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Old 10-13-10, 06:55 PM   #1
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We had an extra Ford Ranger hanging out in the garage since my youngest son bought his own car two years ago. I believe we have only used the truck to get mulch and save $6 a yard. I got to thinking that the cost of insuring the truck and paying for plates every year was not cost effective when we only buy a few yards of mulch and most of it goes in a trailer that I can also pull with my 4 Runner. So a couple weeks ago, while we were on a long weekend at Nags Head, I mentioned to my wife that we should sell the truck and she jumped on it and said "you could use the money to buy a mountain bike".

Wow!, my plans (schemes) don't usually work that well. This time I had a little help since one of my riding buddies and team mates who is also my wife's brother, coincidentally, just purchased a new mountain bike himself.

Last night at 10:45 PM I put an add on Craig's List and sold the truck this evening.

So now I'm in the market for a new mtb and have some considerations to face in making my choice of bike. I don't race mtb's but will probably start since I do Road Races and Cyclo Cross races. The 29's seem to be the way to go but I don't know much about mtb's and how they ride. So you mountain bikers now have a chance to confuse me even more. Should I be looking at full suspension 26" bikes, hard tail 29'ers or full suspension 29"s?

So many choices and I'm not even at the point of component and frame levels.
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Full suspension 26" or if you have the $$$ go for a full susp 29er.
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What good timing, my wife was just saying, if you give one away, your not buying another one are you. I must say, she has my thoughts going. I know I'll wait.
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Full suspension 26" or if you have the $$$ go for a full susp 29er.
In Ohio and W PA most of the trails are single track with a few rock gardens. Is that full suspension worthy?
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Specialized SWorks Epic 29er. If you want or need more travel, then look elsewhere. People like the Mach 429, though it is a bit heavy. The Santa Cruz Tallboy also has a good following. Salsa makes a good line of less expensive 29ers and Niner of course has a good selection.

I'm in the market too.
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You may find good advice in the MTB forum.
I think if you were to let them know about you then good advice would follow.
A few of them race or have I believe and know their stuff.
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You may find good advice in the MTB forum.
I think if you were to let them know about you then good advice would follow.
A few of them race or have I believe and know their stuff.
I was trying to avoid going there but may venture to the land of mtb culture. I race bikes but don't really fit in, or want to be like those, over in the "racing forum". I was hoping that guys in our realm would be able to provide some insight.
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If you are going to go Full Suspension- It will cost you for a good one. I know the prices are cheaper over there, even for the quality ones- but all I will say is that top end F/S are the way to go.

But you mention racing. Mountain bike racing over here and in Europe is all on Hardtails in the Elite group. Lighter- Reliable and Popular- Must be a reason for that.

But Like all bikes- The first one is only to tell you what the 2nd one will be.

But there are plent of good bikes made. Things to look for are Wheels- Drivetrain- Forks and brakes. Not much to worry about but XT drivertrain- Quality Hydraulic brakes- I would say Mavic 717 rims with a minimum of 32 spokes on an XT hub as being agood standard to work from- but those forks? Out of MTB's now but FOX seem to make the better quality nowadays.

Whyte Bikes are probably one of the best available in the UK. I do not know the current models but link to their site is--

http://www.whytebikes.com/2011/bike_...dNo=W-1-001-11

Look at the 19C for the Bike the Whyte team uses on Race days.

But a couple of names do stick out for me in the lightweight XC/ Racing bikes. Main one being Santa Cruz. But once agin- I think you would have to pay for the quality
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Maybe you should go and hang out at a couple of local MTB races and get a feel for what kind of bike works best for the types of terrain and course you are likely to encounter. Around here 26" full suspension bikes are most popular with the XC crowd. The good suspension systems nowdays are amazing. 29ers are popular with bigger, stronger riders, especially on faster courses with fewer accelerations from slow speeds. About the only place I see many hardtail bikes is in the single speed class where you might even find some rigid 29ers competing.
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I mentioned to my wife that we should sell the truck and she jumped on it and said "you could use the money to buy a mountain bike".
I'm just going to re-read this sentence several times to let it soak in.
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Maybe you should go and hang out at a couple of local MTB races and get a feel for what kind of bike works best for the types of terrain and course you are likely to encounter. Around here 26" full suspension bikes are most popular with the XC crowd. The good suspension systems nowdays are amazing. 29ers are popular with bigger, stronger riders, especially on faster courses with fewer accelerations from slow speeds.
Good Idea BD, I may do that at the next local race.
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I'm just going to re-read this sentence several times to let it soak in.
"while we were on a long weekend at Nags Head, I mentioned to my wife that we should sell the truck "

You missed the first part BengeBoy.
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I mentioned to my wife that we should sell the truck and she jumped on it and said "you could use the money to buy a mountain bike".

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I'm just going to re-read this sentence several times to let it soak in.
Better yet, post it on the fridge door where you wife can appreciate it.
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Mission accomplished. Some of the guys on my team held me down and beat me with their multi-tools until I agreed that a 29'er was what I needed. The result is a Specialized Stumpjumper 29'er Comp. Rode with some of the LBS guys tonight at 9:00PM for 1.5 hours on a local mtb trail. The bike rides like a tank, just point and spin and it gets there. Big tires rule! Here it is:

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Looks like it should work well Mr. Jet,

I still have my hard-tail GT Zaskar (26" wheels) but I'm not racing mountain bikes anymore, and it works well for me. Just replaced the worn-out Shimano drive train with SRAM and so far no complaints. Stayed off my road bike last weekend and rode the Zaskar Sat. and Sun!

Mountain biking is good, just like fixed gear riding and touring. Mix it up and keep it interesting!

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Nice choice. I ride 29 and will be putting my son on a new Jamis 29 this winter. I likee... ;-)
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It's nice to have such dilemmas sorted out, ain't it? Nice looking ride.

I love the color but would want to see it caked in a bit of mud to know if it really pops.
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Old 10-20-10, 05:02 PM   #21
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Love it. My Stumpy FSR Comp has pretty much the same components and they work like a charm. Get that beast dirty!
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Man, I sure like the color. Congratulations on the new ride.
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