I'll just repeat the common wisdom and urge you to save your money up to buy a used bike or something from a site like bikesdirect. You will end up with a better frame, better parts, and save loads of cash in th long run. This is coming from experience (my first 'bike' was a walgoose xr75) and the experience of so many others here. Enjoy your bike for what it is, and have patience.
yea i just was asking around on the suspension forums and found out id have to go through alot of trouble to upgrade the fork so im just going to start saving for a decent hardtail and ride this one until it breaks
2011 Raleigh Talus 29 sport Commuter Mode
2001 K2 Zed V Mountain Duty
1994 GT Outpost Steel, Rigid Awesomeness
Hey, this is my Wing Elite 2006 medium size bike, called the Metal Goat. Still with stock parts, well, mostly.
Replaced items: front and rear suspension, saddle, platform pedal, tires, brake levers, shifter levers.
Rear suspension is an old RST 56 w/ adjustable preload and adjustable oil rebound, fork is a Suntour XCR 120 mm, with lockout and preload knob. Front travel around 5 inches rear around 4, it is quite ok for me.
The bike is fully functional, it is smooth to ride on trails, it climbs like a mountain goat and descends on endless single trails very well. Very comfy! All parts have scratches and dents everywhere the true marks of everyday riding, but it never broke! Gosh it is 2012 and at the current conditions it will be fully functional for another 6 years or more.
Haven't shared this in a long time. Noteworthy upgrades since last time are:
2x10 x7 shifters/der. + slx 11-36 cass.
sector solo air (biggest improvement yet)
hope pro2 evo hubs + flow ex rims (waiting to decide on new tires before going tubeless)
2012 slx brakes + icetech pads, soon to be swapped to my 29er being replaced by hope tech x4's
spank spike 777 bars
hope qr collar
2005 Teocali. Logged well over 10,000 km's on her, real km's logged on bike computer.
Wore out drive-train and had new set installed, front disc upgrade, bar upgrade, hook-worm tyres have done the same km's as bike got them with bike when new,...mostly city commute but some trail also.
Gel saddle, front mudguard essential for rainy day commutes. Great bike, thinking of upgrading soon to something else but it's gonna be hard to turn my back on her.
This is my old beloved Mongoose Tyax Pro. I put an excess of 6,000 miles on this beauty. It was a great ride and never had any problems. I eventually sold it to some guy who wanted to make it into a moped.
Apparently, I can't post pictures yet, so I'll edit tomorrow.
I'm getting into XC and trail riding this year and picked up an orange D60R as a fixer-upper! I think it's a 2000/2001 model.
I read in the MTBR reviews that it's a solid frame, and pretty upgradeable (no discs though). I've decided to upgrade it in stages and learn/beat on it!
So far :
Ergon GP1 Biokork grips
Cateye Enduro computer
Koolstop MTB pads
Mavic Crossride UB wheelset (rim or disc brake)
Seat and seatpost from my Rockhopper
Michelin Country Trail (front, emergency purchase, sounds like it's a pretty bleh tire...)
Kenda Small Block 8 (rear)
Bontrager Select ISIS crankset
Truvativ GigaPipe Team SL ISIS BB
Shimano M520 pedals
SRAM 850 chain
Shimano Deore front derailleur
Shimano Deore rear derailleur
Shimano 12-28 7spd cassette (front shifters/brake levers are integrated, so I stayed 3x7 for now)
Yeah, it's quite a bit of change to throw at an old frame/design, but I was looking for an inexpensive used bike that wasn't Made-in-China...and I saw it was full-suspension too. My only previous (serious) MTB has been a 1994 rigid Rockhopper, so this has been a huge change!
Swapped out a few parts recently on my old Teocali, thought I'd share a few pics.
Shimano Saint quality chain
Avid BB7 rear disc with 180 mm rotor
New cabling, both gears front and rear, and brakes front and rear, new cable housing also on all
Truvativ Holzfeller seat post
Truvativ AKA head stem
Here is my 2008 otero pro. Frame was replaced under warranty with a comp. has elixir 5 s, sun ringle eq 25 wheels with disc jockey hubs,1x9 with x7 shifter and derailleur, Kenda nevegals setup tubeless
Can someone help me out and tell me what kind of bike this is. I know its a mongoose but I don't know which kind. It's similar to the Mongoose Metallic orange and gray but it's not exactly the same bike. It is older I've had it for like 3 years and the guy I got it from had it for a few years before me. Sorry it's not a mtn bike but I didn't know where else to ask. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks
They wont let me add links because i haven't posted enough so maybe close the space in the link after and myrtlebeach and add http if you will. Thanks again.
I dont want to trade it by the way, put it on craigslist to mess with my son. It's the bike he rides when he doesn't want to mess up his other bike.
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I have got into mountain biking a few months ago too see if I like and I love it. I started with a used Cannondale Jekyll 500 and sold it and got this 2008 Mongoose Canaan Elite for the 35th birthday this week for a sweet 550 bucks. I am loving this bike!
Everything is totally redone, from the frame being powdercoated, to custom made brass bushings, all new hardware, Marzocchi Drop Off Triple (serviced and crowns powdercoated, lowers painted to match), Fox Vanilla with a powdercoated spring, Sram drivetrain, FSA cranks with a BBG bashguard, Clarks EXO brakes, Alex wheels, WTB Pure V saddle, WTB 2.4" Moto tires, Origin8 All-Mountain bar, Kore B-52 stem, etc. Only need to pick up the front derailleur, chain and cables to be finished!