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    Started Mountain Bike Help Please

    Hello all,

    I am making the transition from mini mx (50s) to mountain bikes. I will be going off to college this fall (UC Merced) and I want to get a mountain bike and start riding the whole summer. I have read a couple magazines and man it just looks like an awesome sport.

    Could you please help me get my first mountain bike?

    -what are the top 5 forks/shocks?
    -what are the top 5 brands?
    -is it better to build one from ground up or start with a stock bike and upgrade it in future.
    -where can I find places to ride

    I am located near Sacramento, California.

    Also, what additional Items should I get?

    Thanks.

    With graduation coming up and my job, I have around $1000 to spend right now and maybe $1500 after graduation, but would like to hear some budget bikes, basically the best bang for your buck. I will be upgrading my bike throughout the summer too. Thank you for all your help.

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    there are so many different aspects of mountain biking, I ride cross country bikes so my 5 favorites would probably be way different than a freeriders favorites or a downhill racers favorites. What type of Mountain biking do you plan to pursue?

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    The top brands for forks are Fox, Marzocchi, RockShox and Manitou (I feel like I'm forgetting one), although some may question the quality of Mani forks they are still good in performance and stay competitive in the market, but really it all depends on the specific fork model, same for your brand question.

    You should get a stock bike for now and upgrade it in the future. At 1000$ you have a lot of choices, go to your LBS and ride bikes like the Gary Fisher HKEK, Specialized Rockhopper Pro, Kona Kula and everything you can get your hands on, once you have found 2 or 3 you REALLY like then you can come back and ask for a recommendation. Do make sure that if you don't like a particular component (maybe the stem is too short or wyou don't like the stock pedals) you can always haggle with the shop owner to have it swapped out, since they are new parts they will probably not give you any fuss about it.

    As for additional items... well a camelbak is very nice but you can do without one, spare tubes, pump and multitool are life savers on long rides and I would totally recommend them. Apart from a helmet which is a must I would recommend gloves and shinguards, you have no idea how much pedal smashes against the shin hurt and shinguards are really good, you can wear some soccer style ones if you wish, they are light, comfortable, absorb sweat and are sleek and discrete since you (and others) won't notice them if you cover them with your pants.
    Last edited by Chone; 05-29-06 at 02:55 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cmktech
    I am making the transition from mini mx (50s) to mountain bikes. I will be going off to college this fall (UC Merced)
    please explain?

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    I like that specialized in that guys signature, umm I already have gloves and shin guards (mx gloves) (lizard skins shin guards). I will definately get a camel back, as for bikes I definately need front suspension but is rear needed?

    I want to do extreme trails like trails with uphills and downhills and jumps. nothing huge or anything but I don't want to be limited by the bike's performance.

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    help?

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    You don't need a dual suspension and personally I think you will enjoy a 1000$ hardtail more than you would a 1000$ dually, hardtails hold up really well and don't really limit you when trying stuff, for example, I can drop off 6 footers just fine on my bike, no funny landings, no sore wrists, all very smooth and the bike in tip top condition, I'm sure I could bring the bar higher, so don't worry about that just yet.

    Also, hardtails are more versatile and make you a better more active rider, so yeah I don't think you will be limited by the bike's performance just yet (and probably won't be for a long time, and thats even if you take the sport seriously and go bigger).

    In Short: GO HARDTAIL

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    what size bike do I need. I am 5' 10" 140 lbs.

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    how do you go from 50cc mx motorcycles for 7 yr olds to college???

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    I guess you are not familiar with the 50 craze. Adults on 50s, they soup them up and put about $5-10k in them and make them big boy machines with motors ranging from 10-15 horsepower that rip. Anyways back to mtb's.

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    Cannondales look sick, what about them. I want a sick bike, not something every one will have.

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    Cannondales are very good bikes. If you want to be 'different' go with the Cannondale. They do not make one losey bike. The Rush and Prophet are amazing...but i think you might be limited because they are quite expensive. Also all Cannondales are hand made and assembled in the USA.

    The forks are differn't...but let me tell you. The standard 'fatty' fork that comes on a $1000 C-dale is lighter then the RockShox Sid World Cup that retails for more then the bike does .

    Consider Giant, Scott and Trek aswell. XtC is the Giants main hardtail, those bikes are orientated to XC/race but will handle a bit more.

    Trek 6700 is another.

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    Thank you for a good reply, I will check into those bikes. I am also going to local bike shops tomorrow so see some in person.

    I am thinking I should spend around $600 for the first bike and see how hardcore I want to get into it. What do you think?

    MMM Cannondales just look so innovative and zokes (marzocchis) are sexy forks. (they rule the mini mx world)

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    Gary Fisher Pirahna?

    -$660 price tag
    -disc brakes
    -100mm travel = ? inches?

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    The fork, Manitou Axel Elite isn't such a bad fork for that bike. A good amount of adjustability and 100mm travel which is standard (you wouldn't want anymore). Disc brakes are good entry level brakes, but i'll say that if you are planning on upgrading, just buy a higher end bike. Take a look at the Giant Alias and Kona Cindercone as yet again...more options

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    Piranha is what im getting. I like it alot... hell it should be here today or tomarrow cant wait to pick it up.

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    what's this cross country stuff tho, they show sissy's in skin tight stuff. I am looking for some trails with berms to rails and some nice sized jumps to hit. dirtbike gear, shin guards, full face helmet action.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cmktech
    what's this cross country stuff tho, they show sissy's in skin tight stuff. I am looking for some trails with berms to rails and some nice sized jumps to hit. dirtbike gear, shin guards, full face helmet action.
    There not "sissy's" there bloody fit and skilled riders.


    If you want to be hitting jumps, wearing full face helmet's and shin guards, you may want to re-collate your bike ideas and put a lot more money into your bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 古強者死神
    Piranha is what im getting. I like it alot... hell it should be here today or tomarrow cant wait to pick it up.
    Awesome .

    Post pics!

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    Yeah sure will, nothing fancy and only comes in one color but might as well be proud of my first bike.

    I was a XC runner cmktech, you know running reallly far? Thats the basis of what XC cycling is, its a long endurance test man vs enviroment. It has nothing to do with the tights, people wear those as to not get sore and sweat to death. Alot of XC stuff involves jumps, obsticals ect ect. Its just not quite to the point of taking multiple drop offs or racing crazy fast downhill. Those bikes in most cases are full suspension and cost much more, and also break much more. As the Gary Fisher website itself says "you gotta pay to play" XC is a good way to devolop the skills you need to be a good "free rider" or downhill racer as a hardtail allows you to learn how to control the bike and have good technique instead of relying on the suspension to save you.

    In reality a hardtail can do anything IMO you just need to learn the skills to do it. Atleast you have front suspension

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    if you can get another $100, get the specialized stumpjumper disc

    stumpjumpers are probably the best for your price range. if you cant tget the extra money, get the basic stumpjumper and buy discs later.
    Dont eat me!!!

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