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Old June 20th, 2013, 08:38 PM   #1
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mountain bike questions

I just picked up a new bike for what I think was a good deal. But its been a long time

Between bikes. So can anyone school me on what components are good/better/best.

And the differences in shocks, tires rims and stuff.

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Old June 20th, 2013, 08:57 PM   #2
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Before someone yells at you for not being specific, you should tell us all what you bought and how your going to ride it.
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Old June 20th, 2013, 09:26 PM   #3
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Hi. I want to make a comment, what should it be?
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Old June 20th, 2013, 09:27 PM   #4
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why don't you tell us what you have, what you paid for it and what you expect out of it.........
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Old June 20th, 2013, 10:21 PM   #5
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The bike is a specialized camber elite, fsr. But that really is beside the point. What i would like to know

from people is about the components and and such. I plan on trail and some easy downhill single track.

If anyone has ridden the downhill trails at crystal mountain , stuff like that. Just trying to figure out what


would need to be upgraded. I PAID 875.00 for it new.
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Old June 20th, 2013, 11:07 PM   #6
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While there are a few members here who ride bikes, you may be better off asking these questions on a site geared specifically for what your asking.

http://forums.mtbr.com/forum.php?

http://mmba.org/forum/

http://www.bikeforums.net/forumdispl...ountain-Biking

http://www.bikeradar.com/forums/viewforum.php?f=40058
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Old June 21st, 2013, 05:51 AM   #7
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The bike is a specialized camber elite, fsr. But that really is beside the point. What i would like to know

from people is about the components and and such. I plan on trail and some easy downhill single track.

If anyone has ridden the downhill trails at crystal mountain , stuff like that. Just trying to figure out what


would need to be upgraded. I PAID 875.00 for it new.
thanks again.
Yes. I've ridden Dh at crystal. And 1 or 2 other places.....

What components does it have on it now? Is it a 26" bike or a 29'er? What model year is it? If you want advice offer up a little more information

with out you giving up any additional information the camber has "trail" geometry, it's not a full on XC race bike, it's not an "all mountain/Enduro" designed bike, and it isn't a DH bike. Can you ride it at Crystal? Yes. Can you ride it down hills? Yes. Will you break components? Maybe, it all depends on what you expect, how you ride, etc.

I have a downhill bike, I also have a Trek fuel that is set up geometry wise very similar to a camber, it's built up a tad stronger than it was stock and I would have no problem bombing most michigan DH on it.

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Old June 21st, 2013, 06:22 AM   #8
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I will give you the answer from 1999 (I bet the answers havent changed). Here we go:

You get what you pay for in bikes / components. If you plan on riding any sorf of off road / down hill do not go less than a Shimano Deor LX rear derailure. You could get away with an STX front derailure but any less then that is pretty much garbage. The level of components goes stx, lx, xt, xtr with XTR being the best. Your rear derailure is one of the most important components, then shifters, front derailure, front shock, then crank / gear set. It is rider opion when it comes to shifters. I prefer a rapid fire type, but grip shif works great too. I am sure there are other options these days, so I am sure you will like what ever shifters you have on the bike now. Wheels are simple, the more you pay the better they are, the lighter it is the weaker it is. It is a trade off of if you want to get up the hill easier or down the hill safer. Tires are the same way, if you want good traction, you will have to peddle harder. It is too bad you bought your bike before asking these questions, but whatever. End of thread.
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Old June 21st, 2013, 06:36 AM   #10
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I will give you the answer from 1999 (I bet the answers havent changed). Here we go:

You get what you pay for in bikes / components. If you plan on riding any sorf of off road / down hill do not go less than a Shimano Deor LX rear derailure. You could get away with an STX front derailure but any less then that is pretty much garbage. The level of components goes stx, lx, xt, xtr with XTR being the best. Your rear derailure is one of the most important components, then shifters, front derailure, front shock, then crank / gear set. It is rider opion when it comes to shifters. I prefer a rapid fire type, but grip shif works great too. I am sure there are other options these days, so I am sure you will like what ever shifters you have on the bike now. Wheels are simple, the more you pay the better they are, the lighter it is the weaker it is. It is a trade off of if you want to get up the hill easier or down the hill safer. Tires are the same way, if you want good traction, you will have to peddle harder. It is too bad you bought your bike before asking these questions, but whatever. End of thread.
Mr. green is right for pretty much everything, but I'll disagree slightly on the rear derailuer comment.

I don't know Shimano's component levels all that well, but, what I will say is for a pure DH bike a rear derailuer is less important than other components. They get broken often, you don't do a ton of shifting, etc.

Is it nice to have a high level derailuer back there? Sure, but I'm on my third derailuer (to rephrase, I have completely wasted one derailuer, and had to replace/cobble together/swap parts/etc on the current derailuer twice) this season on my DH bike, they take a beating. I stopped buying expensive ones and started buying mid level ones in bulk when they go on sale.
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Old June 21st, 2013, 06:46 AM   #11
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I'm not sure of the build sheet on your bike, but I do know the price point. Its probably a bitchin bike, but don't upgrade that one too much. Ride it till the wheels fall off, learn what you like and don't like, then buy the bike that fits you needs and wallet.
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Old June 21st, 2013, 07:04 AM   #12
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I'm not sure of the build sheet on your bike, but I do know the price point. Its probably a bitchin bike, but don't upgrade that one too much. Ride it till the wheels fall off, learn what you like and don't like, then buy the bike that fits you needs and wallet.
yeah, don't upgrade a camber, it's a shitty frame
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Old June 21st, 2013, 07:17 AM   #13
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Mr. green is right for pretty much everything, but I'll disagree slightly on the rear derailuer comment.
He said he wanted to peddle the bike, not just coast down a hill. You lazy ass down hillers are schhhhtupid.
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Old June 21st, 2013, 07:22 AM   #14
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He said he wanted to peddle the bike, not just coast down a hill. You lazy ass down hillers are schhhhtupid.
shouldn't he peddle the bike in the classifieds?
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Old June 21st, 2013, 07:39 AM   #15
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What works good for me goes as follows:
Easton carbon cockpit
FSA wheels
Reba race fork
Avid brakes
SRAM xo shifting my gears
Maxxis crossmark tires

But that's MY bike for MY riding style.
Kickstand might think my bike is a big turd sandwich because it doesn't fit his style.
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Old June 21st, 2013, 08:12 AM   #16
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What works good for me goes as follows:
Easton carbon cockpit
FSA wheels
Reba race fork
Avid brakes
SRAM xo shifting my gears
Maxxis crossmark tires

But that's MY bike for MY riding style.
Kickstand might think my bike is a big turd sandwich because it doesn't fit his style.
Why would I think that's a big turd sandwich?

I know a Reba is a decent fork for its intended purposes, I run sram x0 and x9 level shifters/derailuers, I run avid brakes, there are certain models in their lineup that suck donkey balls, but most of them are decent. Maxxis crossmarks are great XC tires.

The thing about bikes is you buy a frame with the right geometry to support your intended style of riding. All the components are interchangeable for the most part from there, again, you buy the style/size to fit your type of riding....

I run the same components on all my bikes where applicable/interchangeable (mostly just derailuers/chains/drivetrain/saddles/pedals) outside of that the handlebars, wheels, brakes, tires, headsets are fram or "genre" of riding specific.
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Old June 21st, 2013, 08:28 AM   #17
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I was just getting at the fact that my bike and components don't belong in some areas. You prob don't run carbon bars on your down hill bike, same as big platform peddles are useless for my bike.
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I was just getting at the fact that my bike and components don't belong in some areas. You prob don't run carbon bars on your down hill bike, same as big platform peddles are useless for my bike.
My bars on my DH Bike.

http://www.competitivecyclist.com/pr...8764.28.1.html


I ride Platform pedals on my XC bike and clipless on my DH bike.

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I reject your response due to the fact that it makes me wrong
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I reject your response due to the fact that it makes me wrong


I reject your rejection, simply because this is the internet and I can reject it.
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