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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Pedaling not connecting right away

I ride a rather usual Merida hard-tail mountain bike. Recently I've come to notice that when I start pedaling (bike already in motion), it can take up to as much as quarter of a turn for the pedals to ...
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Major differences between Hardtail and Full Suspension mtn bikes [duplicate]

I'm curious as to the big differences in the feel and ride of a hardtail vs a full suspension mountain bike. Also, which types of riding/trails are each better suited for?
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9 speed cassette and 7 speed shifter

So I bought a new (used) wheel set for my mountain bike and it came with a 9-speed cassette. I currently have 3x7 rapid shifters, which presents an incompatibility. I'm wondering how to fix this ...
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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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Adding gears to a single speed Cycle

I have a single speed cycle and i want to have minimum of six gears on it, Is there a cheap and good way so that i can get gears on it?
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Suspension fork swap for rigid: axle-to-crown confusion

I'm looking to replace the suspension fork on my bike with a rigid one. After much soul searching I've tentatively settled on the Surly 1x1. What's got me wrapped around the axle (pun intended!) is ...
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Converting a mountain bike to a urban commuter [duplicate]

While cleaning up our storage room I saw my dad's old bike collecting dust on a corner (he used to bike a lot before) so I asked him if I can have it and he said yes. So for my question can I ...
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Minimum mountain bike trekking/touring equipment

Consider a one week trip in nature, with bikes. Daily routes are to be about 60km with 2000m total elevation change per day (climb, then descend). The group is of 2-5 people. Weather is summer (maybe ...
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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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Triple chainset to single chainset; BB compatability?

I'd like to upgrade the chainset on my GT Avalanche 1.0 2013 so I have no front mech or shifter and just one ring on the front; just 10 gears instead of 30. My current chainset is a Shimano M522 ...
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Can I convert a road frame to a mountain bike?

Some years ago, I picked up a Cannondale R3000 and moved all the components to my current bike as an exercise in bike building, never repeated (in fairness, the Cannondale fit me a little better but ...
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Is the head angle on full suspension bikes given with or without sag?

Is the head angle on a full suspension mountain bike measured with our without sag? I would imagine that the rear shock sagging would give a slacker head angle than what is measured without sag.
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Broke the lid cover of my Shimano Deore combi hydraulic brake reservoir. Repair options?

Crashed. I thought I escaped unscathed but turns out I broke the plastic lid and from a vintage bike there's no one selling the entire combi levers or just the lid itself. (in shops locally, I saw on ...
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Removing suspension from a bike [duplicate]

I'm looking to do a bit of light touring and want to outfit an old mountain bike to be up to the task. But most of the bikes I'm looking at have some crappy/mid-range suspension on them, which – to my ...
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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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Where can I get a new steer tube or 1 1/8" 6061 Aluminum Rod Stock?

I have an Anti-Gravity fork that features a removable steer tube, but it is a threaded fork. Where can I buy a threadless steer tube to clamp into it to convert it? All I can find are threaded steer ...
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How to tell when to replace cassette?

How do you tell when it's time to replace a cassette? Are there any specific wear patterns on the teeth to watch for or symptoms specific to a worn-out cassette?
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Recovering confidence after a fall

One month has passed since I fell on a mountain bike trip. The accident wasn't critical, it just left a huge scratch. The accident happened during a fast descent when my front tire hit a little crack. ...
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Replacing suspension with a solid fork

I have an older version of this bike: They have made some changes to the components since I bought my bike but it is more or less the same. Here are the specs on the newer bike. I was hoping to ...
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What are the Pros/Cons of a 2.1 vs 2.3 wide Mountain Bike Tire

Time for new Tires on my Mountain bike. I'm currently running a 2.1 (26"). What are the benefits of the 2.3? I'm guessing: you can run it at lower pressure and get some of the benefits of a ...
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Creaking bottom bracket

I have a Trek 3900 Mountain bike that had a serious creaking problem whenever I would pedal. I found that the ring that holds the Shimano sealed bearing was really loose. I tightened it up and it ...
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Disc brakes make noise

My disc-brakes on my mountain bike sing/scream when I brake. I have tried to clean them, but it didn't work. Should I replace the disks or the brake pads? Is there a better (cheaper) way to fix this.
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Can a 120mm fork be mounted on Specialized Myka?

I have this fork available: RST Gila T8 (120mm travel option). The 80mm XCT fork on a 2-year old Specialized Myka is getting worn. I am considering installing the fork. Here it is explained that ...
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How to protect rear derailleur while mountain biking?

I am a college students, and I live right next to an amazing rocky area (picture below), I bike every day, and while I am getting much better and more confident I still take a pretty hard fall every ...
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Are helmets with chin guards safer than those without?

I do trail riding with some technical elements, and I have decided to upgrade my normal helmet to some sort of a full-face helmet. I have seen some sturdy-looking helmets, which resemble the ...
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Disc brakes squeak on Trek mountain bike

I have a Trek 3900 mountain bike with disc brakes, and I just took it out of winter storage to start riding it for the season. Everything works well, except for one very annoying problem: when I stop ...
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Is there not enough shim on my suspension pivot?

I bought month ago new full suspension bike "Kellys Beast 2013". When I maintained it, I noticed that there seems to be a shim missing on one rear pivot: The most interesting that it is symmetrical ...
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Will my bike hold my weight?

I'm pretty heavy (~150kg/330lbs) but being fond of cycling in the past, I decided to buy a bike, and maybe try to lose a few kilos with it. I didn't have too much time for looking around, so I bought ...
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What are the differences in mountain bike hubs (With wheelset recommendation)?

I'm possibly getting a disc brake, 2013 Specialized Camber 29er without the wheelset. I was looking on wheelbuilder to see how much a wheelset might be (to save weight over factory replacement), and ...
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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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Is a 100mm travel hardtail ok for light downhill and a few jumps?

I bought a haro flightline two dx and i want to upgrade it (fork,brakes,derraulliers,...)iam scared that if i do this with this bike that my fork is going to fail or something like that so could i do ...
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Way to fix outward dent in rim?

On a ride today I ran over a water run off too fast and have caused an outward bulging dent in both sides of my rim. The bulge is hardly noticeable to see or touch but I "think" I can feel it when ...
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Making bicycle semi-motor powered

Is there any way that I could easily and affordably (under $US200) add a motor to my bicycle, so that it would move both by my pedalling and with the help of the motor?
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Bottom bracket mysteriously squeaking

Somewhere from the non-drive side of the drivetrain is coming loud squeak when I pedal hard. The story is long. First I threaded the BB-ES25 incorrectly, and had to spend half an hour with a file to ...
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Mountain Biking Websites

What mountain bike websites are available? I would like recommendations of sites containing: news product reviews interesting articles photo reviews An example of the kind of sites I am after is ...
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Why do full suspension bikes seem to be on average £1000 more expensive than hardtails?

I was just looking at the new On One Codeine full suss mountain bike and 45650B hardtail (£2599 vs £899) respectively. However, what is the great difference apart from the shock? A fox rear shock goes ...
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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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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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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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How often to sevice suspension forks

Consider a SunTour XCR coil fork or any similar. Service manuals suggest "full service" every 30 hours of riding time. I take that to mean removing the boots and re-lubing the stanchions. However, ...
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Is 650b a better platform than 26“ or 29”?

I have seen more and more reference to the 650b (27.5") mtb wheel size. Whilst I don't see any need for a new standard, does anyone know of any benefit to have a 27.5" wheel over a 26" or 29"? While ...
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MTB Manufactures and Upgrade-ability

I'm looking to purchase a new bike in the intermediate level and I'd like the option to upgrade all if not most of the parts over time. That said, I've read some concerning articles [sic] and I want ...
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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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Thru Axle and Quick Release Fork/Frame Compatability?

Without using manufacturer specific parts: Can I use a wheel with a thru-axle hub on a standard quick release fork or frame dropouts (with an adapter)? Can I use a wheel with a quick release hub on ...
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Does rear-shock placement affect suspension characteristics?

I know that suspension type(Horst-link, Four-bar etc.) affects how a full-suspension mountain bike handles, but you can often see these same types of suspension systems used with different shock ...
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What features of a mountain bike's geometry gives it different characteristics?

When you see descriptions of mountain bikes they are usually described as XC, trail, enduro etc. and have different geometries based on what sort of category they fall into. What are the defining ...
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Planting a foot when cornering: when and how?

Recently I have noticed the following. When doing extremely tight turns e.g. 90 degree trail turn, I tend to: Get out of my high saddle, position in front of it and low over the top tube Stick the ...
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Upgrading a GF Tarpon to 650B wheelset

I'm considering upgrading my GF Tarpon to a 27.5" wheelset. Is this possible? And how will affect the ride? In general, I've heard people say no, and some people say yes (nothing specific about this ...