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Old 08-04-2009, 03:08 PM   #11761
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hey guys, i need some advice on a bike. I'm looking for something to use for mainly street, but with some light trails. What i will be doing is getting road oriented tires for a mountain bike. The longest commutes would be maybe 10 miles, although the weekends may bring longer trips. My budget is in the 400 range. I went out to the local bike shops today to have a look around and came back with these three options

Jamis trail X2 ($379)
http://www.jamisbikes.com/usa/thebik...railx2_bn.html
Norco Pinnacle ($319)
http://www.norco.com/bikes/mountain/adventure/pinnacle/
Giant Boulder SE ($349)
http://www.giant-bicycles.com/en-US/...in/2281/32125/

The jamis and norco have lifetime warranties and free tuneup for a year from the shop i found it, while the giant is one year warranty with year tuneup, but he is willing to swap to my road tires for free. The other shop coulnt give me a definitive answer at the time.

What are your opinions on pros and cons of each? I'm kinda new to the bicycle game so i dont really know the distinctions between each fork or deraileur setup. Any help is appreciated, thanks.
Mostly street with some trails thrown in = hybrid not mtn bike. OR if you wanna spend more $$ a cyclocross bike.

Road-sized wheels and tires roll better than mtn-sized wheels and tires no matter how skinny you get the mtn tires.

Alternatively, look into a budget 29-er. You can get road tires for em, they do trails well, and if you get into things more, you have a better platform for either.

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Old 08-04-2009, 05:17 PM   #11762
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Have you checked your local CL? If your on a tight budget you'll get more bike there then buying new. Just kinda scrolling through here I saw a few bikes that might work for you. Like Gummee! said larger wheels/tires will roll faster on the road then 26ers. If you can live with a single speed I'd suggest a Redline Monocog 29er.
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Old 08-04-2009, 06:01 PM   #11763
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you're doing ragbrai? good for you man. I'd like to work up to something like that. i've heard its a great time.
I was going to ride three days of it, but broke a few ribs and tore up my shoulder. Still can't lift my arm above my shoulder. Next year I figure to go if work, works out. I'll have plenty of vacation saved. And maybe I'll ride out on the motorcycle with the bike on the back. I'm not a big fan of airlines.
I'm not big on crowds, but since I was born there I figure I should go for it again. That would be my third attempt. The first ended with a return bout of pneumonia, and the hospital... That was 25 years ago. I spent most of that year recovering from two bouts of that crap, and nearly dying.

I figure if I can muster a few thousand miles over the next year it will be easy peasy.
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Old 08-04-2009, 06:12 PM   #11764
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I like this one best. Fork's a little hokey, but you won't find much better in that class. The disc brakes are nice. Lots of good upgrade potential here.

If you're keeping your pavement miles under 20 per trip, 26" wheels should be livable. If you're spending more time than that on the road, I'd try to get a cyclocross style bike. Still, we've got some awesome, awesome singletrack around here- I wouldn't completely give up on a MTB until you've ridden them.

A 29er is a good way to split the difference, but might be outside your price range.
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Old 08-04-2009, 06:21 PM   #11765
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If you can live with a single speed I'd suggest a Redline Monocog 29er.
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Old 08-04-2009, 06:22 PM   #11766
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Have you checked your local CL?

CL is such a crapshoot around here on anything. For starters, it covers a couple hundred miles of turf- you could easily spend all day on the road checking out a deal.

Bicycles are even worse- the good stuff is well used, the cheap stuff is well neglected.

The really good stuff tends to filter down through alternate channels. If he was maybe 6'3" and posted this 3 weeks ago, I could have hooked him up with a great deal on a Specialized S-works cyclocross bike without blowing his budget too bad.
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Old 08-04-2009, 08:44 PM   #11767
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Guys.... I hope one of you can help me....

Are the Disc brake mounts of AMP Research bikes compatible with other calipers / new systems?
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Old 08-04-2009, 08:46 PM   #11768
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Guys.... I hope one of you can help me....

Are the Disc brake mounts of AMP Research bikes compatible with other calipers / new systems?
Off the top of the head, no. BUT its been a while since I've seen an AMP.

There's someone here that used to work there. Maybe he'll chime in.

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Old 08-04-2009, 08:50 PM   #11769
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CL is such a crapshoot around here on anything. For starters, it covers a couple hundred miles of turf- you could easily spend all day on the road checking out a deal.

Bicycles are even worse- the good stuff is well used, the cheap stuff is well neglected.

The really good stuff tends to filter down through alternate channels. If he was maybe 6'3" and posted this 3 weeks ago, I could have hooked him up with a great deal on a Specialized S-works cyclocross bike without blowing his budget too bad.
Tell me about it - last motorcycle i bought off it dropped a cylinder after 250 miles. chalk that up to my ignorance i suppose... too bad about the cyclocrosser, those bikes are sick, but i only stand 5'8". A friend of mine mentioned a trek 820 in a local pawn shop for 150, im gonna go check it out tomorrow. Any obvious things to look for on a used hardtail mountainbike?
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Old 08-04-2009, 08:52 PM   #11770
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Tell me about it - last motorcycle i bought off it dropped a cylinder after 250 miles. chalk that up to my ignorance i suppose... too bad about the cyclocrosser, those bikes are sick, but i only stand 5'8". A friend of mine mentioned a trek 820 in a local pawn shop for 150, im gonna go check it out tomorrow. Any obvious things to look for on a used hardtail mountainbike?
I'm 5'8" too. Look for 53-54cm top tubes in road bikes. Depends on how long yer torso is.

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Old 08-04-2009, 09:04 PM   #11771
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Off the top of the head, no. BUT its been a while since I've seen an AMP.

There's someone here that used to work there. Maybe he'll chime in.

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Thanks! I hope he reads this.

Calipers are only available used, right?
AMP still exists and i think they still provide technical support, but they don't sell bike parts anymore, I think...
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Old 08-04-2009, 09:06 PM   #11772
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Tell me about it - last motorcycle i bought off it dropped a cylinder after 250 miles. chalk that up to my ignorance i suppose... too bad about the cyclocrosser, those bikes are sick, but i only stand 5'8". A friend of mine mentioned a trek 820 in a local pawn shop for 150, im gonna go check it out tomorrow. Any obvious things to look for on a used hardtail mountainbike?
thats trek's base level mountain bike, probably about $300 brand new. they've made various 820's over the years, going back like 20 years or more.

at a pawnshop for $150 it had better be pretty clean and nearly new lookin. here's some owner reviews of those... http://www.mtbr.com/cat/older-catego...502_91crx.aspx


as far as checking out a bike... make sure the wheels are straight (pick up one end of the bike, spin the wheel, check for side to side and up and down wobble, also check if the wheel bearing is smooth and free from play, then repeat for the other end), make sure there's no loose or broken spokes. make sure the gears all shift ok, the tires hold air and the brakes work. bounce the forks, make sure there is some damping, and no binding or side to side play. grab the front brake hard and put some weight on the bars and rock the bike fore-to-rear-to-fore and make sure there's no play in the steering bearings. probably a good thing to eyeball the rear derailler idler pulleys and verify they are in line (parallel) with the nearest gear in the rear cluster (this is easy to fix but a acommon problem, bike gets dropped, derailler bends inwards, shifting goes to hell).
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Old 08-05-2009, 10:49 AM   #11773
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Old 08-05-2009, 04:38 PM   #11774
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Mostly street with some trails thrown in = hybrid not mtn bike. ...
+1. It's a subtle distinction, but that's why they call 'em hybrids. They split the difference between a road bike and a mtn bike. They work really well on bumpy paved paths, rail-trails, and smooth chipped paths. My 7500 has a suspended front, seatpost spring, 38mm tires, but a hardtail.

OTOH, my next bike is probably going to be a chromoly framed tourer, like a Trek 520. The hybrid still feels a bit BMX-ish, twitchy, and cramped for my riding speeds and duration.
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Old 08-05-2009, 04:52 PM   #11775
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Trek Equinox TTX 9.9

Anyone looking for a tri bike, I have an 09 TTX 9.9 for sale to fund my new Tiger....
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