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  1. #1
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    Sep 2015

    First mountain bike

    I just wanted to introduce myself and say thanks for all the information on this site.

    I used to ride a road bike in HS and college, but life got in the way and have not ridden much during the last 20 years (44 years old now). Wow, has technology changed a lot since the early 90s. I'm going to make an effort to start riding again for a couple reasons. My wife and I (trying to get our daughters involved) started whitewater kayaking and thought I could use it as shuttle if we don't have another group to use a car. Additionally, I started participating in a mentoring program (similar to Big Brothers, Big Sisters) and my mentee really enjoys cycling.

    I bought a cheap (<$100) Gary Fisher Advance just to have a bike to ride with my mentee and to shuttle. After seeing the condition of his bike, I decided to give him that one and find another for myself. I found a 2006 Gary Fisher Paragon for $340 that included a second set of wheels. Seemed like a good deal that would allow me to make sure I'll ride enough to invest in better equipment later. Considering it is close to 10 years old, what should I be looking at upgrading first?

    The specs according to bikepedia, I think it is stock.

    Frame & Fork
    Frame Construction TIG-welded
    Frame Tubing Material Platinum Series ZR9000 aluminum
    Fork Brand & Model RockShox Reba Race Dual Air 29, 80mm travel
    Fork Material Aluminum/magnesium, single crown
    Rear Shock Not applicable

    Component Group Mountain Mix
    Brakeset Avid Juicy 7 brakes, Avid Juicy 7 hydraulic levers
    Shift Levers SRAM X.9 Triggers
    Front Derailleur Shimano FD-M580 LX
    Rear Derailleur SRAM X.9
    Crankset Bontrager Race, 22/32/44 teeth
    Pedals Shimano PD-M520
    Bottom Bracket TruVativ GXP
    BB Shell Width Unspecified
    Rear Cogs 9-speed, 11 - 34 teeth
    Chain Shimano CN-HG73, 1/2 x 3/32"
    Seatpost Bontrager Select
    Saddle Bontrager Race Lux
    Handlebar Bontrager Race OS Riser
    Handlebar Extensions Not included
    Handlebar Stem Bontrager Race OS
    Headset 1 1/8" threadless Cane Creek S-3

    Hubs Bontrager Race Disc
    Rims Bontrager Race Disc
    Tires 29 x 2.25" Bontrager Jones XR
    Spoke Brand Unspecified
    Spoke Nipples Unspecified

    - See more at: 2006 Gary Fisher Paragon - BikePedia

  2. #2
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    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    If it's safe to ride and everything works ,don't upgrade a thing. When you break or wear stuff then maybe upgrade. Get the contact points to fit you (seat,bars/grips,pedals).The problem with upgrading old bikes is a lot of things have changed ,meaning the new won't work with the old.

  3. #3
    Downcountry AF
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    Oct 2013
    ^^ agreed. good advice.

    investing too much money in a bike your not planning on keeping is money down the drain. ride it till it breaks, then fix as needed until your ready to invest in a long term bike.

    it's ok to invest in a saddle, pedals, or make handlebar adjustments so you are comfortable on the bike. those things can easily be transferred to a new bike. Tires are another one that are worth spending on. get the right kind of tires for the riding you plan on doing.

    i would avoid spending on upgrading wheels, suspension, and drivetrain. brakes are a safety item, use your own judgement, make sure they work well but don't spend big money unless you plan on transferring them to the next bike.
    Rigid SS 29er
    SS 29+
    Fat Lefty
    SS cyclocross
    Full Sus 29er (Yuck)

    Stop asking how much it weighs and just go ride it.

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