Mountain Biking Questions

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by slick519, Sep 1, 2004.

  1. slick519


    Aug 11, 2001
    Salem, Or
    I just recently found out that my local highschool just set up a mountain biking club. i have ALWAYS wanted to mountain bike competetively, but never had the chance to.

    I was just wondering... as a highschool sport, what season does it occupy? i play waterpolo in the fall, so i hope that my dreams arent shattered by timing...

    and also, as for a good, basic, and most importantly *cheap* bike, any suggestions?

  2. bassjamn


    Jan 4, 2002
    San Francisco
    Wow mountain biking is a teamsport now in school??? I wish that was true back in the day.

    Well typical pro season starts around early March and lasts until August - Sept if i recall. You should be able to squeeze in your fall activities if they follow the seasonal trend.

    Good basic bikes, any well known brand such as: Gary Fischer, Trek, Giant, Marin, GT.
    (Stay away from department store brands!! huffy etc!!)

    They all have their basic models Usually $500.00 will get you a good bike that can take serious mountain bike rides, yet be easy on the wallet. I find that the under $300.00 bikes tend to have cheapo components that wear out/break over time.

    Some good places to buy parts or complete bikes online.

    Happy riding.
  3. slick519


    Aug 11, 2001
    Salem, Or
    Thanks a lot man, i sure hope that waterpolo doesnt collide too much. Is there any benefit in price when buying a bike in pieces (i.e. frame, brakes, suspension, etc.) instead of as a whole?

    And another question, what about suspension? is it really necesarry, both front and back?

  4. Jeff Moote

    Jeff Moote Supporting Member

    Oct 11, 2001
    Beamsville, ON, Canada
    First, I'll chip in on suspensions. I ride hardtail (no rear suspension) and generally prefer it, because I ride lots of cross-country (off road, but minimal "obsticles"). Full suspension is great too and I wish I could own two bikes. The only thing to watch is that comparably priced full suspension models will often have cheaper suspension components, and also sometimes less in other areas too. Look for a design like the Trek Fuel or any that have copied it because you lose the least power to "pedal bob" when driving hard.

    Other than that, buy the best bike you can afford - it really is X dollars more enjoyable to ride.

    As for it as a school sport - I can't help there. My school didn't really have any cycling though people from school often entered local races (and won one of them this year, for the school category).

    Have fun, and post any further questions you have.
  5. Jiro


    Mar 15, 2004
    Get a Hardtail, a good bike to start out would be like a Norco Storm, or like Norco Bigfoot or Sasquatch... Try it out before you buy it... A must when you are a mountain biker you want at least 2.0 tioga's on them and you want ring god or ring gaurd! and a lizard skin on the frame where the chain ususally bangs on the frame(by the deralliur)... You want decent pedals too, those are important! If you want the sharp pedals Id suggest you get some shin pads too! I dont recommend BMX style pedals since its easy to slip off... I dont recommend the clip pedals with the clip shoes since they screw up your extream mountain biking skills. If you want to up your skills more i recommend the...I forget what there called but they go around your shoe its like a net, sorta. I recommend this because it will help you learn how to bunny hop faster.

    If you want to go Downhill you should use a full suspension though. there heavy as hell, but look cool...

    If I was you I would go to a good bike store that sells used bikes and get a wicked deal on a used one... But only go to the ones that have like a year warranty on the used bikes.
  6. bassjamn


    Jan 4, 2002
    San Francisco
    Well buying piecemeal you could usually save a few bucks, Though sales on the net and stores you could find deals if you look around.
    If i were you I would buy a whole bike as it's easier if you dont know exactly what grouppo's, wheels, frame , fork takes some work.

    Full suspension is nice, but heavier and more suited to big bumps so if your into a lotta that free riding or downhill riding you might want to look into it.
    I prefer focusing on cross country, climbs and single track with moderate obstacles. It's better to have ahard tail.
    Most racers do cross country unless your a downhill specialist you wont really need full suspension.