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Old 07-22-2013, 10:14 AM   #1726
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Just sold my Pitch, haven't been riding as much this year. Maybe I can pick something up over the winter to get back into the sport.
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Old 07-22-2013, 08:29 PM   #1727
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If you are really looking to stick to the $400-500 range, you should probably be looking to buy a used bike. Keep an eye out on Craigslist, pinkbike.com, and check to see when your local bike shops do bike swaps (usually spring time). As far as any one brand, that is so hard to do in the MTB world. There are many great companies and philosophies when it comes to building bikes. I have been trying to demo bikes all summer to see which direction I want to go. Jamis, Rocky Mountain, diamondback, Santa Cruz..... That's just the tip of the ice berg.
I ended up upping my budget. Went to my local bike shop and rode the 400 to 500 dollar bikes with rugular and mechanical disc brakes. Then I hopped on a couple bikes with hydraulic disc brakes, and didn't want to get off lol.

I had it narrowed down to a Specialized hard rock sport disc 29er and a Haro flightline sport 29. I liked them both after riding, and was going to go with the Haro based solely on the fact that it was 70 bucks cheaper. The shop wasn't able to get the color I wanted on the Haro, so they ended up price matching the specialized. I'm pumped, should be here mid-end week!
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Old 07-22-2013, 08:40 PM   #1728
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I ended up upping my budget. Went to my local bike shop and rode the 400 to 500 dollar bikes with rugular and mechanical disc brakes. Then I hopped on a couple bikes with hydraulic disc brakes, and didn't want to get off lol.

I had it narrowed down to a Specialized hard rock sport disc 29er and a Haro flightline sport 29. I liked them both after riding, and was going to go with the Haro based solely on the fact that it was 70 bucks cheaper. The shop wasn't able to get the color I wanted on the Haro, so they ended up price matching the specialized. I'm pumped, should be here mid-end week!
That's awesome man. Congratulations. I rode 5-6 miles of pretty great single track tonight with a couple of buddies from work. One of them does have a specialized hardtail 29er. He loves it and does very well on it. The hydraulic brakes are great, I will agree there. Still currently running mechanical disc, but I plan on the next one having hydraulic.
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Old 07-23-2013, 04:06 PM   #1729
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Might be doing a day of DH this Sunday at Sunday River after NEFR. Anyone from that area down to ride? I sold my last downhill bike a few years ago so I'll be renting a bike at the mountain but it would be cool to ride for a while with someone who is more familiar with the trails.
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Old 08-07-2013, 04:24 PM   #1730
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Selling a large 2013 Santa Cruz Blur LT for cheap if anyone is interested.

http://www.pinkbike.com/buysell/1401171/
http://nh.craigslist.org/bik/3987112774.html
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Old 09-24-2013, 06:51 PM   #1731
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Just went and bought this after work. Super stoked to put some miles on it. Subsequently I have an older full suspension diamondback DBR X2 for sale. Asking $425 or best offer.

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Old 02-27-2014, 10:21 PM   #1732
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Just picked this up a few days ago. 2011 Specialized Epic Expert Carbon. Has a set of Roval wheels, newly rebuilt drivetrain, rear shock and new saddle. Weighs in at 24 lbs. This bike is a huge change for me because I'm coming from a 38 lb Iron Horse Warrior 4.0. Can't wait to test this thing out on some trails and I'm in the process of booking a visit to the Kingdom Trails for May.
Few things I need to get used to with this bike:
-Saddle appears to be a XC racing type saddle, it's not forgiving. I typically ride in normal shorts on a more cushioned saddle, might be a good time to invest in some quality mountain biking shorts and/or boxers? Any suggestions?
-I'm on the fence on which pedals to get, I like the freedom of flat pedals and I'm not sure I'm ready to take on some clip-in pedals. Have some standard plastic ones installed for now.

I was a bit nervous about buying it at first since it's designed more as a XC/race type bike and wasn't sure if it was right for me since I have a more aggressive hit-all-the-features-at-Vietnam style. Did some research and realized there really is no "right bike" and I'll probably have more than one bike in the future.





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Old 02-28-2014, 08:43 AM   #1733
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Great looking bike! I can't wait for spring to come around so i can finally hit some trails. I personally have clip in pedals. It takes a little bit to get used to, but overall i like it.
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Old 02-28-2014, 04:04 PM   #1734
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Very nice looking bike. Can't wait to get back out on the trails myself. Buddy and I have booked tickets for the dirt rag bike fest for the middle of May, down in PA.
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