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Old 04-26-2021, 07:49 AM
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Help a boater out.......................

Novice - 1st new bike in 45 years - month old Hybrid style REI City 2.0 bike I have been using on some pretty rough trails adding 210 lbs of mass as well probably didn't help.

Are these shocks "blown".



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Why do you think they may be blown?
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Some guy on the trails said they appear to be leaking? I may have to look closer - heads still in fog from some some libations after riding yesterday
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Can’t really tell from the picture what shock that is. Looks dirty, and perhaps not even an air shock. Usually hybrid bikes cost about the same a decent mtb shock, so I wouldn’t have big expectations.

Grab some silicone lube and clean them up. I’d bet that will make a big difference. Your not a huge guy, but big enough that of your doing anything other than fire roads or paved paths, the bike is not going to hold up real well. The shocks on hybrids are borderline useless, so I’d keep riding. I would worry about those wheels if your doing any single track or more than very well groomed trails.

It sounds like your doing biking right though if you’re a little rough around the edges this morning!
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Originally Posted by Boat Hound View Post
Can’t really tell from the picture what shock that is. Looks dirty, and perhaps not even an air shock. Usually hybrid bikes cost about the same a decent mtb shock, so I wouldn’t have big expectations.

Grab some silicone lube and clean them up. I’d bet that will make a big difference. Your not a huge guy, but big enough that of your doing anything other than fire roads or paved paths, the bike is not going to hold up real well. The shocks on hybrids are borderline useless, so I’d keep riding. I would worry about those wheels if your doing any single track or more than very well groomed trails.

It sounds like your doing biking right though if you’re a little rough around the edges this morning!
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The don't look blown, I've blown shocks and they dropped to the bottom at least on me. On my M2S the front shocks are adjustable
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Low end shock and probably spring loaded which is not a bad thing. We often look for those for long distance endurance riding, i.e multiple 100 mile days. Not intended for too much tough use.
I can't tell if there is galling on the shaft, abraded or just grease.
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That looks like the basic entry level hybrid fork. Typically there isn't anything to them but a couple of springs with some elastomers in them and grease. Wipe the grease off of the stanchions and go ride your bike.

What kind of trails are you riding? Dirt roads or wide manicured bike paths? If you are riding singletrack off road trails you got the wrong bike.
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To me, it looks like the seal is rubbing off on it. Doesn't look blown. My shocks need to be rebuilt and you can see oil leaking out of them. With that being a lower end shock, I would assume it's probably spring and really the only way you will blow it is by breaking that spring inside.
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I thinks its time for a 10k carbon bike

I just upgraded to a Santa Cruz from a Trek that was 15 years old... The new bikes are pretty damn nice
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Those forks are garbage for any real riding.
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Originally Posted by triplenet View Post
I thinks its time for a 10k carbon bike

I just upgraded to a Santa Cruz from a Trek that was 15 years old... The new bikes are pretty damn nice
N+1 there is always a need for another bike. You don’t need to spend $10k on a good bike. $6k gets you a pretty good bike. I have 2 Santa Cruz’s, also a fan!
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Looks fine but dust has accumulated on it. But, then again I don't know what they look like outside of this picture. Are they fully extended, halfway recessed, at least let us know that. Also not saying you know or don't but is there also a possibility you adjusted the compression level on the right side fork tube without realizing it.
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Originally Posted by acme54321 View Post
That looks like the basic entry level hybrid fork. Typically there isn't anything to them but a couple of springs with some elastomers in them and grease. Wipe the grease off of the stanchions and go ride your bike.

What kind of trails are you riding? Dirt roads or wide manicured bike paths? If you are riding singletrack off road trails you got the wrong bike.
I am told they are world class. Again novice @ this but having a blast.

I have a budget but far from frugal as I am digging this trail riding ting.

What am I looking for?
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I am told they are world class. Again novice @ this but having a blast.

I have a budget but far from frugal as I am digging this trail riding ting.

What am I looking for?
How much do you want to spend? If you are wanting to ride single track, you will definitely want a "mountain bike", the frames will be stronger, different geometry. Price will determine how good your components and shocks will be.
I put mountain bike in quotations up above because there are several different types. There are cross country, downhill, all-mountain etc, it all depends on what kind of trails you will be riding. I ride cross country which are lighter bikes with less suspension.
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Originally Posted by bsktball55 View Post
How much do you want to spend? If you are wanting to ride single track, you will definitely want a "mountain bike", the frames will be stronger, different geometry. Price will determine how good your components and shocks will be.
I put mountain bike in quotations up above because there are several different types. There are cross country, downhill, all-mountain etc, it all depends on what kind of trails you will be riding. I ride cross country which are lighter bikes with less suspension.

There are lot of whoop dee doos, hair pin turns,rocks in areas bridges to traverse up grade/down grade plenty of trees on each side hillside edges that will make you rethink your speed/angle/approach after the fact - if your lucky.

Let's start a $1k and see where that leads.
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Find a good bike shop that have demo bikes that you can take to the trails you plan to ride. 29" wheels, tubeless, 12 speed and lockouts for suspension front and rear for full suspension would be my short list requirements. You can get a MTB for less then $2000 that will meet most folks need or you can spend $4000-$5000 and exceed most everyones needs, anything beyond that most folks would never know the difference other than the cost.

Picture of my Scott Scale 900 RC, it was $4200 a few years ago and weighs in at 21 pounds, I could of spent another $4000 ($8200) so that it weighed in at just under 20 pounds. Would have been same frame, just different wheel set, bump up to next level Sram Eagle drive train, cranks ect.




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Originally Posted by magua View Post
There are lot of whoop dee doos, hair pin turns,rocks in areas bridges to traverse up grade/down grade plenty of trees on each side hillside edges that will make you rethink your speed/angle/approach after the fact - if your lucky.

Let's start a $1k and see where that leads.
Sounds like you are looking more cross country style. I won't recommend a brand because to be honest, the brand doesn't really matter that much and it will largely depend on what your local dealers sell. I have a Trek, mainly because that was what many of my local dealers sell and it fit me well. The brand of the bike will determine the geometry of the riding position so some frames will fit people better based on your body shape. For that price point, you will be looking at a hard tail. Look at what components the bike comes with as far as fork, derailleurs and brakes. Should be able to get something like a Shimano Deore component level which in my opinion is a good middle of the road group. I didn't have many issues with mine when I had Deore. Shimano and SRAM both make good components, I like Shimano because I like their shifter style better. It's just what I started with and got used to and don't want to switch.
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Originally Posted by Regulator29 View Post
Find a good bike shop that have demo bikes that you can take to the trails you plan to ride. 29" wheels, tubeless, 12 speed and lockouts for suspension front and rear for full suspension would be my short list requirements. You can get a MTB for less then $2000 that will meet most folks need or you can spend $4000-$5000 and exceed most everyones needs, anything beyond that most folks would never know the difference other than the cost.

Picture of my Scott Scale 900 RC, it was $4200 a few years ago and weighs in at 21 pounds, I could of spent another $4000 ($8200) so that it weighed in at just under 20 pounds. Would have been same frame, just different wheel set, bump up to next level Sram Eagle drive train, cranks ect.



Sahhhweet! Trail there looks very similar to trails I am riding currently - those look more mature.

They are carving this place up as I type. Can't wait to get back out there.

Thanks
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Originally Posted by bsktball55 View Post
Sounds like you are looking more cross country style. I won't recommend a brand because to be honest, the brand doesn't really matter that much and it will largely depend on what your local dealers sell. I have a Trek, mainly because that was what many of my local dealers sell and it fit me well. The brand of the bike will determine the geometry of the riding position so some frames will fit people better based on your body shape. For that price point, you will be looking at a hard tail. Look at what components the bike comes with as far as fork, derailleurs and brakes. Should be able to get something like a Shimano Deore component level which in my opinion is a good middle of the road group. I didn't have many issues with mine when I had Deore. Shimano and SRAM both make good components, I like Shimano because I like their shifter style better. It's just what I started with and got used to and don't want to switch.

Great input thank you very much

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