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Old 09-22-2008, 08:14 PM   #8971
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Wooo! First CX race of the season. I was hoping to stay on the lead lap through the whole race, but was overtaken just 50 yards or so from the finish line. It's still fun though....



That looks like fun. I might try a mtb race to get in shape later on. Not sure if they do the cross thing here. I need to work on my skills first!
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Old 09-22-2008, 08:21 PM   #8972
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A big, hearty "it depends" based on what kind of riding you're planning on doing. "Mountain Bike" covers a pretty broad spectrum these days.

That said, I think the Trek aluminum hardtails offer a great bang for the buck. I bought an 820 back in 1999, and it suffered all kinds of abuse and neglect in my hands until I sold it last year. Only casualties were a chain and a seriously bent seat. Probably plenty of them out on the used market too.


Really though, parts is parts and frames is frames.... Not really tons to differentiate between brands these days...
A few years back I had a nice Giant hardtail. It was a decent bike, but I was hoping to get something a little nicer this time around.

I would be looking to spend around a grand. For example, the Trek 1600 I mentioned before as my road bike was normally priced around $1,399 and I caught it as a 2007 close out for $999. The crazy thing was (at least in the Trek line up) I would have to spend closer to $2,000 to get the same components in their standard line up as I got in my 1600. That is why I was asking you guys where I could make the most bang for my buck in mountain bikes.
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Old 09-22-2008, 08:33 PM   #8973
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I know the Specialized Rockhopper Comp is pretty good for a hardtail.
There are some 2007's still foating around too.
Pretty happy with my 2000 Gary Fisher Tassajara, even though I managed to perform quite the face plant off of it today.

You think I'm supposed to have this squishy golf ball sized thing hanging off my elbow?
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Old 09-22-2008, 08:48 PM   #8974
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I would be looking to spend around a grand. For example, the Trek 1600 I mentioned before as my road bike was normally priced around $1,399 and I caught it as a 2007 close out for $999. The crazy thing was (at least in the Trek line up) I would have to spend closer to $2,000 to get the same components in their standard line up as I got in my 1600. That is why I was asking you guys where I could make the most bang for my buck in mountain bikes.[/quote]

If your looking to spend about a grand and considering used too, I'd look at a Specialized Stumpjumper. Used you should have no problem finding one at that price, maybe even a new one. They had a new one on sale for about $1100 at my LBS. GT makes good bikes too, I just picked up a full suspension GT that I'm enjoying.
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Old 09-23-2008, 05:56 AM   #8975
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buying a complete bike will always be cheaper than any individual parts build because manufacturers get them all so cheap by volume purchase etc. That being said building your frame up bicycle gives great pleasure in being able to come up with something unique that is totally individual–you pay for that in $$ for sure.

As for a new entry level mtn bike-you really need to think about application: what kind of riding do you plan to do and what kind of terrain do you plan to ride? Do you want or need front suspension? Do you want or need rear suspension? If so how much travel? Suspension also equals complexity which means a certain amount of increased maintenance and more things to break. Weight is far less of an issue than even 5 years ago.

I've owned plenty of mtn bikes from $10K+ DH race rigs with 8" of travel front & rear on down to cheap fully rigid single speeds. Right now I'm contemplating a full squish Intense 5.5 custom build and a Surly Karate Monkey 29'er hardtail for less than a quarter the price of the Intense. Decisions, decisions.

Have a look at the Karate Monkey–they ride really nicely. I own a Surly 1x1 right now and it is one of the nicest riding bikes I've ever owned and I'm not selling it

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Old 09-23-2008, 08:23 AM   #8976
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Wooo! First CX race of the season. I was hoping to stay on the lead lap through the whole race, but was overtaken just 50 yards or so from the finish line. It's still fun though....







C'mon, smile dude- aren't we having fun?

lookin GOOD there mate!



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Old 09-23-2008, 09:40 AM   #8977
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Onya!

*cross is the hardest thing I've ever done on two wheels, and the most fun thing at the same time. That includes racing track with former olympians. *

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Cross in these parts (N. UT) can be wickedly hard.......highly variable conditions
Particularly on those roadies like me that like to spin vs grind....

Guys I easily drop (like a stone) on the road make me pay dearly in the twisty mud/ice/dust, etc.......

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Old 09-23-2008, 09:20 PM   #8978
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Old 09-24-2008, 12:10 AM   #8979
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Anyone suggest any good reading material for someone looking to get into cycle touring?

I picked up a Trek 7000 on the cheap from our local shop; used but mint, and perfect for zipping around campus 5 days a week. Though I've decided that grip shifters suck, good seat fit is invaluable, and I don't care for the free-pedal sensation I get when between gears.

But I like riding the bike...and would like to do more of it and longer distances.

Any input would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 09-24-2008, 12:18 AM   #8980
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Anyone suggest any good reading material for someone looking to get into cycle touring?

I picked up a Trek 7000 on the cheap from our local shop; used but mint, and perfect for zipping around campus 5 days a week. Though I've decided that grip shifters suck, good seat fit is invaluable, and I don't care for the free-pedal sensation I get when between gears.

But I like riding the bike...and would like to do more of it and longer distances.

Any input would be greatly appreciated.
I hate grip-shifters...just when I pull a wheelie to ride up some steps or something, I accidently twist and get the wrong gear, or worse, lose momentum and crash.
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Old 09-24-2008, 02:24 AM   #8981
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I hate grip-shifters...just when I pull a wheelie to ride up some steps or something, I accidently twist and get the wrong gear, or worse, lose momentum and crash.
I think that I just didn't grow up using them. It really doesn't matter though, I don't like them. I ended up switching my gripshifters out on my stumpjumper for XT rapidfires.

Like I said, I think it has more to do with familiarity. However, I was happier with the bike after I did it. I did give them a try, it just wasn't the way for me; obviously, some people do like them.
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Old 09-24-2008, 06:49 AM   #8982
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Anyone suggest any good reading material for someone looking to get into cycle touring?
Maps?

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Old 09-24-2008, 07:11 AM   #8983
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Anyone suggest any good reading material for someone looking to get into cycle touring?
http://www.crazyguyonabike.com

http://www.kenkifer.com/bikepages/touring

These two pages should keep you busy for a few hours.
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Old 09-24-2008, 08:09 AM   #8984
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http://www.crazyguyonabike.com

http://www.kenkifer.com/bikepages/touring

These two pages should keep you busy for a few hours.
Thanks!



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Ummmm......yeah.
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Old 09-24-2008, 08:21 AM   #8985
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Anyone suggest any good reading material for someone looking to get into cycle touring?

I picked up a Trek 7000 on the cheap from our local shop; used but mint, and perfect for zipping around campus 5 days a week. Though I've decided that grip shifters suck, good seat fit is invaluable, and I don't care for the free-pedal sensation I get when between gears.

But I like riding the bike...and would like to do more of it and longer distances.

Any input would be greatly appreciated.
When you say "longer distances" what kind of distances are you thinking of riding on your bicycle?

If I remember correctly, you have back problem, correct? do be careful if you are starting a new physical activity regiment.. riding a bicycle may seem innecent enough, but once you're hooked and start to put on the miles, it may aggrevate to your existing physical problem if you don't have someone check you out for your fit and motion while riding.
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