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    What are the MTB purchasing mistakes you have made?

    Squeal Out. Thought it would fix my avid elixirs. It didn't. Nothing did.

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    Marinovative cheap trick brakes (early v-brake) and tech-lite levers. Really cool at the time, but super sketchy brakes........lol.

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    29er = Hybrid Bike.

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    5 piece multi tool... Frickin useless doesn't fit majority of things on bike!?

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    to err is human... to face plant is frickin hilarious!!

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    Hmm MTB crap products

    Shimano XT wheels - blew the free hub and bent the rear wheel within a few weeks, the least durable "All mountain" wheels ever.
    Original CODA (Cannondale) disc brakes circa 2001 - they just didn't stop, the V-brakes they replaces worked better
    Any Crank Bros pedal - I was at the point where I broke a pair of pedals every month, they would send me a new pair and I'd break them again.
    2013 Transition TransAM 29er
    2012 Banshee Spitfire V1.5
    2011 Yeti 303R DH
    2005 Trek Bruiser SS

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    Bought my bike last fall,so had about 10-12 pinch flats.
    I now own 15 tubes.
    I thought it was my fat ass,& side scorching rocks.
    Last flat was on flat gravel, i made a sharp turn,pop.
    I inspected the tire,no problem,rim,no pro....Wait!
    I found a small punch out from one of the spoke holes under the rim strip.
    Hardly noticable.
    No further trouble.

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    ^^It could be worse, kid I used to work with kept getting pinch flats, explained (in small words) what was happening--happened again the next day.

    "I put less air in, because then it won't pinch, with less pressure, right?"


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    before i got into biking I bought a hybrid bike....thought it was the best of both worlds (road and mtn) and realized that it was the worst of both worlds hahahaha....few months later it got stolen and i had to feign sadness

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    With the exception of maybe my old 97 Stumpjumper M2 hardtail frame, pretty much every major part I've ever bought for any bike has let me down at one point or another. Even the ridiculous, stupid money XTR parts. If a rear derailleur is only gonna last half a year, why not just buy alivio and just shrug when it grenades instead of being almost sick over a $100+ chunk of twisted crap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tothepeak View Post
    Sram brakes, XX and XO specifically

    Kenda Slant Six tires
    Maxxis Ardent tires

    those two tires go down as worst tires I've ever ridden.

    Crank Brothers Candy pedals. I am head over heels for my eggbeaters, and have never had an issue with them, but the Candy pedals are the worst pedals I've ever used
    Ha...love Ardents for a back tire. I run them on sandstone, silt, and loose over hard. Different strokes...

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    Avid BB7 brakes. Jaysus fook, are they horrible. 1st gen Ritchey clipless pedals. Rock Shox Boxxer. Ritchey Z-Max tires. Generic purple ano v-brakes. Ritchey Logic cantis.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sandwich View Post
    the purpose of a new bike is new bikes zomg
    qft

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    WTB Nano race 40 x 700c tires. Not because they are bad or anything, just that they won't work with a wide rim so they are useless to me unless I build new wheels. Not building new wheels to run cross tires on my mountain bike.
    "...when I stand to climb I'm like the Hulk rowing the USS Badass up the Kickass River."
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    My first bike was a size too small

    And 2014 Fox Float CTD BV is def one I'd like to undo, however there's only one way to learn.
    2012 Scott Spark 29 Team
    2013 Scott Scale 970
    2011 Scott Speedster S20
    1999 Specialized FSR Comp

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    Dropper post. While it does make some scary descents more fun, it's just not needed and cost to much plus another part to maintenance. I find that I lose to much time with my seat down as normally I'm pedaling on some downhill sections and at the end of the decent to get as fast as I can to go up the next hill. My times since getting the dropper have increased.

    Spending lots of money trying to weight weenie my bike. Built a second bike for friends out of my old xcal parts and tuned it the way I like it. Bike weighs 5lbs more then my other bike and just smoked my time on it. Lesson learned here is skill, training, and how well your bike is adjusted to you trumps weight weenieing to death!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr.Quint View Post
    Squeal Out. Thought it would fix my avid elixirs. It didn't. Nothing did.
    Take the pads out. IPA wipe till clean, put in oven at 400f for 30-60 min. Sand lightly and ipa wipe again. Ipa wipe the rotors, put pads back in and squeal be gone!!! Done this a bunch of times and it works. Avid Elixers seem to be a lot more sensitive to contamination.

    If it still squeals check caliper alignment.

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    India Plae Ale?
    Quote Originally Posted by Ramborage View Post
    Take the pads out. IPA wipe till clean, put in oven at 400f for 30-60 min. Sand lightly and ipa wipe again. Ipa wipe the rotors, put pads back in and squeal be gone!!! Done this a bunch of times and it works. Avid Elixers seem to be a lot more sensitive to contamination.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gingerdawg View Post
    India Plae Ale?
    Haha.... Yeah you can drink it to..... No IPA is rubbing alcohol. Isopropyl alcohol!!!

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    What are the MTB purchasing mistakes you have made?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ramborage View Post
    Take the pads out. IPA wipe till clean, put in oven at 400f for 30-60 min. Sand lightly and ipa wipe again. Ipa wipe the rotors, put pads back in and squeal be gone!!! Done this a bunch of times and it works. Avid Elixers seem to be a lot more sensitive to contamination.

    If it still squeals check caliper alignment.
    Yeah I did all that. Then I sold the brakes and got shimano.


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    Bought some rim tape to go with my tubeless conversion, only to realize it's "cloth" tape and not good for the conversion. $6.99 wasted, but I'll keep it in my tool drawer for a rainy day.

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    29er....

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    Way back in the day (early 90s) I was riding at Blue Marsh, PA. On the drive home we came across a bike shop and wandered in. Lo and behold they had a couple pairs of Sidi winter boots on super closeout. I went back on forth on which size to get but eventually settled and bought a pair. Weeks later I pulled them out of the box and - like an idiot - found I had purchased one right boot in each size. DOH! I never did go back to swap them.

    Oh, and Onza clipless pedals **shudder** ... I still have scars.

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    Bought a Bridgestone MB-3 when I had the money for an MB-0 but wanted a suspension fork. Never bought the fork, really liked the MB-3 but really really wish I had the Zip now.
    The most expensive bike in the world is still cheaper than the cheapest open heart surgery.

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    Quote Originally Posted by targeezer View Post
    Bought my bike last fall,so had about 10-12 pinch flats.
    I now own 15 tubes.
    I thought it was my fat ass,& side scorching rocks.
    Last flat was on flat gravel, i made a sharp turn,pop.
    I inspected the tire,no problem,rim,no pro....Wait!
    I found a small punch out from one of the spoke holes under the rim strip.
    Hardly noticable.
    No further trouble.
    Don't feel bad, almost every month I meet a person with a new bike that has frequent flat problems caused by rim imperfections not covered by a cheap rim strip. I always cover the stock rim strip with duct tape and I've not had one person ever replace the duct tape with another rim tape. I've got a pair of 33 year old rims that still have duct tape on them (from 33 years ago). On my last set of wheels I switched to Stan's Rim tape and it seems really good, we'll see if it lasts 33 years.
    The most expensive bike in the world is still cheaper than the cheapest open heart surgery.

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    a trek x cal 6... lol
    My philosophy on bikes: I don't make them, i just break them

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    2011 Second Hand Scott Genius LT30 for my son.
    The Genius twin lock system and proprietary DT equilizer 3 shock are a disaster.
    Unreliable, expensive to service and because of the design of the bike being a pull shock design you cant get a replacement, you are stuck with the DT shock
    Never ever buy a bike which use proprietary components such as shocks, forks

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