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post #1 of 82
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I thought it would be cool to see what bicycles we ride here at AI.

Feel free to:

List the make / model of your bike.
Post a pic of your actual bike or one like it.

Post a pic / link / description of your desired bike if it is different than the one you own.

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post #2 of 82
Mine is a Trek 820, but not the current model - mine was bought some years ago, and doesn't have the suspension on the front forks. And it's orange . I don't have a pic of my actual bike though, so the one on the Trek web site will have to do for now.

I bought it quite cheap, as it was an end of line version, so all the running gear was being updated on the new model. Works for me though .
post #3 of 82
Wow I'm glad you started this thread..

Well I have two bikes.
Both are hand built By Dekerf

I have:
Dekerf Soft tail (titanium chainstays, no longer built)
here it is in action, had the fastest lap that day and our team placed 2nd

Fishcreek park.. fun rooty downhill

Parts:
Full XTR (5 years old now but runs really well)
Cane Creek Ti wheels (8 years old, still very straight)
Raceface Deus Crank

Dekerf Solitare its jet black..

I'll post pics of MY bikes tomorrow
flick.
post #4 of 82
The problem that I have, that I suspect is not uncommon, is that bikes occupy a no-man's land in the transportation department. That is, it's half a mile to town, 6 miles to work, and 60 miles to the airport. Usually I just walk to town, and I'm not a big fan of being on a bike among massive traffic.
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post #5 of 82
I used to be a demon mountain biker , totally fearless and crazy, this was in the days before suspension!

I havn't cycled for about 8 years now, and was thinking of getting back into it, but I'm like WTF has happened to the bikes?

I remember the early days, when everyone cut their straight handle bars narrow, had 6" flat stems, tight rear chainstays and wanted a 74 degree seat tube. And all I dreamed of was getting a 54 tooth outer ring.

Now we have bikes, with no stems, curved high rise handlebars, 8" rear wheel travel, no saddles, no gears, and the most perverse thing i've ever seen - A cannondale 'Lefty' fork.

Infact, it's pretty hard these days to find a bike like I used to ride, that isn't in the bargain basement section.
post #6 of 82
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Originally posted by MarcUK
Now we have bikes, with no stems, curved high rise handlebars, 8" rear wheel travel, no saddles, no gears, and the most perverse thing i've ever seen - A cannondale 'Lefty' fork.

I'm with you on that.. I started racing in '90, I was on a tech badlands with super short handle bars, no suspesion, and the fattest heaviest tires you've ever seen!

then I upgreaded to a rocky blizzard (black and white powderpaint) still no suspension.. and well it went from there..
post #7 of 82
I think when I buy a new bike it might well be one of these.



not least because it looks NORMAL, and pretty agressive
post #8 of 82
like I mean WTF is this?



or this

post #9 of 82
you see those a lot now.. I don't know how folks do it..
for you.. try Kona
Strong, Reliable and built by folks who care.
flick.
post #10 of 82
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Originally posted by Flick Justice
you see those a lot now.. I don't know how folks do it..
for you.. try Kona
Strong, Reliable and built by folks who care.
flick.

you know, my last 'real' bike was a '94 Kona Explosiv , it was an awesome bike, but because of the sloping tube, I could never get the saddle quite high enough in relation to the bars.

My favourite bike was a '92 Diamond Back Apex, which would probably make most people cringe knowing what diamond back make today.
post #11 of 82
shudder.
flick.
post #12 of 82
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I have a Slingshot that is about 10 years old. $1,300 frame with all the expensive components. Thing is it is in disrepair. I did not want to have to spend a fortune on buying new wheels / tires, fork, brakes, adjustments to gears and such which would run into the hundreds.

So I just bought an inexpensive bike to get me by. I paid about the price of a good front suspension fork for the entire bike. $299



It is built by K2

This bike is a high value bicycle for the money built for Oshman's / Sports Authority stores in North America. It is a workaround for K2 to produce a product line which large sporting goods stores can retail which does not compete with the regular product line K2 supplies to smaller sales volume / higher profit margin "bike shops".

For the price I paid for the bike I am more than pleased. Full suspension, disk brakes and quite frankly the quality is great for this price point.

I am not a serious pro by any means just looking for some nice times under the sun on the bike!

It does ride very nicely.

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Share your smile, Have respect for others, and be loving to all peoples

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post #13 of 82
Here's my car.



Cannondale R600 Sport with headshok.

Eats road like spaghetti.
post #14 of 82
OMFG, I never thought I'd see anything more perverse than a cannondale lefty fork, but that Slingshot takes the biscuit. How does that work?

That K2, looks like a hell of a lot of bike for the money, not my style, but like you said, its all about days under the sun now. Thats what I should be doing, but I still have dreams of the former glory of racing down hills at 50 mph. I managed to get 62 Mph down a hill in the Brecon Beacons in Wales on a ride once (on tarmac of course), it was a 1 in 4, ahh, so much fun

Now Hassan's Cannondale is a perfect example of what front suspension should like like when done properly.
post #15 of 82
I like Cannondales, but I never saw the point of anything than a fixed frame bike for bombing around the city. My last bike was an indestructible kerb-hopping hybrid, and although this is more delicate the front shock lets you get away with a lot.

Still mourning my last bike. Magura hydraulic brakes, the perfect saddle, Synchros stem, tuned and adjusted to perfection. Stolen by a man who I now hope is in palliative care in a hospital somewhere.

I miss that bike. Still looking out for it a year later.
post #16 of 82
Anyone remember the original Nishiki Alien? That was the bike I wanted most.
post #17 of 82
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Originally posted by MarcUK
Anyone remember the original Nishiki Alien? That was the bike I wanted most.

I tihnk I do.. what year was that?
flick.
post #18 of 82
7 year old Cannondale F500 here. Haven't ridden it in a while.
post #19 of 82
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Originally posted by MarcUK
OMFG, I never thought I'd see anything more perverse than a cannondale lefty fork, but that Slingshot takes the biscuit. How does that work?

Yeah, WTF??? It looks like it shouldn't work!
post #20 of 82
The slingshot idea is to keep the entire lower member in tension, and then to replace it with a cable. It sounds good in theory, but I'm not sure how well it works in practice.
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post #21 of 82
Here's mine.

Marin Point Reyes 2004

post #22 of 82
not the right color, but here's mine...

post #23 of 82
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I miss that bike. Still looking out for it a year later.

I remember that. You were a sad boy.
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post #24 of 82
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Originally posted by Flick Justice
I tihnk I do.. what year was that?
flick.

1990



Oh yes and I'd like to say that those stupid popup dials Shimano have put on their shifters recently. OMFG, GAY GAY GAY! (no offence to gays intended!)

I want XT thumbshifters.
post #25 of 82
Wow blast from the past!
XT top mounts were so good.. even years after thumb shifters were offered throughout Shimano lines I continued to move my XT thumb shifters from bike to bike.. indestructible!
the XTR I have on my Softtail has proven indestructible too.. I'm very happy.. and yeah the little indicators?? if you don't know what gear your in.. buy a car.
flick.
post #26 of 82
My current ride is a 1999 GT Tempest MTB, which would've been very entry level for it's time. It cost me close to $1000 Canadian dollars and doesn't have any decent components.

Oh well, it's probably got 5000+ miles on it so it has served me well.

Any recommendations for a decent replacement MTB in the $600 USD price range? Hardtail with decent components (maybe LX or a mix of LX/XT)
post #27 of 82
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Originally posted by mikef
My current ride is a 1999 GT Tempest MTB, which would've been very entry level for it's time. It cost me close to $1000 Canadian dollars and doesn't have any decent components.

Oh well, it's probably got 5000+ miles on it so it has served me well.

Any recommendations for a decent replacement MTB in the $600 USD price range? Hardtail with decent components (maybe LX or a mix of LX/XT)

you can't go wrong with Kona.
flick.
post #28 of 82
Here's mine...



Muddyfox Rogue. Hardtail with pretty decent spec and not so hard on the wallet. Perfect for city and dirt trail... you'll not catch me trying to head up a mountain. . (won What MTB bike of the year).
post #29 of 82
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Originally posted by Flick Justice
you can't go wrong with Kona.
flick.

I don't know about in the US, but here in the UK you can buy a last years model bike for virtually half the price...of course, it will probably come flat packed and need a bit of adjusting and assembly, but if you're good with this kind of thing, you can get a great bargain.

If you can get a £1500 bike for £800, you could even pay a mechanic £200 to do a decent set up for you and save a huge wedge.

And the sun outside is lovely at the moment, but I have no bike...
post #30 of 82
Nice Thread. Here's my goood bike:



Specialized, Sirus Pro. Love it.
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post #31 of 82
Ok Here are the images of my two bikes.
Hand built by one guy in British Columbia Canada:
Dekerf Softail or Synthesis:
the chain stays are titanium and flex giving the rear 1.5 inches give it a really smooth ride. The Super light rock shock SIDs on the front lock out with a thumb shift so you can kill the suspension for climbing.. the bike weighs in just over 24lbs. Yeah I got a flat.. I know..

(view 1600x1200)

Dekerf Solitude or Single speed:
The single speed is just that.. mid range parts.
I think it weighs 22.. maybe less. anyway it climbs like a champ.
I picked the semi gloss black.

(view 1600x1200)
anyway now you know what I ride..
flick.
post #32 of 82
Just got back into cycling after not riding for a few years.

My new road bike is a 2004 Trek Madone...really nice bike Full DuraAce w/ Look Carbon Pedals.


(stock photo)

My MTN bike is an older Trek Y-33 running full XT. Not a bad bike but I am going back to a hardtail after I loose 20 lbs.
post #33 of 82
Wow thats a great road bike.
I have really been thinking about getting one.
flick.
post #34 of 82
Quote:
Originally posted by Flick Justice
Wow thats a great road bike.
I have really been thinking about getting one.
flick.

It is one of the best road bikes I have ever ridden. Very quick and fast. I grew up road racing and just can not get road riding out of my blood. EXTREMELY stiff frame and VERY light...it would be hard to beat the ride of the Madone. Not sure how it compares to the new Madone line-up though as they have some new models.
post #35 of 82
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Originally posted by Flick Justice
you can't go wrong with Kona.
flick.

Any thoughts about the Kona Cinder Cone? This might be my new bike.
post #36 of 82
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Originally posted by mikef
Any thoughts about the Kona Cinder Cone? This might be my new bike.

The Cinder Cone is what gets my friend Bart through his day.
Bart is a courier and he rides the sh!t out of it.. kona make great frames that you can build around. buy the frame you want with the parts you can afford and go from there.. I used to recommend Rocky mountain but they have lost the "Canadian" touch they once had. Kona is really the only production bike I would recommend.

The advice i give to anyone is buy the frame you can afford even though the part are not the best and upgrade around it. If you want to really be a great mountain biker I always preach ride ridged first lear the line. Get graceful and buy around your skills. NEVER buy full suspension right off. hammering over a trail will never teach you to respect the land or make you a great rider.. Picking the best line will. anyway...

Choose the kona frame you can aford and build around that...
flick.
post #37 of 82
Thanks for the info... prior to this thread, I had never heard of the brand Kona. The Cinder Cone is at the extreme end of my budget so I couldn't possibly go any higher than that. If I can scrape the funds together, I should be able to have it within the next 4-6 weeks.
post #38 of 82
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Originally posted by mikef
Thanks for the info... prior to this thread, I had never heard of the brand Kona. The Cinder Cone is at the extreme end of my budget so I couldn't possibly go any higher than that. If I can scrape the funds together, I should be able to have it within the next 4-6 weeks.

It is completely my pleasure.
I'm sure you'll really enjoy that bike for a really long time..
Happy trails , tread lightly and respect other trail users.
Have fun.. Post some photos when you get it!.
flick.
post #39 of 82
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Originally posted by MarcUK
I havn't cycled for about 8 years now, and was thinking of getting back into it, but I'm like WTF has happened to the bikes?

Heheh... tell me about it.

I'm now riding a bike with 2.7" tires, 8" rotors, hydraulic disc brakes, solid axles, and 7 inches of travel on both wheels! Yes, I have a love affair with my santa cruz bullit.

Me, in the park next to my house:
(Hmmm, now that I think about it, time to go ride)

post #40 of 82
I'm not sure about all this Kona worship, yes they are very very good bikes as Flick says, but the problem with them, and I speak from experience owning an Explosiv and Lavadome, is that because of the hugely sloping top tube, it is hard to get one that fits properly.

I guess it depends on your style of riding, I like a low aerodynamic pose, sacrificing some handling (but I was so skilled it didn't matter ) and I found this hard to achieve on a Kona.

If I was going to get another Kona, I would definately extend the seat tube to within an inch of maximum, and size the bike to me in this position.

I can tell straight from the photos, who's a biker and who's not, obviously Flicks a hardcore biker, you can tell by the relationship of his saddle height to his handlebar height if nothing else he told you gave it away.

This is hard to achieve on a Kona, even if its just slightly the wrong size frame, you have to size Kona's very carefully.
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