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Old 02-03-15, 02:15 PM
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I bought a mountain bike today: Specialized Rockhopper 29

And I'm over the moon.

Been riding road for several years now, and had always thought about getting a mountain bike to bomb around on in winter, but somehow never got around to it. But this year I promised myself I'd do it. The guys at the LBS where I bought it have been trying to convince me to "go to the other side" for ages. So they were delighted to see me walk in today and announce my intentions to make a purchase. Finally!

We've got snow on the streets, so I haven't bothered getting my road bikes out, and I'm sick of the trainer. Walking's no fun, much less running. So I hardly do any riding in January and February, and it always drives me batty. But not this year. This year, things are different.

I've only been on it for a half an hour, but I'm already enjoying the subtle differences in riding style. Things like: holding a line over rough hardened snow on a sidewalk and feeling the rear wheel bounce around. Something you would never really do on a road bike. Damn, this is fun!

I'm definitely going to do some trails this summer. I can't wait!
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I've got a RockHopper 29 (2014 model). Very versatile & upgradable bike. I've not regretted buying mine.
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Congrats! You'll have a lot of fun on trails.
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I can't stay off this new bike. Since getting it yesterday I've been riding all over the place. It's actually hard work plowing though a couple inches of soft snow on top of the tarmac, I can really feel it in my legs. And the greater difficulty associated with a comparatively "technical" course (i.e. winter) brings a whole new set of challenges to riding that I wasn't aware of as a roadie.

What's so gratifying is that it looks like I've found my answer to the winder doldrums. Now I can ride 12 months of the year instead of just 10, and now snow is something enjoyable to ride through, not something to stare at unhappily with gritted teeth. January and February aren't so daunting anymore.

Endorphins to the rescue!
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What I really like about MTB is that the scenery is much better than road biking, the trails are fun, and while you might crash into a tree you probably won't be run over by a car.

Mostly it's the fun. Even trails that are easy are still much more enjoyable than road biking.
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Congrats on the new bike, What model did you get? Last year I bought the 2015 Rockhopper Sport, the Blue one.
I thought I did plenty of research, and my budget was fairly low. I really like this bike, At my age its just right, I;ll never
be able to do any hard core off-road. I have realized after alot of reading on Shimano components that this bike does have
lower end parts . The brakes are fine, the drivetrain is ok. I'll probably upgrade only if something fails. otherwise
I'll ride the heck out of it.

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I'm considering doing the same. I've been road biking for years and friends have been trying to twist my arm to go to the dark side. I've always wanted to mix it up a bit and now looking for something used on CL, but not seeing much. Also looking for some deals on leftovers. Usually when I start doing some serious research, its just a matter of time. Looking forward to mixing it up and playing in the woods. Enjoy your new ride.
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I ride fat and skinny tires and have for years. Fat tires are much more an adventure. What Colin said is my experience as well.
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Great bike to get into the sport!
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So many of us started mountain biking on a Rockhopper, myself included. Good choice, solid bike. Enjoy!
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Right on and congrats on your new bike! I started MTB on a Rockhopper as well. I wish I hadn't sold it; sometimes you just want to rock a hardtail. Have fun!

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Rousseau....

Your seeking the, 'Flow' and It Is very elusive to say the least. but once found you will be forever changed

Stay loose on the bike, move all over the bike but always keeping your weight centered and down through your feet.
When entering a fast corner press down on the outside low pedal and get your upper body low over the bike, bend your elbows and
push the front tire into the ground for traction...

DON'T run too much air ! Higher pressure INCREASES rolling resistance off road.
Lower pressures alow the tire to deform over obstacles not bounce off them..

The beginners formula for tubed tires,,,
Rider IN full gear weight divided by 7 plus 2 psi In the rear tire and rider weight divided by 7 minus 1 psi in the front
should keep you from pinch flatting,,
I ride a full suspension 27.5 bike tubed with this formula and never pinch flat
Note: same formula in my 29er hard tail before I lost 27 pounds,,,never pinched a tube

I have found the flow,,,,,,,
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I bought a used 2013 Rockhopper 29 yesterday too! Took it out to Duthie Hill Park here near Seattle. Really fantastic ride. I started on a Niner MCR 9 and sold it like an idiot because "i wanted to focus on road biking". Regretted it and finally saved up for a new ride. Couldn't afford a nice bike so I picked up a mint 13 rockhopper for $400. I thought i would be really disappointed but its quite nice! definitely see myself enjoying it for a few years until i can justify a nicer ride.
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