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mattk 08 Apr 09:25  

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I thought it may be a good idea to see which bike set-ups members have...

I have an '08 Specialized Rockhopper Disc - I added CB Eggbeaters (SL's) and a few scratches due to taking a crash course in how to fly a bike! :-)

Other than that it's standard at the moment...

I'm really impessed with the bike tho - very light compared to bikes I'm used to, I've never had hydraulic disc brakes before either - take a bit of getting used to... over the bars a few times at first.

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nicola 08 Apr 10:41  

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Hi matt,

I've been browsing the cycle route forum for a while now and kept wondering what bikes people had. I've just bought a Felt Q5 Ladies bike on saturday but not had chance to ride it yet - hopefully at the weekend! I've not had disc brakes before either to a little apprehensive now you mentioned it.


mattk 08 Apr 10:48  

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Same here - I guess we're just nosey!!

I wouldn't worry about the disc brakes... just try not to put the brakes on hard and fast as you would with v-brakes - try to apply them slower and you certainly don't need as much pressure!

Let us know how you get on at the weekend...

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nicola 08 Apr 10:50  

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Thanks for the advise!

I'll have to search the site for a route to use.


happy 08 Apr 17:04  

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As you can see from the profile I've been riding an Orange P7 for many years now and it's never let me down. I did buy a second hand full suspension Trek Y Series as well. It's been fairly solid, although it does weight quite a bit, the Manitou forks don't help.

The most recent thing I bought for my bike though was a new water bottle :(

mattk are the egg beaters good? always read good reviews about them but never known anyone who had them.

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mattk 08 Apr 17:13  

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Hi Happy,

I've had the since before xmas, they were fairly hard to get used to for me but that may be because I was used to standard pedals before. They haven't got much of a base to put pressure on when your feet aren't clipped in, but TBH now I've got used to them - they're great... they look fab and they're unbelievably strong considering all the pressure is going through what is effectively a clothes peg (a good looking one though)!

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mattk 08 Apr 17:21  

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Happy, I'm guessing you're happy with your Orange? I had my eye on one when I was looking for my specialized... it was a very close contender but the one I got had better components for the money.

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mattk 17 Apr 14:12  

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Come on guys,

I'm fairly certain people who use this site do own or use bikes? I just though it would be a good idea for people new to cycling to have a source of finding tried and tested setups that cyclists are pleased with... then they gain a little more knowledge before they make a decision to what bike they want to spend money on.

I found it quite a tough decision when looking for a bike last year because there are so many to choose from and if you don't have an idea of which components do what you may as well pick a bike purely for aesthetics... which can more often than not lead to you taking home a bike you're not going to be happy with - as a result, they're probably not going to ride it as much.

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Bigginger 17 Apr 16:27  

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I have a Mongoose Tyex Super with Hydraulic Disk Brakes, I am a 21Stone fatty but the disc brakes have no trouble stopping me. I think Disc brakes are great I used to find that if I wanted to stop the bike to tackle a technical bit my old V Brakes would slip but not these they lock solid. Once you are used to them they give you great control. The bike has suspension forks that you can lock via a handle bar switch, this is great when you want to lock out for climbing and then release for the downhill.

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happy 17 Apr 16:38  

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@Bigginger

Handlebar switch for locking out your forks, sounds pretty neat! What forks do you have on the bike?

happy

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tonythegreek 17 Apr 17:25  

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hi guys
where do i start
i have got a saracen jet mountain bike along with a cannondale m600,
specialized rockhopper pro and a peugeot comete racing bike (can anybody remember them)with upto date mods
then the wife has a mountain bike aswell
cannot get into the garage for bike bits SO THE WIFE TELLS ME


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mattk 17 Apr 17:25  

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Suspension lockout via your handlebars - thats a cool idea! Mine just has the standard lockout.

Is the Mongoose reasonably light (to throw over gates)? Thats a good aspect of mine - the frame is pretty light aluminium - gotta sort my discs out (standard Avid Juicy Hydraulic Discs) but they have great stopping power.

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mattk 17 Apr 17:30  

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Hey tony,

Nice - serious cyclist then?

How do you find your rockhopper pro - I was tempted with the pro myself but it was a few hundred quid more...

Are you impessed with the other two bikes too?

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tonythegreek 17 Apr 17:35  

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i love the pro apart from the wheels especially the rear knock it out of true every time i go out (shop says it must be you not the wheel)
i have also got the nifty lever for to lock out the suspension
xtr rear mech as the other got ripped off when i hit a tree stump
this is the second one i have had as my son snapped the frame on the first one three days old manufacturers fault that on PHEW

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Bigginger 17 Apr 19:50  

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Hi Happy

The forks are Suntour SR XCR's Oli one side and Spring the other

Mattx

Yikes! the bike ways 32lbs, that makes it a tractor doesn't it?

Regards

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mattk 17 Apr 20:03  

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My specialized is 28lbs so its not too bad! Being a Mongoose I'm sure the build quality is fantastic.

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Bigginger 17 Apr 20:07  

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Hi Matt

It is solid and it needs to be, I am heavy, when my 300lb hits a dip my bike knows about it. I need tp concentrate on loosing weight befor I start worrying about how heavy my bike is. I have no trouble chucking over fences or gates though.

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skudupnorth 18 Apr 10:25  

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08 Rockhopper for me too and a Specialized Sirrus Elite for the road and work commute.Both brilliant at what they do but getting fed up with dodging pot-holes on those nice slim 700C wheels !!!!


mrcoke 20 Apr 23:33  

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Hi,
I just bought my first road bike for years Giant defy 2.5-I even bought some clip in shoes and lycra. Yet I still use my old kona fire mountain to commute -my racer can do the miles but it can't carry the shopping.

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nicky_7751 21 Apr 13:03  

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Focus Culebro 2008. Just fitted SPD-SL pedals which I am getting used to slowly!!


mattk 21 Apr 13:11  

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Lol, I'm finding my SPD pedals quite hard to get used to... great looking pedals but every time I think I've mastered them I fall off again! Luckily it's when I've stopped or near enough stopped so not travelling at speed. I think I'm panicking when my foot hasn't got freedom instead of taking my foot out in advance.

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nicky_7751 21 Apr 14:46  

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Seems to be a mental block with me....fallen off a couple of times, always when stopped having unclipped 1 foot then gone to put the other down and once you start you just topple over!!!! Only bruised ego luckily but do feel a right plonker lol


mattk 21 Apr 14:50  

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Yeah sounds familiar! The first fall was when I went to rest my left foot on a wall and didn't release my right foot - lost my balance and couldn't release in time... must have looked a right lemon!

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ShrewsAde 23 Apr 12:29  

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Gary Fisher - Kaitai Hybrid - picking it up in an hour!


BOOMER 23 Apr 12:35  

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Im relatively new to the whole cycling experience, just getting into over the last few years.

Did originally start on a muddy fox glide road bike i upgraded to tiagra compact chainset / gears.

Just bought a Trek 1.2 road bike which i love. This is a triple chainset which i love. Brilliant for the hills around the ribble valley (which i was struggling on with my muddy fox)

Its an intro level bike in the Trek range but in a year or two i expect to invest in a more expensive model.

Its all Good :-)

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stuartkendall 23 Apr 21:49  

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Gary fisher hifi here 27Lbs of responsive XC fun. Alright so i snapped a chainstay at xmas :) Also have a Kona Blast hardtail for either the road or messing about in the woods.

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merveilleusmark 28 Apr 09:34  

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Not many road-riders on this site then. I prefer the road bikes...I think it might be the lycra! I have a Cannondale CAAD5 at the moment. I do have a Cannondale Road Warrior Hybrib which I use for commutes and shopping and I have a 2002 Specialized Rockhopper which is just for fun - new wheels and rear mech fitted recently otherwise it has lasted well for what I have put it through!

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mattk 28 Apr 09:43  

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Hi Mark,
Good to hear your Rockhopper's survived a pasting! It seems there are a few Rockhopper owners on here so I'm sure they'll be glad to hear that too!

I tend to cover my lycra with normal overshorts to save the embarrassment - but I guess some just love the stuff!

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Cycling Dude 29 Apr 21:07  

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I have teo bikes both Trax,
Trax Xcellerate and fearless.
Both good bikes, I do alot of cycling, I have my own group and I cycle everyday! They never go wrong!

Disc brakes don't build up as much resistance as V brakes, thats why you get a stronger pull!

Also, it's hard to get them dirty, my advice to you is to keep sticking at it and you will get used to them!
Good luck

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avcon 02 May 18:26  

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I have 2 bikes. The classic roadie and the stunning trackie:

ROAD - Eddie McGrath Everest - Shimano components, Eddie McGrath stem/handlebars, Bontrager Seatpost, Selle Italia saddle, Shimano spds, Mavic wheelset, Conti GP 4 Season tyres

TRACK - Surosa Pista. Mieche components, Cinelli stem/handlebars, Alpina forks & seatpost, Selle Italia saddle, Look Keo Sprint pedals, Surosa handbuilt wheels, Vredestein tyres



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