Mountain Biking - diyAudio
Go Back   Home > Forums > Blogs > chris661

Please consider donating to help us continue to serve you.

Ads on/off / Custom Title / More PMs / More album space / Advanced printing & mass image saving
Rate this Entry

Mountain Biking

Posted 25th March 2011 at 08:27 AM by chris661

Many years ago, (when I was 11, now 17), I got a bike for my birthday/Christmas combined present, I got a mountain bike. It was good for what it was: V-brakes, 21 gears, front suspension etc.
So, I enjoyed the bike for about a year, then decided the forks weren't great, and that upgrading them would make everything much better. Now, knowing nothing about bike geometry, I fitted some longer forks. Lovely, I could go over all sorts, land jumps and the front wheel always stayed attached to the ground. Being young and adventurous, I started doing drops - onto concrete. Needless to say the wheels that came attached to a 150 bike didn't hold up particularly well.
So, a little re-speccing later, the bike got some new wheels. These were heavy duty jump wheels that are designed for grown men to jump off stuff. A 13 year old would be fine. Due to the different hubs, I also had to fit a new rear cassette, and all the deraileurs and shifters that come with.
Seeing they were disc brake compatible, I also bought some hydraulic disk brakes, thinking 160mm rotors would be sufficient. I was proved wrong when I experienced brake fade on the front brake, on the way down a large hill. The lever felt squishy, and the rotor singed grass a little upon contact (tested after I'd stopped on the back brake). Bigger rotor needed. Bigger rotor fitted, I was indestructable, but also a bit too big for the small frame of the original bike.
So, back onto the interweb, I found a large frame that would do nicely. It was a jump frame (again, designed for grown men to throw themselves off buildings), so I knew it'd take anything a 15 year old could throw at it. The frame arrived at 8.15 on a Saturday morning. So I went outside and began transferring all the parts over. The bearings were a nightmare, but they moved, eventually.
After going through a multitude of tyres, trying to find something right for what I did (road some of the time, then fast, muddy off-road the rest of the time), I settled with some super-knobbly, soft compound tyres. They were terrible on road, but showed me why I picked them off road. When it came to slippery uphills, I was one of the quickest out there (16 years old, riding with some people from college).
So, after a particularly good ride one Monday, I left the bike down the side of my house (unlocked!!), then forgot it was there and went to college. Back at 4.20 and it wasn't there any more.
So, a brief look around, followed by talking to the police, going around every second hand shop in town and putting up posters (over two weeks), I gave up and bought something new.

I had planned on spending more on a bike, but this was hard to ignore. The plan is to potentially upgrade to larger rotors again, and change the front suspension - the springs don't have the same "feel" as the air shock at the back.
Even with everything stock, it is a very very good bike.
Anyway, thanks for reading, I'm off.

Posted in Uncategorized
Views 1474 Comments 3 Email Blog Entry
Total Comments 3


  1. Old Comment
    aardvarkash10's Avatar
    I feel your pain Chris. My commuter-modified hack mountainbike got stolen a couple of weeks back - just before a 30km mtb competition ride I was training for. Bummer.

    Result? I pulled out my old Proflex 856, and started the rear swingarm bearing rebuild I had been putting off for over 6 years.

    Not going fast enough on the rebuild, I ended up borrowing my BILs Proflex 857 (wooooah! Carbon swingarm!!!) for the ride.

    Learnings. Always lock your bike up to something solid - even at home;

    None-the-less, to every cloud, a silver lining;

    A 15-year old fully-suspended rig still outperforms me. And gave a few late model bikes a run too;

    Riser bars are no good on a road rig;

    SPD pedals ARE ok these days.

    Had to buy her indoors a new ride too since hers was stolen at the same time. She is now on a K2 Attack. She loves it.
    Posted 30th March 2011 at 12:41 AM by aardvarkash10 aardvarkash10 is offline
    Updated 30th March 2011 at 12:45 AM by aardvarkash10
  2. Old Comment
    Bas Horneman's Avatar
    I bought cheap as well. With my 130kg things did not last long. So I went for Canyon.

    Happy ever since.
    Posted 30th March 2011 at 01:55 PM by Bas Horneman Bas Horneman is offline
  3. Old Comment
    chris661's Avatar
    Me again, turned out that 160mm brakes (of the budget Shimano variety) front and rear very nearly weren't enough, even for a 9 stone whippersnapper...

    Considering purchasing some Hope brakes off a friend, 140 all in.
    Posted 14th May 2011 at 03:23 PM by chris661 chris661 is offline
Hide this!Advertise here!

New To Site? Need Help?

All times are GMT. The time now is 10:35 PM.

vBulletin Optimisation provided by vB Optimise (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2015 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
Copyright 1999-2015 diyAudio

Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO 3.3.2