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Old 04-17-2010, 06:58 PM   #1
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* Official* Mountain Bike Thread

Dunno if we already have one, i know we have one for Road.

Anyway, i just ordered a entry level bike from Bikesdirect. A Windsor 4900 Cliff hard tail, my budget was $400 and it had better components than all the treks/specialized/gt bikes for the same money.

What do you ride, and do you have any tips for a newbie?? Just gonna be riding around town and some trail. Probably 50/50

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Old 04-17-2010, 07:19 PM   #2
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I used to work for Shimano.... here is my mtn bike.



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Old 04-17-2010, 07:30 PM   #3
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I have a Raleigh M80 which is currently sitting about 6 in. from my back behind my couch. As far as tips go when Im on a trail I usually try to keep my weight slightly forward but not too far forward that I launch myself over the handlebars. Thats what works best for me. Oh, and disc brakes are a PAIN! I have them on my M80 and they need constant adjustment or they make a weird harmonic tone, its hard to describe and really annoying.



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Old 04-17-2010, 07:39 PM   #4
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Old 04-17-2010, 07:45 PM   #5
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Yay. Biking is fun, I just went yesterday. My best advice is practice and make some good biking friends to ride with - you will get better that way.

I've got 2 bikes - a commuter/XC bike and an FR/DH bike:





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Old 04-17-2010, 07:46 PM   #6
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I need a new bike im still debating between a mountain bike and a fixie

I ride on the street 99.9% of the time but it would be cool to do some trails with some friends.
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Old 04-17-2010, 08:12 PM   #7
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Cool what did you do at shimano? I always thought they were Japanese or sum ding
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Old 04-17-2010, 08:43 PM   #8
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Cool what did you do at shimano? I always thought they were Japanese or sum ding
They are a Japanese company but they have a distribution center in Irvine, Ca. I worked in Human Resources and legal stuff. I also coordinated all sponsorships for road, bmx, and mtn bike individuals and teams. Worked on patents with Japan, etc....
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Old 04-17-2010, 09:01 PM   #9
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OP - nice move going with bikesdirect.com.
my bike was stolen right out of my garage!!! $3K stolen by some punks kids most likely. My next bike...
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Old 04-17-2010, 10:50 PM   #10
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Dunno if we already have one, i know we have one for Road.

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Where do you ride in SoFla? Its pretty flat here, sandy, etc.

My bike got stolen, sad day.
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Old 04-17-2010, 10:52 PM   #11
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Where do you ride in SoFla? Its pretty flat here, sandy, etc.

My bike got stolen, sad day.
No where i dont have a bike yet :p

But i heard there should be a couple of good spots, i found out on another forum, ill put it here when i find it again!

That sucks dude, mine is only gonna be in my apartment if im not on top of it.
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Old 04-18-2010, 01:25 AM   #12
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Where do you ride in SoFla? Its pretty flat here, sandy, etc.

My bike got stolen, sad day.
Markham Park

http://www.sunrisefl.gov/2park_markham.html

Ocala

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Tips for a new rider:

-Sign up at mtbr.com. There are forums, product reviews, articles, etc. It's a great resource.
-Subscribe to Mountain Bike Action
-Make friends at your best local bike shop and go out on rides with them. Riding with people who are better than you will make you a better rider
-Pick a day or two a week where you and your friends ride.
-Eat and hydrate correctly.



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Turner XCE

I bought the frame used and then used mtbr.com to check reviews on parts I found on eBay. You can save a lot of time, money, and hassle by reading mtbr.com and watching eBay carefully. For example, these are the prices I paid on eBay to customize my frame:

Turner frame - $450 [Came with Marzocchi Roco air shock and Push Tuned Fox coil shock]
Reba - gift
King headset - $60 [not pictured]
Hayes Stroker Carbon - $200
SLX Crankset w/ Race Face chainguide and bash guard [1x9 drivetrain] $130 [not pictured]
KMC X9SL chain - gift
EA70 handlebar - $20
Easton MG60 magnesium stem - $40
Thomson seatpost - gift
Selle Italia Carbonio SLR - $80
XTR M970 rear derailleur - $60
XTR M970 shifter - $65
XT WH-M765 wheels - $170 [not pictured]
Kenda Tomac tires - $30

I've only put about $1100 into it. The gifts were bought on eBay too, and if you add them to the total, it only goes up by $500. The retail on the Turner frame is $1999 alone. If I had paid retail for all that stuff, the bike would have cost me well over $5k.

So, moral of the story: ride, have fun, do your research, and upgrade wisely.

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They are a Japanese company but they have a distribution center in Irvine, Ca. I worked in Human Resources and legal stuff. I also coordinated all sponsorships for road, bmx, and mtn bike individuals and teams. Worked on patents with Japan, etc....
Just curious, how was it working there? Did they treat their employees well?
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Old 04-18-2010, 04:29 AM   #14
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Old 04-18-2010, 07:33 AM   #16
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Whats the best site to buy accessories? Like grips/pedals/clothing and stuff like that?
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Old 04-18-2010, 07:57 AM   #17
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Whats the best site to buy accessories? Like grips/pedals/clothing and stuff like that?
Competitivecyclist.com
Bluesky cycling
jensonusa.com
cambria bike
etc

Seriously, go check out mtbr.com. They also have a hot deals subforum.
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Old 04-18-2010, 07:58 AM   #18
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Competitivecyclist.com
Bluesky cycling
jensonusa.com
cambria bike
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Seriously, go check out mtbr.com. They also have a hot deals subforum.
Thanks! already got a user there but just checking out the beginners corner.
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Old 04-18-2010, 09:14 AM   #19
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I'm a huge fan of 29er hardtails

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I had the frame modified by Wes Willits and installed a Lefty last year






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My wife and I recently picked up some bikes. Mine is a Gary Fisher Wahoo, and hers is a Trek Skye.
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