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Old 05-06-07, 09:33 AM
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Do I need a new MTB? See pic, please advise

(Here comes a bit of a narrative but I just want to give some context. Feel free to skip to the end.)

Almost exactly one year ago I ditched my x-mart bike and bought a used Trek 850 for $125. I knew nothing about bike component groups, geometry, weight, blah blah blah. Just found the cheapest thing out there that had front shocks and bought it. This was the first real non-crappy bike I had owned and I instantly fell in love with it.

I commuted on it for a couple months, but when I took it to the Memorial Park trails I realized the stock fork had to go - the 1.5" springs elastomer shocks made the fork essentially rigid . $75 later, I swapped the fork for a Marzocchi MXC oil-bath type. Here's a current pic (click for larger version):


The new fork made trail riding much more enjoyable and improved handling, but all but killed my commuting speed with all that squishiness. One other problem that I (literally) ran into again and again was the top tube - it's big and horizontal, leaving little clearance for standing and leaning forward to climb anything serious. I am 5'10' so I have maybe 1cm of standover clearance.

Yet another gripe - the head-tube angle is really shallow (looks almost lowrider-esque from the side). Turning is therefore a little sluggish (it feels unstable to turn too fast), and at sharp angles the fork play allows the wheel to shudder and skid (scary).

All these little problems have led me to forsake my MTB for road roading. I'm still interesting in MTB, but I think my current bike is keeping me from really enjoying it. What should I change about my current bike or what should I look for in a new MTB to fix the issues I have above?
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Old 05-06-07, 10:07 AM
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If I was that close to hitting "myself" on the top tube, I wouldn't want to ride the bike either. Your best bet might be buying a new bike that fits you better. You can read the FAQ posted at http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php?t=67259, I've found it extremely informative. After that go to a bike shop near you and test ride some bikes, after reading the FAQ you should have a better idea of what to look for. Oh yeah, and if you get some punk ass kid helping you (happens to me once in awhile) ask for someone else. A new bike is a big investment and you want someone who's actually interested in helping you choose the right one.
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Old 05-06-07, 11:08 AM
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Nothing you can do about that top tube. Is the front size tire different than the rear?

If you're happy with the rest of the components just get a frame more suitable for mtb and put the parts on that. Or buy a new super cheap mtb and put the parts on that. Or, just sell it off and get a new mtb (I'm sure that's what you'll want to do).
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The components are on the low end, altus/alivio. They work OK, but feel a little cheap. Both wheels are the same size, I just took the picture at an odd angle.

Thanks for pointing me to the FAQ. I knew i should have directed my attention 1" below the "Click here to start new thread" link
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Haha, I have the same problem.
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to fix the loss of speed due to the squashiness they have forks that have a lockout feature...my new specialized rockhopper came with it...i just turn a dial on top of the fork and it locks it in place so it doesnt go up and down...good for road use...
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