

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    I don't have a name.
    I'm from the SF Bay Area (peninsula). **** yea, NorCal. Represent.
    I am a singlespeeder. I can't count all the geary doodads.
    I got: a KHS singlespeed conversion, a 2010 Raleigh "road" bike, and am building a singlespeed/ fixed badass cyclocross-type thing for the summer. I've got a '73 Schwinn Le Tour frameset. If you got parts for sale that would work with it, please PM me. I'd appreciate that.
    I guess I've been actively riding for two or three years. Been riding bike in general my whole life though.
    I mainly do General, Passion, Norcal, and Singlespeed forums. On occasion I'll visit XC training/racing and get scared and run back to Singlespeed.
    Sometimes, I question the value of my content.

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    Hi, my name is AZ. and I'm an alcoho....err.........ooop's wrong forum, sorry.

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    Hey guys, I'm from Charlotte, NC.
    I'm an intermediate/advanced all mountain rider. I tend to ride whatever comes my way. Don't care one way or another, but I do find technical terrain more entertaining.
    Riding a Stumpjumper Elite as of now.
    As of now I mainly frequent the Tarheel Trailblazers Forum. Local club in Charlotte.

    Joined to research riding out west. It's nice to meet you all! Looking forward to gathering your perspectives.

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    Noob in UT

    1.) Where you are from? Provo, UT
    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself? I'm a weekend warrior riding mostly at Sundance on my 29er hardtail. I hope to get a bike that lets me be more aggressive and faster than I am now
    3.) How many bikes you own? One....soon to be 2, someday 3-4.
    4.) How long have you been riding? Riding seriously for only a few months.
    5.) What forums do you frequent most? This one, and Pinkbike.com

    I ride Fridays mostly, would love to find a friend to hit some trails with.

    No pic of me on my bike yet, I'll have to remedy that. Its a 2011 Gary Fisher Marlin 29er XL.

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    From Arkansas.
    Beginner rider. Mainly XC, fireroads, four wheeler trails.
    Just one bike: 2011 Trek "Gary Fisher Collection" Marlin
    Been riding about six months now.
    Mainly read the General, Trek and Passion forums.

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    Good job! Late getting started, but making up for it

    oh, gee. Another noob at the door. But a noob with WHEELS two at a time!

    I ride the hills and valleys in and around Novato, CA, a tad north of San Francisco. Been riding bikes (seriously) since 1988 when I retired from the Army, but have had a bike handy all my life. Retired from serious CC and hills these days, even converted my 94 S-Works to a cruiser (yikes) and mostly do easy trails and long road trips now since I'm getting more concerned with the effects of body parts crashing to the ground, something I did with GUSTO in my younger days. Yeeee HAW! Joining my S I have a 94 Hard Rock Ultra, and an 88 BMX Mongoose (27" with goosers). That one is a decent ride, 'cept when the wind is blowing off the ocean at 40 mph. And I'm going west 20 miles. And then it shifts to the WEST at 45 mph just about the time I'm heading back. I first found your site while looking for rebuild help for a Fox Alps4. (The forums here ROCK!!!!). Will come back and edit some photos after I digi them.

    Very happy to have found y'all!!
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    checking in

    Name - Casey
    1.) From Pensacola FL
    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself? beginner / weekend warrior
    3.) How many bikes you own? one cheap-o and in the process of searching for a new one
    4.) How long have you been riding? 6 months or so
    5.) What forums do you frequent most? beg / passion / general

    Been lurking on the site for a while...I'm working on my post count so I can post in the Specialized forum!

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    Noob to fourms, Checkin in !

    I live in San Diego, Ca.
    I ride all mtn. and LIGHT trials since i'm gettin old !
    4 rides atm all vintage 1988 on... All are steel hardtails w/ no front shocks
    Ritchey Team Comp.
    Ibis Mountain Trials
    Salsa Ala Carte custom
    Specialized S works custom
    Mtn. Goat thats 4" too small but had to have a goat from back in the day Such a deal it was.

    Been Mtn riding for 20+ yrs and not yet a retro grouch. I'm even thinkin bout gettin a new ride with full... well you know.

    As far as the fourms go, I'm all over the place. A great place this is for info !

    Happy Trails to All

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    1.) Currently living (and riding) in East Texas. But originally from the southern Great Lakes area (IN, OH, W.PA, S.MI)
    2.) I'd call myself a trail rider. I'll ride what trails there are. Have ridden all sorts from flat midwestern trails to chairlift-assisted bike park trails.
    3.) two - a Stumpy FSR and a Diamondback hardtail commuter conversion.
    4.) I got my first mtb in 1998. Didn't start riding seriously for about a year.
    5.) I hang out mostly in General, Passion, and the GPS board.

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    Two of my favorite rides.

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    1) Josh from Tally, Florida
    2)Beginner
    3) Just one my 2011 Kona Cindercone.
    4) For about 2 or 3 months.
    5) Mainly the General and Passion.

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    Hola

    Hi, Im Jeff in Kodiak, AK and Im a beginner with a Pugsley Fatbike on the way. Hope to get a big dummy sometime too. Obviously I like the Fatbike forums. But Ive looked at the passion and brew (I homebrew) forums too.

    The community here seems pretty cool and Im sure Ill be bugging some folks quite a lot with tons of newbie questions.

    Nice to meetcha.

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    Hi there, I'm Allie from Santa Cruz. I guess technically I'm a newbie to mountain biking, though I've been mashing around on bikes of one kind or another all of my life. I think for the time being I probably fit most comfortably into cross country, although I'm looking forward to expanding my horizons into more all mountain terrain. Most of the trail riding I've done has been on rather rickety borrowed bikes, but I've decided that I like this sport enough that it's time I invest in my own entry level bike, which is what brought me to this forum. This is the first forum that I've really explored. I'm excited to glean from the knowledge and experience here

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    Hello,
    I'm James from Raleigh, NC
    I am primarily a trail rider.
    I only own one bike, 2010 Fuel ex8
    I've been riding since 1996 starting with a Kona AA and owning various rigs over the years.
    I've spent the most time here in the gen and passion forums.
    Great site you have here.
    Thanks

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    Hi there
    I'm Kody from SE Brisbane, Australia.
    I haven't been riding for long so I'd say I'd fit under a Beginner All Mountain?
    I own one bike at the moment, a 2005 Specialized Hardrock Sport
    I've been riding since 2005, on and off and have decided to get serious with it.
    At the moment I'm frequenting the brake corner (have a post about upgrading my discs to BB7's), the Specialized area, Passion, and Australian areas.
    Good to be here and I've already learnt more than I have in 5 years.
    Thanks

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    Smile

    Hello everyone I am a new rider to mountain bikes I have never owned one but my friend is a huge biker and he gave me one of his older ones it is a Giant Sedona ATX it is like 15 years old but he had it tuned up before it went into storage like 3 years ago.

    He also gave me a trunk rack for my car.

    I am trying to get into biking and my wife is going to get her moms that she never uses but hey it is a cheap start.

    I am from Missouri in Blue Springs. I want to start off slow and maybe just go on some paved trails then some not paved trails but if anyone has any ideas for a beginner newbie please let me know.

    Thanks

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    1.) Where you are from? Mike from Daytona Beach
    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself? beginner, trail rider
    3.) How many bikes you own? 1 ,2007 K2 Krush
    4.) How long have you been riding? A long time but just started riding trails a week ago
    5.) What forums do you frequent most? This one and singletracks

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    Hey all, I'm Tony from Valparaiso, IN. Avid bike fan, not so much a newbie but new to the forum. Been a roadie most of my life, but did own a Mongoose NX 8.3 at one time (sold it). Still have my Schwinn Paramount in all chrome 4130 chromoly, super sweet when it's polished. Recently, I talked about wanting to get another mountain bike for riding trails, gravel roads out where I live and hitting some trails/single track through the woods. So my daughters, with their limited funds from being college students, bought me a Mongoose XR Comp for Father's Day. It's a long way from my old NX 8.3, but nonetheless, I appreciated their effort and gift. I went from front to back, top to bottom, ensuring every bolt, nut, clamps, etc. was tight (since I don't trust a kid assembling a bike) and properly adjusted. I had some parts lying around the garage so I exchanged the rear 850 lb. spring for a 1250 lb. spring and tightened up the front fork, though not sure if it really made any difference. But for a guy in his 50's, the bike suits me and my riding style perfectly. Yeah...I know other brands are out there, but it was a surprise gift from my daughters and they were so proud to give it to me...so coming from them, it's the best bike I've owned! It's a keeper, but I know I will exchange parts from time to time to improve it, but I can't ever get rid of it.

    Do they still put bar ends on the handlebars? I rarely see them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by regionnus rattis View Post
    Do they still put bar ends on the handlebars? I rarely see them.
    Run what works for you!
    We have a pro named Elbry Sandland, that rides for Mountain Cycle, that still uses bar ends for some races. He seems to like them for Enduro events, as it gives you multiple hand positions.
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    Im Kyle, 23 from Medford, Oregon.
    I am a noob to the MTB world, I used to ride/race BMX but an injury stopped that.
    I only have one bike a 2 hardtail.
    I would call my self a casual rider looking into becoming more serious.

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    Name's Phil "tube" living in Spokane Valley, WA
    Getting faster taking chances/ Urban, XC, All Mountain, Trail rider
    First 29er, Niner emd9
    been riding for miles & miles
    here for the knowledge and feedback, I've got a lot to learn!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tube View Post
    Name's Phil "tube" living in Spokane Valley, WA
    Getting faster taking chances/ Urban, XC, All Mountain, Trail rider
    First 29er, Niner emd9
    been riding for miles & miles
    here for the knowledge and feedback, I've got a lot to learn!
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    Hi... Chad

    I'm from Clarkston WA.. I like to ride anything that isn't paved. I currently ride a team zed k2 hardtail, but just ordered an Ellsworth evolve! Can't wait for it to get built!

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    Call me Skywalker, I'll call you Yoda.

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    1) My name is Mark, I'm in Sunrise, FL with my fiancé Amy, son Caiden, and a bun in the oven!
    2) I am a weekend warrior/beginner, fiancé is a beginner, son is too young and rides a trailer (not on trails tho!)
    3) 2 bikes, my 2011 trek/fisher wahoo, fiancé's 2011 trek skye s
    4) I used to ride as cross training for track/cross country from 1999-2000, fell out after college, career (still working on lol, in air traffic control school now, and child) but getting back in for the last 2 months...
    5) mostly on general, beginners, and trek forums, if I move up north to NH I'll frequent the downhill forum to learn what I can, really interested in downhill/freeride, but south FL is pretty flat.

    Great forum, I've learned a lot, and appreciate the feedback i get, and try to learn as much as I can from the knowledgable people on board to excite the passion of mountain biking!

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    1.) James from the Austin, TX area
    2.) I admit I'm not up on the subtle differences in XC vs. trail vs. all mountain, I just ride whatever trails I can as often as I can. Did my first race in about 18yrs this spring
    3.) Right now just 2 - 97 Homegrown ht and C-dale R500 for the road
    4.) Started riding around 1990 but took a number of years off after my kids were born
    5.) Too new to have any favorites yet

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    This is my first post...

    1.) Where you are from? I'm living in Portland OR
    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself? Recovering singlespeeder, grew up on BMX, race Cyclocross and some MTB races. I love riding my commuter the most.
    3.) How many bikes you own? Uh like 7 ish.
    4.) How long have you been riding? Always.
    5.) What forums do you frequent most? First post here, so I guess here. I usually check in on the Velocipede Salon every so often.
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    1.) I´m Raoul from Germany - I live in Eschweiler (Middle West)
    2.) I am a Downhill Rider, but I like to do everything else, too
    3.) I own four bikes at the moment - all Marin Bikes.
    4.) I ride since I can think, but the first real cycle was my first BMX when I was 4 years old - thats 26 years ago now
    5.) I dont write that much and use mostly platforms in Europe, but as I will make holidays in CA in August I found this place to ask questions and get Information
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    Cheers all

    Hi. My name is Mark.

    1.) South-central Texas
    2.) Love my singlespeed commuter bike (Soho S). Love my XC FS even more. I can't wait until they have a baby. I think I'm going to name it "Rig".
    3.) Three bikes so far. Ye Olde GF Kai Tai, Trek Fuel EX8, Trek Soho S.
    4.) Riding MTBs since '95 or so... skipped some years between. In retrospect that was a really dumb *ss thing to do. Get out there and riiiiide.
    5.) I frequent this forum as of yesterday. Also electro-music.com... (techno/ambient/etc music making.) I'm more partial to listservs, but this bbs is really cool for the pics.

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    Hello All

    Just checkin in as a newbie, although my main email would not work saying that I was already a member, so I have probably done this forum before years ago.

    Mainly ride in Maryland
    Build up my own bikes right now Dean Ace, selling my YBB, sold my single speed Specialized.
    Been riding since 1998 actively when I made the switch from BMX (man those wheels look small now)
    Considered goin 29er but "the boys" rested on the top bar of even the smallest framed 29ers at the bike shop, and I wasent feeling the girls frame idea.

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    Whats up all, names Eric

    1.) Where you are from? Canton, MI
    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself? I'm new as new can be, but want to get into trail riding.
    3.) How many bikes you own? 1 hopefully by friday.
    4.) How long have you been riding? Starting this saturday...
    5.) What forums do you frequent most?
    Yet to be determined

    Friends have encouraged me to get into mountian biking, hardest thing about it is too many choices and not enough dineros.

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    Hi There ...

    My first post responding to Gregg's questions

    1.) Where you are from? (as specific as you care to share) Oslo, Norway
    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself? (ex: beginner, weekend warrior, all mtn/trail rider, XC racer, downhiller, singlespeeder, 29er rider, etc...) - Beginner, but aspiring to more ... Like single track the most, but not enough time to do as much as I wish
    3.) How many bikes you own? 3 - Jamis Exile (93 model - for winter biking), Jamis Hybrid, Rocky Mountain Vertex 30 ...
    4.) How long have you been riding? Depends - since early 90s, but mostly winter/gravel
    5.) What forums do you frequent most? Rocky Mountain Bikes , 29er forum (hoping to get an Altitude 29 this summer.

    Regards,
    Bjørn Petter
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    Hi

    My name is Stephen (Steve) from West Yorkshire UK

    Thought I'd say hi, Ive not ridden for a long long time, about 15 years ago when I left school I remember pining for a MTB with Rock Shox , so now Im in my 30's Im re living my childhood

    Ive just about finished building my tatty Kona Kikapu. Its built from what ever I could afford, but its a work in progress and it rides nice so Im quite happy!

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    Hello everyone
    pleasure to be here.

    1.) Where you are from? (Queens, NY)
    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself? (beginner)
    3.) How many bikes you own? (2 - cdal f4 and trek 7.2fx wsd)
    4.) How long have you been riding? (just started)
    5.) What forums do you frequent most? (legacygt.com head-fi.com)

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    Hi there people!

    1.) Where you are from? Caracas-Venezuela
    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself? Not sooo beginner lol!
    3.) How many bikes you own? Jamis Komodo I (my A/M,F/R Bike) and Merida MATTS 40D (XC, commuting bike)
    4.) How long have you been riding? I ride since a was 12 and stop 7-8 years ago because a crash/injury and got back to ride less than a year ago
    5.) What forums do you frequent most? This one from now on...

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    Hi MTBR

    1.) Where you are from? Tustin CA
    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself. (weekend warrior, all mtn/trail rider 2x3 times a week)
    3.) How many bikes you own? 2
    4.) How long have you been riding? 14 year

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    From Florence, SC
    I'm kind of a weekend warrior, I ride 9 miles about 3 or 4 days a week.
    Trail riding but not crazy aggressive.
    Rode all my life on Wal-bikes, been out of it for about 7 years, just got back in to it and went to LBS and bought a Trek. Man, what a difference.
    I got my whole family doing it.
    Looking forward to all of your knowledge.

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    Hey I'm Robert. I'm from Seattle, Wa. Just starting to get into riding for fun and fitness. I don't have a bike yet but hope to purchase one soon, that's why I'm here. I look forward to learning all I can from the members of this forum.

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    1.) Where you are from? Northern VA
    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself? intermediate beginner haha
    3.) How many bikes you own? 1
    4.) How long have you been riding? my whole life, just recently started mountain biking though
    5.) What forums do you frequent most? VA, DC, MD section and whichever one i need info on, im also over at TacomaWorld.com all the time

    heres a picture of me this past weekend


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    Greetings!

    1] Seattle, WA
    2] mostly city roads and trails
    3] two bikes: GT Karakoram and Janus Sedona
    4] riding 45 years and going strong...


    I started riding a bike like many American kids on my sister's three speed, then got my own Stingray....wow! What fun, except for that time that I forgot to tighten the front wheel then trid to make that jump down at the new house being built at the end of our street....but I digress.....

    I went through a phase of riding a ten speed in high school, also like many American kids, then dropped the thing like a hot potato when I got my driver's license....

    Decades passed and the mountain bike craze is in full swing and low and behold, I discover the form factor of the 26" bike to be much closer to me on a 20" as a pre-teen than me on a 27" road bike and I am liberated! Now riding a bike is fun again, like when I was a kid! No more worrying about weanie tire that pop if you ride over a stone, here's the curb-hopping appeal of riding a bike that I lost when I moved over to gasoline fueled transportation!

    Now I've gone over to the dark side and discovered the joys of suspension on the fork, which my aging hands and upper body appreciate more than the added weight, and I'm going strong into my fifth decade of pedal sports!

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    Hello, im Parker, I used to come here alot and post under MTBgreatfalls, but cant seem to access that anymore. anywho I was in the Navy stationed in Japan fpor 3 and a half years, and now im back home in Montana. I rode a Cannondale Gemeni 900 which unfortunatley was stolen from my apartment on June 16th, and has yet to be recovered ( Im still hoping). So right now i ride nothing, but Ill find another bike!

    1.) Where you are from? Great Falls, Montana
    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself? advanced beginner, if there is one
    3.) How many bikes you own? corrently 0, due to my bike unfortunatley being stolen recently
    4.) How long have you been riding? since 2005
    5.) What forums do you frequent most? (either here or on other sites) here, i used top post under MTBgreatfalls, but cant access that anymore for some reason.

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    Im glad you re discovered biking, I was much the same, hadned ridden a bike in years before i got into mountain biking.

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    Hey there, I'm Luis
    I am from Mexico
    I like to consider myself an aggressive Cross country - Soft All mountain rider
    I have one bike I use and I'm on the process of building 2 more
    I've been riding since 2009, but suspended 8months for a small injury
    I love MTBR and I read BikeRadar often too

    I still consider myself a beginner, because I have almost no time to ride during the week and I'm just reriding often on weekends, luckily for me, I live in the outer parts of the city, where there are a few trails to ride alone.
    I LOVE riding and I love to do bike mechanics, so I decided to build my own bikes.
    I bought a mexican brand hardtail frame, that is supposed to be strong enough for a 140 mm fork.
    I have also a Jamis Dakar XCT. I'll be asking for advice soon
    Nice to meet everyone

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    1.) Where you are from? Ft. Lauderdale, FL
    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself? Striclty Street. Getting back into it,
    I had a heart valve replaced, 8 weeks ago, started riding every day or so for exercise, (got tired of WALKING, (Dr. orders)

    3.)How many bikes you own? Just one, bought new in '96, Cannondale, M900 Factory P-Bone Alum Fork, Hard Tail
    4.)How long have you been riding? I've been riding since college, I am 58 now !!!
    5.) What forums do you frequent most? Only this BIKE Forum, seems evertime I was after some knowledge or review, THIS Forum came up... I like reading about the Weight Weenies...My bike was light in '96 and still lighter than many Today... I Ride to work, around town and and out to the beach. Currently updating Rim Brakes to V-Brakes, Avid 7's. I lost my Brooks B17 after 40 yrs, the nose fell off, waiting for a new one to arrive shortly. I'll take better care of this one, should last me, til the end of my days !!!
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    Hey there, I'm Eric G.

    I currently live in Shawnee, KS
    I consider myself a born again rider...been out of it for about 10 years...jumping back in with both feet!
    I just recently took the plunge and bought a Cannondale Flash 29er 1
    I have been riding since 1998...but took a break from about 2004 until 2011.

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    Hi All,
    Lenny from NYC area

    1.) Where you are from? Staten Island
    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself? General / fitness (trying)
    3.) How many bikes you own? 1: just picked up a used 2010 canondale f4
    4.) How long have you been riding? 12 yrs on/ off
    5.) What forums do you frequent most? Riderforums, Fz1oa, now this one

    Will be asking for alot of advice, looking to really get back into the sport, as well as the mechanics of our rides..... use to build my own BMX rides back in the day,, alot of new stuff out there to learn and experiment with

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    My name's Ray. Recently made the decision to start riding for my general fitness. After breaking my back a few years ago I've gained a bunch of weight. I'm lucky, I have a friend that was an avid rider and he has gotten back into riding to help me out. he told me to come on here and check things out. I picked up this Trek from another friend that just had it sitting in the back of his garage for the past few years. We're slowly repairing things it needs. So far my total investment is about $55 and a few hours of labor, between buying the bike and a couple tubes to get it up and moving.

    1.) Where you are from? Blythewood SC
    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself? beginner
    3.) How many bikes you own? 1, a 2003 Trek that I bought from a friend
    4.) How long have you been riding? just started
    5.) What forums do you frequent most? mostly car and truck sites.

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    Hey all. I'm Den. Recently discovered my passion for bikes after a long hiatus due to the last bike I loved being stolen. Prior to that I was out riding every friday and saturday night thru town with mates just being a general pain in the ass lol. And every saturday and sunday we'd be out hitting the skate parks, trails or just cruising around town.

    I had a few different bikes back then. The 2 main ones were an old cheapy 24" MTB that I had fitted a 20" single speed rear wheel. Looked terrible but I loved it haha. The second was my free agent/diamondback BMX. Trusted that bike with my life which I find hard to do. So when it was stolen so was my passion for riding. But I'm slowly getting back into the game after realising that riding around is actually a great way to stay fit.

    1.) Where you are from? Gold Coast, Australia.
    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself? Weekend warrior at the moment.
    3.) How many bikes you own? I own 6 bikes at the moment, 4 I'm keeping to use, 1 I'm fixing up for a friend and the last is a POS for parts.
    -Specialized HT MTB (unsure of model or year), currently my commuter
    -Easton BMX (unsure of model or year), just for learning tricks and stuff
    -Apollo road bike (unsure of model or year), going to be a resto project
    -An old beach cruiser, no idea of make or model or year as I'm only new to these cruisers. But damn it looks cool! I will post pics up as soon as I give them all a bit of a clean, hopefully someone might be able to help identify the models I have.
    4.) How long have you been riding? On and off for about 14 years
    5.) What forums do you frequent most? I shall start to frequent this site as well as Australian Cycling Forums. And any others that might be worth a looksie.

    Cheers!

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    Hi, I'm a newbie here...

    1.) Namron, from Macau,China
    2.) all mtn/trail rider
    3.) currently own a Cannondale Killer V900 since 1994
    4.) I am jus a weekend warrior and riding aggresively on the trail every saturday morning

    Planning to upgrade my bike.......

    Thanks

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    Hey all, new to the sight !

    47 YO fanatic from Murrieta. I'm pretty fit, and would classify my self advanced intermediate.

    Looking to find riding buds, and talk about bikes. I also regularly buy, build and or flip bikes and components so I may do some buying and selling here to.

    Gonna go post my ride(s) in one of the other forums now.

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    DOPE !!!!!

    Posted a new member thread 30 seconds before I read this.

    The shame, the shame..........

    Yeah, so, ummm (cough)

    Hey all, new to the sight !

    47 YO fanatic from Murrieta. I'm pretty fit, and would classify my self advanced intermediate.

    Looking to find riding buds, and talk about bikes. I also regularly buy, build and or flip bikes and components so I may do some buying and selling here to.

    Gonna go post my ride(s) in one of the other forums now.

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    1.) Where you are from? Toronto Canada
    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself? Daily experienced'ish rider
    3.) How many bikes you own? 4
    4.) How long have you been riding? since 93
    5.) What forums do you frequent most? Pinkbike and such

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    1.) Where you are from? Arizona
    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself? All mountain, im really rough on my bikes, and im sure my bikes will like the downhill im doing soon :P
    3.) How many bikes you own? 2
    Jamis Dakar comp 28 pounds
    Haro extreme x2 35.7 pounds

    4.) How long have you been riding? Small rides like once a month since I was 5, but I really got into it once I bought my Jamis, so 2 times a week
    5.) What forums do you frequent most? Pink bike, and MTBR jest didn't make a account till recently

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    Noob here.

    I'm from Riverside, California. I recently started riding again after taking about a 15 year hiatus. Been trying to ride every weekend up until last weekend. Took a spill while out riding last weekend. Now I'm on the couch nursing a broken clavicle and 5 broken ribs. Hope to be back on the bike in 5 or 6 weeks.

    I currently own 2 MTB

    2011 Specialized Rockhopper Expert 29'er
    1995 Diamond Back V-link 3.0 FS

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    Smile Hiya

    1.) Where you are from? Surrey BC
    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself? beginner
    3.) How many bikes you own? 1, '09 Jamis Dragon Comp, recently purchased from my LBS
    4.) How long have you been riding? getting back into riding after many years
    5.) What forums do you frequent most? here

    once I have posted 9 more times, I will post pictures of the bike.

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    Hello

    I live in Tacoma WA. I have been looking into getting a 29er. I'm 6'3. I have been riding for years but don't currently own a bike due to deployments and knee surgery. I would like as much advice on what 29er to look at. I'm looking for something around 600 and a hardtail. Thank you for any advice you could give an old soldier.

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    Greetings

    I am from coastal Maine and am now living in Washington.
    I am an all mountain rider when I am not racing XC as an expert.
    3 bikes -- SC Blur, Felt F4, and GT DHi
    Been riding consistently 17 years.
    I'm not much of a forum dude, though when traveling I look up trials on this site. To my dismay, most posts are out of date. I decided I should contribute to the MTB community by sharing trail knowledge since I travel frequently and ride all over N. America.
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    Hi, my name is Steve and I live in the SF bay area.

    I am getting back into riding after an 8 year hiatus from racing. I have a new 2010 stumpjumper expert carbon with a few upgrades that I ride a couple times a week, and a steelman road bike for cruising around on.

    I look forward to meeting some great people on the forum and getting some advice as well.

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    1.) Where you are from? (as specific as you care to share) - In Phoenix
    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself? (ex: beginner, weekend warrior, all mtn/trail rider, XC racer, downhiller, singlespeeder, 29er rider, etc...) - Beginner all mtn.Trails
    3.) How many bikes you own? - One
    4.) How long have you been riding? - Since March or so
    5.) What forums do you frequent most? (either here or on other sites) - Pretty much this one is all I found. I use mtbr for the reviews all the time and how I found the forum

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    1.) Where you are from? Tallahassee, Florida
    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself? Beginner
    3.) How many bikes you own? 2, specialized Hardrock, Jamis Lightfoot commuter bike
    4.) How long have you been riding? less that 1 year
    5.) What forums do you frequent most? I just hit "New Post."

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    Hello from South Jersey

    1.) Where you are from? Millville, NJ (southern part of the state)
    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself? Pre-Complete Beginner
    3.) How many bikes you own? one, Specialized Hardrock Sport Disc
    4.) How long have you been riding? I haven't. I bought the bike this afternoon, came home, had to run out to a function. A buddy of mine is picking me up tomorrow morning for my first ride.
    5.) What forums do you frequent most? Well, since this is the first post I have ever made on a bike forum, I guess this one.

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    Hi guys I'm from Leavenworth KS. I just started riding a few months ago. I was riding a Trek 4300 but am now riding a Gary Fisher Rig which feels like a huge improvement. I am starting to get into xc racing, have only done one race so far, none on the new bike yet. I need to get my five posts in so i can start making threads and asking questions.

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    Hello.

    I'm from Scottsboro, Alabama. I just bought my first bike yesterday, a used Trek 820 ST with a 16" frame. Now, the wife and kids want in, so I'm trying to learn as much as possible.

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    Brad from Crossett Arkansas.
    I enjoy trail or anywhere else i can ride.
    I haved a Cannondale F300
    I have been riding bikes all my life. Got caught up in the freestyle thing in the late 80s early 90s. Got the Cannondale in 96 and rode it alot around town. Decided to pick it back up a few months ago and start riding again.

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    So FL rider

    1.) Miami, FL - currently using South Florida trails...
    2.) Beginner, mtn/trail, and 29er rider
    3.) one bike for me, 2012 Giant Talon 29er 0
    4.) i've been riding for about 4 months at this point...
    5.) this is my first forum visited for mountain biking...
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    1.) Where you are from? (as specific as you care to share)
    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself? (ex: beginner, weekend warrior, all mtn/trail rider, XC racer, downhiller, singlespeeder, 29er rider, etc...)
    3.) How many bikes you own?
    4.) How long have you been riding?
    5.) What forums do you frequent most? (either here or on other sites)

    1. Rural Maine, near the mountains
    2. Beginner-intermediate. I have excellent endurance, but I need work on single track.
    3. 2. I road bike, one mountain bike. I don't use the road bike much.
    4. 2 years, but not consistently.
    5. I have been frequenting running times forums most frequently. My primary sport in ultramarathon running, but I am out of commission right now due to a IT band issue. So I'm planning mountain bike races instead.

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    1.) Where you are from? Chattanooga
    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself? Whatever trails are around
    3.) How many bikes you own? 2
    4.) How long have you been riding? Since I could walk
    5.) What forums do you frequent most? Just trying to learn from it all right now

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    Hello All!

    Been lurking here for a few weeks. Decided to jump into the forum tonight. Truth is, I had a question to ask, but can't start a new thread until I post 5 times! So hello! LOL.

    I live in the Tampa area. Just getting into riding. Used to ride the heck out bmx bikes as a kid/teen. Now I'm ready to kick it up again at 38 years old!

    Cheers!

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    1.) Where you are from? North Idaho, south of Sandpoint
    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself? Trail rider
    3.) How many bikes you own? 1
    4.) How long have you been riding? MTB since mid 80's, road bike before that.
    5.) What forums do you frequent most? (either here or on other sites)

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    Responding to the Q's.

    1.) Where you are from? (as specific as you care to share): Maryland
    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself? (ex: beginner, weekend warrior, all mtn/trail rider, XC racer, downhiller, singlespeeder, 29er rider, etc...) Former Rider
    3.) How many bikes you own? One, sad, sad frame...
    4.) How long have you been riding? I used to ride fifteen years ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mustang78 View Post
    Been lurking here for a few weeks. Decided to jump into the forum tonight. Truth is, I had a question to ask, but can't start a new thread until I post 5 times! So hello! LOL
    I'm in the same boat. I get the rule, it just doesn't entirely make sense to me. I'm going to end up posting things that just aren't that meaningful.

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    1.) Where you are from? Northern Virginia (Herndon to be specific)
    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself? Probably Intermediate (trail)
    3.) How many bikes you own? 2
    4.) How long have you been riding? Well, I grew up riding BMX and got pretty advanced with that... but that was ages ago. Now I'm 45 (and out of shape) but I'm starting to get back into riding again and slowly building back up the endurance and absolutely LOVING it again.
    5.) What forums do you frequent most? A few different music and guitar forums.

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    1.) Where you are from? Humboldt County, CA
    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself? trail rider
    3.) How many bikes you own? only 1 currently (2009 Kona OneTwenty Supreme)
    4.) How long have you been riding? since early childhood
    5.) What forums do you frequent most? NorCal & Passion

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    Hello I was told that this is a great site to find other ,tm lovers and get some insite on locations and products that people have tried and their opinions. I will be going to the Oaklahoms City area in a few weeks and wanted to know where there was some hills to climb on a rented mtb. Also where there is a bike rental place that woild have a bike to fit me. I have a xs Pink Pivot 5.7 and I know no rental can compair,but as long as I get some riding in I'll be happy.




    1.) Where you are from? Livermore Ca.
    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself? Intermediate rider on a mtb
    3.) How many bikes you own? 1 2011 Pivot Mach 5.7
    4.) How long have you been riding? One year now,but I have riden motocycles all my life.
    5.) What forums do you frequent most? Not any usually. Some on FB.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtrev View Post
    I am from coastal Maine and am now living in Washington.
    I am an all mountain rider when I am not racing XC as an expert.
    3 bikes -- SC Blur, Felt F4, and GT DHi
    Been riding consistently 17 years.
    I'm not much of a forum dude, though when traveling I look up trials on this site. To my dismay, most posts are out of date. I decided I should contribute to the MTB community by sharing trail knowledge since I travel frequently and ride all over N. America.




    Nice bike rack!!

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    Noob St. Louis, MO

    I am Patrick
    I use to ride bmx growing up but started mtn biking a year or so ago.
    I live in St. Louis, MO
    I have a 2009 Fuji Tahoe Pro

    Will repost images after my 10 posts.

    I am looking to get advice on how to upgrade where to start and any tips for keeping care of the bike or things to watch for.

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    Hi There im From Kentucky, just getting back into Mtn biking, need to find some decent trails . Anyways it's been about 5 years since i've ridden so I have alot of research to do before getting my next bike.

    1.) Where you are from? (as specific as you care to share) See Above
    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself? Mostly a Beginner
    3.) How many bikes you own? I used to have an Old Giant Sedona
    4.) How long have you been riding? 3-4 years
    5.) What forums do you frequent most? (either here or on other sites) Mostly Game forums (Video games)

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    Berkshire raised, in Boston for School

    1.My name's Will I'm from Pittsfield, the Berkshire Hills of W. Mass.
    2. I consider myself a beginner/intermediate XC Rider. Love the up just as much as the down.
    3. I ownED a Specialized Rockhopper 29er (HT) w. C29ssmax wheelset, reba fork. It was fun until that mofo got stolen last week. When insurance money comes in I will hopefully be the proud owner of a new Niner Air 9, same wheels and fork, 2x10. I also have a 70s roadie to get me around campus, and on the occasional road bike trip.
    4. Started mt biking when I was about 11, but took about a 4 year hiatus until I graduated HS.
    5. I spend a lotta time reading 29er forum, as well as component reviews, and check up on NEMBA for New England mtb advocacy now and again, and also to find new riding areas. I'm gonna try to be more active and participate in trail work days, etc. Been living in Boston for 3 years, so still finding new places out here. Some are actually etter than you'd think! I'm also very involved in Northeastern University's outing club, and help run lots of trips with them, biking, camping, hiking, etc. Considering joining NUcycle team for the fall. Anyone riders who know the area, I'd love to explore with someone who knows where all that secret singletrack is out here. I won't tell anyone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pkgto66 View Post
    I am Patrick
    I use to ride bmx growing up but started mtn biking a year or so ago.
    I live in St. Louis, MO
    I have a 2009 Fuji Tahoe Pro

    Will repost images after my 10 posts.

    I am looking to get advice on how to upgrade where to start and any tips for keeping care of the bike or things to watch for.

    I was in your shoes about 2 years ago. I decided I was gonna ride the thing hard as I could, get as much outta the shitty parts, and replace as things broke. Dart 3 shat the bed fast as anyone would expect, and I went with a rockshox reba. Great choice, thing was worlds apart. Smooth, quick to engage, plenty of travel for the riding I do. Idk how your tora is holding up, that's deff better than my dart 3.

    Then my hubs got effed mid ride, and had to do some jerry rigging to make it out. Shaving off that rotational weight, and adding some stiffness will make you much faster. If you can get something down below 1800g, it will feel amazing. When I got my new wheels I felt like a different rider. I found a pair of crossmax 29s on craigslist supercheap and they are unbelievable. Bombproof. Spend some time on the reviews section, and find somethin in your price range. Look for deals on ebay and craigslist too! Pricepoint is a good site also. I'm not gonna pretend I'm good with maintenance, but basics you probably already know are keep chain lubed, clean your drivetrain and fork if you get it super muddy, and bleed your brakes when its due (even tho no one ever does really). Do you like the hydraulics? my new build is coming and has them and I'm pretty stoked.

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    im from surabaya indonesia
    im beginner i ride weekend with my polygon cozmic cx1.0
    i have 3 bike, 2 folding bike

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    Indonesia sounds badass

    Quote Originally Posted by johnride View Post
    im from surabaya indonesia
    im beginner i ride weekend with my polygon cozmic cx1.0
    i have 3 bike, 2 folding bike
    Hey John,

    What's the terrain out like there? Rocky? Forsts? What kinda stuff do you ride on?

    Will

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    1.) Where you are from? Orange CA
    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself? beginner
    3.) How many bikes you own? 1, or really 0. It's a tough choice between a 2012 rockhopper and GT Karakoram 2.0
    4.) How long have you been riding? just started
    5.) What forums do you frequent most? Reddit, Coachella, all the interwebs!!

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    @ will, a lot terrain will. rocky and forsts from surabaya 2 hours, but im turn around in city, my stuff polygon (is a local brand from indonesia)

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    I'm new on this forum, likes cross country and titanium frames.

    Ride many on single tracks to Annecy (France) .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raoul Sous View Post
    1.) I´m Raoul from Germany - I live in Eschweiler (Middle West)
    2.) I am a Downhill Rider, but I like to do everything else, too
    3.) I own four bikes at the moment - all Marin Bikes.
    4.) I ride since I can think, but the first real cycle was my first BMX when I was 4 years old - thats 26 years ago now
    5.) I dont write that much and use mostly platforms in Europe, but as I will make holidays in CA in August I found this place to ask questions and get Information
    Nice shots. Where in Ca you going?
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    Howzeeet

    I am Frank

    I am originally from Cape Town, South Africa, but I am currently living and working in the South of Thailand. The group I have been ridng with does mostly cross country. We have one nutter in the group who does not use brakes down hill and I love trying to keep up with him. I have one lover.........I mean bike at the moment, GT avalanch. I have been on two wheels for as long as I can remember; I was the number one ranked BMXer for my state when I was 12 years old - 23 years ago. Been on motorcylces for many years. Finally bought a mountain bike this year and the bug bit.........I ride my bike like an addiction.........can't get enough and every ride seems like the best ride I have ever had; i ride about 6 or 7 times a week, often twice a day. A lot of my old BMX skills are coming back making the MTB the greatest rush since the band Rush. I have always loved adrenalin buzzing sports; I surfed and skateboarded back in SA. MTBing is so totally $&#$%ing amazing because I get out into nature and I love the burn....BURN BABY BURN!!!!! I am entering my first MTB cross country race on Sunday July 10, 2011 and I am really amped!!!!

    I have never posted on forums before, so I guess this means my cherries just been popped.

    *As a kid, I rode around on my bicycle waiting to one day step up onto a motorcycle; as an adult, I now realize that the bicycle is where it's always been and that I am still a kid .

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    Quote Originally Posted by brostar View Post
    1.) Where you are from? Orange CA
    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself? beginner
    3.) How many bikes you own? 1, or really 0. It's a tough choice between a 2012 rockhopper and GT Karakoram 2.0
    4.) How long have you been riding? just started
    5.) What forums do you frequent most? Reddit, Coachella, all the interwebs!!
    Go the rockhopper mate. Depending on who you talk too GTs can be questionable (not my personal opinion, just what I've heard-no offense to any GT owners). I've had my Specialized (Hardrock Sport) for about 4 years now and love it. They make great bikes. The only thing I've had to replace are the brakes, from tektro mechanicals to BB7s.

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    ... and if we just ... Rockhopper frame new design for 2012

    Quote Originally Posted by Specialized03 View Post
    Go the rockhopper mate. Depending on who you talk too GTs can be questionable (not my personal opinion, just what I've heard-no offense to any GT owners). I've had my Specialized (Hardrock Sport) for about 4 years now and love it. They make great bikes. The only thing I've had to replace are the brakes, from tektro mechanicals to BB7s.
    Thanks Dude, yeah the guy at my LBS said the frame is all new for 2012 and so are the rims, headset and a better fork than last year. I test rode it and felt way better than the GT and better than the hardrock sport 29ers.
    Im going to bite the bullet and buy the RockHopper.

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    Alright already. . .

    Hope this makes the notice go away

    1.) I hail from Denver area Colorado
    2.) I'm an older new beginner and like to ride two or three times a week
    3.) I have new R10 pedalec mountain bike also known as a Bighit Tonaro
    4.) Technically been riding longer than since most of you were born.
    5.) I frequent read the product reviews to help me with purchase decisions.
    6.) I may never post again because my experience has been with these enthusiast forum is that they are dominated by people who like to argue and belittle others and I don't need any of that . . . stuff.

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    Hello all

    1.) Where you are from? Bay area California
    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself? all mtn/trail rider
    3.) How many bikes you own? 1
    4.) How long have you been riding? 17 years
    5.) What forums do you frequent most? Starting now this one i am also into guns so various firearm forums

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    1.) Where you are from? Hilo Hawaii
    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself? XC Trail Junkie
    3.) How many bikes you own? 3 a 08' Cannondale Prophet, Spec Rockhopper, ect...
    4.) How long have you been riding? 26 years
    5.) What forums do you frequent most? MTBR , The Force Book (StarWars Forum) Twitter (not a forum)

    Been on here for a few years, not so much now days as I was in time's past. Proud Father of infant Twins (Girl-Brooklyn Boy Matthew). My Wife Has Breast Cancer and is currently beating it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by brostar View Post
    Thanks Dude, yeah the guy at my LBS said the frame is all new for 2012 and so are the rims, headset and a better fork than last year. I test rode it and felt way better than the GT and better than the hardrock sport 29ers.
    Im going to bite the bullet and buy the RockHopper.
    They are a really nice bike, and specialized really know how to put them together-it's worth the extra money. When I inevitably upgrade to a full suspension bike I will most likely end up with another specialized (stuntjumper I think) as I couldn't be happier with my Hardrock, even after the mods I've done. Hope you enjoy your new bike!

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