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Old 04-06-10, 03:54 PM
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GaryFisher Wahoo... need opinionss!

Leaning toward the wahoo with my 650$ budgett going to get one for 600. Im gonna be riding drt trails and downhill. I would appreciate some opinions and suggestions. Still open to switch to whats good because im brand new to the sport and just know my weeks worth of research and could use some exerienced voices. Thank you

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Old 04-06-10, 04:42 PM
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How much dowhill will you be riding? The Wahoo is a decent bike with G2 geometry, which is more suited to cross-country. The 100mm fork is not meant for large drops or jumps, but it should be a good all-around rider.
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I presume you mean "down hills" rather than downhill, right? There is a big difference.
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Old 04-06-10, 06:51 PM
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sorry like i said im a newbie haha so what exactly is the difference? i mean like going to a mountain and riding downhill.. but this will be occassional like 9 or 10 times a year...
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and about the 100mm fork... is it hard/expensive to change out for a better one?
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sorry like i said im a newbie haha so what exactly is the difference? i mean like going to a mountain and riding downhill.. but this will be occassional like 9 or 10 times a year...
Downhill riding is aggressive, involving jumps, drops, full face helmets, body armor, long travel bikes, etc. If you will be traveling to a place like a ski resort, taking the lift to the top, and riding back down, the Wahoo is not for you. If you are going to jump your bike, like you would jump a BMX bike, then the Wahoo is not for you.
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Old 04-07-10, 07:07 PM
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and about the 100mm fork... is it hard/expensive to change out for a better one?
Good forks can be purchased, used, for $200-$300. New you're looking at $350+ for something decent. They're pretty spendy because they're a very important part of the bike, and they often have a lot of technology and moving parts to improve your ride.

If you're doing a lot of downhill riding aggressively, and you like going off jumps and drops, pick a different bike. Something like an all mountain hardtail - Santa Cruz Chameleon, Cove Stiffee, On-One 456, Transition Vagrant, etc. These bikes are high-end and usually expensive, but you may want to pick up a used one.
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I agree with others.......going down a hill which may have a few bumps and slight jumps would be okay. But drop offs to the tune of a few feet with constant punishment to the front fork I would say you will in no time demolish the fork!

You can upgrade your fork and be in a better position. But I don't know the terrain your riding so I can't say.

Years ago I had a Schwinn Moab HT which I took on trails and swoops and minor jumps and did okay. I never did any extreme downhill as they call it because I like my bones to stay intact.

Good luck and yes, I understand budgets and trying to stay in them. I recently just put a Felt Q720 HT to the side for trail riding again.
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thanks for the inputt guys
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been looking at some more bikes and i think i have decided when i bring it to a mountain i will not be going crazy with it haha but i have more bikes i have been looking at.. still the wahoo, connondale f7, trek 4300, scott aspect, or felt q620. anyone have n e experience r knowledge of n e of these?
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I agree with others.......going down a hill which may have a few bumps and slight jumps would be okay. But drop offs to the tune of a few feet with constant punishment to the front fork I would say you will in no time demolish the fork!

You can upgrade your fork and be in a better position. But I don't know the terrain your riding so I can't say.

Years ago I had a Schwinn Moab HT which I took on trails and swoops and minor jumps and did okay. I never did any extreme downhill as they call it because I like my bones to stay intact.

Good luck and yes, I understand budgets and trying to stay in them. I recently just put a Felt Q720 HT to the side for trail riding again.
Funny you mention the Moab - I had a buddy who broke his Klein Adroit right before a trip to Downieville last year...so he borrowed his friend's Moab HT for the first day. Ripped it up all day long even though the other guys were on 6" bikes...but once they got back to the cabin they saw that the headtube/downtube junction was cracked. Pretty good proof that even a single day of solid riding can break your bike if it is not used properly.
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Originally Posted by mattyal13n View Post
been looking at some more bikes and i think i have decided when i bring it to a mountain i will not be going crazy with it haha but i have more bikes i have been looking at.. still the wahoo, connondale f7, trek 4300, scott aspect, or felt q620. anyone have n e experience r knowledge of n e of these?
The frames are all pretty similar in terms of geometry and build quality. I'd pick up the one with the best components. I'd also stick with mechanical disc brakes as they are cheaper and easier to maintain than hydros while still offering great breaking power.

Have you thought about picking up something used? Have a buddy who knows about bikes and can help you on craigslist?
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yea i was thinking about that but being that my price range is so low i figure i would either get an old bike thats been beat up or jsut a bad full suspension. if there were a good deal i knew about a used bike that was good i would take it but other than that im just gonna look for a new one.

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anyone know if the rims on the wahoo are double walled? cause all the other components seem great just not sure about that.
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Originally Posted by mattyal13n View Post
and about the 100mm fork... is it hard/expensive to change out for a better one?
The travel of a fork really has nothing to do with the quality of it. Have you looked at a Kona Stuff or a Hardrock that's a couple years old. The HR frames in 07,08 are really burley and you can get them pretty cheap, slap a good 5" fork on there and go riding. People will buy an entry level bike ride it a few time then let it sit you could find a good deal if you look around.
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The travel of a fork really has nothing to do with the quality of it. Have you looked at a Kona Stuff or a Hardrock that's a couple years old. The HR frames in 07,08 are really burley and you can get them pretty cheap, slap a good 5" fork on there and go riding. People will buy an entry level bike ride it a few time then let it sit you could find a good deal if you look around.

HardRocks aren't made to accommodate a 5" fork, so you run the risk of breaking the frame at the headtube/downtube junction if you ride it too hard.

$600 will buy you a fantastic bike that's a couple years old on craigslist. I see full XT-equipped bikes for that price all the time on the list.
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Ive looked at all those as well as the fuji nevada 1.0. After riding most all of them I was most comfortable on the Wahoo. In fact I think Im ordering up the disc model from a lbs tomorrow.
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Old 04-14-10, 01:47 PM
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yup, got the wahoo... thing is sickkk i love it figured id use this for a while before getting a full suspension and ill just rent when i go to a mountain... thanks for ur help
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congrats on getting a new bike. i ordered mine yesterday but it probably wont be in for a week or two.
getting in a little farwell time on the old one in the mean time lol.
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