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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard43 View Post
    1986 Norco Bush Pilot, forest green, rigid fork. Still have it.
    Oops, it is an Alpine not a Bush Pilot.

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    I was bought Specialized Hardrock Sport 2009 model and never ride on mountains.

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    Late bloomer when it comes to a "real" MTB. '09 Moto 700HT.

    Before that I quasi-MTB'd on an old 90s Peugeot Hybrid.
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    My first Mountain bike was a brand new 1987 Gary Fisher Hoo-Koo-e-Koo, blue with new deore, state of the art u brake under chainstays. It was awesome.
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    What was your first mountain bike?

    My first mountain bike was a 1996 Parkpre Pro 825. Full rigid steel frame and cantilever brakes. I fell off that bike many times. It was a 17” frame so didn't really fit that well. It looked a lot like this one from Retrobike (not my original bike as I couldn't find a photo).

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    My first full suspension bike was a 1997 Marin Mount Vision. Weighing a little over 30lbs it had an aluminium frame, 100mm rear travel, Fox Vanilla coil over shock, a Marzocchi Z1 BAM 100mm travel suspension fork and V-brakes. (In this picture dating from 2008 it has Shimano Dual Control shifters fitted. It originally came with Shimano STI Rapid Fire pods). The frame couldn't accept disc brakes which is why I eventually replaced it.

    The 1997 Marin Mount Vision was a great bike that pedalled well whilst providing a comfortable and controlled ride. It still wouldn't disgrace itself against a current full suspension bike from today. The first time I saw a Marin Mount Vision was at the 1997 Polaris challenge two day orienteering event held on Exmoor. A pair of riders on another team were riding matching Mount Visions and they looked to be going really well, which made me take notice. When I got to test ride one at a bike shop later in the year I was sold by how well it performed and had to have one.



    My current bike, a 2012 Specialized Epic 29er. It weighs around 25lbs with a carbon fibre frame, 100mm air sprung suspension travel front and rear, carbon fibre rims, a Powertap hub and hydraulic disc brakes. When you look at the Marin alongside it gives an idea of how design fashions have changed over the years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by socalkev View Post
    Attachment 703706 Diamondback Ascent EX 1993
    My first mountain bike was a Huffy bought from Canadian Tire if I remember correctly. I don't have a picture to share, but it was a mighty bike.

    I ran into a lot of problems because it wasn't the highest quality bike. I still had a blast riding it though.

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    What was your first mountain bike?

    My first MTN bike was a 1993 Giant Rincon which was stolen, so I replaces it with a 1994 Fuji full rigid CroMo. The chain stay cracked from so much chain suck so I replaced it with a 2001 Jamis Eureka hard tail, which I currently ride. I'm too big for a FS, and it still works great so there's no reason to replace it.


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    Quote Originally Posted by askibum02 View Post
    My first MTN bike was a 1993 Giant Rincon which was stolen, so I replaces it with a 1994 Fuji full rigid CroMo. The chain stay cracked from so much chain suck so I replaced it with a 2001 Jamis Eureka hard tail, which I currently ride. I'm too big for a FS, and it still works great so there's no reason to replace it.

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    It seems to be a trend. Those first mountain bikes aren't always the best, but they get the job done

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    '13 Giant Revel 1. First one I've bought myself. Before the Giant, I was riding a Mongoose.
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    New to the MTB scene (8 months or so) and this is my first bike. Love it!!


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    1987? Specialized HardRock... or was it a RockHopper...
    Not certain what I was thinking regarding safety gear. But hey, it was the 80s
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    This is my first adult MTB. Bought it 2001. Didn't have a clue about mountain bikes back then. I chose the bike that has more shock absorbers.



    Yes it's a URT (they were popular back then). It never occurred to me to replace some components before buying my second MTB 2 years ago. So I recently replaced the crank, the BB, the chain, the rear derailleur and the pedals. And now it rides better than it did the first time I rode it 12 years ago. I just need to buy a new fork but I can't find any threaded forks anymore.

    Now, I hardly use the other bike.

    My second bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gundam168 View Post
    This is my first adult MTB. Bought it 2001.



    It never occured to me to replace some components before buying my second MTB 2 years ago. So I recently replaced the crank, the BB, the chain, the rear derailleur and the pedals. And now it rides better than it did the first time I rode it 12 years ago. I hardly use the other bike anymore. I just need to buy a new fork but I can't find any threaded forks anymore.
    That's awesome. I love it when you can breath life back into an older bike.

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    My first bike was a DiamondBack, circa 1988..can't remember the model. No suspension...I was in high school and rode as much as I could. As you can see in the pic, I was looking mean in front of my DiamondBack MTB.


    My first bike with suspension was a 1996 Nishiki Backroads. I added a Rock Shox Mag 21 and went everywhere with that MTB.
    Now in this pic, I am sporting a nice set of bike shorts and a huge helmet (safety and comfort first).

    Miss that Nishiki.....
    Looking forward to riding.....

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    Late 90's (?) Stumpjumper with Rock Shox Judy fork! I was addicted after my first ride.

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    1989 Marin Eldridge Grade

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    Specialized Hard Rock Cruze, I wanna say '91. Pearl white with blue lettering. Beat the crap out of it so much that the shop mechs would groan every time I came by to fix something. I still have it, on its 4th fork, 2nd mismatched wheelset (now 8 speed rear). It's basically backup for others who may need it if I go riding with friends, just can't seem to let it go, may have to someday convert to SS since Suntour XCT is still the component group, mostly.
    I don't know why,... it's just MUSS easier to pedal than the other ones.

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    I would say my Metallic Orange Trek 800 sport was my first real mountain bike. My brother had a green one and as kids we beat the crap out of those bikes. We raced through glen trails behind our house then into the neighborhood. We crashed a lot, had bike drag races where we ripped on our Gripshifts and rode down stairs. Those were some great bikes in the early '00s

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    1991 Trek 7000. Started the love on this bike. Who knew the path it would take me on?

    edit: this image is not my bike but the best representation I could find.
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    Cannondale.

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    Jamis Diablo in the smoke color. 1987 maybe?

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    1997 GT LTS-2. This was in 2010 when I started riding. A little past its prime but I rebuilt it all and I kept up with all my buddies on way newer bikes with better technology. I miss that bike, love my new one but I should have kept my GT as well.

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    Mongoose IBOC comp 1994. I have another one now
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    The GT timberline that I bought used got me started in 2009', The Yamaha "moto-bike" got me started in 1975! (but I won't try to say that was MTB)

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    A hunter green Giant Yukon.... Back in 96 or 97.

    Still have the frame stashed away somewhere.... I wanna dig it up and turn it into a SS
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    my first mountain bike was a steel chromoly Trek 800 hard tail that I used for commuting to university.

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    93 or 94 or 95 GT Outpost.
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    82 or 83 Schwinn High Seirra. Loved that bike and rode the heck out of it. Wish I would have kept it.
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    2006 Iron Horse Warrior hard-tail. Now it's my son's.

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    Gary Fisher Advance, circa 1990. My father still has it.
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    I actually consider my current 2013 Trek Marlin as my first real mtn bike (especially when I get a decent front fork on it). However I did have a steel Pacific "mtn bike" (in appearance) that was bought at a department store for like $225 around 2000. Believe it or not I put about 8000 miles on that bike, 99.9% were on pavement. It weighed something like 37lbs!
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    my first mountain bike was a suzico. it's a japanese brand that my dad got for himself back in '88 but because of work wasn't able to use it much so it automatically fell on to me to use it :-), although it's quite large for me (i was 10 back then). but the first mountain bike that was truly mine was a '92 gt richter 8.0. up to this day i just can't forget the sensation that a properly fitted and equipped mountain bike made me feel after riding that suzico for years!

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    93' Schwinn High Sierra

    I rode the crap out of this bike!
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    What was your first mountain bike?-image.jpg. Mine was trimmed out in red. Loved it. '84 Ross.

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    My first official mountain bike was a Raleigh Technium. Full rigid. the front shifter broke so in order to keep it in the big ring i had to hold the shifter with my thumb to keep it from going to the middle ring.

    My first real mtn bike was a Cannondale from Costco. I put a mach 5 shock on it. What an insanely stiff bicycle.

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    A '93 Diamondback Outlook. No suspension, steel frame, fun as hell.

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    1991 Nishiki in a neon yellow paint job. Can't remember the model but it was one of the lower end models.

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    GT Talera (bought about 17 years ago and kept for about 12 years too long).....It was not enough bike for me and I quickly broke the (non-suspension) forks and had to replace them with Manitou suspension forks. Years later I broke the stem and to replace that too....needless to say I got my monies worth out of that bike.

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    What was your first mountain bike?

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    What are the bennifits to a 29er mountain bike compared to a regular downhill bike?
    29ers climbover obstacles easier than 26ers

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    Quote Originally Posted by socalkev View Post
    29ers climbover obstacles easier than 26ers
    As well as roll faster downhill, there is more traction than a 26.

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    What was your first mountain bike?

    A Specialized StumpJumper


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    What was your first mountain bike?




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    After a couple Wal Mart bikes, my first real mountain bike was a Specialized Hard Rock. 21" frame was too big, rigid fork, 3x7 components, I had a blast on that thing.

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    Hi,
    I am a thirteen year old bmx racer and I am planning to get into a bit of mountain biking, I have done a course and the guys told me i have lots of natural talent. i was totally awed by this i forgot to ask what kind of bike they recommended.
    So I was wondering if anybody could recommend any dual shock mountain bike for me. (im 1.35cm tall)
    Thanks

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    Miele Vulcan over 20 years ago. I rode that thing everywhere. Think it was a good bike for its time too. Was stolen many years down the road.

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    81 SE racing OM flyer 26" BMX cruiser with GT cruiser bars (High and wide) . Had 5 speed freewheel and suntour thumb shifter added. Many trips through Annadel state park on that beast. Rode it in the innaugural Rockhopper at Annadel in late 80's. Fun bike think I sold it for 80 bucks to pay for my first 24" cruiser

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