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Old 05-22-03, 09:19 AM   #1
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Got new bike yesterday - rode clipless for the first time!

I got a Diamondback Apex yesterday. I finally converted over to clipless, and it was worth it. So much easier and almost effortless to pedal. I did fall two times, but they were stupid and I know what I did wrong. But I got up laughing. Hubby was very proud that I did well my first ride with clipless pedals.

I like the new shock (Marzocchi EXR Comp w/100mm Travel), way better than my other one. I was able to go downhill MUCH faster and not shake my brains up. 3/4" riser bar definitely helped with comfort.

The Shimano mechanical disc brakes do seem a bit heavy. I have the lower end M475. The dealer said I can switch them out to Avid 5 veebrakes for no cost if I don't like the disc brakes by next week. I'm trying to find the weight of the M475s, but not alot of luck finding it online (I'm at work, and my manuals are at home, will look there later). Just want to see if switching out will make that big of a difference.

So a few changes here and there, and I will love this bike in no time. My old bike of 5 years was a 1998 Kaitai by Gary Fisher with a Indy shock.

Just thought I'd share my news.
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Old 05-22-03, 09:23 AM   #2
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Congrats on the new bike. Honestly, I wouldn't worry about the discs. They're fine for the riding you've described.

Plus, I doubt you'll find a listed weight ANYWHERE from Shimano.

BTW, you must post a picture of your new bike within a couple of days. It's part of our "unwritten" protocols here. We love to drool over new toys. If your pictures are muddy, you get bonus points. If you're in the picture and bloody, it's Major Bonus Points! (as long as you're smiling!)

Congrats again!

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Old 05-22-03, 09:35 AM   #3
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hehe pics piiiiiics!!!
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Old 05-22-03, 10:13 AM   #4
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How do you post a picture? Does it have to have an internet address or can it just be a bmp on my harddrive? Anyone?
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I think there are certain rules about size etc, but ill give you the basic way of uploading pics.

Take the pic you want to upload (preferably jpeg or gif) and save it onto your desktop.

Down the bottom of the screen there will be a bar saying "Attach file" click the browse button and go to the desktop area, select the pic and click open.

Don't preview the reply because ive heard that it wipes attachments.

Good luck, and have fun with your new toy!
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Old 05-22-03, 10:44 AM   #6
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OK, here's a pic off their website. Hope this works
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Sweet, Marzocci fork and disc brakes..Nice!
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And everyone sang in unison: "Oooooo, Aaaaaaah."

Grats on the new ride!
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Uh Oh, no bonus points. No mud, no blood!

Also, penalty points are given for other than "ACTUAL" picutures of the bike. j/k

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Old 05-22-03, 11:57 AM   #10
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Yeah, yeah, I'll get some mud pics soon (with some beautiful northern Utah mountain scenery!) You'll drool, it's gorgeous up here
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Extra extra points if you're pouring hydrogen peroxide on the wounds in the picture
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No, no, rubbing alcohol and writhing in agony, with the "other" form of alcohol in your hand.
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A local gal. Way to go on the new ride. Hope to see you out and about. maybe the discs are a bit heavy, but im sure you will learn to appreciate the power they offer. Hope to see you in Park City or on Mueller some time. Its always nice to see a smile when someone gets a new toy. Clipless pedals are good for a laugh. My daughter loves to see her dad crash cuz he didnt get out in time. It makes her day. Congrats again.
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