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    Posted: Jul/13/2011 at 4:56pm
I havent seen any mountain biking threads on here so i decided to make one to help people like me find the answer to all our questions in one place. Im new to mtn.biking at resorts and stuff and have an 09 or 2010 kona blaster which is an xc hardtail. i was wondering if that would be good enough to ride green trails or if i would have to rent a bike with suspension on the back.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jul/13/2011 at 5:19pm
Not that familiar with kona, but after a google search it seems like you would be fine for that type of trail. What is more of a factor is how good of a trail rider are you? What do the green trails consist of where you will be riding?
While it might not be the most pleasurable ride on a lower end bike on hard trails, it is totally doable if you are a strong rider.
You also do not NEED full suspension to do any trail, regardless of difficulty. Full is nice, don't get me wrong, but totally not needed. I used to race a little, and the only time i wanted full suspension was for some real rocky downhill. 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jul/13/2011 at 5:59pm
nah, you can shred dh runs with a hardtail if you really wanted to, its just not as comfortable as a full suspension. arm pump is a little heftier too

since this is a mountain biking thread, lets make it into a mt biking thread. post you bikes yall got, any gopro footage, any questions you may have. anything about mountain biking

i have a kona stinky i picked up not too long ago at a pawn shop for a few hundred bucks. threw a new saddle, crank, front derailer, pedals, seatpost, and chain. shes a beauty. now i just need to save up for a new fork and get discs on it and ill be full downhill. right now its a decent xc bike that i ride like a dh one LOL


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jul/13/2011 at 6:51pm
have you ridden any western canada trails??
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I really like the Heckler and Butcher from Santa Cruz.  The Nomad is sick too, but way pricey.
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there now it is official cause the title says so
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jul/13/2011 at 11:52pm
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have you ridden any western canada trails??


ive ridden a lot of interior BC. vernon, kamloops, kelowna. but not over on the shore yet. hoping to make it over to whistler before the summers over. prolly late august early september
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jul/14/2011 at 12:31pm
idk if this will show up but here are some vids of the trails that i would be doing with my bike, theres only a couple other trails open because we sill have snow from winter. :) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EtwFj2-hMXU&feature=player_embedded
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ok that didnt work :p what about this and this one heres the bike :
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jul/14/2011 at 2:48pm
will an alienation recliner seat fit on the existing seat post
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jul/14/2011 at 3:17pm
all you should have to do is take your current saddle off and put the new one on. id say with about 90% certainty that it will fit. almost all saddles are universal in fit. worse tat could happen is it doesnt fit and you just have to buy a larger or smaller clam for it on the top of the seatpost. they only run a few bucks at a bike shop. but like i said before. bout 90% sure it will fit
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jul/14/2011 at 3:19pm
and yah your bike will be able to handle that trail, just know your gonna have sore arms after riding all day. hardtails suck when it comes to arm pump. but still def rideable
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jul/15/2011 at 5:24am
Originally posted by zagfan5

and yah your bike will be able to handle that trail, just know your gonna have sore arms after riding all day. hardtails suck when it comes to arm pump. but still def rideable
 
for downhill, full suspension is nice, but if you end up doing a lot of climbing, a hardtail will be better, less energy lost in pedaling hard.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jul/15/2011 at 7:01am
I have a Trek 830, basically just using it around town. Haven't ridden a bike in about 15 years. Downhill mountain biking stuff would be fun, but I think I am a bit to old to start getting into it. Plus living in Iowa doesnt help much. It is basically an exercise bike for me.
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zag..your stinky didn't come with discs??? thats a heavy as x-country bike my man.... my stinky primo is in the shop currently getting some brake bleeds done...should have it back sometime today in order to do some DH crushing at my local mtn this weekend!
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well my mountain got rained out, 17 days behind schedule due to snow and rain :( :)
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does anyone know of any trails to ride around SF or the bay area? (discounting mount diablo)
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jul/17/2011 at 8:49pm
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zag..your stinky didn't come with discs??? thats a heavy as x-country bike my man.... my stinky primo is in the shop currently getting some brake bleeds done...should have it back sometime today in order to do some DH crushing at my local mtn this weekend!



eh i dont mind the weight. makes me a stronger rider. and yah its stupid it didnt come with disc, im gonna upgrade hopefully sometime in the middle of august

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jul/17/2011 at 10:38pm
Bikes= my life... slightly more than snowboarding

I'm glad someone finally decided to make a thread. 

Post up your rides! 
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yeah but the thead isn't getting very much traffic :(
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jul/18/2011 at 4:59pm
I used to mountain bike a ton over the summer when I lived in Colorado.  On the west coast I've been getting more into road biking in this super biker friendly city.  I like both types but don't know many bay area bike trails.
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wht kind of bikes are you guys running?pics would be nice.
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the seat that i got didnt fit my regular kona seat post, i believe i need a pivotal seat post, this is the what the seat is like
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one more thing...
can anyone recommend a bike seat bag that's durable and good for mountain biking?
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one more thing...
can anyone recommend a bike seat bag that's durable and good for mountain biking?


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why would you want one of those? they seem irrelevant. if much rather throw my spare tools in my camelback than add extra weight to my bike (although my bike is already heavy)
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jul/20/2011 at 6:43am
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one more thing...
can anyone recommend a bike seat bag that's durable and good for mountain biking?
I don't see why a seat bag would need to be all that durable, honestly.  I bought the cheapest seat bag out there when I got my mtn bike ages ago, and it worked just fine.  When you lay down your bike, your seat bag will be under your seat and pretty much protected by it.  Unless you're riding straight into trees and possibly caught by branches or something????
I have since taken the seat bag and put it on my road bike (yes I'm a roadie too...).  I put all my gear I used to store in my seat bag in my camelbak. 
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Camelbacks are nice, but with 72 ounces of water in them they get pretty heavy and will start to hurt your back when riding XC trails. So the more stuff you stick in there, the heavier it will be on your back.
If doing shorter distance rides or races, a seat bag is great for a multitool, some energy bar, and a cell phone. Then just throw your waterbottle in the cage. To answer your question about the bag, a cheap one will do. Look for the ones that expand with a zipper if needed. Helps when you are doing distance rides and want to also throw in a spare tube, whatever.

If going to the resorts, your bike should be fine. If you plan to do rougher more advanced blue/black trails, maybe rent to save some wear and tear on your bike? I ride a full sus and love it, but also have a hardtail and looking to get a Salsa Mukluk (similar to a Surly Pugsley) soon before the winter comes around. Have fun!
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When I was doing downhill, I was doing it all on a hardtail. I'd like to say it was because I wanted more of a challenge, but it's mostly because I didn't want to pony up $1k for a bike at the time. I don't do downhill anymore, but I'm still on a hardtail (Specialized RockHopper 29er Comp or something).
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Originally posted by zagfan5

wht kind of bikes are you guys running?pics would be nice.

I agree, there should be a mountain bike picture thread..
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You pulled off a pretty sweet wall ride at the 40 second mark, wow. 

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Camelbacks are nice, but with 72 ounces of water in them they get pretty heavy and will start to hurt your back when riding XC trails. So the more stuff you stick in there, the heavier it will be on your back.
If doing shorter distance rides or races, a seat bag is great for a multitool, some energy bar, and a cell phone. Then just throw your waterbottle in the cage. To answer your question about the bag, a cheap one will do. Look for the ones that expand with a zipper if needed. Helps when you are doing distance rides and want to also throw in a spare tube, whatever.

If going to the resorts, your bike should be fine. If you plan to do rougher more advanced blue/black trails, maybe rent to save some wear and tear on your bike? I ride a full sus and love it, but also have a hardtail and looking to get a Salsa Mukluk (similar to a Surly Pugsley) soon before the winter comes around. Have fun!


well i ride with a camelbak cause a waterbottle in the cage would fall out in the first 10 minutes of my ride. just not plausable unless your doing really smooth xc trails or road which i do rarely. also i dont think 72 ounces of water is heavy on my back at all, feels like a feather really. if you think that heavy, your a puss. my backcountry pack i have for the winter is way way heavier than my camelbak and its even not that bad.

also in regards to your renting a bike comment, thats a toughy. on one hand its nice to rent a full suspension if you only have a hardtail, just for the pure comfort of it, but on the other hand a rented bike is gonna feel WAAY different than your bike that your used to riding, and will take a while to get comfortable on it and know how it reactes on corners, rocky sections, high speed sections, and how the gears shift and all. really depends on how much trail time you have on your bike and how comfortable you are on it. if you dont have a ton of trail time on your bike and are still trying to figure that out itself, then go for a rented bike, but if you really have your bike dialed in and feel really really comfortable on it, then id take a second thought about renting.


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http://pinkbike.com  nuff said. you will find anything and everything about biking on there. cruise around the forums and you'll get learned pretty fast
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Camelbacks are nice, but with 72 ounces of water in them they get pretty heavy and will start to hurt your back when riding XC trails. So the more stuff you stick in there, the heavier it will be on your back.
If doing shorter distance rides or races, a seat bag is great for a multitool, some energy bar, and a cell phone. Then just throw your waterbottle in the cage. To answer your question about the bag, a cheap one will do. Look for the ones that expand with a zipper if needed. Helps when you are doing distance rides and want to also throw in a spare tube, whatever.

If going to the resorts, your bike should be fine. If you plan to do rougher more advanced blue/black trails, maybe rent to save some wear and tear on your bike? I ride a full sus and love it, but also have a hardtail and looking to get a Salsa Mukluk (similar to a Surly Pugsley) soon before the winter comes around. Have fun!


well i ride with a camelbak cause a waterbottle in the cage would fall out in the first 10 minutes of my ride. just not plausable unless your doing really smooth xc trails or road which i do rarely. also i dont think 72 ounces of water is heavy on my back at all, feels like a feather really. if you think that heavy, your a puss. my backcountry pack i have for the winter is way way heavier than my camelbak and its even not that bad.

also in regards to your renting a bike comment, thats a toughy. on one hand its nice to rent a full suspension if you only have a hardtail, just for the pure comfort of it, but on the other hand a rented bike is gonna feel WAAY different than your bike that your used to riding, and will take a while to get comfortable on it and know how it reactes on corners, rocky sections, high speed sections, and how the gears shift and all. really depends on how much trail time you have on your bike and how comfortable you are on it. if you dont have a ton of trail time on your bike and are still trying to figure that out itself, then go for a rented bike, but if you really have your bike dialed in and feel really really comfortable on it, then id take a second thought about renting.


Agreed... to all of it.
As far as the renting of a bike is concerned though, I would only do it if you're shopping around for bikes or you're traveling where it's not feasible to take it with you.  It's not going to ride like your bike.
I have FINALLY gotten my mtn bike dialed.  It's a hard tail (I don't do anything too stupid), and I wouldn't dream of renting a bike for a couple of reasons.  I never travel far enough to justify not taking my own bike.  And if I rent a bike and fall in love with the feel of it, I don't want to NEED a new bike.
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MakeyourselfSD, nice video. Total guess, but are you using the Go Pro with Chesty harness? It is so flat here in the midwest that everything is XC singletrack. Love seeing what other people are riding!

Other good websites are mtbr.com, youtube, ehow.com for info. Best way to learn is to get out and hit those trails! Also, ride with experienced riders. Most don't mind and are willing to show new riders the ropes.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jul/21/2011 at 2:05pm
Yeah, 72oz of water is only about 5lbs of water. If you can't ride with that on your back, then you may just be feeble. I almost always have a camelbak on when I am snowboarding or biking.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jul/21/2011 at 6:00pm
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Yeah, 72oz of water is only about 5lbs of water. If you can't ride with that on your back, then you may just be feeble. I almost always have a camelbak on when I am snowboarding or biking.


also put into account that your constantly drinking that water. so the weight lessens during the ride until it is none.

my bikes ride is over when my camelbak is empty. thats when i know its a good timer to call it a day (normally 2-3 hours or so on xc trails, 3 or 4 on dh trails)

on days where i want to ride more i bring a nalgene or two and refill my camelbak. that gives me an extra few hours of riding.

i never go out riding without water tho. thats just dumb and an easy way to cramp up. i only go without a bottle or camelbak if im riding a bikepark like whistler or silverstar and i can go down to the lodge every few runs and hydrate
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Here is a video I did today going down Shotgun at mammoth mountain.
 
 

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Here is a video I did today going down Shotgun at mammoth mountain.
 
 
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MakeyourselfSD, nice video. Total guess, but are you using the Go Pro with Chesty harness? It is so flat here in the midwest that everything is XC singletrack. Love seeing what other people are riding!
 
Yeah its the go pro chesty harness...works pretty well.
 
I love having lift served DH singletrack trails about 3 pedaling minutes from my front door.
http://vimeo.com/makeyourselfsd
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I WAS GOING TO GO MOUNTAIN BIKING IN CRESTED BUTTE TOMORROW!!!! but then i hurt my back by doing absolutely nothing
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