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MTB Show us your mountain bike(s)

Discussion in 'Cycling Department Forum' started by Bram Hengeveld, Jun 26, 2016.

  1. Jan Larsen

    Jan Larsen Senior Member

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    Welcome Brandon :). Nice looking bike you've got there! Dosent look like it has seen any trails yet :p
     
  2. Brandon Wright

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    Nope, not yet! Nor have I, but I've discovered there are at least two or three proper mountain bike trails in Indy so I plan to check them out this year. So far I've only been a pavement rider since my main goal was to get exercise and lose weight (lost 40 lbs since May) but I definitely want to do some trail riding too so I made sure to get a bike that should be capable of it.

    Here's the specs on the bike, nothing super duper fancy but not bargain bin parts either. I have the 29" wheels.
    https://www.performancebike.com/sho...e-mountain-bike-performance-exclusive-31-2709
     
  3. Jan Larsen

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    Specs look great, especially for the price. It should serve you well for many years, just remember to get it serviced every now and then. Best of luck on it and dont be afraid to ask if you have questions, there some very capable folks here :)
     
  4. arthur666

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    Good to see you here Brandon!
    Looks like a very decent bike for only $650. For offroad, double-wall rims are a must, and so many cheap bikes skimp on that since the average consumer can't tell the difference (until they bend).
     
  5. Brandon Wright

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    Hi Arthur! Good to know! Being a relative noob to all this I had no idea that was an important thing but I tried to do a lot of research before making the purchase and this one seemed pretty well kitted out and ready to go for some serious riding. I think it's a good starting point that I can build on in years to come. I read that the Rapid Rob tires are pretty good too, they definitely look more robust than the tires on my old bike and feel much nicer to ride on. The hydraulic disc brakes are awesome, and I really like that I can adjust the strength/pre-load of the front spring.

    I'll be sure to share some pics and vids if spring ever decides to actually show up!
     
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  6. Flaviu

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    Hi Brandon, nice bike you have there :)
    The spring is closer and closer :sun:, so be ready to go. I'm pretty sure you will have some nice time on and off roads and all I can say it is to have your camera prepared. We wait for those photos.
    Wish you have fun and amazing rides :party:
     
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  7. Brandon Wright

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    I wish! Sunday it got up to 45º F but by the end of the day we had 3" of snow on the ground. It was all melted by yesterday, today it's supposed to be near 70º F but thunderstorms all day and then tomorrow we get another couple inches of snow. It's driving me mad!! :poop:
     
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  8. Bram Hengeveld

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  9. Brandon Wright

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    Hi Bram! :)
     
  10. Bram Hengeveld

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    Hey BW, are you on strava as well?
     
  11. Brandon Wright

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    I'd not heard of it before, looks interesting though. I'll check it out once the weather decides to cooperate (more snow this morning. :sob: )
     
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  12. Jan Larsen

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    We're actually having quite decent weather now. Finally, spring has arrived.
     
  13. Bram Hengeveld

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    The weather is great here as well.
     
  14. Brandon Wright

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    Not here, sadly. We've been hovering around freezing for most of the month so anytime we get an April Shower it turns into snowfall. 6 of the first 9 days of April saw snow here. :mad: Friday looks promising though, hoping for an after-work cruise.
     
  15. Brandon Wright

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    Finally, a nice day! Supposed to get up to about 75f/24c today so I'll be hitting the bike after work!
     
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  16. Bram Hengeveld

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    Enjoy your ride!
     
  17. Brandon Wright

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    I did! Found a nice little park near me that has some paved paths for walking/biking and some mild offroad paths in the woods. It was my first taste of proper mountain biking, I quite enjoyed it and the bike seemed plenty up to the task.

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  18. Jan Larsen

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    Nice pictures and video, looks very scenic, much like the terrain we have here :). I'm planning on using my cross bike for similar things this weekend and particularly next week since the weather looks to be great. Was the offroad bit fun? My first time was epic good fun, very tough and a bit overwhelming. But it got me hooked on MTB'ing and it shouldn't be long until I can add one to my collection :heart_eyes:. What camera did you use?
     
  19. Brandon Wright

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    Yes, very fun! It was fairly flat so nothing too crazy but it was a good workout and should be good for getting me prepared for the bigger trails down in Indy. We've had a lot of rain recently so it was a bit muddy in places and I was getting wheelspin which caused the back to step out a couple times, made it impossible to get up a couple of the hills. Considering I haven't really been on the bike for 4-5 months I felt like I held up pretty well but definitely not ready to tackle the big trails yet. Really glad I upgraded my bike too, I don't think my old one would be able to handle the offroad stuff very well. Camera was a first gen GoPro Hero on a chest strap.

    This was my first time at this park, I didn't even know it existed until yesterday. Nothing super fancy but it's only about 10-12 minutes from my house and offers a nice variety for riding and nice scenery. I'll be visiting regularly for sure, much nicer than just riding around the neighborhood streets like I usually do. Here's what the big trails in Indy look like, slightly intimidating if I'm honest! :eek: :laughing:

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  20. Jan Larsen

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    Yeah, we have plenty of trails of that nature here aswell, its intimidating to ride them at first, but the trail building crews usually build chicken trails around the bigger obstacles, making them accessible for everyone. I usually stick to the Blue routes since thats the limit both I and my bike can take. With time, and the right bike, I hope to tackle Red routes and even the odd Black route, but thats far into the future :)
     

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