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Honestly though. I love the idea of a hard tail starter bike. You'll learn to ride and maneuver rather then plow the hill over. I loved my Reign the couple times I rode it (First Full Suspension bike), but it's not near and flickable or agile as I was used to. But it sure is fast going down. People love all mountain bikes on the coast. Great for the terrain in the area, and can handle whistler too. I guess it depends on what kind of riding you want to get into.
Crush - 1971 Datsun 240z
The Daily - A Boring Honda
Any mountain bikers here? I want to get into it and have done the bike park a few times in Whistler. Would be trying out the local burnaby mountain trails.
Any suggestions on bikes and where to start off from to learn? Should I go for a dual suspension right away or a hardtail and then upgrade?
^ agree with what Hud91gt said.
You could certainly get by on a hardtail on some BBY Mtn Trails, and would be even less of a target for theft if left locked somewhere.
With that said, I'm selling my Trek Fuel90 right now. Since he listed an RS Price, guess I have to do the same. $450. Trek Fuel
If anyone's looking for deals, today is New West Cycle's last day in business. 30% off every part and accessory in store. Closes at 6pm. All Schrader tubes are $3, all Presta tubes are $5. They specialize in older vintage cruisers/bmxs, but do have a small selection of everything else. 6th Street and Carnarvon in New West.
edit: 3:30pm, just got home from there, still a good selection of new Park Tools, new SKS Fenders, new lock-on grips, cruiser tires, vintage parts
Thanks for the replies, I'm thinking DS because I wouldn't have to go through the hassle of selling and buying later on since I will probably upgrade later compared to a hardtail (I don't have space to keep multiple bikes at home).
Would like something that could handle the bike park as well but I think that would be well beyond my budget and skill right now.
Did my monthly GranFondo Strava challenge today from Surrey to Cultus and Back. Weather was awesome, wasn't too hot. The whole ride I only saw 3 cyclists. Damn. Need more cyclists on this part of the Lower Mainland. The roads here are awesome.
im thinking of getting a pair of 38mm carbons from china as well, how do you like them?
well. to be honest i've had a few problems with them. its a hit and miss i guess. the guy i bought them off from has had 4 others of the same wheels but different depth and has had no problems so far.
as for my wheels. i've had spokes come off at the wrong time wrong event. twice happened during crit race. the spoke nipples came out and went into the wheels. i had to take out the tires, tubes and tire liners to take out the nipple out of the rim. so what i did was i took out all the spokes one at a time to apply lock tight into the nipples so the spokes will never come out again.
so far i've hadn't had a problem yet since then. i've gone down seymour at a blazing 70+km/hr - ran over few big potholes - fast over railroad tracks. i checked the spoke tension with spoke tension gauge on every single spoke every few rides and it seems to be holding fine and tensions are good.
so yah. i guess the "you get what you pay for" applies here. haha. eventually i will get a higher end wheelset. dont know when (for sure not soon) but at least i've tried the lower end wheelset so i got something to compare to someday.
maybe when you buy the wheels, quickly go to a wheel shop and ask to apply lock tight on the nipples? haha. maybe that'll prevent anything related to what happened to mine. GL
I don't know still, if you freeze the frames, between 2 & 3 seconds, the rear wheel of the bike hits the road pretty hard, and the weight of his right leg is still attached to the bike. Between that and the road, that should scrub off quite a bit of wheel rotation. Sure, the road looks quite smooth, but it can't be as smooth as polished concrete as in the 2nd video.
And maybe there's a motor in the bike in the 2nd video! lol..