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PostPosted: Fri Oct 26, 2012 5:05 pm 
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I'm pretty bored and I thought you guys might find this interesting, so here goes.

When I was about 14 or 15 I got this Carrera Vulcan from Halfords for £200 brand new, used it a fair bit on some local loops and then got a bit bored of it. Got back into riding a few years later and upgraded the stock forks and brakes to what you see here. Was a good little bike for what I paid.

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When I got back into riding, I decided I wanted a bigger bike for some of the 'downhill' trails at my local quarry etc and had always wanted a patriot. Picked this up complete for £420 I think it was.

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it had a couple of changes to the spec in the time that I had it

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I then got a Mongoose Ritual (again pretty cheap) as a bit of a play bike, mainly ridden on skate parks with the occasional street session. It had a few different builds and then got sold as there weren't any places to ride it when I moved to university.

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I eventually got rid of my patriot (swapped it) for a Scott Genius, as it was a bit much for my riding, I was pretty awful and it was a big bike. It got built up with some parts from the patriot, this is how it looked in the end.

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The Scott was nice, but it was a little small for me, so I got hold of a battered old Meta frame and stripped it. I stripped the BB soon after, so it was out of action for a while. I built this while I had a job before university, so it had a pretty good build on it.

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When I moved to university (just over two years ago now), I had to keep my bike outside, so I built up this GT Aggressor hack bike on the cheap. Was actually a pretty capable bike given what it cost me (under £400 i believe)

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University was where I really learnt to ride (and I still am learning). I quickly realised that keeping the bike outside wasn't doing it much good, so i kept it in my room. I decided I could then bring my nice bike up. I couldn't be bothered to get the meta frame fixed, so I sold it and bought a brand new 456.

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After riding the student downhill champs in first year (where I did exceptionally badly, but had a lot of fun), I decided to get into downhill, so I bought a commencal mini DH frame and put a lot of the parts from the GT on it, the GT frame got sold.

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It didn't take long to crack the commencal frame, so I got myself a 2008 patriot frame (always been an orange fan), which did me well for a while. I worked again the summer between first and second year, so this had a bit of a build transformation over the summer. It was a really nice bike in the end.

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I then got a bit bored of riding a hardtail for XC and wanted a full sus, but couldn't really afford one, so I sold both the 456 and the orange so I could have one nice bike that could do everything. This was not quite a year ago. I ended up getting a Rocky Mountain Slayer, which was a pretty nice bike.

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After riding a friend's 224 back to back with my slayer on some downhill tracks, I realised that it just didn't compare to a proper downhill bike, so this march, I bought an orange 223, which served me pretty well. This sae a few changes as well, it ended up being pretty nice to ride.

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This summer, I decided that while the slayer was nice, the geometry just wasn't for me, and it was hard to keep maintained on a student budget, so I sold it and bought a Ragley Bagger. I still have this, and it's an incredible bike, it rides amazingly and can handle much more than I can throw at it! And before anyone mentions the forks/brakes, it was designed as a downhill hardtail optimised for big brakes and forks from 150-170mm. I ride this thing everywhere though. With sensible tyres, I can ride it anywhere anyone on an XC bike can.

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This summer, I found that the 223 was cracked. Between twice/thrice weekly abuse, a couple of races and a fortnight in the alps, I think I finished it off. It did well for a nine year old frame though. It had to go, and I got an old Iron Horse Sunday on the cheap and built that up. It needs a new paint job really, and a bearing change, but I'm pretty happy with it. Already raced it once and it rides pretty sweet.

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So there you have it, my bike history of the last four years or so. I think I have a bit of a problem... :lol:
Hope you guys enjoyed.


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 27, 2012 2:03 pm 
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great read, I really enjoyed that, Sam.

Love that Ragley Bagger, the angles are c-c-crazy!


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 27, 2012 2:28 pm 
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Cheers for posting that up it was an enjoyable read with a cup of tea, the ragley looks like a great bike.


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 28, 2012 4:47 am 
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Cheers guys - the Ragley is pretty special with some pretty crazy angles. It likes to go fast!!


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 29, 2012 12:33 am 
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I too am bored, waiting for a hurricane to hit us.
Very enjoyable, thanks!


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 04, 2012 10:13 pm 
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Phew! I'm not the only one who is constantly chopping and changing!! ;-)
It's a healthy addiction!!


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