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#26 2010-06-29 15:19:53

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Re: Mountain Bike discussion time.

gonzocycle wrote:

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Hyper=geoff

I see.  Glad you remembered spelling.  Now I have to kill Az though.  There can only be one...

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#27 2010-06-29 15:27:58

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Re: Mountain Bike discussion time.

D-rock wrote:

The Forge Sawback 5XX looks like a decent entry point for the price. I'm surprised it's able to have name brand components and still be so cheap.

I bought one myself (5XX) and have been very happy with it.

My general theory with it was to right it until a component broke and replace it with something nicer.

To say the least I have put a few hundred miles on it and not had to replace anything!


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#28 2010-06-29 15:58:19

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Re: Mountain Bike discussion time.

KDUB wrote:

D-rock wrote:

The Forge Sawback 5XX looks like a decent entry point for the price. I'm surprised it's able to have name brand components and still be so cheap.

I bought one myself (5XX) and have been very happy with it.

My general theory with it was to right it until a component broke and replace it with something nicer.

To say the least I have put a few hundred miles on it and not had to replace anything!

Mine hasn't been so lucky - I bent the biggest crankset gear (badly) when I feel off an obstacle and caught it while moving in a forward direction with the bike going a bit sideways... but I am not sure any bike without a rock ring would have faired better.

The brakes took a bit to break in (especially the front) but other than the handle grips I really like the bike!


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#29 2010-06-29 16:11:20

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Re: Mountain Bike discussion time.

I have put it through some decent falls but I have been lucky enough at this point to avoid some high speed direct shots with rocks.

The key to this bike is that although the components are not super-high end, they are all solid lower-end versions of higher-end components and/or higher-end component manufacturers.


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#30 2010-06-29 16:13:53

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Re: Mountain Bike discussion time.

hyperboarder wrote:

I see.  Glad you remembered spelling.  Now I have to kill Az though.  There can only be one...

I was here first.

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#31 2010-06-29 16:48:45

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Re: Mountain Bike discussion time.

Watch yo back mofo.

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#32 2010-06-29 17:47:00

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Re: Mountain Bike discussion time.

KDUB wrote:

The key to this bike is that although the components are not super-high end, they are all solid lower-end versions of higher-end components and/or higher-end component manufacturers.

Exactly. The Deore shifters won't be as crisp and precise feeling as XTRs but they share similar technology and aren't far off. In fact they're probably more durable than the higher end components since they haven't been totally optimized for weight. The Avid BB5 cable disc brakes are pretty underpowered but still better than v-brakes. For the price though I thought that's already pretty decent.

If you end up getting into mountain biking I wouldn't waste money upgrading this bike with better components. You'll get more bang for your buck selling this bike and then starting fresh with something higher end. If you've ever tried to build up a bike the individual components add up to a really expensive total package. Bike companies get good deals on components and that pricing gets passed down to the consumer in order for them to be competitive.


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#33 2010-06-29 19:06:24

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Re: Mountain Bike discussion time.

hyperboarder wrote:

gonzocycle wrote:

Az=jeff
Hyper=geoff

I see.  Glad you remembered spelling.  Now I have to kill Az though.  There can only be one...

Post pics for sure.


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#34 2010-06-29 20:25:52

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Re: Mountain Bike discussion time.

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#35 2010-06-29 20:49:14

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Re: Mountain Bike discussion time.

Pyromancy5 wrote:

see sig

nevermind I sold my 2008 Trek 4300 disco for $425 today, bought it 2 years ago for $525.  MSRP on the 2010 is $659.  Reposted CL ad and had it gone with in 8 hrs.  Should have listed it for more. unamused  sellers remorse.


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#36 2010-06-29 21:48:31

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Re: Mountain Bike discussion time.

Just ordered the Forge.

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#37 2010-06-29 22:06:05

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Re: Mountain Bike discussion time.

Az and Ryan, don't you guys live together? Or not anymore? Can you guys have an IRL convo about this.  biggrin

I don't know why I put this picture up, but it's funny because it's old school.

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#38 2010-06-29 22:17:27

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Re: Mountain Bike discussion time.

Ryan is home for about a total of three hours a week.

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#39 2010-06-30 00:09:49

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Re: Mountain Bike discussion time.

arrow-up
Did Kermit drive him out?


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#40 2010-07-02 21:23:48

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Re: Mountain Bike discussion time.

Looks more like Kermit is getting something driven in...


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#41 2010-07-03 11:35:42

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Re: Mountain Bike discussion time.

Bike is currently in UPS purgatory.  I got a tracking number Wednesday morning, but the bike hasn't been tagged yet.

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#42 2010-07-04 00:09:16

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Re: Mountain Bike discussion time.

Az while you wait can I threadjack and ask a noobish question?

Im hunting around for a new bike as I sold my Trek 8500 a few years ago and now my knee is telling me to start riding or prep for reconstructive surgery ( 16yr old injury ) that 8500 was nice but always felt a bit big on me ( and now I forget if it was 19.5 or 21 frame )  at 6ft would a 17in be too small

I found this and was thinking of making an offer as the guy is local but it says 17in frame
http://cgi.ebay.com/EPX-Hollowpoint-Mou … 1474667915

It looked like it had good components but IDK much about bikes & wanted to ask the experts first


Got it, thanks for the help guys  smile

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#43 2010-07-04 09:11:05

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Re: Mountain Bike discussion time.

Just picked up a Gary Fisher Cobia 29er off of cl for 500$ and so far so good! up

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#44 2010-07-04 20:48:43

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Re: Mountain Bike discussion time.

polkcntyaero wrote:

Just picked up a Gary Fisher Cobia 29er off of cl for 500$ and so far so good! up

I wish I went with a 29er when I bought my GF Piranha, same as Alan l.'s.  biggrin


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#45 2010-07-04 22:47:06

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Re: Mountain Bike discussion time.

29er vs 26inch what's the pros and cons?


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#46 2010-07-04 23:27:14

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Re: Mountain Bike discussion time.

MetalNeverDies wrote:

29er vs 26inch what's the pros and cons?

Mountain Bike Action mag did a great comparison between the 26", 27.5" and 29" mtb bikes to see what's good where.


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#47 2010-07-04 23:32:56

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Re: Mountain Bike discussion time.

And what conclusion did Mountain Bike Action mag come up with?

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#48 2010-07-05 00:25:07

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Re: Mountain Bike discussion time.

Azrael wrote:

And what conclusion did Mountain Bike Action mag come up with?

You're going to have to read the article.  shifty


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#49 2010-07-05 01:48:10

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Re: Mountain Bike discussion time.

link to said article atleast?!?  confused


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#50 2010-07-05 02:27:25

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Re: Mountain Bike discussion time.

IMO,

Stick with 26.

My pros and cons on 29er:

Pros:
You roll over smaller bumps and rocks easier/sometimes you don't even feel them.
Longer wheel base
Lower center of gravity
Stable at bombing downhill.

Cons:
Turning radius sucks ass
HEAVY
Switchbacks will prove difficult because of the wider turning radius and the longer wheel base.
Does not feel nimble.
HEAVY

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