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    I bought my first MTB today!

    I know its no big deal and its not top of the line but I'm damn happy with it so far and I thought I would spread the happy!

    I bought myself a Giant Rainier after many long days and nights of reading up on them. I also tried several other brands and such but giant kept calling me.
    I got the bike, helmet, tool bag, tool-set, ODO computer deal, tube, but I forgot a pump lol...oops!
    Well everyone have a wonderful day....me=going riding!
    Take care!
    BTW, its been like 10 years since I even set on a bike and boy have they changed....disc brakes, shocks...trippy stuff.
    Coffee
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    I just got back from a quick 10mi paved ride. Smooth as can be! I took a few little, mellow off-road trails to get the feel of my bike and man the front end is lite. I hit a little lip going up this short mound nd boom...my front was coming over on me hehe. I guess I need to learn to lean forward a bit.
    Take care all!
    BTW, anyone else here with a giant rainier? if so, how do you like it?
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    Congrats on the new bike!

    Did you try it out this weekend?

    Remember, try to keep you body relaxed, esp. your arms flexed (no straight arming stuff!). Also, try to avoid that "Death Grip" on the handlebars, that'll tire you out fast!

    Keep your body positioned over the middle of the bike most of the time and "uphill" when the elevation changes! i.e. if climbing, lean forward, if decending get your butt back!

    Also remember that the majority of you braking comes from the FRONT! So, to start, use 50-50, then try to gradually use more front brake as you get comfortable on the bike.

    SKIDDING IS BAD! Leave No Trace! Pack it in, pack it out! Don't widen a trail!( if there an obstacle you can't ride, walk, DON'T cut a new path around it!) Yield to hikers and horses! and Yield to uphill riders!

    & most importantly HAVE FUN!

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    Congratulations Coffee! Sounds like you're having fun already. I don't have a Rainier but do have a Giant XTC NRS2. I looked for a long time too before deciding on the Giant. You won't be sorry. Have fun! And do get a pump; I needed mine yesterday. Darned locust trees.
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    I didn't get to ride to much over the weekend due to some rain and a disc brake problem. Let me ask you both...when you stick your ear really super close to the roter can you hear a scrape..scrape.....................................scrape (repeats) at all?
    I have to take my bike in soon for a check up anyhow but I though I would ask you all. It barely scrapes the pads here and there but it still bothers me to think there warped or something.

    Thanks for all the advice, hope you all have a great week!
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    A new bike!!! What an exhilerating experience!! If I were to crash on my new bike I would land on me to save the bike. I have done it before!

    Congrats and Enjoy!!! Don't forget to stretch your hamstrings and quads after you ride a little. It keeps your legs from getting too tight.

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    Slight scraping of the rotor is pretty typical. Mine are always slightly hitting here and there! Most brakes are adjustable, so you can minimize and still get the "feel" you want at the lever.

    BTW, what kind of brakes are they?

    L8R
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    You bum...

    I ordered a Giant Ranier a few weeks ago and was told unluckily that it was out of stock for the rest of the season. Luckily my local shop replaced the Ranier with a Gary Fisher Tassajero DISC and upgraded the drivetrain at no additional cost. So I am getting this $850.00+/- bike for $700.00.


    .BUT I STILL WANT A RANIER!!! I really like the all silver paintjob. Wish the GF came in more than red/ black
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    Nice one Coffee,

    I hope it brings you many hours of happiness!

    Rich
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    Originally posted by a2psyklnut
    Slight scraping of the rotor is pretty typical. Mine are always slightly hitting here and there! Most brakes are adjustable, so you can minimize and still get the "feel" you want at the lever.

    BTW, what kind of brakes are they?

    L8R
    Aaah thats a load off my mind hehe...I can barely hear them...I mean I have to really stick my ear close in total sinlence heh.

    The Avid mech disc breaks....not sure if theres another name or not (I'm a newbie)
    Love them but man my first few times stopping almost sent me over the bars on a flat surface hehe.
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    Originally posted by Arnold
    You bum...

    I ordered a Giant Ranier a few weeks ago and was told unluckily that it was out of stock for the rest of the season. Luckily my local shop replaced the Ranier with a Gary Fisher Tassajero DISC and upgraded the drivetrain at no additional cost. So I am getting this $850.00+/- bike for $700.00.


    .BUT I STILL WANT A RANIER!!! I really like the all silver paintjob. Wish the GF came in more than red/ black
    Darn, oh well man you know what, that bike you ended up with is the first one that I really wanted but what changed my mind is the chain suck problem many have talked about. I bet you don't have that problem though since they upgraded for nothing, thats awesome!
    The rainier's color is sweet....it stays so clean!
    Have fun on your bike!

    Nice one Coffee,

    I hope it brings you many hours of happiness!

    Rich

    Ty and it has so far!

    Have a great day all!
    Coffee
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    Just a suggestion.

    DON'T touch the rotor with your bare hands. The little amount of oil on your skin is enough to contaminate the rotors and then the pads.

    Also, I've been told to clean my rotors with DAWN detergent. It's the specific product that Cannondale suggests using when cleaning their Coda discs. I've used it and been happy with the results so far!

    Avid's are considered the BEST mechanical disc, equal in stopping power and lever feel to many hydraulics. In other words, "u done good!"

    L8R
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    Hey, thatnks for the heads up and I do have dawn for cleaning
    Thanks a ton have a great night!
    Coffee
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