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    Is there hope for my bike



    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)

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    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

    -Avinash

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    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.

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    Sure!
    I have one just like yours but I turned it into my commuter. Just swap the fork and you are ready to go.

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    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.

    bb

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    Ditto - I only quit 'cause I broke it.

    I had, however, upgraded from my old Manitou 4 a couple of years ago.

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    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?

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    define "not too expensive"

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    honestly I am not even sure where to start. What should I look to spend for a decent, great and then overkill fork?

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    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"

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    is it me or does the bike look small in the pic?

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    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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