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Old 04-23-14, 08:21 PM   #2776
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Giant Talon 5 27.5

I picked up a new Giant Talon 5 last week. I wanted to try the 27.5 wheel size. So far I think I like it.




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Old 05-08-14, 10:08 PM   #2777
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Biking sucess- 3 in a year.

Hi everyone!

I returned to biking after 20 years away recently as part of a diet and life change. At 48 years old, I had burnt the candle at both ends long enough. I am happy to say I lost 75 pounds in 11 months. One year and one month ahead of schedule (wanted to be fit by 50) Biking played a huge part in my success.

I started with a basic Schwinn Sierra 21 comfort bike and quickly learned it was just not up to the trails I found. After a few broken axles, and countless shifting issues I gave it to my kid and went back to get a better bike. Still, I lost almost 30 pounds with it, so I cant complain.



My LBS had a deal on a 2013 Fuji Nevada 29 1.9 D. I was getting into some local single track by this time and thought this might hold up better. Once again I found it was just not ready for the real world. It had a Free Wheel design and I was bending axles every week. I bent the big gear ring in the rear and the LBS mechanic would sigh every time I came in. No Good!!



Finally found these forums and got some direction. Learned about free hubs and better components...etc.



This is my third bike in just 6 days short of a year!

Just traded up to a new 2014 GT Karakoram Elite!

Pic before it even got in the house!


Just got back from my first ride, and I am a happy camper so far! Cant wait to do my trail and complete it without a single break down / chain off / Wheel rub problem!!!

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Old 05-09-14, 07:33 AM   #2778
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congrats! keep it up.
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Old 05-11-14, 09:44 AM   #2779
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Dinky old bike with fresh rubber...

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Old 05-11-14, 10:55 AM   #2780
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I picked up a new Giant Talon 5 last week. I wanted to try the 27.5 wheel size. So far I think I like it.



I got to Demo a few different Giant 27.5 bikes last weekend and I do like the tire size a lot, that'll be a fun bike!
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Old 05-18-14, 04:51 AM   #2781
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Trek X Caliber 8

I just replaced my Raleigh Talus 29 Sport with this Trek X Caliber 8 that arrived yesterday at my LBS. Just ordered it one week ago, I don't know why more shops don't stock the blue version, I quite like it. By dumb luck my bottle cages on the old bike were Bontragers in the same color so I kept them for this bike.




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Old 05-18-14, 05:41 AM   #2782
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This is my Giant Talon 27.5 1. Bought it in March. Trails (northern Ohio) are still to wet to get it off road!
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Old 05-19-14, 10:41 AM   #2783
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Bought this last fall and used it on a few occasions during the winter. Planning to use it more now to explore the river valley parks

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Old 05-19-14, 11:11 AM   #2784
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Bought this last fall and used it on a few occasions during the winter. Planning to use it more now to explore the river valley parks

You missed a good ride yesterday... took the Blizzard for a spin in the valley.

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Old 05-19-14, 06:59 PM   #2785
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Old 05-21-14, 04:20 PM   #2786
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I finished rebuilding and upgrading my Motobecane recently. I put on Deore XT front and rear derailleurs,Rhyno Lite wheels with XTR hubs, On One Midge bar with 9 speed dura ace bar cons and shimano R400 brake levers. I repainted the whole bike and replaced the front suspension fork with a rigid fork. She's a blast to ride! I need to change out the cables tho. I tried to get away with reusing the originals and they're too short.

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Old 05-23-14, 05:58 PM   #2787
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My rig - and first MTB: A pre-walmart 1998 Mongoose NX 7.5 Pro. Better than NOS, she's been upgraded to a 9spd drivetrain 12-36t cassette, new chain, shifters, cables, WTB Moto 2.3" tires, Shimano SPD's... I <3 her.
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Old 05-24-14, 10:06 AM   #2788
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looks good, you need to shorten that chain though
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Old 05-24-14, 03:24 PM   #2789
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Thanks! Didn't realized I was cross chained sm/sm.
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Old 05-25-14, 07:34 PM   #2790
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Lots of daydreaming material in here. Hope to add one to it in the near future.
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Old 05-27-14, 06:12 PM   #2791
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Ride along the river this evening.

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Old 06-01-14, 09:56 AM   #2792
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2012 Orbea Alma H70 29er

Just bought a 2012 Orbea Alma H70 29er. It was (shockingly) still brand new in the bike shop and had an excellent price tag on it.

This has all the components I was looking for except I would have preferred the thinner wheels of a Hybrid Bike. Otherwise the frame/components are very similar to those of the Giant Roam series and/or the Trek DS series.



The only thing I'm considering changing about it is the wheels, might put some hybrid wheels on it eventually because I was originally looking for a hybrid bicycle.

Happy cycling!
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Old 06-02-14, 07:16 AM   #2793
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You shouldn't need to buy new wheels to get a thinner tire...just buy a thinner tire. You could get a hybrid style tire in 1.5" - 1.75" and they would still fit the wheels...its a lot cheaper option than buying wheels and tires.
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Old 06-16-14, 06:37 PM   #2794
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This is my Craigslist find that I fell in love with. Put about 80 miles on it in the last couple weeks. It's a 1989 Reflex ALX Carbon...........









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Old 06-16-14, 08:57 PM   #2795
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1989 bicycle?
Perfect hairstyle match.
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Old 06-17-14, 02:57 AM   #2796
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2012 Cannondale Flash Alloy 2

Not sure whether I posted mine before. I probably did, but...

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Old 06-22-14, 06:38 PM   #2797
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Had this frame kicking around... built it up this morning and then went for a romp in the valley.



Might be a keeper.
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Old 06-28-14, 09:17 PM   #2798
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I'll use it to commute the long way around. Looks good without the fenders and rack. Looking forward to the commutes on this one.



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My genuine authentic cheap china frame I gets me around ok.

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I just replaced my Raleigh Talus 29 Sport with this Trek X Caliber 8 that arrived yesterday at my LBS. Just ordered it one week ago, I don't know why more shops don't stock the blue version, I quite like it. By dumb luck my bottle cages on the old bike were Bontragers in the same color so I kept them for this bike.



Love how deep that blue is. Did the bottle cage come with the bike cause it matches absolutely flawless with it.
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