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Old 04-21-2010, 04:55 AM   #101
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Sweet! Now ride the hell out of that bisch!
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Old 04-21-2010, 09:53 AM   #102
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where does this bike stack up against what i posted? it looks sturdy, but i don't know crap all about bikes, so is this a "really" good bike, cuz it sure as hell looks like it, i'm kinda scared to find out how much. K found this bike on their site at 995$ but i can't find which stores carry them, i like how it looks. can't wait for a report also

And the other question, if i got a bike with rear suspension also, what is the disadvantage?
Having a shock in the rear helps to smoothen out the ride on rough terrain. Less bumpiness on a ride means the rider maintains great control of the bike since it is more stable (especially on downhills) and less fatigue on the body overall.

The main drawbacks to Full suspension bikes used to (1)Weight- suspension mechanism adds lbs (2)Pedal Bob -Springy action robs you of pedaling energy (3)Price.

The first two have been since been overcome for the most part with some pretty sophisticated technological advancements.....unfortunately, the prices have also gone up significantly as well....

So yes, you can overcome the percieved drawbacks of FS, but at a steep price.....I personally wouldn't get an FS unless I was looking to spend at least $2500+ (unless it was used)

The Windsor looks like a good starter bike as well, the big difference is that the Devinci/Trek you're looking at will have better components (not really a huge deal since you may or may not notice the difference as a new rider)

Tons of really good bikes out there, don't get caught up in trying to compare them ALL, since you will be here till next year still searching.

If you're gonna spend 1k, I'd say go for the Trek/Devinci....if you can find the same Windsor for $400, then save $600 and go with that.

If you have some good shops around you, I would try to buy from them first before going online...
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Having a shock in the rear helps to smoothen out the ride on rough terrain. Less bumpiness on a ride means the rider maintains great control of the bike since it is more stable (especially on downhills) and less fatigue on the body overall.

The main drawbacks to Full suspension bikes used to (1)Weight- suspension mechanism adds lbs (2)Pedal Bob -Springy action robs you of pedaling energy (3)Price.

The first two have been since been overcome for the most part with some pretty sophisticated technological advancements.....unfortunately, the prices have also gone up significantly as well....

So yes, you can overcome the percieved drawbacks of FS, but at a steep price.....I personally wouldn't get an FS unless I was looking to spend at least $2500+ (unless it was used)

The Windsor looks like a good starter bike as well, the big difference is that the Devinci/Trek you're looking at will have better components (not really a huge deal since you may or may not notice the difference as a new rider)

Tons of really good bikes out there, don't get caught up in trying to compare them ALL, since you will be here till next year still searching.

If you're gonna spend 1k, I'd say go for the Trek/Devinci....if you can find the same Windsor for $400, then save $600 and go with that.

If you have some good shops around you, I would try to buy from them first before going online...
thanks man, you're a great help along with Breyton

I'm heading to the other shop now, have 2 hours before i head to office. I'll write when i get back. I can go up to crazy prices, but there really is no point, hell i might not even enjoy biking, so i'll start off at 1 000$ and go from there.
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^ I think that's an excellent pricepoint to start with. Goodluck with your search. Biking has helped a lot in my weight problems. That aside from the fun factor has got me addicted.
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K had a chance to head to this amazing store. These guys carry all kinds of brands from devinci to kona to giant etc etc. A real specialty shop for bikes, and their pricing is very fair did some local research and they come highly recommended.

Now i spoke to the sales guy, he asked about my height this and that and suggested that i go with a 29er, he mentioned all the positives and attributes which made sense. The only bike that he carries in 29 inch is the Kona line up, and the one in my price range is the Kona kahuna http://www.konaworld.com/bike.cfm?content=kahuna

then there is the big Kahuna for 600$ more

a few questions for you guys.

since i'm 6'3 it kinda makes sense to have a 29er correct?

Is Kona a good bike, and the 600$ difference between the kahuna and big kahuna, would i notice in my intended use the component difference?

I don't like the color too much, but what can i do. 3 weeks to order and receive.

what other 29er do you guys recommend from other brands.
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what's crazy is i'm graduating tomorrow (last exam) and i dont even want to study, lol i'm researching bikes left and right.

I found a few gary fishers in 29 inch, which are in my price range. I can order those too, so i will decide within a few days, gonna start riding my old crap bike to get sore and get that period out of the way, so when my new bike gets here i'll be fresh
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^Gary Fisher is also owned by Trek. My buddy has one and I've ridden it a few times. They go over bumps and dips more easily than the 26 for obvious reasons. Also, with the new 29 specific drivetrain gearing that component manufacturers came out with, the pedaling effort is about the same as pedaling a 26 bike. I say go for it. I'm eyeing a Niner bikes 29er as my 2nd bike. Are those available there in your bike shop? They have very good reviews.
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first off go study!!! you'll have plenty of time to MTB...lol

I'm 6'2 and I ride a 29er as well, it does seem to work better for bigger guys in terms of frame sizing, and the sales guy is correct to steer you in that direction...but don't think that is your ONLY option and don't hesitate to test ride a few 26ers as well just so you find what works for YOU.

Kona is a good brand

It looks like the main "upgrade" with the Big Kahuna are the wheels..........while wheels are probably THE most important upgrade you can make to any bike, I don't think these are worth it. You'd actually be better off saving your $600 and buying your own aftermarket wheels when you're ready to upgrade. Get the cheaper frame

Pretty much all major brands make a 29er

FYI Gary Fisher is regarded as the Father of modern day Mountain Biking and one hell of a cool guy (while in town recently, he snuck out a formal event, jumped into a pedicab and went drinking with a bunch of local riders)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gary_Fisher

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29er might be interesting. Just keep in mind the parts are *less* available than standard 26" wheels, tires, tubes.
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so not true.....I've been riding them for 4yrs now, and have never run into this issue.

what are you talking about?
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I just usually see mostly 26" parts at local shops. Not saying they aren't available, but you have less selection.
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^Here's a tip. In an emergency, you can fit a 26 tube to a 29 wheel.
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as I've said twice in this thread, my first bike was 350, so I'm the last person to ever suggest you NEED an expensive bike.

my purchase was based on MY budget at the time and intended use.............I suspect this is the same for you.
But just because a $600 bike fit YOUR budget and riding needs doesn't make it a benchmark for which all new riders must adhere to

ara himself suggested the bike based on HIS budget, and it isn't really expensive for a good bike.......

congrats lowdog...getting a new bike for me is just as exciting as getting a new car....enjoy!
lol my bike was only 400 but your right some riders might start out a lot more capable than i did. but its very true that you can have funs on a cheap assed bike.

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dude are you riding muddy trails in Dallas?
ya... it had just been deemed "open" but then i got bogged down in mud for 1/3 of the trail. i dont like riding muddy trails because it fvcks them up when they dry, as this one got screwed because someone didnt check all of it before opening it.
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i found another known shop, gonna go check them out to.

For sure i want a 29er.

For now the Gary Fisher Cobia is at the top of my list, looks like a nice bike and great reviews.

I didn't like the color of the KONA as much, but covered in mud won't be a big deal.

I'm going to attempt to study right now, see what happens
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I just usually see mostly 26" parts at local shops. Not saying they aren't available, but you have less selection.
I suppose it depends on where you live, here where I live, 29ers are pretty "mainstream", so the shops are stocked pretty equally with 26 stuff

and yes the tubes are interchangeable in a pinch
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Rode 13km after work today, love the bike, i can feel i need to get used to the saddle and need to learn how to position my self. Omg saw so many hot chicks. So glad i live in Downtown Miami

Anyone know a better route calculator than this one ? http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/
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Rode 13km after work today, love the bike, i can feel i need to get used to the saddle and need to learn how to position my self. Omg saw so many hot chicks. So glad i live in Downtown Miami

Anyone know a better route calculator than this one ? http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/
congrats, how long did the 13km take you?

I'm so excited to place my order tomorrow
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congrats, how long did the 13km take you?

I'm so excited to place my order tomorrow
Pretty long wasnt racing, and couldnt cuz of all the people. but rode for a little over an hour. beautifull evening Just cant get my bike computer to work, does that sensor HAVE to be within 1mm from the magnet? Cuz my spokes doesnt allow that

On saturday i will ride down to key biscayne from my place and back, about 21 miles. so thats gonna be awesome, dont think ive went that long on a bike in 10 years lol
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Pretty long wasnt racing, and couldnt cuz of all the people. but rode for a little over an hour. beautifull evening Just cant get my bike computer to work, does that sensor HAVE to be within 1mm from the magnet? Cuz my spokes doesnt allow that

On saturday i will ride down to key biscayne from my place and back, about 21 miles. so thats gonna be awesome, dont think ive went that long on a bike in 10 years lol
i'm more excited about buying this damn bike than i am of graduating tomorrow.

For the next 2 months until construction starts i'm in the sales office from 1pm, so everymorning i will ride, not sure how much i can, as i haven't in years, but once i get better i will start riding to the gym also, 5 minute drive so shouldn't be bad on a bike.

I want this exam out of the way, i finish at 5 pm tomorrow, 5:30 i'll be at the store with my Credit Card
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i'm more excited about buying this damn bike than i am of graduating tomorrow.

For the next 2 months until construction starts i'm in the sales office from 1pm, so everymorning i will ride, not sure how much i can, as i haven't in years, but once i get better i will start riding to the gym also, 5 minute drive so shouldn't be bad on a bike.

I want this exam out of the way, i finish at 5 pm tomorrow, 5:30 i'll be at the store with my Credit Card
Priorities man!! Haha..
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