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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Riding a Mountain Bike in the city

I just moved from where there wasn't much of a biking system infrastructure. There were lots of trails though, so I bought an OK mountain bike ($350). Now, I've moved to downtown Seattle and ...
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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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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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How to practice SPD release in very steep uphills?

Some time ago I got SPD pedals for my MTB. When going downhill or rather flat these pedals are awesome. However, I have problems using them on sharp uphill with roots/rocks. Because it's steep, I ...
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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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What should my first adult bike have?

I bike a lot and I'm looking to spend £400-800 on a full size bike. It must have full suspension, detachable front wheel, preferably room for a minipump and a large water bottle (without using the far ...
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Can I enter an enduro race on a hardtail mountain bike?

I really like the idea of enduro racing but I cant currently afford an enduro specific bike. Is it acceptable to enter an enduro event on an aggressive XC/trail hardtail mountain bike? Are there any ...
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How can I tell what brand/make of bike I have?

I'm trying to find what kind of brand/make my bike is so I can find more information about it. It might help me determine if I should buy a new bike. All I can tell from looking around my bike are ...
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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 ...
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Is the Power-Link designed for routine usage?

I have a Power-Link which i intended to use in emergencies (when the chain breaks and i'm far from home). Used it once, worked pretty well. Now i wonder, what if i use it permanently with my chain? ...
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Is there anything special to pay attention to when preparing a bicycle for powdercoating?

I am thinking of having an old bike powdercoated to spruce it up a bit. What do I need to do to prepare the frame? Remove all components? What about stickers and decals? Some kind of chemical etching ...
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converting from MTB to hybrid, what should I consider

I regularly ride MTB off road and used to use the bike for commuting too. I recently bought a hybrid for my commuting in addition to my MTB. What should I consider in terms of maintenance and riding ...
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Can I run a dual crankset with a chain guide tensioner?

We recently got a new mountain bike for my son via craigslist, it is a couple year old Transition Bottle Rocket and came with a E-Thirteen SS+ chain guide/tensioner. He would like a lower gear for ...
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How can you identify if a Shimano rear derailleur is medium or long cage?

I have a 2013 Shimano XT rear derailleur. It is part of a 2x10 drivetrain. How can I find out if it is a medium or a long cage one? The picture below shows the derailleur.
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How to jump curbs?

Putting aside the question should one ever ride on the sidewalk, I would like to jump curbs safely and seamlessly. Assume a hardtail mountain bike with high saddle (we are in the city), at a speed of ...
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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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How to cut carbon handlebars

Last year, I installed carbon bars on one of my mountain bikes and I'm finding them too wide. I've been told that taping over the points you're going to cut at will prevent fraying/roughness, but what ...
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Can I convert hybrid to mountain bike. Tyres and tubes?

I have a mountain bike looking frame with wheels that currently have road tyres. The bike is classified as a hybrid. My tyres state: 28" x 1.6 (42-622) The rim: ETRTO 622 x 18 I am having ...
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Got two bikes, one of them is more exhausting to ride, what can it be?

I have owned a bike for many years, it's a cheap one but it's perfectly fine. Recently, I've bought a bike for my girlfriend, second hand from someone quite clueless about bike maintenance. Mine is ...
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How to choose protective cycling gloves?

Yesterday I failed to make a turn and rode into a thorny bush, which cut my hands. I have often feared similar situations. For example, when descending, I often need to take a difficult line, in ...
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How do I determine current value of a used bicycle?

I'm looking at purchasing a 2012 Trek Cobia from a private seller. The bike was about $1,200 new. The bike appears to be in almost new condition and contains all original equipment. The seller wants ...
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Suggestions of a good video on intermediate Mountain Biking skills: getting up (and down) 1' obstacles

I'm looking for a good training video on intermediate mountain biking skills. (I've been mt biking for about 12 years and I'd like to improve my skills.) I'm looking for a video that really breaks ...
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Tyre choice for loose gravel

I have a mountain bike that I take out to a local bike trail. Currently I have some thin XC tyres and they don't seem to offer much grip when going at speed. The trail is 80% downhill and mostly loose ...
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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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conversion to rigid fork

Is it possible to put a rigid fork onto a 120mm travel hardtail without upsetting the handling? I used to ride a Kona P2 fork on a 96 AA frame, which I suppose was designed for a max. of 100 mm ...
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How tight should brakes and shifters be on the handlebars?

How tight should handlebar components be? Here it's said 6-8Nm. However, I don't own a torque wrench at that range. Should the brake levers and commands be tight, or should they be able to twist, ...
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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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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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Can a carbon fiber mountain bike handle cool/cold weather?

It is late summer in the US and I am starting to look forward to autumn and winter mountain biking. I have a carbon fiber frame though. Didn't get to ride it last winter due to a broken collar bone ...
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How to select gearing for descent?

For riding on level surface one should strive for high cadence. However, what is the best solution when descending over rough terrain? On one hand, because the legs are better suspension when the ...
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Fork lube. Should I use it? If so how often?

I ride a mountain bike with front suspension. I've recently seen fork lube for sale on an online retailer. This got me thinking. Do I need to be using fork lube? How does it help? If I bought some how ...
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Suspension fork - Can you leave them locked for a long time?

My bike's two years old (about 1800km on it, almost all road and bridleway) and kept in a garage. Back in November or so I locked the front suspension fork for road-riding, and over the winter ...
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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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What bikes will be used by the competitors in the Mountain Bike Olympics?

I'm just curious to know what bike models and setups will be used by the competitors? Is there any data out there on the web?
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How is this kind of cycling correctly called?

Sometimes I like to make rather high-speed descents (during which I also make jumps) in the forest near to my house. I want to know how this kind of activity is correctly called. Is it downhill, ...
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Is it normal for disc brakes to smell of burnt plastic?

So, a new bike, Avid Elixir 5 180mm front and rear. My second ride was on a short dirt road, 340m denivelation. I held the brakes (mainly the front) more than 50% of the time, as the road was too ...
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What to do about a stuck chain link on 10 speed chain

I put a new chain on my bike and after 3 rides or so, I developed a stiff link. I'm not sure what caused the issue, but now it barely bends at the pin at all, unless forced. It causes skipping ...
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Is a 16 grams CO2 cartridge enough to inflate a 29" mountainbike

I used to ride a 26" mtb, but now I'm switching to a 29er. Since the volume of the tire increases, I was wondering is one 16 gram CO2 cartridge enough to inflate the tire? Notes: The tire will be ...
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Any tips on riding a roll-off, followed by a trench?

Any tips on riding this section of the trail? The land is sandy and the clearance afterwords is several meters. I can't ride it slowly, as it is too steep and the sand will slide off. I suspect the ...
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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 ...
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Why do Mountain Bike helmets have visors?

Visors seem pretty ubiquitous on mountain bike helmets, but not on road bike helmets. Why do mountain bike helmets have visors? What purpose does the visor have?
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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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Should I apply pressure on the saddle during downhill on a rigid frame

It is known that, while climbing, one should apply consistent and maximum weight to their saddle, in order to have precious rear tire traction. The other day I was going down a dirt road, and the ...
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Is this a stunt or a useful descent technique?

In many mtb movies about the style "Downhill" the riders casually twist their fork and front tire at jumps, such as here and here. Is this a stunt for "cool points" or does it aid in stability/speed ...
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How to start uphill?

It is tricky to start pedaling uphill, especially with some complicating factors out there. I want to learn the proper technique. Saddle height For any uphill, I put my saddle at "XC height", that ...
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mountain bike vs. cyclocross bike

I've recently started trail riding on my mountain bike and i love it, but my bike is really old (circa 1992 steel Trek with Deore LX). I really want to get a new one, but I'm also really attracted to ...
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How to chose a right sized mountain (or all-terrain) bike for a kid?

Will a bike with 11" frame and 20" wheels be suitable for 120 cm high child? Is there general recommendation about what should I pay attention to, when choosing a bike for a kid? Will Kona Shred 2-0 ...
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Eliminating chainslap on a 90's Stumpjumper

I have a mountain bike - a Stumpjumper hardtail frame with a Shimano drivetrain - where I'm getting a good amount of chainslap. Before I start fiddling with stuff, I'd like to understand the problem ...
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What to look for in quality mountain bike pedals?

After a few rides in mucky trails, I am finding my Norco Bush Pilot pedals are getting rough and do not spin very well. Additionally, the plastic of the pedals are getting pretty beat up. I realize ...
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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 ...