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Why not cross-post? New Bike Weekend!!

post #1 of 11
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I love bikes too much to not share, so a little cross-post from TGR:

 

Since I've had the same MTB for the last 5 years, I thought I'd do a little upgrading this weekend, and sold off a couple dogs for some new steeds. I'm pretty stoked with what I ended up with! Finally made the jump to a 29er...

Here's the new lineup:

2008 Gary Fisher Paragon 29er:

 

2007 Lemond Poprad:

 

Of course, I didn't get them home until late yesterday afternoon and since I just had my smart teeth out, I wasn't up to riding anyway. Then when I got up today, it decided to rain for the first time in about 3 weeks! Anyway, I just thought it was time to post up a little stoke...enjoy!

post #2 of 11
 I demo'd a Fischer 29'er when I got my new FS.  I was impressed with how smooth, and fast it was.  I wouldn't mind demoing on some rougher terrain some time.

Nice bikes Axebiker!
post #3 of 11
 Poprad looks sweet. I'd love to have that bike.
post #4 of 11
Nice bikes! I'm starting to switch my stable over to 29ers. I like the LeMond, but I really would rather have a flat handlebar.
post #5 of 11
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I suppose I should probably add the latest addition to the quiver:



The Fisher was giving me trouble.  My first trail ride, the whole front end loosened up.  The crank set was creaking, the seatpost was creaking, and there's a "tic" noise coming from the wheels that we cannot find.  You'd think that when you buy a $2K bike, things like that might be checked prior to it going out the door.  The brakes still aren't right either...    One thing I have decided -- I like mechanical discs much better than hydros.

The Trek is just plain AWESOME.  I haven't ridden a full squish in over a decade, but I gotta say that now I'm a believer.  If I had know this before, I woudn't have the Fisher.  That's pretty much been relegated to my "ride with the wife" bike.  I'll take it on trails still, but the initial disappointment kinda soured the whole thing. 
post #6 of 11
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 Poprad looks sweet. I'd love to have that bike.

  It is nice.  As a matter of fact, that's what I'm taking out today!
post #7 of 11
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Nice bikes! I'm starting to switch my stable over to 29ers. I like the LeMond, but I really would rather have a flat handlebar.

have you given drop bars a chance? they are way versatile if you have decent enough tech skill
I have half a mind to try them on a Mountain bike at one point in time for enduro course that are easy. I would never want to ride on the road or cross with out them.



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I suppose I should probably add the latest addition to the quiver:



The Fisher was giving me trouble.  My first trail ride, the whole front end loosened up.  The crank set was creaking, the seatpost was creaking, and there's a "tic" noise coming from the wheels that we cannot find.  You'd think that when you buy a $2K bike, things like that might be checked prior to it going out the door.  The brakes still aren't right either...    One thing I have decided -- I like mechanical discs much better than hydros.

The Trek is just plain AWESOME.  I haven't ridden a full squish in over a decade, but I gotta say that now I'm a believer.  If I had know this before, I woudn't have the Fisher.  That's pretty much been relegated to my "ride with the wife" bike.  I'll take it on trails still, but the initial disappointment kinda soured the whole thing. 

mechs are sure easier for most people to deal with. Plus to get better stopping than a BB7 you have to go to at least a Elixer in the Avid line up. If you want easier bleeding and a more progressive brake feel try a XT or XTR from shimano. For how much I hate their shifters/derail shimano makes some great other parts like Brakes and cranks.

but yeah FS is faster for most mere mortals, and even for more most top end XC guys if they werent so stubborn.
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have you given drop bars a chance? they are way versatile if you have decent enough tech skill
I have half a mind to try them on a Mountain bike at one point in time for enduro course that are easy. I would never want to ride on the road or cross with out them.




mechs are sure easier for most people to deal with. Plus to get better stopping than a BB7 you have to go to at least a Elixer in the Avid line up. If you want easier bleeding and a more progressive brake feel try a XT or XTR from shimano. For how much I hate their shifters/derail shimano makes some great other parts like Brakes and cranks.

but yeah FS is faster for most mere mortals, and even for more most top end XC guys if they werent so stubborn.

 


Can't get my twist shifters to fit on the drop bars. :  )

I'm thinking of getting some 28 inch wide 3 inch risers to "buy some skills"

FWIW, I hate the older mineral shimano brakes. I'm fading away....with shimano. :  )
post #9 of 11
IIRC the Trek comes with avid juicy brakes, no?
This is a testiment to my new FS bike acquisition....
I've crashed more on this bike than I have in all the time I've been mt biking, which means, it's inspired me to amp things up and take some risks! 
I love my Fuel!
My current quiver is 
09 Trek Fuel EX8 WSD
05(?) Klein Attitude SS
have my eye out for a decent vintage road bike, just for fun.
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I suppose I should probably add the latest addition to the quiver:



The Fisher was giving me trouble.  My first trail ride, the whole front end loosened up.  The crank set was creaking, the seatpost was creaking, and there's a "tic" noise coming from the wheels that we cannot find.  You'd think that when you buy a $2K bike, things like that might be checked prior to it going out the door.  The brakes still aren't right either...    One thing I have decided -- I like mechanical discs much better than hydros.

The Trek is just plain AWESOME.  I haven't ridden a full squish in over a decade, but I gotta say that now I'm a believer.  If I had know this before, I woudn't have the Fisher.  That's pretty much been relegated to my "ride with the wife" bike.  I'll take it on trails still, but the initial disappointment kinda soured the whole thing. 
post #10 of 11
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Originally Posted by Johnnys Zoo View Post





Can't get my twist shifters to fit on the drop bars. :  )

I'm thinking of getting some 28 inch wide 3 inch risers to "buy some skills"

FWIW, I hate the older mineral shimano brakes. I'm fading away....with shimano. :  )


I so need to try twist.

but yeha my idea was more like multiday enduro/touring mountain bike with drops and large range of gearing to just eat away miles. Think 29er hardtail/ Reba with Lock out/ 34-50 Road Crank/11-36 rear gearing/SRAM Red.

A guy can dream right?
post #11 of 11
BWPA -- for multi-day advanture/touring/etc....ever check out the Salsa Fargo?
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