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    Are you ever satisfied?

    I guess for me it's a money issue, but I'm ALWAYS scheming about what to do to my freakin' ride, man! I'm never satisfied. I love how my bike rides, but I'm always wanting the BiggerBetterDeal.

    Example 1: I've never really noticed all that much flex out of my std. QR Vanilla. Actually (other than my wheelset) I think the Vanilla was the best bike product I've ever purchased. For some reason I'm dadgum dead-set on getting a 20mm TA fork for lateral stiffness. It will add weight, cost more, and gain quite little in our rolling Kansas terrain.

    Example 2: Not more than 2-3 days ago...I'd dropped my Vanilla down to 4". I really liked it. Today??? Yup...back to 130mm. Freakin' flip-flopper is all I am. I swear if I had any money at all, I would be buying crap every other week to tweak out.

    I tend to focus on an area. Last year it was rear shocks. I finally got what I wanted and freakin' sold the 9lb frame so I could get a 4lb AM hardtail frame...go figure

    Are you ever satisfied???

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    I find myself being that way with my car, bike and guns. It can get expensive. I have to keep myself in check.
    "harder" is not a very good safeword.

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    I'm quite content now.
    Strike like an eagle and sacrifice the dove.
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    always trying to make things run better, but what can i say? i'm grateful and happy with what i have.
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    $500 motobecane 700ht right now. 1st mountain bike. using it to see what i need out of a bike. looks like i'll be making a major upgrade next year.

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    For me...there's always some upgraded part that I want, and can't afford. I don't see this changing any time soon, unless I somehow obtain a large sum of cash. But even then...I'd end up wanting some other frame...and the cycle goes on.

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    I've met very few people who are content with what they have. I believe these people to be lying. Human nature. Want what you don't/can't have. It's so common I believe they created a comandment for it.

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    I'm happy, but I always want more.

    How's that?

    Oh, and new bike coming soon.

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    I'm good with what I ride now but i would like a 29r for aome rolling local trails.
    Like a circus monkey on a stolen Harley......

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    I only think about upgrading when I'm not riding. While I'm riding I love the bike. So my solution is to go for a ride every time I get the itch.

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    Working on my bike is almost as good as riding them. Whether it's upgrading parts, cleaning the drivetrain, or tuning up shifters, etc.

    I am never satisfied... because this is what I love.

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    Im in the same boat for 20mm, which is why Im saving up for a pike. New wheelset would be nice too considering how heavy mine are in comparison to xc ones.

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    I'm very satisfied with my bike. My capabilities suck, but not the bike. That doesn't mean I'll pass up an upgrade for cheap, but I'm not actively looking to upgrade.
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    In the music sector, there's a condition for this: GAS, or Gear Acquisition Syndrome. You may have great stuff, but it's never good enough.

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    I am always putzing with my gear, doing subtle little upgrades, tuning stuff to the n'th, etc. I also ride a ton, so it gives me a good excuse to upgrade alot.... the "upgrade by hand-me-down" syndrome.

    As soon as race season starts I just want gear that works, and won't break/malfunction. A couple months prior to race season I focus on improving the engine..... because its the legs that actually make you win!!!!!

    I would rather have functional, mediocre gear and time to ride LOTS than really good gear and no time to ride.... its all about tradeoffs.

    I definitely love everything about cycling, from the bike, the ride, the people, the competition, to the challenge!
    I have a personal MPG of 100. That is per gallon of cytomax.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chelboed View Post
    I guess for me it's a money issue, but I'm ALWAYS scheming about what to do to my freakin' ride, man! I'm never satisfied. I love how my bike rides, but I'm always wanting the BiggerBetterDeal.

    Example 1: I've never really noticed all that much flex out of my std. QR Vanilla. Actually (other than my wheelset) I think the Vanilla was the best bike product I've ever purchased. For some reason I'm dadgum dead-set on getting a 20mm TA fork for lateral stiffness. It will add weight, cost more, and gain quite little in our rolling Kansas terrain.

    Example 2: Not more than 2-3 days ago...I'd dropped my Vanilla down to 4". I really liked it. Today??? Yup...back to 130mm. Freakin' flip-flopper is all I am. I swear if I had any money at all, I would be buying crap every other week to tweak out.

    I tend to focus on an area. Last year it was rear shocks. I finally got what I wanted and freakin' sold the 9lb frame so I could get a 4lb AM hardtail frame...go figure

    Are you ever satisfied???
    I like your internal conflict. There's a Road Nazi soul screaming to get out of that MTB body. On the other hand, MTB Schwag is probably more involved and expensive, plus you destroy it all the time, which creates more SPO (Schwag Procurement Opportunities). So you are probably in the right place.

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    I've tried the road. It's too dangerous, hahaha.

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    I haven't been killed yet chelboed. But it's not like they're not trying. I'm a moving target.

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    I am happy with my XC rig, but I like the idea of a big bike so that I can bring it to a lift-assisted park. So on the one hand I am satisfied, but on the other hand I want more.

    My big bike would be something like a Turner RFX (although I do like what gastro is building up) with i9 wheels, Formula brakes, SRAM goodies and XTR cranks.
    First Class Jerk

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    Quote Originally Posted by santiago View Post
    XTR cranks.
    On a big bike? Bare min. I'd go Hone or Atlas. Most likely Saint though. (but I'm a "big guy")


    I hear ya though. I'd love to build a downtown hucker. (not much FR in KS, hehe) I'd either do a new style Komodo or maybe a Bullit.


    So many projects I'd love to do.

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    I'd love a big, 10" travel bike, but I live in Kansas. It really isn't that flat, but most of the runs last less than a minute.

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    Quote Originally Posted by santiago View Post
    My big bike would be something like a Turner RFX (although I do like what gastro is building up) with i9 wheels, Formula brakes, SRAM goodies and XTR cranks.
    You know, I think you'd be happier in the long run if you didn't skimp on parts and just went all-out.

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    Been rolling my XLT for a year and a half now, and just because...well, just because, I want to change forks. Got a Nixon, want an AM 2. Just yesterday, had to swap out the RF X-type crank for an ISIS I got for another bike that now won't get built (other issues). X- BB took a gravelly dump on me. Think I'll prob'ly wear out the ISIS....

    I love the XLT, don't get me wrong; but I'm just feeling that urge to 'simplify'; I'm thinking a good HT w/ suss post (bad back), 100-120mm fork, urban tires, and the Avid/RaceFace/X.9 I currently run. But there are so few pickings in the HT arena that are: a.)my size, and b.)affordable!

    Maybe come tax time '09....

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    Quote Originally Posted by theextremist04 View Post
    I live in Kansas.
    Hey...me too. Where at?



    Quote Originally Posted by ATAC49er View Post
    Been rolling my XLT for a year and a half now, and just because...well, just because, I want to change forks. Got a Nixon, want an AM 2. Just yesterday, had to swap out the RF X-type crank for an ISIS I got for another bike that now won't get built (other issues). X- BB took a gravelly dump on me. Think I'll prob'ly wear out the ISIS....

    I love the XLT, don't get me wrong; but I'm just feeling that urge to 'simplify'; I'm thinking a good HT w/ suss post (bad back), 100-120mm fork, urban tires, and the Avid/RaceFace/X.9 I currently run. But there are so few pickings in the HT arena that are: a.)my size, and b.)affordable!

    Maybe come tax time '09....
    I used to roll a 32lb XLT and loved it...but I DO live in KS and was getting killed on the little climbs. Around here it's like...ride 20 feet...climb 30 feet...descend 30 feet...ride 20 feet...blah, blah...

    There's no "climb for a couple miles and enjoy a couple miles of DH for a reward" kinda stuff. It's really nice for a hardtail or a Sp. Epic style ride.

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    Yeah, I've got a hardtail. I'm in KC. You?

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