Mountain bike (MTB) can mean almost any kind of off-road bicycle. Wide knobby tires, flat handlebars, maybe shocks, probably a sturdy frame...

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Help identifying MTB frame

Apologies making ANOTHER one of these threads...Anyhows: Bought a bike third hand, frame has been stripped and painted. Trying to find make & model so I can get some offset bushings for the shock. ...
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replacing a Trek 4300 bottom bracket with a new one

is it possible to put a bb with hallow tech on this bike can the square tapered BB be replaced with one that i can use my two piece crankset with?
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BB92 (Shimano bottom bracket) with SRAM 30mm crankshaft (X01 or XX1 BB30)?

The frame that I want to build has BB92 bottom bracket hole. The drivetrain I want to use is 1x11 SRAM XX1 or X01 with 30mm crankshaft (BB30)(edit: also available GXP). There are ways to fit it - ...
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Pros and cons of single-sided forks (Cannondale Lefty)?

Looks like they save some weight, but how do they have a better strength/weight ratio than a traditional two legged fork? With the single-legged fork the fork and axle must resist huge bending all ...
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Beginner trails near Manchester UK

I'm very much a novice when it comes to mountain biking. By novice I mean I have absolutely no experience of this. I have two questions Are there any trails within commute from Manchester that are ...
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What bottom bracket do I need for a decathlon rockrider 5.0

The bottom bracket on my Rockrider 5.0 has a little too much play in it so I figured it best to change it before I get a failure whilst I'm commuting. Does anyone know which bottom bracket I would ...
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Can I combine different wheel sizes in one mtb?

Imagine a mountain bike that uses a 29er fork with 29er wheel and a 27.5 wheel at the rear. Can this be realized and what are the pros and cons?
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Are Allen key or Security Key skewers appropriate for bikes with rear facing horizontal dropouts

I have a surly karate monkey set up as a single speed. The frame has rear facing horizontal dropouts (track style). I don't like quick releases due to potential theft when locking up my bike. Are ...
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How do I adjust my rear coil suspension?

I have a full suspension bike with rear spring-style suspension. I find the rear suspension too soft. How do I make it firmer?
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Why so few mountain bikers with spandex?

I've never had clothing that was specialized for cycling, so I'm kinda n00b in that area. I am confused about the use of spandex. It's very common among roadies, for obvious reasons. It's more ...
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Guidelines for building tape delimited MTB courses

There are a few vacant lots around where I live and last weekend, I built a small (170m) tape delimited course. Some of the kids in the neighborhood rode in it. I also worked out in it, going full ...
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Attaching kid trailer to rear triangle

Have a cube aim sl MTB and a kid trailer that's designed to attach to the rear bottom side of the rear triangle with a clamp. The problem is that the clamp is not big enough to safely attach to the ...
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to install disc brake

Hi friends I have a hercules roadeo a100 and I want to install a disc brake to it. It comes with a disc brake in front and v brake in rear. So can I install a disc brake to it and how much it costs.
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Tips for adjusting Shimano M355

I have upgraded from cheap old front cable disks brakes and rear v-brakes to Shimano hydraulic M355's front and rear. I always adjusted my old brakes for a very tight fit (to reduce dead space between ...
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How do I tune up the shifters/derailleurs on my mountain bike?

I have a Diamondback mountain bike with Shimano shifters that I bought used last summer, and over time the shifting has gone out of whack. For example, on the front wheel I can't shift into the ...
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How much pressure can mountain bike tires take?

I am thinking of buying a new mountain bike, but I'm unfamiliar with mountain bikes. That's why I need to be well aware of the pressure a mountain bike can handle. How much pressure can mountain bike ...
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Importance of “H.E.” rim designation on MTB to tire fitment?

I'd like to convert an MTB with 26X1.95 knobbies to road use for the wife but wonder if the present tire designation, specifying H.E. rims means anything once proper size tires are found. Many thanks! ...
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MTB 9 speed sram shifters/rear deralier, shimano 9 speed cassette (HG?) only shifts to 8 cogs

I have an old KHS Team ST frame that I just threw components on about 15 years ago. the drive train is SRAM esp 9.0 shifters and rear derailleur with a shimano HG cassette. I have never been able to ...
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What make and model is this MTB with no decal (pictured)?

My second hand MTB frame has no decal on it. To me it looks like a downhill frame. I was told it's an Orange but now that I look at it I don't know how to tell. The serial number is JSG0111.
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What pressure should I run my Mountain Bike tires at?

Should I run my mountain bike at the suggested PSI/Bar on the tire/rim? Or should I run it a bit lower? Or is it more about conditions? Should I run lower if I am running on softer terrain?
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Can't shift front gear, despite loosening, tightening, etc. What could be wrong?

Disclaimer: I'm clueless and am piecing together what little information I know from reading this site and from watching YouTube 'intro to repair' videos. I've been gifted a used mountain bike, my ...
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How to find a mountain bike that can handle a heavier (250-260lbs) rider?

I am a 44 year old man that is very heavy (250–260lbs(113-118kg)) and I am looking to buy my first mountain bike to do some riding on the weekend to burn off some of this fat I have.
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Can my bike do enduro/AM racing?

I would like to ask if my bike is able to do enduro/AM racing. Specs: Giant Stance 27.5 2 Deore 2014 RD 10spd (with switch) Deore 2014 shifters Deore 2014 brake set FSA Comet 24/30/40 crank set ...
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How can a beginner cyclist build up power?

I am a 44-year-old guy, 250 lbs (yes, overweight). I have not been on a bike in over 15 years. I just picked up a 12 Trek Marlin (Gary Fisher Collection) this weekend, and after riding for about 2 ...
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Panniers stuck in tire spokes!

I ride my bike as primary mode of transportation everyday. Recently, I decided to start using panniers for groceries, to spare my shoulders. I hooked them on to the rack on my bike, and rode to Trader ...
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new MTB creacking on hard pedaling

When I press down hard on my right foot trying to go fast or up a hill I hear a noise coming from my bike. What is this? Its brand new... If it isn't an easy fix I will take it back. It only happens ...
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Can you run a standard tyre on a tubeless rim?

I have some new tubeless MTB rims and I'd like to avoid buying new tyres for them. The tyres are reasonably sturdy (Continental Race King Protection - 4 plies / total 240tpi) and I have sealant. As I ...
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Giant Overdrive 2 fork replacement

I have a 2014 Giant Trance with an Overdrive 2 tapered steerer (1-1/2 - 1-1/4). As we know, the standard tapered steerer is 1-1/2 - 1-1/8 inch. I want to replace my OEM fork (Fox 32 Float Evolution ...
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How to prevent accidental unclipping while cornering?

I have less than 10 hours on SPD pedals. Unclipping is becoming more and more intuitive (I no longer fall to the side when stopping at a traffic light). While it still intimidates me to jump with ...
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Backpack advice?

I have a Camelbak Kudu 12 (http://shop.camelbak.com/kudu-12/d/1344) backpack. I've tried riding with it a few times but it's just not working. Whenever I ride down a trail, the backpack hits the back ...
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If many bottom-outs are happening, should air pressure or compression damping be increased?

I know springs exert a force proportional to displacement from a steady-state position. On the other hand, an ideal damper exerts a force proportional to the speed of the object. The procedure to ...
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Should the hands be used for absorbing the impact after a jump?

I am trying to learn some very small jumps and bunny-hops. It seems that upon landing from either, there are two options. I am talking here only about the moment of the impact with ground, and not ...
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My bike won't shift out of 7th gear in the back

My bike is stuck in 7th gear. The front three gears shift fine, but the back does not. It shifts fine when no one is on it, but as soon as you put weight on it, it no longer will shift.
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How do I stop my bike tires from puncturing?

I recently bought a specialized Stumpjumper 29 and its only been a few weeks but I've punctured the tire four times already. I think im getting the punctures from the trees and bark on the trail but ...
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Tyre replacement for Rockrider 300

I have a rockrider 300 which has tyre measurements as 26*2.0 and tube measurements as 26*1.75-26*2.12. According to the catalog they are semi-slick tyres. I want them to be even slicker. I have ...
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Cuyuna Lakes, MN Camping?

Has anyone rode the trails at Cuyuna Lakes in Ironton, Minnesota? Wondering if there is tent camping at the base of any of the trail systems that a guy can literally ride into camp at the bottom ? ...
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Changing to rigid fork on C-dale Killer V 900 w 1.5

I have a 90s era Cannondale Killer V 900., Believe it has the Headshock fork with the shock directly below the headset. I am converting the bike to an electric commuter (please dont hate me or just ...
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Pieces of plastic that came with my bike, what are these?

I've looked into my 6 years old Mountain Bike manual and in the bag with it and all the warranties I found these 5 pieces of plastic, what are they made for? Thank you in advance
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I self serviced my front-suspension - now its not bottoming out

So to clarify, I followed the instructions from RockShox about how to service my front-suspension. Serviced both my upper and lower legs. Swapped some of the o-rings and seals. Added the designated ...
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Kashima coat or not?

I have some Fox Float 32 Evolution 140mm travel forks on my 2015 giant trance. I ride very aggressively and it's a bumpy ride down a lot of the tracks I do. Keep in mind I do technical tracks, over ...
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Front wheel compatibility

I have a pretty cheap bike (29" Genesis Two-Nine) which served me very well for 2 years and now the front wheel got stolen. Are front wheels universally replaceable and if yes, what are properties ...
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Front suspension or full suspension mountain bike

I'm considering buying a mountain bike and have narrowed it down to two models (make and model aren't important for this question). One model is a full suspension bike (front and back), the other is ...
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Is the bike i'm using right for Mountain Biking?

Im not exactly down with the terms used in MTB, I have recently bought a new bike. It was within my price range and its great for riding on the road and forest trails. Its a "Carrera Hellcat II ...
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Recommended Tire pressure [duplicate]

Looking for recommend. Tire pressure for a 26in MTN bike. Im around 185lbs. I am fixing my bike up, and I want to make sure not to over inflate as I do not want to blow a tire.
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Help altering old Marin MTB to an In-town pavement cruiser?

I have an old Marin Bobcat Trail MTB with 26" wheels. I want to make a road bike out of it, and don't want to spend a bunch of money. I just want to be able to go fast and coast for awhile, so I don't ...
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Transitioning mountain bike into city commuter bike

In effort to transition my mountain bike to a city commuter- can I replace the mountain tires with thinner city tires without changing the bike wheels?
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Mtb weld repair Al frame

I am looking at a full sussy mtb with an Al frame, it's cheap but needs to be welded,as the frame is cracked, it's a cult insomnia. 52 inch. Anyone weld a mtb before, it's cracked on lower bracket, ...
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How long should MTB disc brake pads last?

I'm fairly new to mountain biking and I was able to put in around 900 miles on my first set of brake pads on my Giant Anthem X2. At that point they started grinding metal on metal. I went and bought ...
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How do I prevent my pants from getting caught into the bike gears

I have the unfortunate habit of always getting my jean pants stuck in my gears and end up with a nice rip on the seams. I've used those velcro braces to keep the bottom of my pants leg close to my ...
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Converting a MTB to a Road Bike

I just bought a new MTB and am planning to change my previous MTB into a Road Bike. How do I do it? What kind of parts do I need to change or add or remove? I am not looking to for a full ...