I like to ride my bicycle, bicycle. I want to ride my bicycle, bicycle!

My Bike

Ok, first off, my bike rules! It's bomb-proof, climbs like a billy goat, and listens to everything I tell it to do. Solid aluminum frame from Giant, simple coil-sprung fork, kick-ass disc brakes, and tires that would stick to a vertical wall. Oh, and the brake levers. Pedals make you go, brakes make you stop. Those Avid SpeelDials ROCK!. They pull a ton of cable, so you get pad contact quickly, and the SpeedDial adjustment lets you dial in the leverage to a T. One of the best investments I made for my ride, but they were virtually free! I bought a sweet Avid BB7 mechanical disc brake with 8" rotor setup for the front on eBay, and the seller threw in a pair of SD7 levers for nothing. Bonus! Combined with the matching BB7 mechanical (also eBay) in the rear (6" rotor) and slick cables from Jagwire, stopping is now easier than going, which is important when you're flying around hairpin turns at 20 mph in the mud. Ride on and ride hard, fellow thrashers!

(I've changed some components since the above was written due to both normal and abnormal wear and tear.)

Giant ATX 890 frame
CU92 Alcoa aluminum, 19.5", yellow ($200)
Manitou Scareb fork
70-100mm travel, air spring, rebound damping, black
A2Z DM-UNI Disc Brake Adapter
A hack, but it works.
Avid BB7 mechanical disc brakes
6" Roundagon rotors front & rear
Avid SpeedDial 7 brake levers
The front one broke in a crash with Timmy, so it's a generic lever for now
Shimano Deore XT RapidFire Shifters
3 times 8 equals 24 gears
Shimano Deore XT Front Derailleur
Old but works well.
Shimano STX-RC Rear Derailleur
Oldie but goodie.
Avid Rollamajig derailleur cable pulley
Chews up old cables, but it's just a signal you need new cables.
Shimano Deore Crankset
42-32-22 tooth chain rings, black cranks and rings
Shimano Deore Bottom Bracket
Square-taper spinlde
Shimano Deore Disc Hubs FH-M525
32 hole, black
Sun Rhyno Lite rims
32 hole, black
DT Swiss 16 gauge spokes
Nashbar 8 speed cassette
12-32 tooth cogs
SRAM 8/9 speed chain
I once thought it was black until I cleaned it and it turned silver
Diamondback platform pedals
Shimano PD-M525 clip-in pedals
They used to be black, now they're mostly "brushed" aluminum
Bontrager 4" x 15° stem
Unknown 24" x 1" riser handlebar
Started black, the sun faded the top to bronze
Hutchinson Scorpion AirLite front tire
Dual layered inner tubes
Maxxis Minion Dh 2.35 rear tire
Made for going down, but climbs like a mountain goat! Also dual tubes

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