Mountain Biking - Is there hope for my bike
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08-14-07, 10:17 AM
It is old but still in pretty good condition. I used to do a lot of mountainbikeing and want to get started again. It is kind of uncomfortable when ridding on rail trails though so I am wandering if I should change some things. I am 5'10" and I think the bike is a 18". It seems like I have to lean to far over when seated but that is only a problem on long flat rides. Any suggestions?
The only changes I can think of since the pic are new tires (specialized)
08-14-07, 10:22 AM
If it was me, I'd just check all the components...replace what's garbage and worn out, then adjust your reach problem. That can be remedied by taking it into a local shop and asking them to let you try a variety of stems to shorten the reach. Change out the fork too :)
08-14-07, 10:26 AM
I will have to try that. I think most of the components (STX special eddition I think) are pretty good but the fork could probubly go.
08-14-07, 11:20 AM
I have one just like yours but I turned it into my commuter. Just swap the fork and you are ready to go.
08-14-07, 12:53 PM
that bike looks fine, except maybe the fork. other than that, things have not really changed significantly. I was still riding a bike from the early 90's until recently, and only quit because I got a custom.
Ditto - I only quit 'cause I broke it.
I had, however, upgraded from my old Manitou 4 a couple of years ago.
08-14-07, 03:06 PM
I havent priced new forks but I am thinking the only things I need are a new fork, seat and maybe a new stem. I am going to try ridding it for a while and making some adjustments to see if I can get it to be a little more comfortable. What is a good fork that is not too expensive?
If I remember corectly the seat should be adjusted so that my knee is just slightly bend when fully extended?
define "not too expensive"
08-14-07, 04:42 PM
honestly I am not even sure where to start. What should I look to spend for a decent, great and then overkill fork?
08-14-07, 05:26 PM
Hmm, when you say 18" did you mean the toptube, How do you have a reach problem with that? I have a BMX that has a 21" tt with laidback seat, and i'm 5'4"
08-14-07, 07:58 PM
is it me or does the bike look small in the pic?
08-14-07, 08:36 PM
I think it looks small because of the angle it was taken from. When I got it I was about the same hight (though I put on a few lb's) but the gave me a size up because they expected me to grow
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