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    I originally wanted to build a 1*9 hardtail strictly for off-road use.I ended up getting a used Giant frame,for 100 euros.
    Which turned out to be repainted pearl white to cover up a fixed welded break at the rear end,which causes the rear wheel to sit slightly to the left....:/
    so i went single speed with a broken frame....

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    Back in the 90's. . . . . a suspension seat post. Remember them?. . . . Oh how bad of an idea was that?

    There was a company, I want to say Wilwood, or Wylwood, or some such. . . anyway. . . I tried their carbon fiber front forks (suspension, not rigid). . . Oh that was bad. They would blow out as soon as I got up to speed on the trail. Rebuilt em, took em to a race and they blew out before the halfway point of the first lap. The only thing I can say good about them is they looked great.

    Baggy shorts for XC. Just an all around bad idea. Bought a pair of baggy shorts with the built in padding/riding shorts. They were fine for just putzing around on a group ride, but man did they sap the life out of my legs when I made the mistake of wearing them for a race.

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    Well... I did by the FS bike.

    ... it is still sitting in the store room, waiting for a year when I might feel like trying it again.

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    Fox CTD 29er fork for my Tallboy. When the sag is set right I blow through the travel. When I set it to the recommended pressure it loses an inch of travel.

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    Bought a 'Crappy Tire' low end Steve Bauer mtb for my 1st bike

    After the Steve Bauer got stripped of most of the upgraded parts by thieves I bought a 17" frame.

    I'm 6' 5" and the shop said not a word about this fact....

    Luckily I traded that frame for a bigger Norco Bush Pilot frame.

    Then I bought a used carbon fibre Miyata Elevation 10,000 in 19"...

    It barely fit but did hook me into the sport.

    More recently I cheaped out and bought a $35 1985 Raleigh road bike that I then spent $400 'upgrading'.

    It is still a crappy bike......

    Luckily I realize that sometimes I'm just dumb.

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    clipless pedals and shoes.

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    Just got back into riding after a couple of years off and wanted to upgrade the fork on my XC bike so I bought a coil sprung Manitou Match Comp thinking it was air sprung.Oh well!

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    Buying an Azonic DH specific saddle for my XC build.

    Also, add another to the clipless crew... I gave them a valiant effort. I wore out 4 sets of pedals and 2 pairs of shoes. Still felt like a much better rider on flats! A lot of wasted money there.
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    Buying Shimano SPD shoes sight unseen when they first released them in 1990. I have always sworn size 42 shoes - except apparently in Shimano, where I need size 43. I kept telling myself that they would stretch out but they never did.

    However, I never ride without clipless (except for a quick dash to the store). I have so much better control of the bike and climbing power. Sorry guys...

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    my Cannondale F4 because it is a horrible climber and heavy. Replaced her with a Tomac Tao and I am happier person..

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    What are the MTB purchasing mistakes you have made?

    2011 Salsa Mukluk. Money pit. I'm not in a high enough income bracket to sustain ownership of a fat bike apparently. The benefits certainly did not justify the cost (for me).
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    Buying a Specialized Stumpjumper FSR.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rogue426 View Post
    Not sure if this is going to qualify here. I bought a pair of Bontrager baggie shorts today that when I got home I noticed they were Women Specific Designed.I'm going to wear them anyways cause they fit so well.
    LOL. I did the same thing but with a different brand!!

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    What are the MTB purchasing mistakes you have made?

    Recently tried to upgrade my brakes from Juicy 3s to SLXs...found a great deal on a rear SLX online. In my excitement I neglected to pay attention to the length of the hose. I tried to mount the brake to the bike, and the hose was about 2 inches too short....1400mm is definitely NOT long enough. -__- so now I get to buy a new hose and completely rebleed the system. Not such a great deal anymore
    What goes up must come down.

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    What are the MTB purchasing mistakes you have made?

    1. Clip less pedals and shoes. Numbness and crashing issues. Ride Spike Spanks and Teva's now and much happier
    2. Buying a base line Rockhopper when I should of went the extra for a Stumpy in 2001
    3. Stupid looking helmets.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bbeltramo View Post
    Recently tried to upgrade my brakes from Juicy 3s to SLXs...found a great deal on a rear SLX online. In my excitement I neglected to pay attention to the length of the hose. I tried to mount the brake to the bike, and the hose was about 2 inches too short....1400mm is definitely NOT long enough. -__- so now I get to buy a new hose and completely rebleed the system. Not such a great deal anymore
    You're not going to remember that extra expense once you start using those brakes, and your life will become blissful and trouble free. You're almost there.

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    Buying a bike with a 9mm QR

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    Biggest Mistake: Bought a Wheeler Wasp frame in 2004 second hand, because it looked cool. Geometry was SHIT, the seatstay flexed like hell while braking and you could only fit SAINT hubs with the derailleur fitted to the axle. I put that frame on ebay after two weeks because I was SO frustrated, because I wanted to take that bike on my first pan-european biking road-trip with buddies and had spent all my dough on it.
    Naturally it sold for a measly low sum (it really WAS shitty).

    But it also lead to the BEST bike buy in my life.

    In desperate need for a new frame (for my Euro road trip) my Dad gave me some money and told me to just buy something, because he was also pumped about me road-tripping. Miraculously a like new 2003 (new style) Santa Cruz Heckler with a Fift Element was for sale almost locally. I pulled the trigger and the seller even sent me a brand-new Thomson Elite post with the frame (and headset and derailleur etc.)

    I built it up with my parts and had the time of my life that summer. I got the frame for a great price, but it would have been a great deal even for triple the amount.

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    Buying a roof rack instead of a hitch rack for my 4Runner. I rarely use it because it's a PITA to get my bike up there. Of course, the truck wouldn't fit in the garage if I put a hitch rack on it, so I don't know if I really would have been better off...

    Specialized seat. It looked cool and it was light, but it was uncomfortable as all hell. It got stolen, which gave me an excuse to buy a PureV.

    Carbon bar ends. I never use them and I've crashed several times because they snag on trees. Why are they still on my bike? At least they were only $10...

    Avid SD5s. Should have ponied up for the 7s. The 5s rusted within a year and never worked right. I ended up replacing them with 7s, which have been flawless.

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    Sold a Columbus Genius framed hard tail for a POS full suspension POS back in 98-99.
    I'd talked myself into the fully without realising what I was already riding was a VERY nice bike.

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    1. Buying from 2 shops (due to lack of availability at summer's end) that lacked knowledge of suspension & pivot parts with poor after sales service.
    2. Buying a Yeti (at least I branched out and tried a new brand of bike; unfortunately, it possessed a quite a bit defects from the start).
    3. Buying brands that either reorganized or went bust a year after bike was purchased.

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    Giant Yukon. Should of bought something different 5 years ago. I have not ridden it for 2 years (daughter has) but it will soon be given to some friends that their teen doesn't have a bike.

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    Avid hydraulic brakes. They warbled, garbled, howled, screamed, screeched - think of a noise and those brakes made it. And then the mistake of thinking that was "normal." Horrible to bleed too.

    Anything made by Fox. Forks that never got full travel and ate their bushings. Shocks that wallowed through the midstroke.

    Super light tubes for my everyday trail bike. Self explanatory.

    190g Nashbar saddles with pointy edges. Got my shorts caught on the front AND the back multiple times, until I finally ripped a pair.

    Buying stuff because it's really cheap. It's really cheap for a reason.

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    What are the MTB purchasing mistakes you have made?

    Avid brakes

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    Quote Originally Posted by AllMountin' View Post
    My biggest MTB purchase mistake was waiting 29 years to buy one.
    32 years!!

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    a carbon handlebar. I dont like carbon off road.

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    I think the Vans Half Cab Pro's that I just bought today are a mistake.

    Gonna try to take them back tomorrow, but I wore them a bit already and they are dirty and scuffed. Soles felt good in the store, but on the bike seem too thin. I can almost feel the pins of my pedals through the sole.

    $75 down the drain if they won't return them.
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    Just today, I mistakenly had my rear mechanical disc brake pads replaced because they were sticking. The LBS tech said the pads were worn out but when he removed the pads, they were still thick. I discovered later why the brakes were sticking was because I wrapped an extra MTB handlebar I was transporting on the frame. I tightly wrapped the velcro around the top tube it was grabbing the rear brake cables.

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    buying parts from a "friend". Found 6 cracks in the frame, he won't help me out, we aren't friends anymore. A little sad, but good to know I suppose!

    I bought a "one bike quiver" at one point. Besides the sad condition of the bike, the frame didn't do anything well, rather than being good at just one thing. Buying completes off the intertubes is always a huge gamble. Missed on this one, but got lucky on others.

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    1) 3D purple Ringle components including stem, skewers, seat clamp, seat post, hubs

    2) white tires (Panaracer smoke & dart combo)

    3) Jamis Dakar XCT - fortunately I dumped the frame before it broke like all my buddies who bought them

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    if you want to get rid of your 3d purple ringle stuff, I'll gladly take them off your hands

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    I think all I have left is a REALLY long Ringle purple stem. Zooka they called it. It's crazy long - maybe 150mm? Everything else broke and was chucked. PM me if you are interested

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    Avid Elixer CRs: Felt soft no matter what, they only thing they were good at was being light.

    Full Suspension frame: I think it was a Sette. for the price it was ok, but I belong on a hardtail.

    Buying any parts new. I had a ton of money in my race bike back two years ago.

    Face it, 90% of anything you can want is used on ebay. Once in a while you get burned, but I generally pay a third of what it is new for a lightly used part. And Im just gonna go out and beat it up myself.

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    Bought used Crankbrothers Candy pedals... remember it was quite of a good deal. I realize six months later why. The right side pedal had a problem with its spring. The spring shifts to the side and then the pedal won't clip. Fixed it several times by moving back the spring in place but it keeps happening. Generally at the worst time possible. Being unable to clip back when in a tough descent is not funny. Could probably get them repaired/rebuilt though.

    Biking clothes: bought some cheap ones at first when I began biking... never really wore them as I always picked the more expensive but also more comfortable ones when going to ride.

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    Well there was that unfortunate spandex purchase.... Ever see a Clyde in spandex? Lol

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    Only a month in and so far not too many mistakes but I am already sort of regretting one.

    Pedals: Picked up a set of Azonic 420's. They are AWESOME pedals, however now I realize I am wanting a more low profile pedal. The up side is that the Azonic are AWESOME quality and so I will be picking up Azonic Flat Iron's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by manbat View Post
    1: bought a cheap front wheel that weighed 1.3 kg
    2: bought a cheap rear wheel that weighed 1.5 kg
    3: bought slime inner tubes that weighed a ton each for the above mentioned wheels
    4: not going to mention the tyres

    I ended up with a wheelset that was so heavy it distorted space and time
    I used to work for a shop that did these super thorn-proof setups for about 30 bucks a wheel. It would consist of tire liners, a heavy duty thorn proof tube, and sealant inside that tube. On road bikes with 23mm tires, I found it hard to believe that there was any room left for air.
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    I don't know how anyone can ride without clipless pedals. I rode a bike the other day with flats and it was horrible.

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    Re: What are the MTB purchasing mistakes you have made?

    Don't dismiss flats just like that, they help you work on the proper technique. I believe that occasionally switching to flats really works best if you wish to advance your skills further.

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    Quote Originally Posted by discohospital View Post
    Don't dismiss flats just like that, they help you work on the proper technique. I believe that occasionally switching to flats really works best if you wish to advance your skills further.
    Yep. Nope. Pass.
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    I don't dismiss clipless. But after riding what is some challenging and technical stuff as well as stuff that involves jumping, all of my clipless friends start the ride by saying...

    When are you going to change to clipless?

    We then go ride the scary stuff and they walk. Them they say, too sketchy to ride clipless...

    I like platforms and honestly crank along damn good in them. I really think a lot of people who are staunch clipless riders use them as band aids for improper technique; much the same as a lot of full suspension riders use them to avoid using leg straightening and body position on a hard tail.

    in both situations people would have more riding talent if they just took the time to learn to use what they have to the fullest before upgrading.

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    Did a year-long custom build on a frame that was two sizes too small. A couple of phone calls and an E-Bay auction later I had the correct frame and swingarm to swap all the parts onto.

    Buying a set of rims without checking if they were designed to be tubeless first. They aren't, but Stan's rim strips solved that well enough.

    I tend to research everything quite a lot before I buy, and have avoided making too many purchasing mistakes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SRALPH View Post
    1) 3D purple Ringle components including stem, skewers, seat clamp, seat post, hubs

    2) white tires (Panaracer smoke & dart combo)

    1)Zooka stem was awesome; still like the look. Maybe not 150mm of it, but still cool.

    2)Wasn't the white tires Onza Porcupines? I thought the Smoke/Dart were tan?
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    Buying a DH. Never again.
    The thing is that I hate air and if there is no air, then a hardtail will be good enough for most stuff.
    Also, I like climbing almost as much as I love descending.

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    Quote Originally Posted by adjunkie View Post
    Bought the cheap model Enduro in 2006, and ended up not liking the fork, shock, brakes, wheels, crank, or derailleur. The frame was solid!
    Roger that. My first Stumpjumper I really should not have gone FSR. I bought the cheapest model with the worst components that all wore out as soon as I got comfortable pushing the bike. While nothing ever actually failed, it accelerated, shifted, handled and stopped differently every time I got on it!

    So the second time around, I made sure not to make the same mistake. I bought the same model bike, 5 years newer, but this time with the highest component spec available and what a difference!

    It's getting around that time again where I'm going to be shopping for a bike soon and as much as I would like to go carbon fiber, the price point will be a stretch, so I'm reigning it in and looking at either aluminum with the best components or considering buying a carbon fiber frame and moving all the components over.

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    Some Kevlar tire liners back in the '90s so I could run semi-slick tires w/o so many flats...made a terrible wobble in my tires..worthless.
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    Was riding a 2007 Trek 3900 hardtail with rim brakes for my first bike. Sold it and bought a 2005 Specialized Hardrock with mech disc brakes. The spesh ended up being twice as heavy as the Trek (didnt realize when buying it), which made it harder to stop even with the disc brakes.

    Probably gonna drop some cash on a 650b bike from Giant here pretty soon (hopefully I won't add that one to this list).

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    I bought a nice Easton Haven 50mm stem, it was so Bling-bling!
    oops it was meant for a 1.5" diameter fork not 1 1/8" that is on my bike.

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    Re: What are the MTB purchasing mistakes you have made?

    Quote Originally Posted by ojelijb View Post
    I bought a nice Easton Haven 50mm stem, it was so Bling-bling!
    oops it was meant for a 1.5" diameter fork not 1 1/8" that is on my bike.
    Doesn't everyone have an orphan 1.5" stem on their bench?

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    What are the MTB purchasing mistakes you have made?

    Right now in regretting a rockshox monarch Im sending back for the second time and its getting replaced. Put my old shock on and it's once again the beast it's meant to be :/


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