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  1. My 10-year old son's Trek MT200 that we got him...

    My 10-year old son's Trek MT200 that we got him about 2 years ago(that he's about to grow out of 'cause it's a 24") is a rigid steel bike and I'm glad we got that--even being steel the bike is...
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    I hear ya! Since I put the sus fork on, I'm...

    I hear ya! Since I put the sus fork on, I'm definitely letting it rip more on the descents, even after only a few rides.
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    This for sure. I'm so used to carefully picking...

    This for sure. I'm so used to carefully picking my line and navigating around obstacles, coming from the rigid! However, I rode the other day and started getting a little looser with what I was...
  4. Thread: any rigid mtbs ?

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    Was riding rigid exclusively for about a year...

    Was riding rigid exclusively for about a year until about a week and half ago. Just put a sus fork on my Kona Unit 'cause I'm an old geezer riding in rocky stuff all the time. Honestly, the jury is...
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    Yeah--I mean, I'm not THAT light--I thought it...

    Yeah--I mean, I'm not THAT light--I thought it seemed really low.
    But maybe as cobba suggests it'll do some breaking in and I'll end up increasing it. We'll see---only been on a couple of rides so...
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    That's how I'm doing it too. Even deliberately...

    That's how I'm doing it too. Even deliberately shifting my weight to the front a bit more.
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    Front suspension psi - how low is TOO low?

    Been riding exclusively rigid for a while now, and just put a 100mm Rockshox Recon Gold TK with remote lockout on my Kona Unit---being 55, and living in rocky SoCal I decided to give myself a little...
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    Handy formula! That puts me right about where I...

    Handy formula! That puts me right about where I ended up through constant fiddling and trial-and-error! I just went from a 2.25 to a 2.4 on the front, so I need to play around with that one a little...
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    I was always constantly experimenting with tire...

    I was always constantly experimenting with tire pressure, probably too much (a little bit OCD:) I used to run higher pressure for concrete or smooth fire roads/gravel, etc., and then I'd go as low as...
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    Used to use a computer when I rode road. Never on...

    Used to use a computer when I rode road. Never on the MTB. I'm quite certain I'd crash if I was looking at the darn thing too much. Since going rigid ss I've taken all stuff off my bars that make it...
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    +1. There's a little mini make-shift pump track...

    +1. There's a little mini make-shift pump track near the trailhead of one of the easier trails where I live, and that helped my 8 year old a lot with getting comfortable riding off-road. He's not a...
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    +1 on the Five Tens. I also wear Freeriders but...

    +1 on the Five Tens. I also wear Freeriders but they have other models as well--it's all about the Stealth rubber sole. The grip is incredible especially on pedals with pins (I have pedals with...
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    Just turned 55 this weekend. My main ride is a...

    Just turned 55 this weekend. My main ride is a rigid single speed 29r (Kona Unit) which I beat myself up on 3-4 times a week in the mountains here in SoCal (and love every minute of it)
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    When I was road riding here in the Los Angeles...

    When I was road riding here in the Los Angeles area, I actually found quite the opposite to be true--it was always a fancy mercedes, beemer, land rover, etc that would mess with me, driven by some...
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    The main reason I gave up road riding and only...

    The main reason I gave up road riding and only mountain bike now. I'd rather have a run-in with a tree than an Escalade going 50mph on a residential street, which is how they drive where I live. Was...
  16. Thread: Late bloomers

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    I've almost always HAD a bike of some sort, save...

    I've almost always HAD a bike of some sort, save for a few stretches w/o, but I didn't really get "serious" about it until age 50. I had purchased a road bike and was just starting to get into it(was...
  17. Thanks for the info folks! I've got about $50...

    Thanks for the info folks!

    I've got about $50 Jenson USA gift dollars burning a hole in my pocket, so I think I'll get a 2.4 for the front and start with that, and go from there….
    They have the...
  18. Thanks. Yeah, I wouldn't mind more grip on the...

    Thanks. Yeah, I wouldn't mind more grip on the rear, that's for sure. I lose rear wheel traction on climbs sometimes with the ss, trying to power up them as fast as I can. I know it's a technique...
  19. Different tire widths vs. matching width on rigid ss

    I ride a 2014 Kona Unit (rigid ss 29r), currently with the stock 2.25 Ardents on front and back. I ride some fairly gnarly stuff here in SoCal, and also lots of loose, dry stuff over hardback....
  20. I ride a 2014 Kona Unit (I got bitten by the...

    I ride a 2014 Kona Unit (I got bitten by the rigid singlespeed bug--actually selling my Talon as we speak). I did however, also test ride another Kona 29'r that also fit me quite well, the Taro, but...
  21. I'm about your height and also ride a 17"...

    I'm about your height and also ride a 17" 29r---I'm totally sold on the wheel size, and that's coming off a 27.5 that I started with. That said, the first 29rs I tried--Trek, Giant---just felt weird,...
  22. Totally! When I bought my 8 year old son his...

    Totally! When I bought my 8 year old son his first mtb he wanted one with front suspension because he thought it looked cool, but with the help of the LBS we talked him into this one: MT 200 Boy's -...
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    +1. I keep my phone in my shorts, so even if I...

    +1. I keep my phone in my shorts, so even if I couldn't get my pack off, etc., I'd have a better chance of accessing the phone. Everything else goes in the pack.
  24. I bought a 2014 Talon 4 with the Suntour fork,...

    I bought a 2014 Talon 4 with the Suntour fork, and I'd have to agree, it's just not great---it was really the weak link of the bike. Otherwise, great bang for buck though. Whatever brand you choose,...
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    I take my almost 10-year old with me...

    I take my almost 10-year old with me sometimes--started when he was 8. He started out quite enthusiastic but for whatever reason, unfortunately it's tapered off and he's just not that into it now...
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