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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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    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?

    Family bike:
    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.

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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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    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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    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).
    The leg bone's connected to the Cash Bone!

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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
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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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    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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