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    How can I improve this?

    I enjoy long rides. I got the most comfortable seat I could find and just this year added those things on the handle bar. I bought them at the advice of the guy who runs my local bike shop. But how can I make it an even easier ride? it's a very heavy bike and that is it's biggest down fall. Other then that I really love this bike.
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    If your riding on the roads, then putting slick (smooth) tires will make a huge difference.

    One issue that your going to have problems with is the suspension. Cheap(er) suspension is hard to adjust and can be very lossy.

    I highly recommend changing tires. Given the suspension, I wouldn't sink to much more money in the bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cplager View Post
    If your riding on the roads, then putting slick (smooth) tires will make a huge difference.

    One issue that your going to have problems with is the suspension. Cheap(er) suspension is hard to adjust and can be very lossy.

    I highly recommend changing tires. Given the suspension, I wouldn't sink to much more money in the bike.
    Pretty much sums up what I was thinking. What kind of terrain are you riding on during your long rides? Street, hardpack bike path, dirt, etc?

    I have Michelin Pilot Sports on my old steel non suspended MTB. I went fat and pretty smooth for a good combo of silky ride and reasonably efficient. 26x2.0 size. They work well around town, much better than a knobby but you can still hit rough stuff and not worry about it.

    I had some Michelin City series 26x1.5 ( I think they come in 1.4 nowadays but close enough ) that I had on that same bike before the 2.0s. Was a good tire and size if you want to do mostly pavement. I have 26x1.75 Conti somethinorothers on my Trek Transport.

    Your bike is not going to be very efficient on the street by basic design. If you want to ride mostly road and bike path, urban stuff, I'd consider getting something more targeted at that kind of riding if efficiency is a concern.

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    Thanks your reply!
    I ride on the street but enjoy a bike path. That's why I got a mountain bike so I could handle both. I never thought about bigger tires and that's an interesting idea. Going with a smooth tire is also a good idea. I know I went with a Target bike and I didn't break my bank lol! It's a great bike and I have no issues with it at all, other then it's heavy. But a heavy bike make me work harder and burn more calories lol!
    What tires should I get that would be bigger and smooth but won't cost a lot?

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    My suspensionless steel mountain bike is a heavy beast - about 40 lbs with the rear panniers. I mostly ride roads and paved MUPs, but I occasionally enjoy dirt bike paths. I switched from knobbies to Kenda K838 26 x 2.0 hybrid slicks, and have been very happy with them. I think they cost about $15 each at the time.

    Is there any way you can lock out both suspension mechanisms? This would make riding easier by allowing you to transfer more power to the drive train instead of having some of it be dampened by movement of the suspension frame and fork.

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    Re: How can I improve this?

    you would be better off just replacing it ..

    Its a bike resembling a full suspension mountain Bike.. but Aka, a Bike Shaped Object..
    a proper FS MTB is in the $2K+ range.


    Better will be a Hybrid.. Narrower, easier rolling wheels ... without being overly thin.

    and a reasonably comfortable handlebar that many are satisfied with ...


    Visit a proper Bike Shop and take some test rides. the quality of bikes in those shops
    is better than those coming out of mass merchandisers .

    And they, the shop staff, are there for service after the sale ..

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