Another New Bike

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    Nov 02, 2012 12:25 AM GMT
    Just ordered this yesterday, and it'll be in next week. I has a happy! icon_biggrin.gif

    trek-mamba-29-er-bicicleta-montana-mtb-2
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    Nov 02, 2012 4:52 AM GMT
    Solid choice. Congrats!
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    Nov 02, 2012 4:55 AM GMT
    Congrats.

    Damn. I ordered mine a whole month ago and I'm still waiting...
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    Nov 04, 2012 12:55 AM GMT
    Nice. Looks fast. Ride it in good health.

    I didn't know Fisher wasn't its own company anymore. Googling, it looks like it was taken over by Trek in 2010. I had considered a Fisher bike when I was first looking years before.

    I've been reading a little about the 29ers. Here and there I see mention of the center of gravity being lower on the 29 than on the 26? Seems counter-intuitive. I looked at one diagram (couldn't find again to post here) but it didn't seem to me to show what it was talking about.
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    Nov 04, 2012 5:07 PM GMT
    Trek has actually owned the Gary Fisher company since the 90's I think. A couple of years ago, they decided to fold the GF name under the Trek brand as "The Gary Fisher Collection". Rumor has it was because Lance Armstrong wanted to race 29ers and couldn't "contractually" do so under the GF name. Well then....we all know how that worked out now.....
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    Nov 04, 2012 5:35 PM GMT
    Got it. Thanx for the correction. I read wrong what I had googled.

    And just had a flashback to wayback when I didn't know Buick & Chevy et al were all actually GM.

    I feel like I've been scammed by all the branding.
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    Nov 05, 2012 11:04 PM GMT
    SoloXCRacer saidSolid choice. Congrats!
    Thanks! It should be in tomorrow, and I'm all giddy about it. Can't wait to hit the cruiser trails, tweak it to perfection, then hit the hard stuff and see what it'll do!
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    Nov 05, 2012 11:12 PM GMT
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    SoloXCRacer saidSolid choice. Congrats!
    Thanks! It should be in tomorrow, and I'm all giddy about it. Can't wait to hit the cruiser trails, tweak it to perfection, then hit the hard stuff and see what it'll do!

    I wish we coulda got you on our bike ride to Key West this year, we leave next week. But I know you've had your plate full with returning from AZ and getting settled in.
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    Nov 05, 2012 11:20 PM GMT
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    SoloXCRacer saidSolid choice. Congrats!
    Thanks! It should be in tomorrow, and I'm all giddy about it. Can't wait to hit the cruiser trails, tweak it to perfection, then hit the hard stuff and see what it'll do!

    I wish we coulda got you on our bike ride to Key West this year, we leave next week. But I know you've had your plate full with returning from AZ and getting settled in.
    I wish I could be on the ride (as crew) too, but the full plate is definitely a welcome change from AZ. In fact, I've been so busy that I forgot to pay the internet bill and it got cut off last week...and I didn't even bother turning it back on till last night cause I wanted to order a pizza. icon_lol.gif
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    Nov 06, 2012 2:26 AM GMT
    congrats, it'll be nice to have something really trail worthy.
    i don't know what kind of riding there is in Florida , but i know MTBR lists 140 trails under Florida.

    http://trails.mtbr.com/cat/united-states-trails/trails-florida/pls_4540crx.aspx

    some reviewers of the bike on Mtbr didn't seem to be too crazy with the tires, but that can easily be remedied. My favorites now are the Schwalbe Racing Ralph , very versatile. I also have a Maxxis Larsen TT which i quite like.
    It's to find the right balance between traction and fast rolling abilities.
    Also if tubeless or tubeless ready , you can go with 28psi, great for traction on wet trails.

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    Nov 06, 2012 2:40 AM GMT
    xassantex saidcongrats, it'll be nice to have something really trail worthy.
    i don't know what kind of riding there is in Florida , but i know MTBR lists 140 trails under Florida.

    http://trails.mtbr.com/cat/united-states-trails/trails-florida/pls_4540crx.aspx

    some reviewers of the bike on Mtbr didn't seem to be too crazy with the tires, but that can easily be remedied. My favorites now are the Schwalbe Racing Ralph , very versatile. I also have a Maxxis Larsen TT which i quite like.
    It's to find the right balance between traction and fast rolling abilities.
    Also if tubeless or tubeless ready , you can go with 28psi, great for traction on wet trails.

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    YouTube for "Markham Park" - some pretty serious trails. Very technical and dangerous. So far I haven't had a problem on the Cross-Trail. I blame that on the 2.2" Kenda Nevegal's. They're going on the Trek, because that's the worst reviews I heard about it, too.

    I also read negative reviews about the handlebar (and didn't particularly like it in the road test myself - before reading), so that's being replaced with a carbon bar.
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    Nov 06, 2012 2:45 AM GMT
    Very cool. Congrats!
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    Nov 06, 2012 6:49 AM GMT
    those trails look cool... what gets me is the fact you guys can ride ALL year long.
    i hate winter. and can't afford to go south.

    a carbon handlebar is a great addition. it lasts forever , just have to be careful not to tighten stuff to the point that it bites into the bar.
    what pedals have you put on? if you haven't got to that to that yet, consider EggBeaters eventually. I've tried just about every pedals on the market and after i tried those, i never changed .
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    Nov 06, 2012 7:30 AM GMT
    Awwww, for some reason, I thought this was gonna be a thread about an awesome motorcycle purchase.

    Literally disappointed. icon_neutral.gif
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    Nov 06, 2012 12:35 PM GMT
    xassantex saidthose trails look cool... what gets me is the fact you guys can ride ALL year long.
    i hate winter. and can't afford to go south.

    a carbon handlebar is a great addition. it lasts forever , just have to be careful not to tighten stuff to the point that it bites into the bar.
    what pedals have you put on? if you haven't got to that to that yet, consider EggBeaters eventually. I've tried just about every pedals on the market and after i tried those, i never changed .
    Thanks for the tip about the carbon bar! And yeah, definitely going with egg beaters for the pedals...Candy 3.
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    Nov 06, 2012 2:52 PM GMT
    I went speedplay with sidi which were the widest I could find for my flipper feet designed for swimming. But then I developed a bunion which I read could have been caused by tight shoes (even the widest bike shoe is not quite wide enough for me) so I replaced the pedals with some cheapo non clipless (why are pedals ya clip into called clipless) and have been riding in just my sneakers.

    But recently I discovered that my brother has now developed the same foot issue and he doesn't ride so my problem must be genetic, not caused by the shoes. I will give the clipless another try as long as they don't aggravate my foot.

    Our Florida trails are actually very nice for what they are (not gorgeous mountain scenery but still lots to see) with many well maintained by the local clubs. I've got about 30 miles of fairly well defined trail (with sections very well maintained) and about 15,000 acres of wilderness near me and even more trails within just a short drive. Having trails near me was a consideration in relocating here.

    One of the wonderful things about Florida is all the nature so mountain biking is a great way to access it. Besides our maintained trails in parks, we also have lots of access onto berms and other double track (ie, tire tracks of maintenance vehicles), hard packed (often shell/sand mix) roads extending into areas like the Everglades and other water catchment/drainage basins. Not all of that can be explored by bike, of course, and depending on the time of year, like summers, trails can get quite wet, sometimes even closed off so that they are not damaged by riding them.

    Generations ago in developing Florida with misguided attempts to drain the land, a huge amount of Australian Pines were planted and they have since multiplied. They have rather large surface roots such that trails created through an area wooded with these can be a bumpy ride, sometimes challenging, sometimes just annoying. I've never riden them on a hardtail so can't comment but FS mostly breezes over them, well, until one you didn't see stops your front tire. Oooops.

    Also if you are riding an area with sugar sand, you might want to time your ride for not long (within a few days) of the last good rain which tends to pack the sand down. Unless you are in an area that floods (very low elevation) most of our soil is well draining so you can ride shortly after even a very hard rain.

    We can ride mostly year round but for the rains, which as I said can actually be beneficial, though summers can get very hot and the sun can be too hot to ride, expecially up on berms where there might be no trees for miles. The trails nearest me are mostly wooded with an excellent canopy creating shade for summer rides.
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    Nov 06, 2012 8:31 PM GMT
    yeah i guess heat can be a problem for you in the summer... I recall one trip to Moab in May.. mid day was impossible. We were camping on Slick Rock and would just lie in the shade of those small pine trees and wait till 5pm before riding again. Early morning was best.

    I doubt i'll ever make it down to FL .. unless maybe in 20 years as a snowbird spending winter in some trailer park.. *shudders*
    but i do hope one day to make it to either AZ to ride Sedona or Nevada to ride the mythical Lake Tahoe trails. Well there is also the Durango area in CO ... sigh.

    There is awesome riding up here though, both in Quebec and Vermont/New Hampshire/upstate NY . .. all of them within a 3 hour drive for me.

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    what pressure do you pump your tires to Paul ?

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    Nov 06, 2012 10:39 PM GMT
    xassantex saidwhat pressure do you pump your tires to Paul ?
    With the 2.2" tires, 35 PSI.

    And, I just got home with the new bike! Yay!

    Just took it for a spin around the block a few times to get everything tweaked the way I want it (shocks, shifting, brakes, etc). Now it's only missing one thing...DIRT! It's just way too clean. Gotta dirty it up tomorrow morning so it looks normal. icon_cool.gif
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    Nov 06, 2012 10:54 PM GMT
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    xassantex saidwhat pressure do you pump your tires to Paul ?
    With the 2.2" tires, 35 PSI.

    And, I just got home with the new bike! Yay!

    Just took it for a spin around the block a few times to get everything tweaked the way I want it (shocks, shifting, brakes, etc). Now it's only missing one thing...DIRT! It's just way too clean. Gotta dirty it up tomorrow morning so it looks normal. icon_cool.gif

    I presume that's per the inflation info on the tire sidewall?

    I'm having my handlebars retaped tomorrow (Wed). I'm too lazy to do it myself anymore. Though I did replace the brake pads myself, and I've got an automatic gizmo that cleans and lubes the chain. All in prep for the 165-mile ride down to Key West in 10 days! icon_eek.gif
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    Nov 06, 2012 11:06 PM GMT
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    xassantex saidwhat pressure do you pump your tires to Paul ?
    With the 2.2" tires, 35 PSI.

    And, I just got home with the new bike! Yay!

    Just took it for a spin around the block a few times to get everything tweaked the way I want it (shocks, shifting, brakes, etc). Now it's only missing one thing...DIRT! It's just way too clean. Gotta dirty it up tomorrow morning so it looks normal. icon_cool.gif

    I presume that's per the inflation info on the tire sidewall?

    I'm having my handlebars retaped tomorrow (Wed). I'm too lazy to do it myself anymore. Though I did replace the brake pads myself, and I've got an automatic gizmo that cleans and lubes the chain. All in prep for the 165-mile ride down to Key West in 10 days! icon_eek.gif
    The sidewall recommends 30-50 PSI. All the experienced riders I've talked to have suggested 25-35 for rocky terrain.

    The brakes on my new bike are hydraulic disc brakes...not as easy to replace as the V brakes, but much more responsive (which will come in handy during fast and bumpy downhills). It's definitely going to be a learning curve with all this high tech stuff. icon_lol.gif
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    Nov 07, 2012 2:57 AM GMT
    Tires and tire pressures are subjective and depend on a number of variables (rider weight, terrain, tred design, riding style etc). You'll have to experiment to find that "sweet spot".

    As far as tires, I've used a lot of different tires. My first choice preference are the Maxxis Ikons. For my area, they are a great all-around tire. Grips really well, and rolls really fast. Not the fastest rolling tire, but work really well. Does great in the sandy areas and are very predictable.

    My 2nd choice are the Specialized Renegades. These are interesting tires. These things are fast! Like wicked fast!! They do require some good bike handling skills as they can get a little hairy at times. But they actually do grip better than they actually look. There's definitely a little learning curve to these, but once you get the feeling on how they handle, they're great for race day.
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    Nov 07, 2012 3:10 AM GMT
    paulflexes saidThe sidewall recommends 30-50 PSI. All the experienced riders I've talked to have suggested 25-35 for rocky terrain.

    The brakes on my new bike are hydraulic disc brakes...not as easy to replace as the V brakes, but much more responsive (which will come in handy during fast and bumpy downhills). It's definitely going to be a learning curve with all this high tech stuff. icon_lol.gif

    Yes, on a mountain bike use the lower tire pressure range for better off-road traction and shock absorption. On the street go with higher pressure, for less rolling resistance.

    Disc brakes perform better in the wet than rim brakes. That's true on both hard surface and off-road.
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    Nov 07, 2012 7:29 AM GMT
    SoloXCRacer saidTires and tire pressures are subjective and depend on a number of variables (rider weight, terrain, tred design, riding style etc). You'll have to experiment to find that "sweet spot".

    As far as tires, I've used a lot of different tires. My first choice preference are the Maxxis Ikons. For my area, they are a great all-around tire. Grips really well, and rolls really fast. Not the fastest rolling tire, but work really well. Does great in the sandy areas and are very predictable.

    My 2nd choice are the Specialized Renegades. These are interesting tires. These things are fast! Like wicked fast!! They do require some good bike handling skills as they can get a little hairy at times. But they actually do grip better than they actually look. There's definitely a little learning curve to these, but once you get the feeling on how they handle, they're great for race day.


    yeah, those quasi slick tires are awesome in dry , or slightly humid conditions .I used to race on Schwalbe Hurricanes 1.7in at 50 psi. .. on a hardtail and it was really efficient.
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    Nov 07, 2012 9:55 PM GMT
    Just did my first ride on the new bike this morning at Markham Park...awesome bike! Even though it's a bit heavy, the 9 speed cassette made climbing the hills practically effortless; and the RockShox glided over the rough stuff with ease. But the best part was the downhills and jumps. This thing is fucking solid as a rock! Definitely a worthwhile purchase. I'm now a true fan of Trek. icon_cool.gif
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    Nov 08, 2012 9:04 PM GMT
    nice !!! next you can slam a camera on your handlebar or helmet . icon_smile.gif

    tha'ts going to be my BD gift this year i think. I'd like the ContourROAM one, tiny, easy to mount, got a laser pointer.

    http://pointofviewcameras.ca/contour-roam-megapack.html

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