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Old November 6th, 2012, 12:21 PM   #121
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For street 30ish is good. Just like trail rigs psi is dependent on factors. I run about 20 front on a dual ply 2.35 front and 26ish on a 2.1 single ply rear. I get pretty good traction in that range.

I don't ride much street. That's my trailbike ranges.
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Old March 23rd, 2013, 11:40 PM   #122
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Up from the dead again lol

It's getting to be about that time again. Looking to do a mix of road and trails. I currently have a 17ish year old Gary Fisher. I walked into a bike shop years ago and bought it without being fitted, but on longer rides it's not all that comfortable. Today's ergonomics of bike are totally different than they used to be also.

I was kicking around the idea of something like this

http://detroit.craigslist.org/okl/bik/3681109256.html

After reading some reviews, people are just OK with it, mainly with how heavy the wheels and tires are. But most entry level bike reviews all seem to be the same "needs some upgrades". Like most people getting into it, I have no idea what I am looking at. I think with it being 19" it'll be too big for me 5'8" 30ish inseam.
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That bike could use a "lot" of upgrades (to satisfy myself anyway).

My first stops would be the brakes, fork, wheels.

That said it would be a decent bike for getting back into things, but not at #375.

at 5-8 it will be way too big.

I'm 5-10 and I ride a 16.5-18" frame. 31-32ish inseam.
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I figured it would be too much, especially for basically the same price I could get this

http://americancycleandfitness.com/p...00-94368-1.htm

Or for a little more move up to a 29er like this

http://americancycleandfitness.com/p...on-94373-1.htm

There is always diamondback and Nishiki from dicks, but again, not sure on the quality

http://www.dickssportinggoods.com/pr...18012.12458051

http://www.dickssportinggoods.com/pr...18012.12458051

I plan on shopping around and testing some possibly today, I don't really plan on buying today as I want to get the right fit for me.
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Old March 24th, 2013, 10:55 AM   #125
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well heres my ride is a haro vr1 26" bike i bought back in 2007 as a NOS bike and im looking to get back into riding but i know next to nothing about mountain bikes. So what do u guys think about think about this bike? Is it worth getting new tires and riding it to work or should i look for something else?

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Old March 24th, 2013, 12:10 PM   #126
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Why not use it and see if you stick with riding, then up grade.
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Thats prolly what i will do

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the 3700 series isn't all that great. Its best you step up to a 4000 or better series. I paid that much for mine an gave it away once I stepped up to a 4500. IMHO all the other bikes you listed are better than it.


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I figured it would be too much, especially for basically the same price I could get this

http://americancycleandfitness.com/p...00-94368-1.htm

Or for a little more move up to a 29er like this

http://americancycleandfitness.com/p...on-94373-1.htm

There is always diamondback and Nishiki from dicks, but again, not sure on the quality

http://www.dickssportinggoods.com/pr...18012.12458051

http://www.dickssportinggoods.com/pr...18012.12458051

I plan on shopping around and testing some possibly today, I don't really plan on buying today as I want to get the right fit for me.
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Old March 24th, 2013, 01:18 PM   #129
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I figured it would be too much, especially for basically the same price I could get this

http://americancycleandfitness.com/p...00-94368-1.htm

Or for a little more move up to a 29er like this

http://americancycleandfitness.com/p...on-94373-1.htm

There is always diamondback and Nishiki from dicks, but again, not sure on the quality

http://www.dickssportinggoods.com/pr...18012.12458051

http://www.dickssportinggoods.com/pr...18012.12458051

I plan on shopping around and testing some possibly today, I don't really plan on buying today as I want to get the right fit for me.
I bought a brand new Trek Marlin WSD last year for my girlfriend to ride. After getting on it and riding it for a few minutes I fell in love. I ended up finding a used Redline d440. It's been a great bike so far. I am 5'9ish with a 30"ish inseam. I went with the small (15") frame and it seems perfect. Kickstand tells me I look like a circus bear in it, but fukc him. I like the 29ers.
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I looked at a 4300 that was on close out for $650ish from 800, I really liked at and was drawn to it instantly. I test rode a marlin 29 er that was a 15.5" that seemed to fit me well. It's tough to climb on a bike and ride a couple laps around the parking lot and say "yep it fits great". I definitely liked the ergonomics of the 29er better than my current bike.

The sales douche was no help at all either. I asked a few questions and he gave me the generic "yes" salesman answers. When I asked about sizing of frame he asked how tall I was. The funny thing about it was he was the exact same height as me. His answer was get on and get one that feels comfortable and go with it.
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Old March 24th, 2013, 03:01 PM   #131
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Can't wait to get out and ride this year. I have a Diamonback 29er that I bought from Al's Quickrelease in Davison and a Redline SS.

The 29er needs at least a new seals in the front fork or an upgrade (Dart 3 I think). The SS has a squeaky rear brake.
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I forgot about redline, I wasn't sure they even made mountain bikes. I have my 92 redline 700 bmx bike in the garage.

I wouldn't mind taking a peek at this

http://www.redlinebicycles.com/bikes/mtb/2013-d600
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I think redline is now china made. Not the same as when we were kids.
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I think redline is now china made. Not the same as when we were kids.
Not that Wikipedia is 100% accurate but

Redline Bicycles is an American manufacturer of bmx, freestyle, cyclocross, mountain (mtb), and road bicycles and components who is currently owned and operated by Seattle Bike Supply in Kent WA.

Of course a lot of the shit put on it is foreign
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I think redline is now china made. Not the same as when we were kids.
That goes for almost all bikes...
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Most aluminum bikes are made in Taiwan.
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Almost every single manufacturer is now building their bikes in taiwan or china, both aluminum and carbon.

If you want an american made bike purchase an Intense. www.intensecycles.com . Still manufactured (aluminum bikes) here in the US.

I prefer transition's, although they are welded over seas all of the design and development is done in the US (Washington) and is a rider owned company of about 8-10 guys, even most of their professional riders work for the company monday through friday. I really want to pick up a transition covert to add to my stable. But they also make a nice 26 or 29" cross country mountain bike in the transition transam.

www.transitionbikes.com

Trek makes nice bikes, as was said I wouldn't drop down below the 4500 series. The marlin is a nice entry into the mountain bike world.

Anything from dick's is just a glorified walmart bike.
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Here is my raleigh XXIX. I love rigid single speeds... Its so smooth and quite. No suspension noises or tensioners/derailers clinking. I cant wait for summer



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So is Redline still the top of the line like it was in the 80s and 90s?

I thought I remember hearing that Redline and Mongoose were now owned by cheap Chinese crap peddlers. I did some searches when looking for what to get my daughter so I didn't over pay for junk.
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So is Redline still the top of the line like it was in the 80s and 90s?

I thought I remember hearing that Redline and Mongoose were now owned by cheap Chinese crap peddlers. I did some searches when looking for what to get my daughter so I didn't over pay for junk.
A lot of manufacturers have been lured into selling department store grade bikes as well as some bike shop grade bikes.....redline is one of them. Some redlines are nice bikes (like kixx's bike), and some are shit.

You're still safe with a trek, giant, specialized for the standard well known names. With Redline, GT, and diamondback you have to be a bit more educated to know what you are getting.

I don't know if it was this thread or in another but I posted a chart with the varying levels of shimano components as well as sram components, typically if the bike is stock, that's a good way to determine what kind of quality you are getting.

If it's not spec'd with shimano or sram components ie: brakes, drivetrain, shifters, etc there's a fairly good chance it's not a very high quality bike.

Just like jeeps, buggies, etc. you get what you pay for, and there are varying levels of what is deemed acceptable for what you plan to do with your bike.
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