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Old 07-18-22, 05:03 PM
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Please Help with Used Trail/MTN Bike Choice...

I still own my first MTB, a 1989 Mongoose IBOC Pro and have owned a few others since- However, I don't MTB anymore due to a spinal injury from a car accident.

I AM seeking a mountain bike to haul my Burley Tail Wagon dog cart on some trails around lakes, etc. It also works as a good excuse (the well being of our dog) to acquire another bike!

I see they are still making 3 x 7 drivetrains to this day...WUWT? Strength/durability?

Budget $500

1) I prefer 9 cogs or more as most of my bikes are 9 or 10 - I'd be ok with 3 x 8.
2) I NEED REAR RACK MOUNTS
3) 700c / 29 WHEELS & MECHANICAL disc brakes please!

Thanks in advance!

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Old 07-18-22, 09:30 PM
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It seems like a mountain bike is not the ideal choice for this bike and am curious why the other bikes in your stable aren't able to handle the Tail Wagon, I am all for getting a new bike but not sure what a low budget used mountain bike is really going to do here? You can sometimes find some decent older stuff but then you have a IBOC Pro and $500 so you could easily upgrade that sucker and make it work for your purposes plenty of excellent linear pull brakes and pads along with excellent cables and housing to address the braking concerns. It is a steel frame so easy to mount a rack to it or find a frame builder who can get you set up with rack mounts. For drivetrain I might look at the new Microshift Advent X for a good budget but very modern 10 speed 1x MTB groupset. Also plenty of tires for 26" including loads of more hybrid tires.

They are still making 7 and 8 speed stuff in 2022 however it is relegated to the bottom end of stuff these days or it is some specialty groupset for a very specific purpose that wouldn't be helpful to you. 9 speed is tough to get in quality but there is a little out there usually it is 10 and up where you are getting quality and durability.
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Old 07-19-22, 12:35 AM
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Originally Posted by veganbikes View Post
It seems like a mountain bike is not the ideal choice for this bike and am curious why the other bikes in your stable aren't able to handle the Tail Wagon, I am all for getting a new bike but not sure what a low budget used mountain bike is really going to do here? You can sometimes find some decent older stuff but then you have a IBOC Pro and $500 so you could easily upgrade that sucker and make it work for your purposes plenty of excellent linear pull brakes and pads along with excellent cables and housing to address the braking concerns. It is a steel frame so easy to mount a rack to it or find a frame builder who can get you set up with rack mounts. For drivetrain I might look at the new Microshift Advent X for a good budget but very modern 10 speed 1x MTB groupset. Also plenty of tires for 26" including loads of more hybrid tires.

They are still making 7 and 8 speed stuff in 2022 however it is relegated to the bottom end of stuff these days or it is some specialty groupset for a very specific purpose that wouldn't be helpful to you. 9 speed is tough to get in quality but there is a little out there usually it is 10 and up where you are getting quality and durability.
Ahh, yes, I could use the ol' Iboc, but that would mean I don't acquire another bike...! HELLO.....I've received the GO AHEAD for another bike due to the DOG!!!
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Probably a used Trek Fx or one of its many identical competitors
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Old 07-19-22, 09:57 AM
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Originally Posted by veganbikes View Post
It seems like a mountain bike is not the ideal choice for this bike and am curious why the other bikes in your stable aren't able to handle the Tail Wagon, I am all for getting a new bike but not sure what a low budget used mountain bike is really going to do here? You can sometimes find some decent older stuff but then you have a IBOC Pro and $500 so you could easily upgrade that sucker and make it work for your purposes plenty of excellent linear pull brakes and pads along with excellent cables and housing to address the braking concerns. It is a steel frame so easy to mount a rack to it or find a frame builder who can get you set up with rack mounts. For drivetrain I might look at the new Microshift Advent X for a good budget but very modern 10 speed 1x MTB groupset. Also plenty of tires for 26" including loads of more hybrid tires.

They are still making 7 and 8 speed stuff in 2022 however it is relegated to the bottom end of stuff these days or it is some specialty groupset for a very specific purpose that wouldn't be helpful to you. 9 speed is tough to get in quality but there is a little out there usually it is 10 and up where you are getting quality and durability.
Perhaps, it's the suspension fork I'm seeking to keep my neck/spine from being rattled... Here' my old IBOC Pro:


My 1st MTB, 1989 Mongoose IBOC Pro
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You can procure a Manitou Markhor with a straight steerer for $225 - $250 for your Mongoose. I have one on both a 26" Santa Cruz and a 29" Niner, and they're solid performers IMO. Then , maybe a suspension seatpost and you're a lot better off than with a new $500 bike. BTW, I had the same generation IBOC and loved it. Unfortunately, it was stolen.
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You can procure a Manitou Markhor with a straight steerer for $225 - $250 for your Mongoose. I have one on both a 26" Santa Cruz and a 29" Niner, and they're solid performers IMO. Then , maybe a suspension seatpost and you're a lot better off than with a new $500 bike. BTW, I had the same generation IBOC and loved it. Unfortunately, it was stolen.
Sounds interesting, thank you. I checked it out. Will this accommodate my brakes?
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Originally Posted by michaelm101 View Post
Sounds interesting, thank you. I checked it out. Will this accommodate my brakes?
Sorry, I forgot that it's disc only so you'll need a brake and wheel (I had those in my parts bib). I think Rock Shox or some other well known company makes a similar fork that will accommodate linear brakes. Also, there was an individual mentioned on this forum who rebuilt older models of suspension forks. Those individuals who reported said the ones he had for sale worked great. Maybe someone remembers the post(s).
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Ahh, yes, I could use the ol' Iboc, but that would mean I don't acquire another bike...! HELLO.....I've received the GO AHEAD for another bike due to the DOG!!!
I gotcha but if you are getting a bike get something great or use that money towards upgrading the IBOC.

Rockshox does indeed make a fork for threadless 1 1/8 steerer tubes: RockShox Recon Silver TK is a great upgrade but probably not going to work on the IBOC however if you are willing to swap out the headset to this and then consider a stem like this and maybe swap to some titanium bars and you will have a very comfortable set up without a suspension fork.

Upgrades are sometimes way better than a new bike. Making a bike work better for you or swapping to some new stuff can be quite the treat and I do love new bikes.
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I gotcha but if you are getting a bike get something great or use that money towards upgrading the IBOC.

Rockshox does indeed make a fork for threadless 1 1/8 steerer tubes: RockShox Recon Silver TK is a great upgrade but probably not going to work on the IBOC however if you are willing to swap out the headset to this and then consider a stem like this and maybe swap to some titanium bars and you will have a very comfortable set up without a suspension fork.

Upgrades are sometimes way better than a new bike. Making a bike work better for you or swapping to some new stuff can be quite the treat and I do love new bikes.
Thx! I think I'm turned off by the little 26" wheels, fine for precise mtbing...and also, my IBOC has 172mm cranks. I use 175s on all my other bikes. I'm looking at the Giant Roam line and they appear to be what I'm seeking. I'm not sure if this is GREAT, however, they appear to fit the bill...
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Hopefully veganbikes will answer too, but IMO the Trek Marlin series is much better spec'd than the Roam in the same price range, and you may want to consider their Roscoe too.
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Thx! I think I'm turned off by the little 26" wheels, fine for precise mtbing...and also, my IBOC has 172mm cranks. I use 175s on all my other bikes. I'm looking at the Giant Roam line and they appear to be what I'm seeking. I'm not sure if this is GREAT, however, they appear to fit the bill...
Get longer cranks, Shazam! 26 is a great wheel size. The Roam is not a great bike I guess the Deore equipped one is somewhat OK but it is really just the Deore making that so. I would much rather have the IBOC than a Roam.
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Originally Posted by michaelm101 View Post

I see they are still making 3 x 7 drivetrains to this day...WUWT? Strength/durability?
On cheaper department store bikes yes. On a good mountain bike no. Everything has mostly gone to 1 x 12.

Budget $500

1) I prefer 9 cogs or more as most of my bikes are 9 or 10 - I'd be ok with 3 x 8.
2) I NEED REAR RACK MOUNTS
3) 700c / 29 WHEELS & MECHANICAL disc brakes please!

Thanks in advance!
I would up your budget just a bit and get something better.

https://www.specialized.com/us/en/shop/bikes/mountain-bikes/trail-bikes/c/mountaintrail#/filterroductfamily:Rockhopper

And if you aren't riding trails this would work...

Specialized Sirrus
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Pretty much anything with a decent range of gears will work. I haul a Burley Bee trailer carrying a kid and a dog with a Birdy folding bike. A more modern 9 or 10 speed cassette with 34 or 36 teeth will help you pull the load, bigger tires with lower pressure will make for a smoother ride for a reasonable price.
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