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Old 05-14-11, 07:34 PM   #1476
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IF Deluxe. XT, Race Face, Chris King, Thomson...

That is hands down...a gorgeous bike. Exactly what a mountain bike should look like.
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Any good online vendors for 26X2.0 street tires? Having some trouble locating a set.
Check out Nashbar's Streetwise tires... my friend has them on his folding MTB which he uses for commuting duty, and he says they have great punture resistence, and all the thing I've read have been good, and there only like 10-12 dollars. Although, I think they only go up to 26*1.75. Schwalbe Big Apples are supposed to be nice, but they are very expensive. I'd try the Nashbars out, though.
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Old 05-15-11, 11:40 AM   #1478
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My late 90's Rockhopper Comp, after a particularly muddy/wet ride that involved chucking it over a fence...
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Old 05-15-11, 02:52 PM   #1479
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Check out Nashbar's Streetwise tires... my friend has them on his folding MTB which he uses for commuting duty, and he says they have great punture resistence, and all the thing I've read have been good, and there only like 10-12 dollars. Although, I think they only go up to 26*1.75. Schwalbe Big Apples are supposed to be nice, but they are very expensive. I'd try the Nashbars out, though.
Thanks for the lead, but I picked up a pair of Kenda street tires yesterday at my LBS for $16 a pop. Just got back from riding a few miles to try them out and they are pretty nice. :-)
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Old 05-15-11, 03:19 PM   #1480
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@scott clement: Definitely one of the best looking bikes I have ever seen, well done!

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Its a no name frame with an interesting 'yoke' arrangement on the stays, anyone got any ideas?
Are you referring to the first pic? My 1999 Merida looks the same "down there", but the tubing is different. Heres the only pic I have of it:


Im from Sweden and I have no idea if you guys even have the Merida brand in the US.
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Old 05-15-11, 05:29 PM   #1481
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. . . ride that involved chucking it over a fence...
And it still followed you home?






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Old 05-16-11, 08:29 PM   #1482
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My newest toy i got for free from work!
A 1998 Mongoose DX 5.3 in mint condition, looks like it was never ridden.
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Old 05-16-11, 10:23 PM   #1483
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hey guys,first post! acquired a '91 Haro Extreme frame that im excited about building up to a vintage frame, modern comp, fun HT. crappy cell pic. doesn't look like much i know.
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Old 05-17-11, 09:58 PM   #1485
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You have your work cut out for you on that one. Best of luck, does that have campy deraillieur by chance or is it just a sticker?
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about the haro :just the sticker. got it like that. yea i know its a ton of work, and the frame is a little big. something about it though..cant explain. real excited though.
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^ that looks so weird. bet it rides great though.
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^^ EnTRANCE-ing! Congrats.
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Reallllly looking forward to moving out of my tiny apartment. It's been awhile since I had space and my bike maintenance has gone down the tubes. Been riding a ton and that's a good thing...
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Thoughts so far? It's on my short list, but all of the shops require a special order for it, so I'm hesitant to deal with all of that nonsense. What did you ride before?
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Thoughts so far? It's on my short list, but all of the shops require a special order for it, so I'm hesitant to deal with all of that nonsense. What did you ride before?
I am very happy so far. I have been out on it 5 times now and I am very happy.

I used to ride a Jamis Dakar and the difference is like night and day. Now-the Jamis was a 2005 model and I'm sure the advances in geometry from then until now make a big difference in ride quality. For instance the Giant is much more slack and feels much more stable on descents.

I work at a shop and have ridden a lot of high end bikes and I can honestly say that the Trance rides as well as any of the uber-expensive boutique frames out there. For the money I just don't know if you can beat it.
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I am very happy so far. I have been out on it 5 times now and I am very happy.

I used to ride a Jamis Dakar and the difference is like night and day. Now-the Jamis was a 2005 model and I'm sure the advances in geometry from then until now make a big difference in ride quality. For instance the Giant is much more slack and feels much more stable on descents.

I work at a shop and have ridden a lot of high end bikes and I can honestly say that the Trance rides as well as any of the uber-expensive boutique frames out there. For the money I just don't know if you can beat it.
Is that the Trance X3? Sorta guessing by the paint scheme. I checked out a Trek Fuel EX8, and will probably look towards a Specialized Camber, but like the component setup on the Trek and Giant a little better. So far the Trek is in the lead, though I haven't gotten around to riding any yet. You're not making my decision any easier.
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Some realllly nice bikes here. Wish I could take a picture of my new one. I hope someone else is enjoying my camera as much as I did =\.
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Old 05-19-11, 07:58 PM   #1498
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I had a budget of about $400 plus a pile of nice parts. I wanted a bike for short track XC racing. Here's what I came up with.















1999 Kona Muni Mula
Avid Speed Dial SL levers
Deore M590 shifters
Deore XT front derailleur
Deore XT rear derailleur
Deore XT crankset
Avid Single Digit 5 brakes
Ritchey Comp bar
Lizard Skins grips
Specialized Phenom saddle
Continental Speed King 2.3 tires
Mavic X221 rims
Deore LX M570 rear hub
Kona front hub
Interloc seat post
25.6 pounds

The stock parts that I got with the bike weren't bad (older XT/LX mix), but I was able to shave a couple of pounds off the bike just installing the parts I already had from a bike that I had over-upgraded a couple of years ago.
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nice build for $400!!!

What's up with those tires though? A couple of Small Block 8's or Cross Marks won't brake the bank...
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