I've been an avid cyclist since I was in my late teens, and I build my first serious road bike in my early 20's. Some time in the 90's, I tried mountain biking, and found that I enjoy it quite a bit. For me, it's a good way to cross-train that improves bike handling, gets different muscle groups into the action, and basically breaks the monotony that constant road riding can sometimes bring.
Below you'll find a list of my current bikes (not counting Jessica's), and how I've built them up. You'll also find some links that I think are helpful.
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|Fork:||Maintou Black Super Air, 80mm travel|
|Handebars:||Forté Team 720 Flat|
|Brakes:||Shimano LX V-brake|
|Shifters:||Shimano SLX 9-sp|
|Front Derailleur:||Shimano XT E-Type|
|Rear Derailleur:||Shimano SLX|
|Bottom Bracket:||SLX External Bearing|