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Old 06-01-05, 01:58 PM
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I need some tips

Howdy Yall,

I got a bike almost exactly like this one, only in yellow, about three years ago.

https://images.amazon.com/images/P/B0...CLZZZZZZZ_.jpg

I'm 16 now, and it was big on me when i got it. My dad didn't know what he was doing and bought it for me as a b-day present. I don't know alot about mountain bikes, but this looks like a pretty decent ride. My friend is into moutain biking and his only has the front shocks. I've decided to take up mountain biking, my friend is going to take me to places he rides at. I expect that we'll be going on trails and hitting the dirt jumps and such.

My Question: it feels like my pedals are too close to the ground. every now and then when i'm on a trail, i feel them hit the terrain. Is it because my tires are too small? (they are the stock ones...the same size as the pic.) or, are my shocks too loose?

thanks for any help you can give me.
I can't wait to get this puppy tuned up and kicked in gear!
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Old 06-01-05, 02:14 PM
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You have what's known as an x-mart or deparment store bike. It's not really designed to be used as a mountain bike, and definitely not for jumping and hucking. Search the forums here and you'll find plenty of information about the weaknesses of these types of bikes.

Front and rear shocks are not necessarily better than front alone - quality over quantity applies here. The least expensive full suspension bikes that will be decent quality and reliable on the trails are close to $1000. A decent hardtail (front suspension only) can be had for around $300 - check out a Specialized Hardrock at a local bike store for a good example of a quality entry-level hardtail.

Your tires aren't too small. Your rear suspension may be way too soft for you, but mostly it's just that the bike isn't designed for trail riding - more of a cruise-around-the-neighborhood bike.
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Old 06-01-05, 02:26 PM
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I'm a road rider mostly, but...

A. You COULD try powering up the rear suspension. Thereshould be an adjustment wheel where you can do so. My huffy is built the same way, for the most part, and i'ts got a big aluminium disc you turn.

B. You could also...ick...take off the pedal crank arms and put on shorter ones. I woulnd't suggest this. Presonally, I'd prefer to deal with occasional bottoming out.


Which, in truth, is exactly what I WOULD do. Until you learn to ride trails, and until you're sure you want to make a big investment, stick with the department store bike. It's versatile and if you decide you odn't like it, no money lost. If you do like it, you've got a starter bike you can trash relatively guilt-free.


Personally, i"m a big advocate of department-store bikes. Most of the people here only see the bad in them, not the good. (which is why my title is black sheep.)
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Originally Posted by Roadmistress


Personally, i"m a big advocate of department-store bikes. Most of the people here only see the bad in them, not the good. (which is why my title is black sheep.)

And that good would be... ?
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Originally Posted by Roadmistress
Personally, i"m a big advocate of department-store bikes. Most of the people here only see the bad in them, not the good. (which is why my title is black sheep.)
other than the fact you're using an inferior product, there are many other reasons not to use a department store bike. for example, as in the case of the op, using an x-mart bike on some trails would easily have him turned off this whole biking idea. not to mention the fact that there's a good chance he could injure himself with one and the fact a lot of people start investing so much money into these bikes they easily surpass the price of a solid entry level bike in its class.
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[QUOTE=Roadmistress]
Personally, i"m a big advocate of department-store bikes. Most of the people here only see the bad in them, not the good. (which is why my title is black sheep.)[/QUOT

Please, please explain.
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Old 06-01-05, 09:37 PM
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alright yall quit arguing.
I'll take it out a few times.
I'm looking into the bruiser 1 by trek.
what do you think of that idea?
solid entry level bike?

I'm looking to incorporate a little bit of my bmx-dirt experience into a moutain bike experience...yet, i don't want another bmx bike. i want a mtnbike that i can grab some air with, yet i can also be comfortable with on some crazy-trails if i feel so inclined.

btw, i'm 16 and about 5'10"-ish. 145 lb's?
what size wheels i want?
any specs that yall could recommend?
thanks,
Jason.
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Old 06-02-05, 09:54 AM
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The Trek Bruiser 1 looks like a nice light hard-tail. The Acera gearshift will work fine for a while, then upgrade to Deore.
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Originally Posted by Roadmistress
Personally, i"m a big advocate of department-store bikes.
Because you sell them?

"Attention K-Mart shoppers......"
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Mountain bikes come standard with 26" wheels, it's the frame that comes in different sizes. Go down to your LBS and check out a few bikes, and they'll help you out with sizing.[QUOTE]btw, i'm 16 and about 5'10"-ish. 145 lb's?
what size wheels i want?
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Old 06-02-05, 03:47 PM
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Originally Posted by shane45
Because you sell them?

"Attention K-Mart shoppers......"

Hah, try walmart...and I don't, but I've wanted to get into bike sales and repair for awhile.



Some department sore bikes ARE trash, yes, I"ve fond no few lemons.

But a great deal are simply in need of some nuts and bolts tweaking and tensioning.

They're cheap, the components they use are cheap, and if you're not Lance Armstong (which I"m willing to bet some good hard cash you're not) and you're not going to be beating this thing all over the road like a dead cat, the supposedly 'cheap, weak' parts hold up just fine.

My current bike is a Roadmaster Mtn Sport SX, I've had it about three years, and I'm willing to invest the TLC to prevent little problems from becoming big, I"m willing to test the spokes on a weekly basis instead of just "assuming' they'll hold their tension (they do, but I'd rather not lose a rim gambling).

I have no car, I cannot afford a car, my budget works on very very small numbers. My bike is my means of commute, my shopping cart, my trip to the doctor, and day in and day out rain sun ice frost it keeps rolling. Cost for new parts is nil, and they're rarely needed...the Roadmaster I had before this one (Got stolen because I didn't lock it up securely enough, so don't start) never needed anything replaced and this one has only needed new cables once. I spent a dollar fifty and outfitted the whole bike not only with new cables but new cable housings. They stretched, yes, and I adjusted everything a week later, but for the eight months since they haven't stretched any more.

Bottom line...

My seventy-five dollar "trash" bike has stayed on the road with probably twice the usage per year of any of these fancy Treks, has never suffered any mechnical failures, shows no wear or tear from the years, and stays running at a tenth of the cost you seem willing to pay for your bikes.

Is it a "better" bike? Probably not.

But it is not garbage either.
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Originally Posted by Roadmistress
Hah, try walmart...and I don't, but I've wanted to get into bike sales and repair for awhile.

Some department sore bikes ARE trash, yes, I"ve fond no few lemons.

<snip>

Bottom line...

My seventy-five dollar "trash" bike has stayed on the road with probably twice the usage per year of any of these fancy Treks, has never suffered any mechnical failures, shows no wear or tear from the years, and stays running at a tenth of the cost you seem willing to pay for your bikes.

Is it a "better" bike? Probably not.

But it is not garbage either.
And you're not looking at taking it on trails, hitting jumps/drops etc...
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Originally Posted by Roadmistress
My seventy-five dollar "trash" bike has stayed on the road with probably twice the usage per year of any of these fancy Treks, has never suffered any mechnical failures, shows no wear or tear from the years, and stays running at a tenth of the cost you seem willing to pay for your bikes.

Is it a "better" bike? Probably not.

But it is not garbage either.
While it works for your purposes, I've seen PLENTY that have fallen apart in far less time.
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Originally Posted by Stubacca
And you're not looking at taking it on trails, hitting jumps/drops etc...

I have...but since it's rigged for road riding, it's not very comfortable and the fenders rattle.


I have a Huffy Powerline for trail riding, now. I picked it up free...it had been in a car accident, and the rear wheel was bent so wildly out of shape that the spokes were actually tangled in the frame. (Also had a shattered axle, and a host of general 'poor mantinence' problems where the previous owner didn't know enough to change worn brake pads, tighten spokes, sand and seal paint chips, etc).

However, I"ve seen the brand in department stores for about $2-300, seasonal depending. I'm not exactly a Huffy fan, I've heard horror stories about them, so I woulnd't advise the exact make and model...and I keep my Powerline on the light or mild trails with low and short jumps.
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