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Thrashing bikes!??!

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I find it funny that I see many folks call people out about trashing their bikes. Now this is usually in reference to someone riding hard and something going wrong with their bike, (ex...broken crank arm, cracked frame, busted BB...etc). Now my thing is this. Aren't the bikes supposed to be ridden hard? Isn't that what we want them for? Now I'm not referring to the folks who don't do that or don't want to do that of course. But I didn't buy a mountain bike to gently ride it on trails and roll hills. The fun is the thrashing down a trail!! I understand taking care of your things cause these bikes aren't cheap. But come on! It's like buying a nice 4wd truck to only drive it around town because you don't want it to get dirty or messed up! Just seems kinda backwards to me! Maybe I'm wrong. KInda like not wanting to get the bike scratched. We ride them in the woods, deserts, and mountains!!! We crash them cause that's what happens! LOL I guess every niche has their own version of pavement princesses. Shred on Dudes and Dudettes!馃馃
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Depends on your definition. When I say someone is "thrashing" their bike it's usually in reference to not maintaining it. I've seen a lot of broken parts out on the trail, and a lot of those might not have happened with some basic PM.

I wouldn't consider riding a mountain bike hard "thrashing" it.
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Depends on your definition. When I say someone is "thrashing" their bike it's usually in reference to not maintaining it. I've seen a lot of broken parts out on the trail, and a lot of those might not have happened with some basic PM.

I wouldn't consider riding a mountain bike hard "thrashing" it.
Yeah I get that. I'm just referencing things getting messed up from crashes, or hitting a drop or jump or something that falls inline with using the bike. Now not taking care of said bike is something different. Maintenance is completely different. But even not doing regular maintenance isn't just gonna make a frame crack, or a rim bend, or a BB crack or break. Ya know?
OP, be ready for a good thrashing on this topic.
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OP, be ready for a good thrashing on this topic.
Meh...it is what it is. Just how I see some things is all. I don't mean to offend anyone or twist their panties! 馃槀. Just wanna keep it 鈽甪ul.
Are you that same kid that was on here last week pizzed off cuz he didn't get enough respect at the Mickey D's drive thru on his mountain bike?
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It depends on what you mean by thrashing. Most mountain bikes are designed to be ridden hard and take some level of abuse. They are generally not designed to take repeated crashes. If you designed a bike to hold up to repeated crashes it'd be heavy, unwieldy, and probably not much fun to ride.

If you want a more crash-resistant bike, buy steel frames with low-end drive trains which also tend to be made of steel. You can complete the package with a burly DH wheelset. Your bike would likely be a giant boat anchor and maybe not so fun to ride, but it'd be more likely to survive a crash.
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Are you that same kid that was on here last week pizzed off cuz he didn't get enough respect at the Mickey D's drive thru on his mountain bike?
Nah man, no Mickey D's for me!
I find it funny that I see many folks call people out about trashing their bikes.
I find it funny that you see this too. I never have.
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Bikes have limitations. Define trashing.
If you see a guy running road gaps on a 20lb XC racing bike- I'd consider that thrashing.

There was a guy on here that tried to shame a company into warranty with a JRA story. Said he cased a jumped- normally not a big deal, then someone that happen to be there posted that the guy cased the jump repeatedly. That would be trashing it to me.
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Bikes have limitations. Define trashing.
If you see a guy running road gaps on a 20lb XC racing bike- I'd consider that thrashing.

There was a guy on here that tried to shame a company into warranty with a JRA story. Said he cased a jumped- normally not a big deal, then someone that happen to be there posted that the guy cased the jump repeatedly. That would be trashing it to me.
Now something like that, repeatedly smacking something over and over yeah, not cool! But i've heard guys say "man don't take it down this or that trail cause your just gonna trash your bike" or "they gonna mess up their nice bike if they do jumps with it" these type of remarks. Now this wasn't directed toward me cause, well I have a cheaper hardtail that hasn't technically failed me. I have bent a wheel and managed to have my crank arm come off (won't stay tight) but that was from bombing down a trail and getting over excited and not paying enough attention. But I just don't always understand the issue with taking a bike through the rough stuff. And again I don't mean any harm or offense toward anyone. Just a conversation that I wanted some input on. But even some of the XC bikes can handle some serious gnar! Now would I try to bomb Hardline with an XC...nah! 馃槀
It's like buying a nice 4wd truck to only drive it around town because you don't want it to get dirty or messed up!
Yo dawg, I drive a jacked up truck so everyone in town knows not to question the size of my richard.
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But i've heard guys say "man don't take it down this or that trail cause your just gonna trash your bike" or "they gonna mess up their nice bike if they do jumps with it"
Seriously man, where do you live and who are you hanging with? I can't imagine hearing anything like this.

I ride a light 4" travel XC machine and if I ever said, "dude, I'm totally going to nail this road gap", ALL of my friends would be like, "yeah man, go for it. We'll call 911 right now".
Seriously man, where do you live and who are you hanging with? I can't imagine hearing anything like this.

I ride a light 4" travel XC machine and if I ever said, "dude, I'm totally going to nail this road gap", ALL of my friends would be like, "yeah man, go for it. We'll call 911 right now".
well I've heard it man! That's why I think it's nuts!
The DJ bike, I missed curb lip on it at times, session the same jump day after day, hardly lube the chain鈥ide out the weird noise鈥.

The carbon wonder bike, I do all these and then some more, but that bike gets a good cleaning every week. When something cost a few internal organs to buy, it makes sense to use it to its max, but also periodically take care of it so it looks fresh. I used to ride with a guy that works at specialized and his top build looks like it has a full winter of riding with no cleaning. But he gets these things for cheap, where as I pay full retail.

Some people drive their car to the last mile, I value getting top bucks selling them where the bike looks appealing to the next person. I dont keep my bikes for long, so resale value is important.
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Well, one of my slayers i've broken and carboned back up. So I guess that says which side of the fence im on!.....

Use your stuff. when it gets tired fix it or buy more stuff.
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I'm all for riding the bike hard and using as intended. Those of us who have been doing this awhile understand that bikes...and people... will break from time-to-time. It's the nature of the sport. But, when I think of thrashing, I think of a post on another MTB site in which the guy has worn a hole in his carbon crank because of shoe rub. I mean this guy hadn't even considered the possibility that his poor foot/pedaling technique had caused the problem. This in a nutshell differentiates riding hard from thrashing. To me, thrashing a bike means riding with poor technique over an extended period of time resulting in unnecessary/avoidable damage to the bike.
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I'm all for riding the bike hard and using as intended. Those of us who have been doing this awhile understand that bikes...and people... will break from time-to-time. It's the nature of the sport. But, when I think of thrashing, I think of a post on another MTB site in which the guy has worn a hole in his carbon crank because of shoe rub. I mean this guy hadn't even considered the possibility that his poor foot/pedaling technique had caused the problem. This in a nutshell differentiates riding hard from thrashing. To me, thrashing a bike means riding with poor technique over an extended period of time resulting in unnecessary/avoidable damage to the bike.
(y) Spot on!
Mountain bikes are made to be thrashed.
Not trashed.
Maintenance is required.
Maintaining my bike is part of the fun of owning it.
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Sometimes it's lack of maintenance sometimes it's riding hard/fast on chunk.

Bikes are made to be ridden.

If you want to baby it, let's go meet at the road bike forum, then we can discuss what colors need to match.

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