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Road biker's first Mtn bike experience...you guys are crazy!

Old 09-27-10, 09:01 AM
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Road biker's first Mtn bike experience...you guys are crazy!

So yeah, I've been road biking for the last year and loving it. I have a few team members who also do mountain biking. They've been trying to get me out on a mountain bike for some time now and now that triathlon and road race season is over for me, I had the time to give it a whirl yesterday. Let me say that I never thought I'd be so fearful for my life on a bicycle before. I was on the "easy" course and there were numerous times I saw my life flash before my eyes. Also, I bailed more in 15 miles yesterday than I did in an entire season of road biking. It was hard, required concentration, and was probably one of the more reckless things I've ever done.

What to do now? Pay up the health and life insurance and start looking for a bike. I'm on a limited budget so I'm looking to spend in the $1K range.

I'm thinking about a 2011 Giant Yukon FX
https://www.giant-bicycles.com/en-US/...fx/7326/44104/

And there's also a 2009 Giant Trance in the running
https://taylorsbikeshop.com/product/0...x4-48440-1.htm

I'll be honest in that my first choice was towards a Fuji but my local dealer/team sponsor is telling me that even his Fuji distributor is telling him to steer clear of Fuji mountain bikes right now. Is there an issue with quality that I don't know about? I have and love my Fuji road bike. Just wondering what your thoughts are and would like to formally introduce myself into the world of mountain biking.

Thanks for reading,
Marcos
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Old 09-27-10, 09:17 AM
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I didn't realize mountain biking was difficult.

I look at it this way: you won't be hit by a truck while you are mountain biking, or brought down in a pack by another rider. If you get hurt, you have to do it to yourself.
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Originally Posted by Repack Rider View Post
I didn't realize mountain biking was difficult.
And I didn't realize I was so uncoordinated.

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If you get hurt, you have to do it to yourself.
Yeah, I'm apparently better at that than I thought. Ha!
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Old 09-27-10, 09:47 AM
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welcome to the dark side. test ride the bikes you have listed and pick your favorite. once you can plow through and navigate a rock garden safely you will be able to dodge your fellow lycra lizards when they go down in a sprint finish.
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Old 09-27-10, 01:39 PM
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I love my Fuji Reveal. (Of course, I just ordered a Tallboy)
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MTB vs ROAD
rocks & trees don't move - cars/peds do & will.
when ya fall, it's on dirt - road surfaces are made of asphalt or concrete that ain't too forgiving.

I never get it when roadies say MTBing is scary/dangerous.
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I'm a roadie that grew up mountain biking, I left mountain biking because I was sick of doing all the same trails and the trails my friends took me on where too uninspiring. That's why I started riding road. No matter where I was it was me against the asphalt. Up hills with a larger and less forgiving gear ratio than my mountain bike. Also since i turned roadie, I converted my mountain bike into a single speed to cruise around town with. Now I really want to get into downhill racing. I've always been a fan of John Tomac growing up and I would love to have a dual crown fork with 8" of travel in the back. I just don't know where to begin, and that will start a new thread in a couple seconds.
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I have recently taken the plunge into MTBing as well. Coming from the road I find that it is pretty dangerous also, but only because I am used to going much faster. I REALLY enjoy the precision, attention, and timing that is needed on a MTB. Once I realized how fast I can actually go, I significantly cut down my injuries. I'm not sure if come spring I will be able to tolerate the monotony of the open road again!
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Originally Posted by Repack Rider View Post
I didn't realize mountain biking was difficult.
You're not riding hard enough trails.

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when ya fall, it's on dirt - road surfaces are made of asphalt or concrete that ain't too forgiving.
Rocks aren't forgiving either.

Welcome to the trails! Totally normal to be a little intimidated...I've been in the emergency room far more times for mountain biking than for road biking. It's totally worth it though. Like Craigx3 said, your best bet is to go to your shop and play with the bikes, see which one calls to you.
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You don't have to be crazy to mountain bike, but it sure helps Just kidding of course. I switched over to mostly mountain biking this year, but still like the road too. Give it some time and you will be amazed at how beneficial riding both can be.
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Originally Posted by Zephyr11 View Post
You're not riding hard enough trails.
I know you didn't just say that. No freakin' respect around here. Just for that...let me take this opportunity...

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if it weren't for people like RepackRider...we'd all be some freakin' ghey-azz roadies dry-humping Lance's leg.
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I've been injured more on my MTB than my road bike.. It's a blast though..
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Check out this thread: https://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...estion-MTB-FAQ.

It's mentioned in there that it may not be beneficial for someone who is just starting with MTB to go full suspension and (IMO) this is not something that you will notice when test riding FS and hard tail bikes at the store since it really makes the impact off-road. I am moving on to my 2nd MTB from Trek 4300 and looking in the $1000 range (precisely that, not 1400 or even 1200) and I'm still looking for a hard tail so consider this and other things from that thread when shopping around. Also right now is a good time to catch some good closeout deals.
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Originally Posted by chelboed View Post
I know you didn't just say that. No freakin' respect around here. Just for that...let me take this opportunity...

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if it weren't for people like RepackRider...we'd all be some freakin' ghey-azz roadies dry-humping Lance's leg.
Huh, well eff me, I guess in that case, you're too good for the trails. Or I'm too bad for them. Well, in any case, I still think mountain biking can be difficult.
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Old 09-27-10, 09:14 PM
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Originally Posted by chelboed View Post
...we'd all be some freakin' ghey-azz roadies dry-humping Lance's leg.
Well, we all know that's what you're all about "Ed". You just need some mountains...
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