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Hey, I've been riding regularly since fall '06 on a trek 3700 that I've replaced everything on except headset, bar, brakes, and fork. My main question is, just how hard can I ride an aluminum hardtail (xt hubs laced to sun rhyno lites) without getting real worried? Sometimes I even worry about curbs, worrying that I'm going to end up truing my rear wheel every week. So main thing is- should I worry about larger rocky patches on trails? 6+" falls? I'm looking to go Full-Suspension this summer, but I'll still be riding daily until then.

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crazylax42 said:
Hey, I've been riding regularly since fall '06 on a trek 3700 that I've replaced everything on except headset, bar, brakes, and fork. My main question is, just how hard can I ride an aluminum hardtail (xt hubs laced to sun rhyno lites) without getting real worried? Sometimes I even worry about curbs, worrying that I'm going to end up truing my rear wheel every week. So main thing is- should I worry about larger rocky patches on trails? 6+" falls? I'm looking to go Full-Suspension this summer, but I'll still be riding daily until then.

thanks!
as long as you are not breaking things every ride I would say no problem, just give it a good going over after you ride and it should be fine
 

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Depends on the hardtail....there are DJ/FR hardtails made for urban assault that are designed to take one heck of a lot of abuse. For yours, depending on your weight it could be fine or you may be pressing the limits a bit. If you're having to true your wheels every week, you're probably overdoing it...if not, ride it and give it a good look afterwards. Cracks/broken things = bad, no cracks or broken things = keep having fun. :)
 

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I wouldn't worry about it too much. Your setup can probably take a lot more abuse then you think. Just like any bike, create a habit of inspecting it before every ride. A quick look at the frame joints, wheels, and components for any obvious cracks, splits, etc will help keep you safe and let you know when it's time to replace parts.
 

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crazylax42 said:
Hey, I've been riding regularly since fall '06 on a trek 3700 that I've replaced everything on except headset, bar, brakes, and fork. My main question is, just how hard can I ride an aluminum hardtail (xt hubs laced to sun rhyno lites) without getting real worried? Sometimes I even worry about curbs, worrying that I'm going to end up truing my rear wheel every week. So main thing is- should I worry about larger rocky patches on trails? 6+" falls? I'm looking to go Full-Suspension this summer, but I'll still be riding daily until then.

thanks!
Don't know about the frame. Those wheels are practically bomproof though, and 6 inch falls are like nothing for them. I think they're the best all-around rims ever made.:thumbsup: The frame should hold up with that kind of riding, and if it doesn't it isn't your fault probably:)
 

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thanks guys for all the input. Now that I have a little more confidence in how much my bike can handle, I've had a lot more fun my last two rides being a little less cautious.
 
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