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  • mikey109

    Member
    27 January 2017 at 5:35 pm

    Hi guys, newbie here. I know i got warned off boardman bikes but this one popped up at a cracking price for me. Never thought i would have a bit kit like this. Had a quick hour on it today and i have thouroghly have caught the mtb bug.

    Cant seem to add pics, but its a 2016 boardman pro fs

  • MPX309

    Member
    27 January 2017 at 8:58 pm

    Yeah u gotta bare in mind the people who warned you off it (I think I was one) have had other bikes too, so we can compare and contrast, but if it’s your first proper MTB you’ll have a blast on it.

    Well done matey 🙂

  • mikey109

    Member
    27 January 2017 at 10:17 pm

    Yeah u gotta bare in mind the people who warned you off it (I think I was one) have had other bikes too, so we can compare and contrast, but if it’s your first proper MTB you’ll have a blast on it.

    Well done matey 🙂

    Yeah i havnt had or rode anything like this before mate so learning curve but cant wait to get back out again tomorrow.

    One bit advice i would like is i have noticed already today on a short ride that the tyres arnt great.

    Any recomendations what i can change them to? They are conti mountain kings at the moment.

  • MPX309

    Member
    28 January 2017 at 1:48 am

    Maaxis High Roller II are probably a good ratio of wet/mud grip and rolling. I’ve never owned a set mind so maybe someone else can chime in.

  • Treehugger

    Member
    28 January 2017 at 10:46 am

    Posted this elsewhere – Magic Mary up front, Nobby Nic on the rear – amazing grip when they were on the Chief – and I rode everywhere with that combo…whinlatter, Cannock, Degla, Bike Park Wales… so I can safely say, they cope with anything! still fast enough rolling for summer use too.

  • Doomanic

    Member
    28 January 2017 at 11:59 am

    Magic Mary front and rear for me, but it does depend where you ride.

  • Gunner

    Member
    28 January 2017 at 6:53 pm

    Yeah u gotta bare in mind the people who warned you off it (I think I was one) have had other bikes too, so we can compare and contrast, but if it’s your first proper MTB you’ll have a blast on it.

    Well done matey 🙂

    Well said, that Man. 😀

  • mikey109

    Member
    29 January 2017 at 5:28 pm

    Well first outing to glentress today. Loved it and the bike can cope with more than i have ability just now.

    Only negative is i broke a pedal, well its knackered all the threads on the crank arm on the drivetrain side. What are my options to fix? Replace or what would i. E best doing?? All help is appreciated.

  • Threevok

    Member
    29 January 2017 at 7:19 pm

    It HAD to be the drive side, didn’t it ? 🙄 😉

    Had it been the other, you could probably get a spare quite cheap.

    Drive side is a bit more expensive and it can sometimes be nearly as cheap to replace the full crankset.

  • Attila

    Member
    30 January 2017 at 6:18 am

    If the crank arm is OK just the threads shredded you may be able to repair it with a helicoil kit, it’s a damn sight cheaper than a new crank arm!

    There is a great explanation of the process here http://www.parktool.com/blog/repair-help/pedal-bushing-repair-kit-procedure

  • mikey109

    Member
    22 March 2017 at 11:41 pm

    Hi again, after some more help, 3 months after buying my first mtb bike for about 10 years. i have just purchased a planet x cyclocross bike to help me build my fitness up. I am going to try spd pedals on this and wondered what ones are best for a beginner thats new to clips etc

    Cheers in advance

  • martini henrie

    Member
    23 March 2017 at 10:35 am

    Pedals that I’m also looking at, thinking about clipless as well:

    http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/shimano-m530-spd-trail-clipless-mtb-pedals/rp-prod67249

    I will second the Magic Mary/Nobby Nick. Specialized Butcher/Slaughter combo is also good IMO.

    As for the crank arm a good LBS or machine shop should be able to sort it out…or depending on the groupset on the bike you could look at upgrading. There are plenty of lightly used groupsets available if you look around.

    Good luck with your new(ish) ride, enjoy! 8)

  • CarnaptiousBStard

    Member
    23 March 2017 at 10:55 am

    Yeah u gotta bare in mind the people who warned you off it (I think I was one) have had other bikes too, so we can compare and contrast, but if it’s your first proper MTB you’ll have a blast on it.

    Well done matey 🙂

    ^^^^^

    This,as I have ridden many so comparing becomes easier.

    I was fortunate enough not to have discovered Pubs and Girls back in 1992(soon changed) eating my wages, so quickly discovered that a Giant Coldrock was not up to the job.

    Within weeks I had a Bear Valley SE and MTB’ing was an absolute passion afterwards.

    Sounds like you have had a good introduction to biking and that’s brill.

    Now that you have been bitten,watch your money disappear as you discover more bikes and shiny bits to put on it. 😆

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