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    Roadie looking for some MTB advice

    Hey guys. So i bought this bike for my wife a couple months ago and she never rides the thing (id be suprized if there was 10 miles on it). So my question, seing as i know nothing about MTB (im a road guy), is is this bike worth keeping or should i just sell it and try to recoup my losses. If it is worth keeping ill start riding it because i always wanted a mtb. Maybe do some upgrades?

    What do you think?

    http://www.specialized.com/us/en/bc/...cname=Mountain
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    Use it for yourself if it fits you.
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    Doesn't seem like a bad bike. I would keep it if it fits. Definitely not a great bike, but more than enough for somebody starting.
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    Its not worth anything really. Ill cover shipping if you send it to me to take off your hands.

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    Used bikes sell for crap. Def. keep it if it fits.

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    Well seems pretty unanimous. Looks like I've got a Mtb. One more question. I have a spare set of clipless laying around, should I thow them in the bike or wait untill I'm more comfortable riding it first?

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    Things can happen pretty quickly on the trails. Lots of time you won't want to be clipped in. But a long ride on roads to get to the TH and you'll want to be clipped. So on both my MTBs I have these:


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    Congrats on expanding your riding world. I hope you enjoy the trails. Post your observations on the differences if you would?
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    If you are a roadie and used to clipless pedals and understand how they work, no sense not adding them to the MTBike. Just know that generally on a MTBike you want some sort of platform. I use TIME pedals - a platform model on the MTBike and and a smaller style on
    the road bike(s) but same cleat system. I can't imagine your first few MTB rides will be gnarly and dangerous so using and getting use to using clipless pedals should not be a problem.

    Many riders start out on a Hardrock. It's a good "everything" bike. Just know that it's a minimal travel bike so don't expect to be doing any freeriding with the bike. It would be a good idea just to educate and understand what it means to ride with a suspension folk (versus a full suspension or rigid bike) and read up on some skills like how to climb, descend and go over obstacles. Mountain bikling is not like road riding. I do both and find them way different. MTBing is all about slow, control, steady pedal strokes, positioning to and back on the saddle, light touch on the handlebar. On a road bike you basically get into a position and stay there. With a mountain bike you will be using every inch of the saddle and then some.

    I am a roadie that got into mountain biking. I now think I am a mountain biker that still like to do road. You may get hooked and then that little ole Hardrock will hardly do ya and you'll want a Full Stump FSR.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pamestique View Post
    Excellent picture

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pamestique View Post
    If you are a roadie and used to clipless pedals and understand how they work, no sense not adding them to the MTBike. Just know that generally on a MTBike you want some sort of platform. I use TIME pedals - a platform model on the MTBike and and a smaller style on
    the road bike(s) but same cleat system. I can't imagine your first few MTB rides will be gnarly and dangerous so using and getting use to using clipless pedals should not be a problem.

    Many riders start out on a Hardrock. It's a good "everything" bike. Just know that it's a minimal travel bike so don't expect to be doing any freeriding with the bike. It would be a good idea just to educate and understand what it means to ride with a suspension folk (versus a full suspension or rigid bike) and read up on some skills like how to climb, descend and go over obstacles. Mountain bikling is not like road riding. I do both and find them way different. MTBing is all about slow, control, steady pedal strokes, positioning to and back on the saddle, light touch on the handlebar. On a road bike you basically get into a position and stay there. With a mountain bike you will be using every inch of the saddle and then some.

    I am a roadie that got into mountain biking. I now think I am a mountain biker that still like to do road. You may get hooked and then that little ole Hardrock will hardly do ya and you'll want a Full Stump FSR.

    Have fun; good luck!
    Thanks for all the advice. I just swiced over to Look pedals on my road bike (from the shimano xt mtn), so im pretty comfortable with them. But i totally get what your saying. Just take it slow and ride.

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