Newbie needs help outfitting Bike

Discussion in 'Mountain Bikes' started by Xar77, Jul 12, 2004.

  1. Xar77

    Xar77 New Member

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    Hello,

    I'm pretty new to mountain biking here in Colorado and got a 1998 (or 1999) not sure Gary Fisher Big Sur Bike for a great deal. Now, I need new shifters and a new fork, Everything else is in good shape.

    Anyone have any ideas on Good shifters and a Good Fork for not too much money? (Just had a little baby boy)

    Honestly probably looking to spend no more than $150.00 or so.

    Or as a last option, I will sell the bike and work on getting a newer one.

    Any Suggestions?

    Thanks,
    Shaun
     
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  2. dan666

    dan666 New Member

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    Hey,

    Ebay offer some great deals, but you have to register before you cna buy or sell anything, try visiting www.ebay.co.uk or www.ebay.com (For the US). What cassette (The cog on the back) and what chainset (Cogs on the front) you have depends on what shifters you can buy...

    Good shifters i can definately reccommend are Shinamo Deores, which offer a great price with reasonably good performance...

    In the way of forks then i wouldn't really be able to help, but on my bike i run a cheapy set of Rox Shox, Which have lasted years with a fair bit of abuse!!!

    Hope this helps you :)

    Dan
     
  3. LycraMan

    LycraMan New Member

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    Ebay greats mate, only problem is you have to watch out for the bad sellers.

    I won a Yeti AS-R 575 on there about a month ago for 99p, but the guy said it got lost in the post and never even sent me a refund. I left him negative offcourse, IT WAS THE PRICIPLE!
     
  4. kandiguy

    kandiguy New Member

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    I have a Giant Iguana with Shimano Deore and like the other person said these are good gears with a good price. Also for a fork a cheap RockShox fork may be the way to go. RockShox Judy TT is supposed to be decent. ALso SR Suntour has a few 100$ suspension forks.
    -good luck!
     
  5. cd667

    cd667 New Member

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    Until you spend a certain amount of money a lot of suspension forks can be dead weight. Solid forks will never need maintenance as well as saving weight and giving you bike handling skills to die for. Tange make good ones, visit:

    http://harriscyclery.net/site/page.cfm?PageID=49&Category=512

    As for a groupset, remember that a well set up but cheap mech/shifter will work a million times better than badly set up expensive ones. If money's tight I would recommend plain old thumb shifters (from $6.95), although if you currently have the kind with built in brake levers you will need to buy those too. Look at:

    http://sheldonbrown.com/harris/shifters.html

    and for brake levers:

    http://www.poweroncycling.com/BRAKE LEVERS.htm

    All of the things I've listed here will be well short of $100

    Of course it's still worth asking your local bike shop if they have any bits left over from repairs or upgrades. They very often end up with a box of stuff they can't sell as it isn't new, but can't throw out as it's too good.

    Hope this helps

    Chris
     
  6. Xar77

    Xar77 New Member

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    Thanks for everyone's help... Still workin' on it almost a year since this post :)

     
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