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Seven years ago I moved to Fairfax and bought a house at the bottom of a hill called Repack. I didn't know much about mountain biking. I didn't know my neighbors were Joe Breeze and Charlie Cunningham--didn't even know who they were or why I should care. What I did know is that every weekend when I was out doing yardwork, streams of mountain bikers would ride past. A few of them were obnoxiously loud, and I'd have to hear the office gossip booming down the canyon from a few hundred yards away, but mostly I didn't notice.

Then one year there was an organized ride. Hundreds and hundreds of bikers rode past my house, laughing and smiling while I was raking leaves. I realized I was missing something, and the realization was suddenly profound. The next day, I went out and bought a Trek 8000. Seemed like a lot of money, but a solid bike.

I rode that Trek for 6 years. I have no idea how many miles, or tires, or chains I've put on that bike, but I hammered it. I never upgraded any components. Never jonesed for an FS. Just rode--and discovered a whole new universe of friends, challenges, insights and inspirations. Oh, and injuries.

Last fall, my trusty bike started to fall apart. When it came time to replace components, it started looking like a better deal to just buy a new bike. And then I met the slippery slope. Long story short, I went from looking at prebuilt bikes, to looking for deals, to cooking up dream bikes, to shopping for parts. I spent about four months going around to shops, riding bikes, reading reviews on each component, posting questions here on the boards, and slowly putting all the pieces together. And now it's done.

Out with the old--an unbelievably reliable workhorse that I plan to rebuild as an SS...


And in with the new...











For anyone who cares, it's a little eclectic:

Intense 5.5
Fox Float RLC
5th Element
XTR Drive train
Formula Oro K24 Brakes
Easton XC-One Wheels
Easton Bars, Post and Stem
Time Atac XS Carbon Ti Pedals

Big, big thanks to Mike Moore for finding some incredible deals. Big thanks to Bryan and Fairfax Cyclery for help on the choices and the build. Can't say enough good things about the guys at Fairfax Cyclery. Experienced, honest, good people who really know their stuff.

First big ride on the trail Friday.
 

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Well, I got some help from a friend who used to work at a distributer, and pulled some strings on the components and wheelset (thanks dataMaster M :D), and Fairfax Cyclery gave me a good deal on the frame, fork and brakes. My final tally was $4300. If I bought it all off the shelf, it would have topped 6k.

What originally set me off on the build was looking at a fully built Blur XTR, that was retailing for $4500. I just thought, damn, if I even thought about spending that kind of cash, I'd want to do better. Well. I ended up spending that kind of cash. Great experience sweating the details, though.
 

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brado1 said:
Looks like the new one came with a chain, maybe that was the problem with the old one?:winker: just kidding. nice upgrade there :thumbsup:
Well, you know... New chain? New bike? New chain? New bike? :)
 

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What a sweet ride:thumbsup: , but MAN, your old steed has GOT to be pissed! You'd better clean it up and show it some attention, convert it to SS and use it before it starts sending IMs to your karma, asking for bad mojo on your new ride!:D
 

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haha i love the transition.... Happens to everyone who gets bit by the bug. All of a sudden that 3k bike seems justifiable when only shortly before a $500 investment seemed like a lot for a mountain bike... gotta love it
 
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