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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Cycling on snow in extreme freezing conditions: will my bike break?

I plan on riding my Merida Matts 40-D in mountains like these: The temperatures are usually around -20 °C and I was wondering whether anything can break on my bike due to the freezing conditions. ...
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How bad is road salt for my bike?

I took my mountain bike out yesterday in the snow. Did some hills around town, riding through slush and puddles, and all sort of dirt/mush/ice/snow. I gave the bike a pretty good wipe-down after the ...
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Dual crown fork or not?

I currently own a 2015 GT Verb Expert. And after watching a Red Bull rampage video I started wondering can I put a 200mm fork on my Verb Expert. Or does my head tube need to be more angled. And is it ...
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Will Slick Tires Work for a Mountain Bike Ridden by a Heavier Rider?

I've owned a Trek 3500 bike (shown below) for 2.5 years now and I like it very much. My bike has the same specs as under the link. It has the XL frame size and 26" wheels with Bontrager AT-550 36-...
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Should I go clipless? [duplicate]

My bike is a Giant Reign, and I ride in the UK. I like going to local gravity parks and trail centres and my local tracks are mainly downhill orientated but I also like to get out on longer rides. I'm ...
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Fork damper circuit reconditioning

I have a rockshox Dart II from 2007. I have recently rebuilt it for the first time in 9 years as it had basically locked up, and not so surprisingly given its neglectful treatment, its still not ...
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How to deal with long pre-bled brake line?

I bought and installed a set of pre-bled hydraulic brakes onto my bike to replace the mechanical discs that came with it. My future plan is to buy a new bike, transfer the brakes to my wife's bike and ...
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Need Help IDing SPD Pedal

Anyone know who makes these and which model it is? In the middle of the pedal I can kind of make out "C (possibly, not 100% sure)" "ARV" "E (also not 100% sure, just guessing)".
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How to adjust SR SunTour M3020 AND product manual

I just bought my daughter a GT Palomar 26" Mountain Bike - 2015 It has SR SunTour M3020 fork shocks. My mountain bike is so old it doesn't have shocks so this is all new to me :) To my mind, the ...
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How to setup rebound?

I have fancy new full-suspension bike and both shocks have this strange setting, called Rebound. It's a red dial, beside the blue CTD lever. Increasing it makes the shock less responsive to small ...
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Selecting a GPS device

I am out to purchase a (dedicated) GPS device for the outlined below use cases. Trouble is, I have never owned a GPS-enabled device. Furthermore, general articles on "how to purchase sports GPS" seem ...
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What is this sheet of clear stickers that came with a new MTB?

I just ordered a new MTB through the mail (Santa Cruz Bronson). In the spare parts and accessories bag was this weird sheet of heavy vinyl clear stickers. I can only assume they are for frame ...
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Disk brake rotor feels loose

Hey guys I've noticed my disk brake being "lose", I'm probably going to consult with LBS anyway but heres how I can describe it: the [rear] disk it self is not significantly more lose than the front ...
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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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Mountain bike crankset chainring compatibility

I have a Shimano Deore LX crankset. I would like to replace the outer chainring. What manufacturer chainrings are compatible with my crankset ? My outer chainring takes all of the abuse, due to ...
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Probably Screwed up my Derailleur shifting from 1-6 without pedaling

So I've had this problem for a couple months now, what happened was I was being stupid and seeing what would happen if I shifted 1-6 without pedaling... As a result, the shifting now is screwed... The ...
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Seat Stay Replacement - Bridgestone MB-3

I am working to restore my first mountain bike frame, a "vintage" 1993 Bridgestone MB-3. Early on, I swedged the left seat stay so that it buckled a bit & rotated about 15 degrees inward. I have ...
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Can you use a wide range 11-42 cassette with a double crankset

Can you use a 10 or 11 speed wide range (11-42, 10-42, or 11-40) cassette with a double crankset? I know these wide range cassettes are typically built for a 1x setup on a mountain bike, but is ...
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Do I need to take my weight off the bike to lock out the suspension?

I've recently bought myself a new mountain bike (my first since my schooldays...) and it has front suspension with a lock-out function. Suspension is new to me and I'm not sure how to use the lock-...
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Upgrading parts on Fuji Panic 3.0 [closed]

I want to upgrade some gear parts on my current bike, which is a Fuji Panic 3.0 I don't really know if it will be compatible though. The bike: http://www.bikepedia.com/QuickBike/BikeSpecs.aspx?year=...
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What type of cleat is this? Should I save it or get new cleats?

Can someone tell me what kind of cleat this is? circa 1993. I believe I got it Someone told me that I can just get new shoes (the shoes are completely shot) and reuse the cleat. Is that a good idea ...
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Custom bike to offer smoothest possible ride on bad roads

So, I am in a peculiar situation - due to an injury, shaking in any direction leads to pain and my condition is improving very slowly. I'm looking to find/customize a bike so that it offers me the ...
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Bike type suggestion for packed limestone trails

Sorry, for the beginner question. Where I live (Ontario, Canada), I am lucky enough to have a number of packed limestone trails (former railways). Those are fairly flat and great for bicycling. They ...
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which type of bicycle should I consider for bicycle routes

I have no experience in biking and have never made any tour/route. I just like riding it. I love extreme and travelling in general and I am planning to start from small bicycle routes. I understand ...
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Buying brake levers, how do I find the correct ones for my bike?

I took a hard spill the other day on my mountain bike and snapped my left hand brake lever in to pieces. The ones that snapped are stock alloy rubbish that came with a Specialized Hardrock 2010 Disc ...
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Road shifter to Mountain Bike derailleur compatibility (Example: SRAM x7)

I am wondering what's involved in switching out Mountain Bike (MTB) shifters to integrated road shifters while keeping the rest of the MTB drivetrain (derailleurs, cassette, etc.) unmodified. Note ...
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brakes are wearing out very fast, why? [closed]

My rear brakes are wearing out very fast. I am on my third set since Christmas (2 months). I have no idea why this is. It is a rim brake.
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What is the best aero position in a mountain bike?

I'm familiar with TT and road bikes with aero bars. However, I don't know what is the ideal aero position for a normal MTB (no aero bars). I did some search and found these pics. Hands on the middle ...
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How to fix a sluggish bike?

I just bought a used mountain bike, and it seems to be slow. Pedaling seems like very hard work, and at a normal casual pedaling rate, I can only reach 4-5mph. If I pedal like I'm being chased by a ...
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How do I increase braking power and “touchiness” of Sram Guide RS Brakes?

I've got some Sram Guide RS disk brakes and they're very weak and not touchy at all. I prefer touchy brakes. I know the Guide RSC has the tool free contact adjustment to make them touchier. I have ...
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Advantages of mounting bottle under frame

I'm wondering if there are any advantages to mounting ones water-bottle on the bottom of the down tube, near the ground, versus on top of the tube. I'm mainly interested in the advantages, or lack ...
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Grinding sound from rear wheel

I am getting a grinding noise from the rear wheel which has got louder and is causing increasing resistance over the last few weeks (I live in the Netherlands so cycle every day). The cassette has ...
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Mountain bicycle miles convert to road bicycle miles

Recently I rode 26 miles (42 km) on my mountain bicycle on a dirt/rock mountain trail. How far could I ride on a road bicycle? I was thinking of riding in a 100k (62 miles) and wondering if my ...
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front wheel takes more impact than rear?

I was commuting to work this morning and was following a bus, suddenly I saw a huge crack, no time to steering around so just run over it. Then I felt my bike not steering properly. Pulled over and ...
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Super Heavyweight Biker keeps destroying Dutch bikes

So I've had two Dutch style bikes and I keep breaking the spokes on them. The last time I had a custom wheel built using good components by a well known shop here (sapim and mavic components)... the ...
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Troubleshooting a bent mech hanger [duplicate]

I think I bent the mech hanger (right term?) on my Schwinn MTB. Now changing gears is hard. I'm trying to better understand my options. What I understand so far as to what I can do: Look for a new ...
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Can somebody identify my bike for me?

I got it as a sort of hand me down a couple of years ago. I think that it is from the late 90s or early 2000s. It is definitely a mountain bike and it is red and silver/gray. It is hard to pick out ...
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Going to race a 29er MTB in a 200 mile / 320 km gravel race. Bike preparation?

I have a Specialized Camber Comp 29er full suspension MTB. I want to use this bike for the DK200 (a one day 200 mile / 320 kilometre gravel race through the Flint Hills of Kansas, USA) and would like ...
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Correct cable end for Shimano BL-M421 brake lever

I have a Specialized mtb that has been changed over from V-brakes to disc brakes (by previous owner). After using it for a while, I've noticed binding in the brakes which I think is due to the way the ...
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Does brake modulation matter, for efficiency, beyond having enough to avoid locking the wheels?

Edit: To Clarify this is regarding going as fast as possible, i.e. racing, off-road. I can't see why "modulation" matters so long as you have enough to apply near maximum braking force without ...
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Muscles sore and ridicously stiff after riding

After buying my first bike I've probably not missed a single day without sitting on the bike. I've been probably riding 10km per day after being somewhat out of shape. Over the days I've noticed ...
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Can you identify this vintage MTB?

I have quite a bit of experience with cycling in general mountain bikes especially. This bike got me stumped, it has a Titan racing stem, vintage Easton peregrine carbon str8 bars, Easton answer ...
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How do I change the granny gear on a cheap Walmart mountain bike?

I have a cheap ($100) 26" Walmart mountain bike (Hyper Summit) that has a triple chainring (24,34,42). It appears there is no easy way to remove the granny gear since it has what looks like some type ...
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do you think fixie can beat gear/non-fixie bikes?should i buy new bike? [closed]

i have hero hawk(road bike) which is 10 years old do you think i can beat non fixie bike with this or should i buy new bike? do you recommend fixie or non-fixie bikes?
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what does a 22 gear bike look like?

I read that road bikes on average have around 22 gears and mountain bikes up to 30-40. But my hybrid only has gears numbered 1-3 on the left hand and gears numbered 1-8 on the right, so my bike's a 8 ...
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[MTB ]How much can my bike endure? [closed]

I recently bought a (Mountainbike) Bergamont Revox 3.0 and I'm concerned that I'm not taking proper care of it. I want to know if I can, for example, ride down a flight of stairs or switch the gears ...
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Building my own full suspension MTB: How to I select a frame?

I've recently gotten back into mountain biking. I took my 5 year old Iron Horse full suspension out to the mountain with some friends that had recently purchased new bikes. I haven't ridden for a ...
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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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Will the shimano Zee M640 fit my bike

I have the carrera vulcan it has the Clarkes exo hydraulic brakes.I what to swap the clarkes for better ones so will the Zee M640 fit my bike if not what other braks will fit my bike
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What is the minimal seat post depth? [duplicate]

This may depend on the seat post and the fixture, but how deep should my seat post be into the frame? I have a bike that came with a post that is pretty long and I cut an inch off the bottom of the ...