MX_599 and get his take on it. He's raced Leadville before.
MX_599 and get his take on it. He's raced Leadville before.
thanks for advice!
I guess I'm number 5, I am on the fence about getting a trek ds 8.3 I mainly hit the road but I want to be able to see some dirt. Will this bike be able to handle just regular path riding?
Hey guys! Any recommendations for cheap platform pedals? I've been using the stock ones that came with my bike and they are horrible. I want to get something better, but I don't really have much money to spend. I don't really care about weight that much, just need something that is grippy and will last a while.
wellgo mg1. cheap light durable.
I had a Specialized Rockhopper 26 for a few months. Then I sold it to build a Fixed gear Specialized Langster, now I'm trying to get back on a mtb. I know I want to go with a 29er small frame (15-18) but the question i have is. Do I buy a frame and build one up or do I just buy a full ready to ride bike ? I tend to like building up things but I am not sure if its str8 forward when it comes to running the lines for the brakes and gears ? WHen i built my fixie I obviously didnt need to worry about running lines or de-railers.
Hello after living on my road bike (Giant Defy 1) for the last several years, I am getting bored and looking to mix it up a little during the season. While I have a good working knowledge of what makes a good road bike, I don't know anything about mountain bikes. I hate wasting money, and you waste money two ways: 1. Buying crap because it is cheap 2. Buying equipment that is way out of your skill range. 3. Buying something you outgrow really quickly and have to buy again (Yea, I know that is 3 things). My price range is under 1K and I am currently looking at this: http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/...antom29_x5.htm
Well, I chickened out on a mail order bike, when down to my LBS and walked out with this: http://www.giant-bicycles.com/en-us/...6268/#overview
Just got back from my first trail ride and aside for having to stop and wait for dog to catch up with me a couple of times, it was a real blast.
I am looking for my first Mountain Bike and am probably out of my league posting on here, but I came across a 2009 Gary Fisher genesis sugar 2. It also says bontrager on seatpost. The individual selling this bike is asking $250. He says it has a ton uf upgrades on it. Shocks etc. What kind of questions do I need to ask him, to find out if this is a good deal?
Hey, I ride road, race road, commute road. I feel like getting an entry level something-else to mix things up. I have a unicycle, but that's not very convenient for riding around. Problem is, I don't know if I want to ride trails, city, or more bmx style stuff. Ideally I'd get something that I could climb, descend and jump on; and something else for street riding, maybe bmx or hardtail mountain, or fixie (for the backwards/wheelie options).
Obviously it's impossible to get one bike that does everything my road bike can't do, and obviously I can't stuff 2 more bikes into a studio apartment with 2 bikes already. So... looking for help deciding
Gearing (trials gearing won't get me around town, single speed is probably better for trick stuff, gears better for the hills I assume)
Can anyone tell me what I want?
But they're versatile bikes. Burly enough to jump and eff around on, but better geometry and better gearing for riding singletrack than a jumper. A little on the piggy heavy side for a hardtail, but just about anything overbuilt will be. Plus they're just fun bikes.
Below 25lbs, you're mostly looking at XC bikes, as well as pricier trail and possibly a few expensive all-mountain bikes. What are you looking to spend, anyway?
Hey Ya'll; I've been riding road bikes for a while, and I'm looking to get into mountain biking. I just craigslisted an old road bike I had lying around, so I have about 1000 to play around with. Living in the Austin I've got great access to the Texas hill country and city trails, so plenty of opportunities to start out and work my way up.
I've been trawling craigslist looking for some good deals, and came across these:
https://austin.craigslist.org/bik/4188983688.html, which I've worked down to 900
https://austin.craigslist.org/bik/4178994907.html, which I've worked down to 1000
Any advice on which might be the better deal, or either is a good deal? Are there some new bikes I should be looking at instead? My main concern is getting a bike I'll be happy with for at least a few years, and won't feel limited by when if comes time to upgrade parts.
Thanks for any advice you guys can give!
Can you suggest which bike to choose between these two.
Cube Aim SL 29 2014
Specialized Hardrock Sport Disc 29 2014
If for some odd reason they feel exactly the same, I'd probably go with the Specialized since I'm familiar with their products (well, their road bikes...their mountain bikes are fine quality, but I have yet to ride one that actually fit me and felt good).
As I can see from specifications Cube model has little advantage for some parts compared with Specialized model, but the price in the internet online shops Cube price is less then Specialized in 200$ (I am wondering why), but locally for me price will be less then only 20$, so this is why I am thinking if Specialized can produce more reliable bikes may be I will buy Specialized model and not Cube. What can you suggest?
Hello all,I'm def a novice mtb'r. Started with a 26" HT gt avalanche a few years ago. It was a 26" on xl frame. For reference, I'm 6"2' with very long legs so even tho it was an xl frame, I always felt it was a small bike. I felt that I had to have the seat so high that my center of gravity was way up in the air. That led me to buy a 9r HT.
I got a diamondback overdrive sport with hydro disc brakes. It is also on an xl frame with 22" tube length. On my first short DH I felt like I was so stretched out that I was going to fly over the bars even with the seat lowered so I ended up shortening the stem (90mm to 60mm). Any shorter and I'd be too far back on the bike. It did the trick for the most part.
The challenge I still have is that because my legs are so long, I struggle to find a sweet spot of seat height for trail riding that will give me good pedal efficiency and obstacle clearance without destroying my knees. A super high seat makes me feel very unstable on the trail but I gain major pedaling power. The xl frame on the 9r is obviously not as nimble as the 26r but it does drop my center of gravity a little and the obstacle clearance is nice, as well.
The point of my post: I'm in the rocky area of eastern Pennsylvania and I think I'm ready for a F/S rig. I don't want to go brand new 9r because the cheapest option in my budget is the gt sensor which is about $1100. Downside of that bike is that it's so entry level that I feel a slightly older used bike would be better component wise. The upside of that bike is that I can pretty much choose the frame size and I can buy it on layaway from performance. My other options are what I've seen on eBay a lot of 26r's in large or xl frames with full susp and better components. Lots of options I've found in the ~$1000 range. Not many 9r's tho.
I guess my question is: at 6'2" 225 lbs (before riding season weight), am I too big even for a 26" on xl frame? Should I def save and hold out for a 9r whether entry level new or upgraded and used?For reference, my riding skill is beginner/novice. I ride trails that are rated 2 out of 5 in difficulty. The super rocky crazy downhills are not something I'm into yet. I'm doing tight and twisty single track with a little downhill exposure. Lots of technical rocks and roots etc. if I could get by for a year or so on a decent used 26" fS that costs me $500-$1000, then I'd probably go that route. My fear is that the geometry of a 26 fS will screw me no matter what I pay for it. Thoughts?
Last edited by dminor; 01-30-14 at 10:17 AM.
One of the more obvious solutions to me is for you to get a dropper seatpost - - that way you can have good leg-extension for climbs but still be able to lower your saddle for confidently negotiating descents and technical sections.
BTW, I broke your run-on narrative into paragraphs so that it would be readable.
I RARELY recommend people get 29ers. However, at your height and knowing you're riding Eastern PA, I'll make an exception. Most of my eastern PA buddies ride 29ers for XC trails (and when I say most, I mean just about everyone I know other than myself, including my fellow short riders who look ridiculous on bikes with huge wheels). I guess they all just are willing to sacrifice a bit of the agility for bigger wheels over the roots. I don't think I've talked to one of them who regrets the 29er.
Think I'll be heading to an lbs or performance to test ride a fS on both a large and xl frame. I've been told that with an fS, you want to size down on the frame. Is that accurate?
I recall with my 26r going over small log rollovers and the front seriously plunging into the trail and having to use all of my strength to keep from flying over the bars. I'm thinking I don't experience that with the 9r because a) I've learned to shift my weight back and get the wheel up and shoved over the log and b) shortened stem.
My fear is that the stem on an xl 26 would also be too far over the front wheel but shortening would screw up the rest of the geometry.
Seat post dropper is def on my to get list. Currently I'll ride an entire trail with the seat lower while standing during 95% of it. Sometimes I can adjust the seat on the move.
Hope this 'narrative' is edited a little Better