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Old 06-29-04, 12:25 PM   #1
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What bike I bought!

Didn't have the nerve to ask the standard what bike should I buy, but figured I shoud at least show what bike I bought! Now I know you hardcore mountain bikers, will cringe at the rear rack, and pass out over the sight of a handlebar bag, but it's what I need to ride the way I ride, with my kids. The rear bag carries, tubes, tools and a lock, handlebar bag carries food, camera and phone along with our mascot found on a trail. Solo rides, the bag comes off the front, and the headlight goes on. I'm a night ride junkie. My only regret was not having bought a MTB to begin with. It is THE most comfortable bike I have ever had the pleasure of riding!
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Old 06-29-04, 12:40 PM   #2
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Sweet bike! So how do you like it so far?

<-- Also considering stumpjumper hardtail
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Old 06-29-04, 12:48 PM   #3
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That's a sweet bike. I do agree with MERTON though. Those beam racks work fine for just tooling around town but if you intend to take it on any kind of offroad trail, then I would suggest a rack that bolts to the dropouts. Since it's a hardtail, there really is little reason to resort to a beam rack. If you don't have eyelets down there and you probably don't since that's a race-frame, then you can always get bolt-on clamps. As for the front handlebar bag, again it's probably going to be an issue in heavy offroading although I have offroad toured with a handlebar bag on light trails before without problems. If you get a rear rack that can support panniers, you could probably move most of that stuff to the back.
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Old 06-29-04, 12:53 PM   #4
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Now for those who want to see where RED and I have been, this is Mohican Valley Trail in the heart of Ohio, people say it's flat and boring here, but not if you look around. The bridge is called the "Bridge of Dreams", who knows why but the scenery was great. Trail itself is a R to T mostly gravel with some mud, had some great side roads along the river and through the valley, as well as a gravel pit that was unattended and great practice for a new off road rider. A short ride through town takes us to a paved trail 14 miles out and back this one was only 5 miles out and back, with a few fund side-trips added in.
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Do not despair. I have a rack on order from Jandd, including P-clamps and a monostay adaptor. I did not like this beam-rack option BUT, the only other option was waiting for them to come in, and I sure as hell ain't sittin around waiting to ride my new ride, RED and I got 400 miles between us so far and it just keeps getting better! I know most the folks I see carry everything on their back but that's not practical for me.

As for the hanblebar bag, I found it's weakness coming down a hll through some loose stuff. Thought sure I was gonna endo and if I had been closer to the trail-head I would have rode back and got rid of it at the time. Also hit some ruts that the weight turned into major obstacles.

Daemon, as for the bike itself. We are in love, and the wife is starting to get suspicious! I looked at the model under it, and being a big boy, knew I didn't want a full suspension. Looked at the Treks, looked at some Kona's and Giants. This bike seemed to have the best collection of components for the price, in particular the FOX shock that ROCKS! I have a roadie, a tourer and a hybrid. NONE of them are as comfortable to ride as this baby. I can spin more comfortably at much higher RPMs, and pull hills I never thought I would make. The brakes have passed the high speed downhill test with ease and were the primary reason for buying the bike. I ride a lot in the winter, and at night when the condensation alone on the rims was enough to make braking a questionable experience at best. It even has a third bottle mount on the under side where I can park a battery.

Probably could have gone for a more main stream bike and had mounts for the rear rack, but the components and ride were worth it.
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<SNIP> and being a big boy, knew I didn't want a full suspension.</SNIP> .
Out of curiosity, how "big" are you?
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Down to 250 and falling!
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Sweet ride. Looks like a lot of fun
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Old 06-29-04, 03:10 PM   #9
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You're small enough for a full suspension. I weigh about the same (if not more) and I love my FSR. Perhaps for your next bike?
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I have a rack too, I see it as a necessity since I used to do city riding more and I carry my camera set with it.

Now I just carry simple things like compass and map and water when I go mt biking with it.
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You're small enough for a full suspension. I weigh about the same (if not more) and I love my FSR. Perhaps for your next bike?
Raiyn,

I actually looked at the Specialized that had a locking rear suspension, seemed pretty sweet, but I hadn't done any research on the technology so I'm curious as to whether it is durable or not, was amazed at the technology though. I figure another 50 pounds and I will be due a reward again! This bike is over-kill for the way I've rode the past year, but I worked hard for and deserved it, and I know I will get my money's worth and than some from it.
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I have a rack too, I see it as a necessity since I used to do city riding more and I carry my camera set with it.

Now I just carry simple things like compass and map and water when I go mt biking with it.
Riding in the winter requires many layers in this neck of the woods, never know what's gonna happen with the weather so I have to carry extra, or take off extra clothes as the ride progresses. Additionally, I have a client with an office about 7 miles away, and I like to ride my bike to pick-up and drop off work. Add to the above, riding with kids, and needing to take stuff along for them and picnics, bags are a must. All my bags have drop down panniers and a pocket on top where I can stash my digital for easy access. Can't see pulling a trailer. I've never had a bike without a rack on the back, even my road bike has one. I used to ride with a back-pack but it always wore on my back after 20 miles or so.
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love the elmo in the front pouch
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Cool bike! I have a '04 Comp hardtail... love it. Is the Fox fork worthy of worship or what?
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Raiyn,

I actually looked at the Specialized that had a locking rear suspension, seemed pretty sweet, but I hadn't done any research on the technology so I'm curious as to whether it is durable or not, was amazed at the technology though. I figure another 50 pounds and I will be due a reward again! This bike is over-kill for the way I've rode the past year, but I worked hard for and deserved it, and I know I will get my money's worth and than some from it.
I can't comment to the lockout, but my Rockhopper Comp FSR is tough as anything as are 99.9% of the Specialized bikes I've had or seen, plus with the lifetime frame warranty and a great shop behind it- what's to worry about?

I should mention the fact that just about every part on the thing has been upgraded (mostly because I simply wanted to) and most of the stock stuff has been moved to my commuter bike. Not that the stock stuff was bad in any way (well the stock Manipoo fork did suck and never went home with me), but now I have two pretty pimped out rides.
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Elmo is a great conversation starter. Kids wave and say hi, and I here women saying look it's elmo. We usually have people come and visit and talk when we stop. Elmo's done about 1200 miles with us since we found him on a trail. Originally he rode there with the hopes of the child who lost him finding him, but that didn't happen. I figure if people can carry their dogs around with them, we can carry Elmo.

BTW he loves downhilling! His arms fly up in the air and you can almost hear his squeal of delight hmmm or is that my squeal!
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Cool bike! I have a '04 Comp hardtail... love it. Is the Fox fork worthy of worship or what?
Hybrid has a metro on it, pain in the butt just to adjust. Fox I can reach down and adjust with ease but I especially LOVE the lock-out. Reach down, flip a lever, climb a hill reach down flip it back. Wasn't sure how effective air would be, but have no doubts any longer. I like being able to pump it up or let some air out to fine tune the ride d'jour.

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