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Old 09-06-2013, 08:26 PM   #30946
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Old 09-06-2013, 10:49 PM   #30947
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so I have been commuting on my roadie and enjoying it and I am thinking it might be about time to get a reasonable cross country mountain bike for under $1000 , im thinking Hardtail im obviously looking for lockable front shock and mid level components !!

what does the greater wisdom of the ADV bike thread think ?
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Old 09-07-2013, 04:02 AM   #30948
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so I have been commuting on my roadie and enjoying it and I am thinking it might be about time to get a reasonable cross country mountain bike for under $1000 , im thinking Hardtail im obviously looking for lockable front shock and mid level components !!

what does the greater wisdom of the ADV bike thread think ?
If you're going off-road, then Deore is pretty much the minimum parts group you need to look for.

Lockout-able fork? Never had one. Don't see the need, personally, but they're popular.

Otherwise, get the one that looks nicest. Manufacturers have figured out what works and they've standardized on a 'set' geometry.

Budget-wise, the nicer offerings from the second tier manufacturers (Jamis, GT, DB, et al) are going to give you more bang for the buck than the big names.

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Old 09-07-2013, 06:12 AM   #30949
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so I have been commuting on my roadie and enjoying it and I am thinking it might be about time to get a reasonable cross country mountain bike for under $1000 , im thinking Hardtail im obviously looking for lockable front shock and mid level components !!

what does the greater wisdom of the ADV bike thread think ?
if you want a true lockout that feels rigid, look at Lefty forks. You can go the full cannondale setup, or buy an adapter to put a Lefty on any frame. I'll not go back to a double stanchion fork after racing on a lefty.
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Old 09-07-2013, 10:46 AM   #30950
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I noticed while banging away my Vuelta report that Shimano is doing the neutral support instead Mavic.

Anyone know who did support in the Tour de France? I was out on a 2 and 1/2 week motorbike ride and missed all but the first couple and very last stage.
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Old 09-07-2013, 11:22 AM   #30951
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36 miles today with the local club. Got dropped by the fast group - averaged just under 20 mph. Done in 2 hours. One stop for snacks.

I think it was a dentist leading the fast group today...he was really inflicting a lot of pain.

Good ride though - we had drops of rain all morning without getting soaked. I earned the right to sit on my ass and watch football for the rest of the day.

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Old 09-07-2013, 06:04 PM   #30952
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Did an honest 30 miles today, solo. It rained like holy hell for about 25 minutes and then spat for the rest of the ride. Really nice, gritty racer stripe up the back.

How did I get 30 miles out of a 27 mile loop? I turned the fuck around at the truck and did 3 more miles. That's how.

People seemed to be a little friendlier in the rain. Were a number of savoury females joggers out today. Made the ride that much better.

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my Look cleats haven't shown up yet at the local. By Monday they would have been two days out-- shipped from Portsmouth-- for half the price.
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Old 09-07-2013, 06:09 PM   #30953
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I have some Kool Stop pads for carbon rims on one bike right now. Squeal! Not quite sure how to fix that. (nor do I care)

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The squeal is just a high frequency chatter. Toe in the front of the pads a bit like aligning a car, same as you'd do on a mtb brake. I've had to put a crescent wrench to more than one caliper brake to keep the squealing down. It doesn't take much

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You don't want to lock the tube down. It needs to be able to move about inside the rim or you'll tear the valve off the tube.

You can still use the nut to secure the stem while pumping, then back it off and tighten it against the valve cap until needed again. The only reason I don't run one is I'm too lazy to take the time to put it back on.


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Old 09-07-2013, 06:21 PM   #30954
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// Ditch the washer-nut and valve-stem cap.
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Old 09-07-2013, 06:23 PM   #30955
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...I am thinking it might be about time to get a reasonable cross country mountain bike for under $1000 , im thinking Hardtail im obviously looking for lockable front shock and mid level components...

I rode and raced 26" wheeled bikes for almost 2 decades until a friend let me ride his Fisher Paragon 29r. A few days later I replaced my Bianchi BUSS with a Fisher Rig then shortly after, my Fuel 100 went up for sale and got Fisher Paragon. I'll never go back to 26" wheels except for BMX.

If you have never ridden a 29r (700c), give it a try, they roll over the rough way better than a 26, plus you can put road tires or cross tires on it for cyclocross.

If you find one with mechanical discs, stay away from the cheap brands like tektro, you might as well drag your feet instead. The only 2 mechanicals I've found that work well are Shimanos and Avids. The Avid BB7 mechanicals are pretty strong but lack the feedback of a hydraulic, some times a bit grabby.

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Old 09-07-2013, 06:41 PM   #30956
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/ Ditch the washer-nut and valve-stem cap.


Rules? they're only lifestyle rules, for guys who wear complete matching kits and ride over priced bikes.
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Old 09-07-2013, 06:44 PM   #30957
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Thanks all for your replies!

Been doing a bit of research and with the help of a couple of the OZ inmates as well as your input.

Current thinking is sharpening towards:

a hardtail in a giant or something similar with SLX components (Giants are apparently the DR650 of the bike world )
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Old 09-07-2013, 06:45 PM   #30958
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Thanks for doing that.

Bike races may look high zoot, but are actually not big money makers for the organizers. Volunteers are the way these things get done. Doing similar got me hooked on cycling as an adult.

After paying all the bills, purses ($2500) and State Highway Patrol, I think I netted about $200 after promoting the Ohio State Championship Road Race.
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Old 09-07-2013, 06:45 PM   #30959
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If there was a thread of Bicycle Awesomeness, this would be the first post:







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Old 09-07-2013, 06:55 PM   #30960
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The squeal is just a high frequency chatter. Toe in the front of the pads a bit like aligning a car, same as you'd do on a mtb brake. I've had to put a crescent wrench to more than one caliper brake to keep the squealing down. It doesn't take much.
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