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    Default Any MTB enthusiasts here?

    Ages since i've had a bike, had a Specialized Hard Rock, then a Scott ... (can't remember the make).

    I'm after a new bike, doesn't have to be new, second hand is fine, but i want something decent. Been looking at this >> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FyOw3lFixl4 as a good all-rounder as it has the ability to lock out the real wheel (if i had to choose, i'd rather a hard tail then a down hill).


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    Yeah couple of us ride on here.Key thing is what riding do you think you want to do?



    A hardtail is still lighter and cheaper but there are some great fullies
    Around now.


    With good multi link suspension a lockout isn't really needed.
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    Right not on my phone now so I can type a bit better..

    Hardtails IMO (I have two. uh 3. hmm 4..) are great fun, give you more of a connection with the trail, take more skill to get over knarly stuff, generally go slower over knarly stuff too. Theres a limit to what I think you shoudl do with a HT and I often push mine past it.

    Steepish ( intermediate) rocky stuff+ or long(3-4hrs+) rides , even easyish back country ones I think are better on a fully full stop.

    I ride pretty much everything on the port hills on a 100mm travel HT ( not black runs in vic park but everything else) and I really should be on a 120-140mm fully I think.

    I've done a bunch of 8-9hr back country rides on HT to, queen charlotte track, st james station etc and a light short travel fully would be my choice for that.

    As for makes, scott is good, trek, specialised, giant etc all the main brands are decent and have quite a range of stuff.
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    Don't know if it is still the case (I'm still riding my 10 year old Rockhopper) but Specialized used to update their models every year and you could get some pretty significant discounts on the previous years bikes and normally the new models only had minor changes to the specs and a different colour.

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    Yeah they all seem to refresh their lines every year and you can get good discounts on last years bikes.
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    I do a bit, I'm quite the novice really though, I never get round to buying some of the gear I need to actually do a bit more biking (shoes, shorts). I have a Bergamont Threesome 5.0:



    I bought that bike as all the reviews I could find said it was the cheapest Full Mountain bike that wouldn't need anything upgraded out of the box, and I wouldn't outgrow it unless I get really serious about MTBing.
    Honestly I don't use it (for MTB) enough to really warrant what I spent on it, but I still wouldn't part with it for almost anything.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rjd View Post
    Yeah they all seem to refresh their lines every year and you can get good discounts on last years bikes.
    I paid 3k for the above bike, the new line came out a few months ago and it is now going for ~$1600. It seems even more extreme then how fast camera bodies drop in price.
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    Hell yeah, then take 50% off to sell it used, $3k to $800 in no time.
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    I've been wanting to get something more touring oriented and something like this (http://www.biketrailershop.com/burle...er-p-1310.html) and doing a solo tour around some of the South Island Bike trails.
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    I would project to use it for moderate MTB trails (no black stuff), however, realistically, with my limited free time these days, it would probably be mild to road cycling.

    I was offered a Cannondale 29er SL4 today (new) for $849 and a GT Korokoram 2.0 (new) same price, tempted to accept one of them


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    I'd start with a 26"wheel bike, your not that tall are you? My 29er rides nice but its not as nimble or easy to get going as a 26er
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    Height = 1.80m
    After a chat with the bike fella today he said 29ers are the future, better surface to tyre contact ratio, more comfortable ride, more stable, easier uphills


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    So a touch taller than me.

    They arnt wrong certainly, they have a place, I dont think they are the future just another option.

    IMO you cant go wrong with a trance x3 or something.
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    I would certainly 'trust' Giant.
    Other makes I would trust are Specialized, Scott, Cannondale, Kona and probably Claud Butler


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    Hi all,

    Yep, big into MTB and photographing MTB, too. I raced for years when I was still in NZ but living in Melbourne now - got the 2006 Commonwealth Games MTB circuit just up the road.

    Re recommendations? I've been on full suspension since 1995 and wouldn't ever go back. That said, I'm currently riding the 2011 version of this - http://www.capitalcycles.co.nz/canno...12-p-2191.html - with quite a few upgraded bits. I'm mentioning it in this paragraph as it's essentially an 80mm travel hard tail because of the lack of pivots on the chain or seat stays like most other FS bikes. It weighs 9.6kg though which is pretty light, if you're into that sort of stuff.

    If you want to do anything longer than a few hours, rjd is right on the money. Your butt and your back will thank you if there's a bit of give in the back of the bike and, realistically, what you sacrifice in weight will be given back to you in ride quality & control (bike-dependent, of course).

    For what it's worth, I did extensive testing on a bunch of bikes when I bought the Cannondale last year and *personally* didn't think much of the Scott lockout system. The concept is good but I don't think the execution is quite there, yet - 1 or 2 more design iterations should have it sorted (apologies to anyone here that owns it as this is much my personal opinion).

    From a bike geekery point of view, SRAM has recently gone back to their roots and re-released the Gripshift range of products, something I'm frickin' stoked about. Many people hate 'em but if you're looking for a low-maintenance shifter that works flawlessly on long rides in any conditions without causing any finger pain, they could be an option for someone looking to buy a new bike or replace some bits on their existing ride.

    Can't get enough of photographing MTB, either (this is a photography forum, after all, right?) Some random photos from over the years:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/digital...5163/lightbox/
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/digital...4517/lightbox/
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/digital...7622337424517/

    Not sure if any of the above helps and sorry for writing so much ... it's frickin' cold outside and I'm bored.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul. View Post
    I would certainly 'trust' Giant.
    Other makes I would trust are Specialized, Scott, Cannondale, Kona and probably Claud Butler
    Stevens, Felt, Specialized and Cube are HUGE here, right now. Probably see more people on Specialized than any other brand, though.

    If you test ride Stevens or Cube, you'll be forever converted ... I'd almost put money on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by digitalformula View Post
    Stevens, Felt, Specialized and Cube are HUGE here, right now. Probably see more people on Specialized than any other brand, though.

    If you test ride Stevens or Cube, you'll be forever converted ... I'd almost put money on it.
    All good advice thanks


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    My noble steed, Giant Reign 1 (2009)

    Still going strong and a good all mountain rig. Mostly ride in Woodhill forest and the odd Whakarewarewa forest trips. Got this after a HT and will never go back to HT. What it lacks in climbing ability, it more than makes up for it on the downhill. What goes up must come down - right?

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    If its a rocky climb a fully can be better than a HT anyhow. A Reign is a little more than I would suggest for an all round bike but still not a bad un.

    Truth is theres no 1 bike that can do everything well.

    You can do almost anything with a decent entry level HT but it takes more skill and effort, hurts more and puts more stress on the bike too. You'll go slower also. Saying that I really like riding my HT over say the greenwood track (which is technical but not OMG gona kill me technical).
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    Quote Originally Posted by rjd View Post
    Truth is theres no 1 bike that can do everything well.
    Well said Rob - its a bit like choosing a camera body. Go and have a play with a few and see what feels right.

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    The old number of bikes needed = number of bikes owned +1 syndrome...
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    Quote Originally Posted by rjd View Post
    The old number of bikes needed = number of bikes owned +1 syndrome...
    Interesting formula I have a similar case with lens, except it is plus "any that take my I that I don't have"
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    This vid almost makes me want to pull out my old machine!!!


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    Excellent skills and videography


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    Hell yes the camera work was amazing!

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