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Next week I'm buying a 2005 Norco Chaos mountain bike. I can't wait! Ironically, the retail price on this is exactly the same as I bought my car for ($1000 CAD), but my friend's dad is good friends with the owner of a local bike store so I'm getting it for $750 :mrgreen:. I'm so excited! This is my third year doing trails and I destroyed my last bike, which was of the $200 department store variety.

Anyone else out there into mountain biking? I still consider myself a beginner...

http://www.norco.com/05/2005bikes/bikes/images/chaos.jpg

posted by  Mathew

ive been on bicycles my whole life

im more into bmx though, actually mountain biking is just as good:thumbs:

posted by  nighthawk

More into BMX, heres a picture of my friend from yesterday doing trails.

Too big for this forum:rolleyes:
Porn (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v87/phasebmx/100_0801.jpg)

posted by  Benson

those wheels look a little large for a BMX :2cents:

posted by  nighthawk

Well its obviously a mountain bike. I guess i should have said that though.

posted by  Benson

You did say he was doin' trails....so that could be deemed as an equivelent to you telling us it was a Mountain Bike...I spose lol.

As for Mountain Biking, I bought one a while back but have hardly used it yet, I keep telling myself that I'll do it when the weather improves enough though.....which is about now really lol. Nice bike by the way, Mathew, is the braking system hydraulic or cable operated? just wondering lol (looks like cables to me......?)

posted by  Cliffy

you can see an amber-like color in the brake cables, im willing to bet its hydraulic, :2cents:

posted by  nighthawk

I've been into mountain biking for a while now. Usually riding on the rocks down by the lake close-ish to my place...We really don't have any trails like that around here though...I wish so badly we did....

posted by  Satty101

although I know what you mean, I do often take my BMX off road and on to some hard trails, its just bumpy as hell :orglaugh: :thumbs: :hi:

posted by  nighthawk

That would be cable operated :wink2:

I'm not really into doing big jumps and stuff, I like doing longer distance trails, but not without their share of rocks, roots and small drops.

North Vancouver, which is close to where I live (and actually where I work) is famous for its bike trails, especially ones only sutable for experts riding $5000 bikes. One day I hope to be able to ride them...

posted by  Mathew

Thats some crazy air! I don't think I could do that for a while...

posted by  Mathew

We have some trails similar to the ones Benson showed, but I don't go too high on the jumps. I've been going for the last couple of weeks, mainly to hills and stuff...I've fallen 3 times on the hills (all going down lol)...didn't get hurt once there, but on Wednesday in front of my driveway after biking home from school I wiped out pretty bad lol...I was trying to slide sideways and it usually works, but this time there was a rock on the street or something and the tire got caught on it, the bike flips over me and I hit my elbow and shoulder, and layed on the street for about 5 minutes, no one comes out so I had to put the bike away on my own :laughing:

posted by  chris_knows

oh my god its too bad no one here saw the crazy crash i was in...
going down the road at like 40 kms (not bad speed) run over some weird lumps in the pavement and totally lose control in about 0.04 seconds and do two frontflips and have the bike land on you and put a lump on your head:doh:

and besides a fractured thumb and a raped elbow i was perfect :smoke: :laughing:

posted by  nighthawk

lol ouch! Last year I went over this pathetic three foot jump over a big puddle, but at the last second someone called my name, so I slowed down, my front wheel went straight down, I catapaulted over my bike and landed on the top of my head. My helmet was cracked and I had a pretty decent headache, but nothing serious...

posted by  Mathew

I remember the last big crash I had. I was doin some jumps at a friends house and I adjusted my spring to be a bit softer (my ass was hurting since we were doing it for about 2-3 hours non-stop over different jumps) and go figure, as soon as the back wheel hit the ramp, something hit the rear tire wrong, it popped, the spring rebounded hard, sent me flying higher than usual, a branch clotheslined me, somehow I did a double backflip, landed on my back, and the bike comes down on my shoulder, and ribs (handle bar to the collarbone, and metal "bear claw" pedal to the ribs). I couldn't move because of the pain (A shattered collarbone and craked rib will kinda do that). Eventually I got up, rode home and went to the doctor where I found out my injuries. I had a sling for 3 weeks and some weird looking backbrace for 2. Lets just say I went back there 2 months later and chopped down that tree:mrgreen:

posted by  Satty101

Hahaa, you showed him...."So, we meet again Mr. Tree. Whats that? Oh you still think that was funny do you? Say hello to Mr. Chainsaw!"

posted by  Mathew

i can only imagine, i cracked my collarbone in half a few years ago and its the most painful thing ever :banghead:
and the weird looking backbrace... sorta like a bookbag? lol

posted by  nighthawk

No, it's like your average back brace, but it was solid plastic all the way around...almost like a bullet proof vest...:screwy:

posted by  Satty101

Why would you spent $750 on a bike?

I'd use that and buy some stuff for my computer...

I could see like, maybe $200-$250, but $750?
Maybe to me, but that sounds outrageous.

posted by  Copenhagen

Some people like to go outside, some people like sit at home on the computer.

Since you weren't paying attention, I will remind you that I trashed my $200 department bike last year. Those kind of bikes aren't meant for punishment, and the suspension is just a gimmick.

The bike I'm getting is cheap for its purpose. You can spend thousands on unmodified stock bikes, by companies like Norco, Trek, Specialized etc etc...

posted by  Mathew

Build your own.:thumbs:

posted by  Copenhagen

My $150 Mongoose works just fine for me...minus the tire incident....

posted by  Satty101

I haven't owned a bike since like 5th grade, it was one of those dyno bike things, had my pegs and everything :laughing: , it was like, I was rolling big with my chrome looking pegs.

And I had these weird looking spokes, that glistened in the sun, unlike the other spokes on other bikes...

Cadillac dyno:mrgreen:

posted by  Copenhagen

I don't know enough about Mountain Biking to build my own. Plus like I said, $750 is cheap. I got a good deal.



You're talking about a BMX. A quick glance at Mountain Bikes at the Mongoose site shows you can pay $3000 for one. So you're comparing apples and oranges.

posted by  Mathew

Wrongo, my Mongoose is a mountian bike.:thumbs:

I believe the...model name....is XR-100 or something. 21 speed mountain bike. I can obtain pics if needed...

posted by  Satty101

Well a glance at the site and it looks pretty expensive to me!

posted by  Mathew

Building a mountain bike sounds pretty simple...

Get a frame, put some wheels,some shocks, seat, gears, and some handle bars.:mrgreen:

pardon my ignorance.:sleep:

posted by  Copenhagen

What website? mongoose.com or something??? LINK ME!!!!

posted by  Satty101

Ugh. There are thousands of components meant for different things. Thats like saying building a computer is easy. Just grab a hard drive, a motherboard, some drives, a monitor, etc etc. It all depends on what you want to do.

posted by  Mathew

Yeah Mongoose.com it is, but I also found your bike...at the Wal-Mart website. And I found some interesting reviews of it :wink2:. "Very poorly built bike". "Might last you a year, but don't take it off road", etc etc. But I'm not trying to show off here, I had a bike just like that, and I destroyed it over 2 years.

posted by  Mathew

Yeah, I was kidding if you didn't catch that...

oh and I forgot to put breaks onto that list that I had...

ps. building a computer is pretty easy, I built mine, but I got the money for it for christmas, and it wasn't the cheapest of all...:doh:

posted by  Copenhagen

Hrm, I've had it for close to 4 years now and minus a tire and a tube have had zero problems. And everytime I ride it's offroad somewhere...rocks, trails, jumps (not so much jumps anymore...kinda paranoid) etc...

posted by  Satty101

Perhaps you are not getting the best experience possible out of mountain biking? Well I'm not going to argue with you. If your bike has lasted you a long time, and you enjoy it, then very well. I'm still getting my bike tomorrow! I can't wait!

posted by  Mathew

lol, Im not argueing (in this thread), just saying that those people must beat the living hell out of their bikes. My bike before this one on the other hand, total piece. Lasted 2 months....then one of the handlebars snapped off...that was interesting...lol

posted by  Satty101

I plan to...:wink2:



Hahaha, hope you weren't in the middle of the woods when it happened...

posted by  Mathew

You do realize building a good bike with seperate parts costs 2 or even 3 times more than a complete bike does. My buddies front end of his bike (shocks, stem, bars, rim, hub, tire) costed in the mid thousands. Now you could find a decent complete bike for that amount of money.

posted by  Benson

no i dont realize that, i dont bike, i dont like bein out in the forests n shit gettin all sweaty and hopin my bike doesnt snap in two.

posted by  Copenhagen

I don't like to sit inside all day getting fat at my computer. To each is his own.

posted by  Benson

oh i'm far from fat

im not even a bit overweight

posted by  Copenhagen

*waves hand*

I AM I AM!!!!! Oh, wait a minute....why am I proud of that?

posted by  Satty101

I guess that leaves out all competitive sports then...

posted by  Mathew

I got my bike! Of course, its pouring rain, and I'm sick.

posted by  Mathew

The rain makes it more fun though :laughing:...Too bad you're sick.

Congrats BTW :thumbs:

posted by  chris_knows

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