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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How to adjust Shimano hydraulic brakes contact point?

The title might be wrong, I am not familiar with the terminology here. I just got a BR-M445L front hydraulic brake. Installed it - this stuff is MUCH easier to install than a cable disc brake. Now ...
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Maintenance Schedule

There are many questions that deal with routine/ preventative maintenance (including this one which is probably the most comprehensive Optimal Maintenance Schedule) but none deal with issues related ...
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Garden of stones, that are similar to watermelons

There is this trail around my location. Half of it is a rock garden. The stones are similar to the picture below. The elevation is not extreme - one can ride uphill, at the lowest gear. My bike has ...
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Coping with mud in the face

I am not talking about swimming in mud. Just a damp trail or even wet pavement - and some modest speed - and the front tire function switches from steering the bike to throwing mud precisely directed ...
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Can heavy tires handle anything that the trail can offer?

I got a Slash and it came with Bontager XR4 Ellite tires. The same evening at the park I had a puncture. Turned out the offender was a thorn to the sidewall (I rode through some cut off and now dry ...
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Back wheel slipping on loose ground

I find that when riding across loose ground such as dry mud or sandy patches with my mountain bike that the back wheel can sometimes slip and I have to stick a leg out. What are the typical reasons ...
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Should I fear cows?

I know that sounds like a silly question, but I really need an advise. Recently a herd appeared at my local trail. Often they block the trail, and I (being a city boy) don't know how to behave toward ...
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How does a mountain racing team work together?

For a road race, I can imagine riding in a pelton has an advantage against air drag. However, for MTB this does not make sense. XC races are slower than road races, and in a DH race having someone ...
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Rockrider btwin 6.2 swingarm pivot

I have a Rockrider btwin 6.2 full-suspension mountain bike. After 3 years of use, most of the parts were shot. I replaced most of them but also noticed that the swingarm pivot seems to have a ...
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How can I develop my abs while I ride my bicycle?

I have a mountain bike, and I wonder if I can develop my abs if I take my bike to work everyday.
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Hydraulic brake cable invisible leak. Possible?

I've crashed hard, handlebar rotated as much as it could and I guess rear brake cable was stretched. Braking became soft. Time to bleed I thought. But I'm completely unable to bleed it. Tried some ...
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MTB: choosing trajectory (line) through a turn

Consider a 3 meter wide track, the incline is 30 degrees, the terrain is dirt road with some sand, rocks, maybe mud. An at least 90 degree turn is approaching, and you have clear visibility of the ...
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FiveTen Freeriders vs Freeriders VXi [closed]

I can't decide between these two models. I need them mostly for technical trail riding, like getting on boulders on the way up (I'm fine with cleats going down, but on the way up on each mistake I ...
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At what point does one need to replace a chain ring on a mountain bike?

The large chainring on my mountain bike is missing a number of teeth on one side (apparently the side I like to go over rocks on). Is it harmful to the drivetrain to ride without these if I'm not ...
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Chain Slippage on MTB

This is my first time posting on this site so bear with me. I've got a 2009 Fuji Tahoe Comp 29er MTB with upgraded SRAM x.7 components and I'm having a couple issues. It is currently set up as a 1x9 ...
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Full carbon fiber 29er suspension mountain bike from AliBaba [closed]

Does anybody have any experience with this bike? Full carbon fiber 29er suspension mountain bike with Deore XT 30 speed groupset I'm looking to buy my first expensive mountain bike and trying to ...
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Is it cost efficient to Convert a Huffy Mens mountain bike to a road bike like the one I rented at Orange Peel in CO?

While on vacation in Steamboat Springs CO I fell in love with a road or trail bike I rented and so did my family. We road for miles on a trail and it was great. I want to convert the mountain type ...
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Suspension setting for slippy and steep uphill

Normally one locks or sets both suspensions to a really hard setting to not loose to much force while going uphill. I'm however having problems on steep passages, as my front wheel lifts off the ...
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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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Mountain bikes: Downhill braking

What's the better braking strategy for steep, technical descents? "Brake hard, then release completely & roll." vs. "Maintain constant pressure on the brakes."
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Alternative uses for an aluminum MTB frame

Any alternative use for old mountain bike tyres and inner tube? So my frame has a large crack near the headtube and I am replacing it. Could I use the frame in any other way? E.g. give it away ...
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When to buy an enduro bike: autumn or spring?

At what time of year can I buy a bicycle for the best price? Here is some more information for my specific case. I live in Bulgaria, and as the bike needs to be tested, purchasing from abroad ...
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S shaped down tube (MTB)

Are there any advantages of S shaped down tubes over the traditional ones on MTB? For example: what do you think of this design? Jamis Exile Comp 2013
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28er Mountain bikes

I was looking for some off road mtb 28" tires and couldn't find anything suitable . There were only some tires for road or hybrid bikes .Then I started looking for 28er mtbs and could't find anything ...
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What's a good, reliable mountain bike drivetrain (1x10?)

I'm thinking about switching my Salsa El Mariachi 29er mountain bike from singlespeed to gears. I love the reliability and simplicity of the singlespeed, but I've been doing more rides that involve ...
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GT Chuck 1.0 component transfer to full full suspension frame

I own a GT chucker 1.0 but want to upgrade to a full suspension. Would it be posible to transfer all the components (fork, wheels, disc brakes, crankset, drive train) to a full suspension frame ...
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I have accidentally removed a front suspension fork - what now?

I have accidentally removed the suspension fork from my bicycle (Trek Remedy 8). I was trying to take off just the handlebar, but was distracted for a moment and unscrewed the wrong bolt. How safe ...
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Difficulties with cleat pedals

I have bought Shimano SPD pedals and MTB shoes recently. After riding for a while with cleats I decided to go back to regular pedals as I had trouble getting used to the SPDs: With cleats power is ...
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MTB Conversion For Lighter Commuting

Just want some opinion. I have a MTB bike, but I want to make it lighter. So here are some of my thoughts currently on what I think I should change: 700c rims and tires Cantilever brakes Rigid fork ...
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How to determine if a decline is too steep for safety?

I often find myself confronted by a steep and bumpy bit of hill on the trail, or one or two steps on the path, and end up with three possible results: A) ride down with no trouble (usually) B) step ...
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What are some good trail foods for long rides in mountainous terrain?

I'm going to be heading out to Durango in a couple weeks to ride and race and I could use some suggestions for good foods/snacks to take with when riding for 3-4 hours on singletrack trails. I'll be ...
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Pannier rack bag for a not suitable suspension fork (Btwin Rockrider 5.1)

I ride a Btwin Rockrider 5.1 with a baby seat, and want to attach one or two pannier rack bags. I guess I only can put it on the front wheel because of the baby seat which goes over the rear wheel, ...
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How does a chainstay length affect a mountain bike performance? (wrt: 26", 650B, 29r)

The trade offs for 26" through to 29" with respect to rolling resistance, contact patch, obstacle rollover, etc... have been well discussed. However, it occurs to me that as the rear wheel gets larger ...
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What are the disadvantages of more suspension travel?

Having some suspension travel is always nice, but what disadvantages are there for the bikes handling as the travel increases? This question applies to both to full and front suspension bikes.
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Tri-bars/Aerobars on Mountain Bikes

I am trying to work on endurance in the hopes of one day touring the GDMBR in a reasonable amount of time and after watching Ride the Divide, I noticed a lot of the riders are using aerobars. When I ...
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What is the right (best) bike for me? [closed]

RE: Disabled Vet, out of condition and trying to buy a bike I started biking back in 1985 and have been out of biking almost 20 years. I was fairly savvy on the equipment of the day. It's changed ...
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What is the significance of rear travel of a frame?

Every suspension frame has the the following two parameters: shock travel and rear axle travel at maximum shock compression. I have a lot of questions, regarding those two: What are they properly ...
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do I need to change my disc if the brake pads got oil on them

In trying to change the brake pads on my mountain bike, I managed to get oil on my new pads and empty out all the brake fluid, and consequently also get some oil on the disc. I took the bike to the ...
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Upgrades/Repairs Mongoose XR-150 [closed]

First time posting here for bikes. I have an old wally world free xr-150. It was my favorite bike as a kid when it was all about fun. It's been sitting around for many years. No real rust or tarnish. ...
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What's the difference between All-Mountain, Cross Country, Freeride, Downhill bikes?

I'm somewhat new to the world of mountain bikes and I'm seeing various terms to describe different bikes. What is the difference between all-mountain, cross country, freeride, and downhill? Are they ...
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Am I going to get injured mountain biking if I don't have rear suspension?

On the several occasions I've gone mountain biking, I was using a nice borrowed bike with full suspension and it felt nice. I'm told that rear suspension, though nice, is not necessarily a must-have. ...
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How much time takes for hydraulic disk brakes to cool down?

Yesterday I was on a DH track for the first time. I have Avid Elixir 7 brakes with 203" rotor in front and 180" rear. The descent took about 5 minutes, and the ropeway up about 15 minutes. After 6 ...
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Skate shoes vs mtb shoes?

It's an old argue on forums, still cant get it. What is the (real, that worth the money and time for ordering from abroad, in my case) difference, let's say between Five Ten FreeRider shoes and some ...
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Is it possible to drop a foot in corners while using clipless pedals?

My friends convinced me to try clipless pedals, that I never trusted too much (BMX background). Now while I'm getting used to them and experience very funny falls, I try to figure out, can a ...
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Where did a '95-'96 Sycamore mtb fit in the Mongoose product range?

From what I've managed to piece together trawling the internets, this period was before quality dropped for Mongoose, but that Sycamores were low- to mid-range models. I'm considering how much time ...
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How to shoulder a bike?

In a previous question it was explained to me that no cables pass under the top tube of my Specialized Hardrock, so that the bike is easy to shoulder. Well, it isn't. The top tube is quite thin ...
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Advice/Tips for first time racers

I have entered a 30km mtb race that will take place in a couple of weeks time. I don't know much about the route and won't be able to get on it beforehand as it goes through private farms that will ...
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MTB tires: why the extended thread on the edges?

I have tires similar to this one: My point is that the tire is quite "flat", with large knobs on the edges, unlike most MTB tires, which are round. The tires feel quite unstable on any hard surface ...
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No more chainguide from Sram?

I remember I saw somewhere new Sram system that does not require chainguide. Don't remember the model, but could you please tell me more about it? How does it work?
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Why are people with full suspension bikes concerned about 'Stiffness' added by thru axles?

Why are people with full suspension bikes with several inches of travel be concerned about 'Stiffness' when discussing the advantages of thru axles. I would think this is more of a concern for rigid ...