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    From new to old - 2011 Enduro

    Howdy. I've been on and off biking since I was a little kid, and in the past year my interested in the sport has skyrocketed and I have fallen in love. To test my passion, I found this little beauty at a bike shop in Asheville, NC for $200 (sorry for the crappy pictures):



    I've taken her on quite a few miles of trails and just absolutely love biking. Has the orgininal rear shock, but I converted the front to disc and replaced a few small parts on the bike. After evaluating my passion, I decided it was time for an upgrade! Just yesterday I walked in the bike shop here in TX to order a bike, only to find that they had the EXACT bike I was prepared to order. It was the only Enduro in the shop and was in the right trim, size, color, etc. I was ecstatic. Here's my new baby! Rides like a freakin' dream. It's night and day from my old bike.





    And don't worry, I kept the Ground Control. It's amazing how well that bike is doing for it's age!

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    Now THAT is an upgrade! Also, smart way to go about it- get a cheap beater, confirm the addition, then drop the $$ on a top end rig.

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    Organize your hoses/cables and snag some safer pedals...then you have my seal of approval.

    One of the best bikes made.

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    Thanks mtg7aa!

    thrasher_s: I appreciate the compliment. And don't worry, I've organized the cables, removed the reflector, and removed the red sticker. I took that right after I got it yesterday!

    And yes, I do need new pedals. These suck majorly. I don't really want clipless... Any recommendations/favorites?

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    Quote Originally Posted by speedoflife
    Thanks mtg7aa!

    thrasher_s: I appreciate the compliment. And don't worry, I've organized the cables, removed the reflector, and removed the red sticker. I took that right after I got it yesterday!

    And yes, I do need new pedals. These suck majorly. I don't really want clipless... Any recommendations/favorites?
    Straitline
    Kona Wah Wah
    Canfield Crampon

    (all similar pedals)

    Dont forget some 5.10s

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    Im like a termite, i love wood features.

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    + 1 Kona Wah Wahs...

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    Nice bike. Where in TX are you?
    What bike shop let a $3ooo bike out the door with hoses like that?!

    As for pedals...yes, straightline/canfield are very popular. Get some sticky shoes like jaydial said.

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    That looks amazing, congrats!

    Be sure to get pedals with replaceable pins.

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    JayDial: Thanks for the suggestions! I really like the looks of the Kona's, but I am seriously considering something like the Shimano M424 combo pedals, but that's another topic completely.

    SurfSailRide: They do seem nice. Would you take them over clipless?

    CharacterZero: Thanks for the compliment. I'm located in the grand College Station. I told the shop that I would take care of the cables myself. I got it from Aggieland Cycling, and I can not praise them greatly enough. Excellent service and a very nice price.

    olijay: Thanks for the compliment and advice!

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    Awesome snag, you're gonna love it. Judging by the furniture, I would say that you're at college. If you're in NC, it might be worth a drive down to SC. The Clemson guys do it up right (they hold an awesome DH race). Even if you're not into DH, its worth the trip - great trails down there.
    +1 on some nice pedals and 5.10's.
    I've been riding my Specialized Lo Pro Mag II pedals for three years now and I love them. I service them maybe twice a year and they just keep on going - and they grip like no other.
    Happy Trails!

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    Sweet! Love the black and white color. Just like my 08 enduro sl comp.

    I came off a bmx bike, after bmxing my whole life. Took me quite a while to get use to it, but its a dream.

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    My '10 Enduro came with the cables/hoses about like that as well, not sure why. They were all a bit too long.

    I have Canfield Crampon pedals with 5.10 shoes and they have been great. I have beat the bejesus out of them for a year and they just have a couple of scratches.

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    edray: Thanks man. I Live part of the year in NC, but right now I am going to college in TX at A&M. I appreciated the advice on pedals too! I'll get down to SC sometime over the summer.

    camarosam: I love this color scheme! I've been mountain biking, but not for an extremely long period of time. I'm young, however, so I have plenty of time to learn.

    thrasher_s: Yes, my cables are very long. It's ok though; better than being too short. Man, 5.10's seem to be very highly rated around here.

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    Speedoflife- Would it be to nosy to ask how much you got it for OTD? Just to give me a figure to work on when I walk into my LBS when I'm ready to purchase the same bike. Also, what size is the frame?
    Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dirttrackin280h
    Speedoflife- Would it be to nosy to ask how much you got it for OTD? Just to give me a figure to work on when I walk into my LBS when I'm ready to purchase the same bike. Also, what size is the frame?
    Thanks!
    It's not nosy! I got mine with free maintenance for life (tune-ups, etc. Not that I really need them but nice to have), specialized shock pump with gauge, tubeless conversion, and all the bar/stem cutting I needed for fitting purposes for right over $2,800 OTD. Not a horrible price, considering retail without freight or tax is $2,900. It's a medium frame.

    Good luck! It's an incredible bike and the brakes... ecstasy.

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    Congrats on the new bike! My cables came like too, not sure why. Doesn't really bother me though.

    If you are going to be doing a far amount of DH, I would suggest looking to install Mission Control DH in the Lyrik. It will cost around 200 installed for the upgrade, but IMHO, I think that it will be worth it. I ran it without it for a couple months and at first it seemed alright, but then I rode my friend's and afterwards, the front just felt squishy and sloppy. Rock gardens seemed ok, but big drops and big hits, the front will bottom out. I am 165 geared, and I am running the PSI in the front for a 180+ weighted rider. If you stand up and ride a lot, you will notice the front will dip a lot and you will get a lot of brake dive. That's where the Mission Control will help you.
    Just a suggestion and something to think about down the road. Enjoy! and Ride!

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    Quote Originally Posted by speedoflife
    JayDial:SurfSailRide: They do seem nice. Would you take them over clipless?
    Nope, absolutely not. I pretty much use clipless (CB Candy's) exclusively for all of my riding applications now. I own a pair of Wah-Wah's that I used to put on my bike to pedal around town, and for more freeride type riding. But now I use the Candy's for that too.

    I'd never go back. Love the clipless. It's really personal preference though.

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    Sweet bike - all I can say is keep that thing locked up tight if you use it around campus!

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    mcgong - Yeah I noticed that as well; I can bottom it out the fork even on a 3-4 foot drop, and I'm running 50 PSI, and I only weigh 140. I'll look into that for sure.

    SurfSailRide - I am seriously considering clipless. I am pretty sure I will go that route. Too many advantages

    sthrnfat - I'm too scared to use it around campus. I keep it in my room whenever I'm not on the saddle!
    Last edited by speedoflife; 10-24-2010 at 02:08 PM.

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