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    What are the MTB purchasing mistakes you have made?

    I don't think it is possible not to make any purchasing mistakes when it comes to MTB related products.

    Over the years, I have made lots of mistakes. The major ones would be getting wrong size/standard parts (I am doing this over and over agin).

    One time, I was very much into shaving weights, but a lot of investments later I realized that it was not the thing for me.

    I have also tried some experimental things (try to fit something that is not recommended) on mountain bikes which did not work out well, but in this case the fault is on my side

    Oh, yes, I have to mention fancy looking products that fail after couple of use too.

    I don't think there are people who don't ride MTBs anymore here, but I am sure that many of you have bikes that haven't touched for years in your garage.

    What are the MTB purchasing mistakes you have made over the years?

    Let me know

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    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.
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    Clipless pedal systems with shoes.
    Doesn't matter what I try or how often I try it, my feet fall asleep with them while on the bike(numbness sucks) and then when I get off the bike, the blood returns! On and off for 20 years....I got tired of the loop of no feeling and then feeling like my toes were gonna explode! So much wasted time and money.....now I spend cash on nice flats with pins and converse all stars. Ride & enjoy, KWIM?

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    I bought a 4 seater Rhodes Car(quad pedal bike) thinking my family would actually ride it with me places since they aren't bikers by nature. Nope, I just ended up pedaling the dang heavy beast alone. So I sold it and bought a cargo bike instead. Eh, who needs 'em. So I ride mostly alone again(same story with a canoe and now I have a kayak!)
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    What are the MTB purchasing mistakes you have made?

    Buying an ill fitting bike. The upside is that I spent a lot of time learning how to properly fit bikes and have helped many friends since then.
    Riding slowly since 1977.

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    Steering damper.

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    Clothes, bike specific. Endura light weight jacket that's not lightweight when it comes to warmth. It's down right hot and wearable only below 30 degrees. Good jacket though.
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    Old school full suspension, didn't really work all that great for a bike that was 2500 bucks in the nineties.

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    atomic laboratories pimplite pedals. du bushings went to shit after a couple of rides in beautiful conditions then the CS was the worst ever. never did get a solution like i was told, at least not by AL.

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    Clipless pedals were my worst mistake. I now ride much more difficult terrain on flats than I ever would on clipless.

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    Buying one overkill long travel bike assuming it would do it all well enough, and that its high weight and general inefficiency on climbs/pedaling would get me in better shape.

    Buying random weight weenie parts off of eBay, from counterfeit carbon from well known brands (FSA, Ritchey), to Ti QR skewers (J&L branded).

    Shopping online store closeouts/bargain bins for "upgrades".

    They were valuable lessons. I better understand the old wise saying, "Cheap, light, strong, pick 2." I also better understand why people have bike quivers. In general, I have better sense of quality and value thanks to those mistakes and the exposure to the various sides of the bike industry.
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    Cable Disc brakes. Wrong size item (multiple times! Seatpost-wrong diameters, seatpost shims - wrong diameter, stems that were 9 miles long) Bio pace rings,
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    Acrylic inner tubes from Foss. All three that I've had have exploded when the tyres heated up while the bike was in the sun. The sunlight can be somewhat intense here in Oz, far too intense for the Russian made Foss inners. Also, they were advertised as being one of the lightest inner tubes going, the Foss acrylic inners were actually the heaviest inner tubes that I've ever used.

    I had a Giant XTC hardtail with Kenda Small Block 8s and Avid squealing pigs on it. The person/s who stole the bike, a few years ago now, did me a huge favour, although it didn't feel like it on the day ... I feel that got my own back on them, although indirectly of course, knowing that they stole an extremely uncomfortable bike and it would be only a matter of time with the Small Block 8s, before the thief washed out on it ... and hopefully now has an acquired brain injury.

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    Spending less on a bike because it was a really good deal, when spending a couple hundred more would have gotten a much better ride
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    Got talked into buying a set of cranks, but not the length I'd wanted. 'Confirmed w/ his Pro on staff...' was the explanation I was given. When they'd gotten to the shop, it was the previous years model. Item bought, last-item bought.

    Bike Club on the other side of town got me out on the first big Group on a week night, cleared a huge ride (up & down) then set out for the descent. Inside a flowing-corner were rises and dips, I'd just started to pedal the entire section and seriously spiked my bottom stroke.

    The Pedal did not make it, and I bent the crankarm - drive side.

    Warranty came through kindly; even sent the redesigned set and in my length I wanted first.

    ...then the first ride was NEMBA-fest, it rained at the Bike Park - instant sandpaper between my shoes and cranks. No-more graphics or paint on the brand new cranks.

    That's three mistakes there... pick one or pick all!!
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    What are the MTB purchasing mistakes you have made?

    Bought the cheapest model bike, with things I would regret when I knew more later, like quick release instead of thru-axle, 9 speed instead of 10, straight head tube. Once I got better, I really started to notice flex and it slows me down to a certain extent. If I'd just upgraded a few hundred bucks to the next model, I'd be good.

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    Huh . . . I'm yet to purchase something that I regret. I'm not too thrilled with my seat I suppose but its better than what was on there.
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    Bought a K&N Cold Air Intake cause i heard it increased power and effieciency. Personally it didn't work for me and I hated having a 4" tube in my mouth while I rode.


    But other than that I haven't had any bad purchases yet. I do a lot of research and read tons of reviews before I dump more cash in to my two-wheeled money pit. lol.
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    buying from walmart even though I know better!
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    buying something because it "looks" cool

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mazukea View Post
    Bought a K&N Cold Air Intake cause i heard it increased power and effieciency. Personally it didn't work for me and I hated having a 4" tube in my mouth while I rode.


    But other than that I haven't had any bad purchases yet. I do a lot of research and read tons of reviews before I dump more cash in to my two-wheeled money pit. lol.
    Yeah but did it improve induction noise?

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    Selling a really sweet set of Hadley / Mavic wheels......what a dumb a$$ move.

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    Bought the cheap model Enduro in 2006, and ended up not liking the fork, shock, brakes, wheels, crank, or derailleur. The frame was solid!

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    Upgrading wheels, brakes, cockpit on an older bike ... then getting a new bike . (Keep the old ride for a buddy bike ... but save your $$ for the new ride!).

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    What are the MTB purchasing mistakes you have made?

    1. Buying a hybrid 2. Thinking I was going to like road biking 3. Not buying a hitch rack

    I ended up getting a real mtn bike and of course loving the trails

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    Bought a Mongoose Ritual for $200 as a parts bike during a jump bike build. Wound up hating more or less every part & replacing over the next year. Sold frame and remaining parts and minimized the loss though.

    Deity Crankset. Way overpriced, low quality and difficult to install. The friend who told me you can't go wrong with Deity has not yet heard the last of it. In fairness, pretty much everything else Deity I've owned has been pretty good.

    BWW Wheelset with BWW branded hubs. Rear hub was absolute junk. It lasted maybe 6 months before the freehub became completely unrideable. Eventually abandoned trying to get help from BWW after appx 20 calls & emails went unreturned.

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    Buying into the 29er Hype and getting a hardtail as a backup trail bike. Was never as fun as my full squish bike and it killed my back.
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    Grafton Joy Stix (1996): Broke when I was removing them with a puller; a friend's also broke at the same place.

    Thudbuster (2011): Thought it was a great addition to a HT in Moab; and it was. Until I got into shape and didn't need it. Just got in the way so now it lives in a plastic tub.

    Scott Thermoplastic handlebars (1996): Sure, they could take a million fatigue cycles, but so could a round bar of rubber; which is what they felt like when you tried to steer.

    Geah Dhea (2013); Heavy. Very heavy. At least they don't roll very well. Did I mention they're heavy?

    25T Kick A** cog from Endless (2013). I mean, I am a wuss, but not that big of a wuss.

    "2.55" inch Weirwolfs (2012). If these tires are 2.55" wide, then I'm 9 inches. At least the sidewalls cut easy so I could replace them quickly. Unfortunately, when I replaced them, I went with the Dhea's, which happen to have quite robust sidewalls. They're proving to be quite difficult to damage. Probably because they're heavy.
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    I bought a Proflex. Rode it once. biggest POS eva.

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    My biggest mistake was my first bike purchase. Didn't think I'd really mountain bike when I bought it, but would mostly use it on rode and rail trail. Entry hardtail with a pogo fork and SB8 tires. Probably the wrong size, too. (I'm pretty dead between a medium and large.)

    On the plus side, with a longer stem, longer seatpost, fork locked out, new saddle, and some Serfas Drifter 29 tires it works now when I do what I originally intended to with that bike. (I guess that's minimizing my losses, at greater expense.) That money would have softened the blow when I bought a Tallboy LT for what I discovered was much more fun riding.

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    Joplin 4R. Good idea, bad execution. Shoulda went with another model.

    A red seat. If wearing pants any other color than black, they will become red too. Was wearing grey sweat pants under wind breakers for winter riding. Buy the time I was done, the grey sweats looked like I just had a period.

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    I'm sure I've made more mistakes than this, but these are the ones I can think of:

    Seatpost clamp: assumed FD clamp was same diameter as seatpost clamp.
    Chainring: Bought 110 BCD instead of 95 BCD.
    Piston for Juicy 5: ruined brake trying to remove stuck piston. Luckily, I found a used brake for $5 on eBay.
    Cheap brake housing in bulk: cable wires kept protruding out of casing after a few months of use.
    Cheap cables: Frayed during installation.

    I guess that's not too bad. I don't regret most of my purchases.

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

    My biggest MTB purchase mistake was waiting 29 years to buy one.

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    Pretty much each time I was an early adopter I got burnt. Pros get paid to be early adopters; when you pay retail, might as well buy tried and true.

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    I think mistakes are inevitable. The crystal ball isn't infallible, especially if when you're starting out. Probably my most expensive mistake was buying a new mid-budget XC 29er and then realizing a few months later that what I really wanted was an expensive AM 26er.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. 68 Hundred View Post

    "2.55" inch Weirwolfs (2012). If these tires are 2.55" wide, then I'm 9 inches. At least the sidewalls cut easy so I could replace them quickly. Unfortunately, when I replaced them, I went with the Dhea's, which happen to have quite robust sidewalls. They're proving to be quite difficult to damage. Probably because they're heavy.
    I got two as well, only put one on. At least they're labeling them '2.3' now, even though they're more like 2.1's.

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    Replacing cheapo Candy 1 pedals with XT. The only Shimano upgrade I wish I could take back.
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    Buying a singlespeed. Still can't figure out WHY you'd want one...
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    What are the MTB purchasing mistakes you have made?

    Quote Originally Posted by OldManBike View Post
    I think mistakes are inevitable. The crystal ball isn't infallible, especially if when you're starting out. Probably my most expensive mistake was buying a new mid-budget XC 29er and then realizing a few months later that what I really wanted was an expensive AM 26er.
    You had a Camber, right?

    I made that mistake too.

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    I think the biggest mistake I made was years back I got myself a IRD Titanium fork. It was light and cool but it was horrible. Never got the brakes to work well on that thing and the bike would studder so bad on the descents.

    Not mine but mine was just like this one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bernina View Post
    Clipless pedals were my worst mistake. I now ride much more difficult terrain on flats than I ever would on clipless.

    X2, I can completely relate.

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    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.
    Just don't start saying "Does my butt look big in these?"

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    My most recent mistake was buying a bike from a bonehead on ebay.
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    Buying a used hardtail, and thinking that I wouldn't miss riding a full-suspension. Now I own both, but that hardtail might be eBay'd here shortly.

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    I do not make too many purchasing mistakes any longer having done this for over 25 years. These days at worst it may be a clothing size futz up. However, a few things do come to mind that just did not suit my proclivities.

    • Cable disc brakes...many people love them, but having used hydros since '99, cables just did not cut it.
    • Cane Creek Thudbuster...would have been okay except that I put it on a Freeride hardtail and demolished it quickly.
    • 9mm QR's on front forks after having ridden thru-axles...I just could not go back.
    • Selle SLR saddle...it did not fit my tush.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OldManBike View Post
    I think mistakes are inevitable. The crystal ball isn't infallible, especially if when you're starting out. Probably my most expensive mistake was buying a new mid-budget XC 29er and then realizing a few months later that what I really wanted was an expensive AM 26er.
    I made this same mistake twice. I find myself missing the 9er HT when I'm grinding up the logging roads, but once I reach the techy single track, I'm much happier on my burly 26 AM bike.

    650b will probably be my next mistake...

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    Buying used things on Ebay because I am on a budget instead of waiting a week till I have the money when 90% of the time after everything is shipped they come now that I have the money!!!

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    @manbat HA! i just got done doing the same damn thing.

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