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Old 04-25-15, 02:44 PM
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Getting the most out of what you ride!

If anyone has been into mountain biking for any duration of time we all know how expensive it can be! Every day there are more advanced bikes, parts, frames, not to mention the "Giant" switch of every company to the 27.5" wheels, better geometry. Most anyone that doesn't make an obscene living or is a sponsored rider can not always afford to go out and purchase the next new thing!

But with the flood of new tech. promising to make your riding experience better, allow you to shred more technical lines, go faster, have more fun, it is easy to grow discontent with the gear we've got now.
Theres nothing wrong with wanting more of course, but if you allow it to get to your head to much it can make you discontent and not enjoy what you have.
No matter what you ride be grateful and make the best of it! I have found that some of the most fun rides I've been on were when i was with friends all riding bikes from the 80s-90s range because thats all we had at the time, but we had a blast and made the best of it.
I guess what i am is saying is that when we find ourselves on the internet scrolling through the newest bikes that tempt us to see how much we can afford to pull from our children's college funds, remember what we starting riding in the first place, too have fun and enjoy the beautiful scenery around us!

Let me know what you guys think! Share what you're favorite riding experiences have been!
Post pics of what your daily shredder is too!
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Old 04-25-15, 07:46 PM
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I have an old Specialized that I started riding that is a 26" bike. It cost me 50 bucks and I enjoy riding it as more of a commuter than an actual MTB. I picked up a new 29er for a really good deal as well and will be riding that on the trails. With my 26" I have done all the maintenance and everything and love working on it and it is always cheaper to add a component here and there than buying a new bike outright so I will ride both until something breaks and then upgrade at that time.
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Old 04-26-15, 12:37 AM
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Love it man! Thats how i tend too look at it as well. Don't need to fix what aint broke, and taking care of you're bike is essential as well for getting the most out of your rides.
I like the 29er by the way! Where'd you pick it up at?
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Old 04-26-15, 01:26 AM
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Originally Posted by yapso12 View Post
Love it man! Thats how i tend too look at it as well. Don't need to fix what aint broke, and taking care of you're bike is essential as well for getting the most out of your rides.
I like the 29er by the way! Where'd you pick it up at?

Picked it up on Nashbar.com.. Diamondback Overdrive Comp
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Old 04-27-15, 01:43 AM
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Originally Posted by Wolf Dust View Post
1995 Diamond Back Apex repainted and modified somewhat.
Awesome looks like a solid ride!
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I completely agree with this thread. I converted my 26er Stumpy to 27.5 at a cost of under $200 for the reasons given by yapso12. There's just so much money I can keep dedicating to cycling and the changes in the last few years have left many late model, good quality bikes "outdated". I'm not a racer, in fact I'm just plain slow. But riding an MTB is about fun and as long as I continu to have fun, my two older Stumpys will keep on rolling.
Here's a pic of the dual sus with the 27.5 wheels:

BTW, I still ride my slightly modified 1988 Nishiki Ariel on gravel MUPs, nothing like old steel.
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Old 04-27-15, 08:12 AM
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Originally Posted by yapso12 View Post
Awesome looks like a solid ride!
Thanks! I wish I had "before" pics of it, it was pretty haggered looking when I bought it for $50 about 6 yrs. ago. I bought the frame only...super light tubing! It's one bike I've owned that I'll never part with.
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I completely agree with this thread. I converted my 26er Stumpy to 27.5 at a cost of under $200 for the reasons given by yapso12. There's just so much money I can keep dedicating to cycling and the changes in the last few years have left many late model, good quality bikes "outdated". I'm not a racer, in fact I'm just plain slow. But riding an MTB is about fun and as long as I continu to have fun, my two older Stumpys will keep on rolling.
@roccobike I like what you did to the Stmp Jmpr! Great bike and I'm sure its awesome with that 27.5 conversion!
The Nishiki is pretty badass! that thing will last forever!
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Thanks! I wish I had "before" pics of it, it was pretty haggered looking when I bought it for $50 about 6 yrs. ago. I bought the frame only...super light tubing! It's one bike I've owned that I'll never part with.
thats a bummer! wish i could have seen the befores as well! But hey great to see someone else who loves what they got and puts in the time and effort to take care of their rides!
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Old 04-28-15, 01:59 PM
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To the OP,, My 3 cents worth of muddy brain cloud thoughts on this

I find your post Interesting I do..
A few points that hit me:

"we all know how expensive it can be! "

I think It's very "Inexpensive",, you should try a Harley,,got that T-shirt for $39
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"But with the flood of new tech. promising to make your riding experience better,
allow you to shred more technical lines, go faster, have more fun, it is easy to
grow discontent with the gear we've got now."

I was real Lucky, A friend who gave me some real training in this sport and Imparted knowledge that I found to be very true.
He was a 45 year old 230 pound dude, all muscle, real badazz, Told me, "It ain't the bike It's the engine"

I watched him run down and spank all kinds of riders, many were stronger,some younger, some with years in the sport..
He did this on a single speed cyclocross bike with only a single back rim brake that he put together for less than $500..

The one thing all the other riders had In common, the thing that drove him to spank them so bad was the fact that all the other riders, all those he called his "prey" all had bikes costing far more than most people could ever afford.

His favorite thing to do was leave behind at the gate anyone who commented that he best not ride that bike on that trail,
He would let them close enough to hope for a pass and pull away again and again..LOL
Narrow bars, cheap helmet, old pair of work gloves from home depot, flat peddals,, thats why I ride flats btw...
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"tempt us to see how much we can afford to pull from our children's college funds"

Really ? Its a Bicycle,,, 5 Grand ?? okaayy,,,LOL
I rode in the single tracks a $5000 bike once, It was a whole 4 pounds lighter than my $1500 year end closeout bike.
Loosing 4 pounds costs $3500 ?? your kidding right ? I dropped 27, now 28 pounds off ME and that made me far faster and
smoother than spending an extra $3500 for a 4 pound lighter bike.. :XD
It was a bicycle and NO way would I ever pay that much for that bike, I was completley content to get back on mine.
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"Share what you're favorite riding experiences have been!"

My favorite riding experience has been and most likely will continue to be me seeking the flow.
"In the Flow I am free, In the flow I am one with the bike"

The cost of the bike has absolutely nothing to do with finding the flow........

How'd I do OP ? Hope this was a good alternate view on your very Interesting subject...

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Old 04-29-15, 07:50 AM
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I agree. I have a 1990 Nishiki Pueblo that I have got a lot of riding time in. When I started riding to work and had a really bumpy trail, I decided to update my bike. Was I surprised by what was out there and the choices one has!! My budget was king in this decision. I went with a Giant Revel 29er for $540 OTD. I love this bike!! I have got a lot of time riding since Feb 1st. I plan on upgrades as (once again) the budget can afford. I'm not focused on what I don't have, but rather what I do have and am enjoying the heck out of it!! If I had the money, sure I would have got something else. But I don't so I didn't and I'm still enjoying getting out and getting back in shape. Wish everyone else the same!!
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^^^^That is awesome! (osco53)
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I agree but to an extent. I stopped mtb years ago and picked up road riding. (A move, marriage and child). I do not enjoy road riding as much but I do love it. To get to any real tracks it is a 1 hr drive. My son is now 8 and just got a nice little Giant mtb. Thus, we started hitting the trails 1x per week. I broke out my old 1993 GT Karakoram. I rode the heck out of the bike in the day. I love that bike. However, my age and flexibility have probably taken over some as that bike is too small for me to ride now. Thus, I pulled the shock off and put on the original fork, switched out the wheels,bars and step to turn it into a hybrid. I then tested new bikes and settled on a 2015 Giant Revel. I switched out the garbage fork on it and off I went. There is just a major difference besides just the fit between my old 26er and the Revel. My old bike has better components but after that this new bike is pretty awesome. I realize it is entry level but I don't hit the trails often enough to justify buying more bike. I am completely satisified with the bike. I see no need and never have for a fs bike in my area.
Thus, I get what you are saying but there is a difference between these new 29ers and the old 26ers. I am not one to spend money lavishly but at the same time some it can make a difference. Could I manage with my old bike? Yes. However, it was simply too small. I noticed it on the trail and I especially noticed it after riding the Revel. Sometimes upgrades are needed and sometimes they are just wants. Either way, why fret about it. To each his own. Somebody has to keep the wheels of the economy going.
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I did not obsess but I did a few choice upgrades that helped me out on the bike..

A shorter stem with more rise, A bike fit thing...
A better front tire, The single most critical component on any mountain bike IMO....
A dropper post, Lets me get low and fast. I will never ride without one again btw...
Good flat pedals and proper shoes for the pedals, I never felt any advantage with clipless, I prefer to move around on my bike..
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^^^ "A better front tire, The single most critical component on any mountain bike IMO...."

That is the truth! Just set my old Diamond Back, (seen above), with a Continental X-King 26x2.4 on front and Maxxis Crossmark 2.1 on back and shredded my favorite local singletrack on it about an hour ago...and I mean it ShrEEEded!!! I am a strong adherent of the bigger tire, (or wheel), up front, smaller/ skinnier on back application, as long as it doesn't blow the geometry out of whack.
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I just bought my first mountain bike 2 days ago. It is a 1999 Trek 8000 and I got it for $75. It seems like a great deal to me. The bike seems to have gotten a lot of used but the brake, shifting, and suspension work great. It will probably need a set of new tires. I am not too sure about the sizing though; it's a 16.5" frame and I'm 5'9". Although I feel more comfortable and in control when I'm riding this 16.5" than my friend's 19".

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A 17,5"-18" mountain bike frame would fit you better. I think that 19" would be slightly to big for you.
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Yeah 19" is too big. 16.5" is a little small but better a little small than a little big at least when it comes to bike frames. Nice score for $75
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Yeah 19" is too big. 16.5" is a little small but better a little small than a little big at least when it comes to bike frames. Nice score for $75
Yeah, way nice for $75. I had one of those about 12 years ago. Light, fast, and good geometry.
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@osco53 great points! i think we are in agreement completely!
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