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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What type of tires can prevent goatheads?

We have a lot of goatheads1 in our area, and they have a tendency to do something like this to bike tires: Unfortunately, I ride a road bike (specifically a Kona Dew), so I have much smaller, ...
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fork steerer compatability

a 1 1/8” Aluminum, 1.5 Taper Steerer will it fit on my frame? My frame is gt chucker 3.0 26er and the fork is manitou minute 26er [enter image description here][1]
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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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Difference between road & mountain drivetrain

Basically MTB and road bikes have different brand parts (like deore / XT; Sora / Utegra etc). What are the main differences between the 2 types, that will make it incompatible? Are there things ...
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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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Are single-speed bikes better equipped to handle cog/chain wear?

I need to decide between a single-speed and multiple-speed bike. I usually ride multiple-speed mountain/city bikes in the highest gear anyway (around town). They're not intended for that, and doing ...
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When is it time to replace the gear-cable housing?

Please keep in mind that this question is specific to mountain bikes which roll through lots of dirt and mud. I heard stories of bikes that had their cable housing last for years, but I doubt that ...
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What maintenance is required for a thru axle?

A thru axle is a hollow axle that gets clamped by each fork leg and through the hub. Like what a motorcycle has. Much stiffer and stronger design then the typical QR dropout. My sons newer downhill ...
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my bike pedals but the back tire will not move

I have a mountain bike and it was working well.then I started to pedal and the back wheel isn't moving.could someone tell me what it could be?
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Using 9 speed Deore front shifter with 10 speed Ultegra front Deraileur

I am trying to build a bike out of all the spare parts I have in my garage. I found a 3x9 Deore front shifter, 3x10 Ultegra front d and crankset. Would they work together? By the way, I am building a ...
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MTB front suspension sounds like rusty trampoline

I have an old GT i-drive 3.0 from like 2001, it has a Judy Rockshox fork on the front. I imagine its never been serviced (I bought it used) and it's starting to sound like a symphony of rusty ...
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Should I upgrade/rebuild an old rusty bike or get a new one? [closed]

A couple days ago my friend gave me an old bike. Much of the bike is very rusty although the frame and handlebar does not have as much rust. I am not a bike expert and have been learning quite a bit ...
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Bike computer wheel size setup

I've gotten my self my first mountain bike, along with a Bike computer. This needs to be setup, but im really not sure how i do this. The wheel size of the bike is a 27,5 inches. The bike computer is ...
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How do I prevent the Hydraulic Disc Brakes on my bike from rubbing?

I recently bought a new Polygon Strada 5.0 mountain bike with Shimano BR-M355 hydraulic disc brakes and have had issues with the brakes rubbing. I fixed the rub but now it is happening again. The ...
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Racing bike feels bad to ride, can it be fixed?

I bought a sponsored racer's cross country bike because of its light weight and great components (giant anthem advanced team). I had the consumer frame of the same name from five seasons ago in a ...
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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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Something sounds loose but cant see what

I have a relatively new Boardman Pro 29er. It has around 500 miles on it. I'm having a sound issue at the minute where at certain speeds a very loud resonating vibration type sound starts. I'm ...
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Will these suspensions fit my bike

I want to get this suspension SR Suntour XCR-RL 26inch Suspension Fork. Black, 120mm Travel, Remote Lockout, Disc Brake Only But I don't know will it for my bike and also what's the difference ...
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Should I worry about a chipped carbon mountain bike frame?

The other day while I was racing my Specialized Stumpjumper I noticed a chip on the frame. It's on the rear support bar right behind the seat post between the rear tire. My teammate who is a mechanic ...
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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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First Cyclocross Race - Riding a Mountain Bike

I'm participating in my first ever bike race this weekend. It's a cyclocross race, and I'm riding a full suspension mountain bike, because I started looking into races late this season and a fully is ...
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Will disk brakes fit on the Apollo Verge [closed]

I am wondering will disk brakes fit my bike, the Apollo Verge men's mountain bike?
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Screaming sounds on my front wheel [duplicate]

Recently I bought a mountain bike with hydraulic disk brakes. But when I ride it the front wheel makes screaming sounds, possibly from the disk brake. I contacted my local dealer and they helped me ...
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What should I do with my crank/bottom bracket?

I just got this mountain bike almost 3 weeks ago. I took it for a long ride(120km back and forth). We encountered heavy rain during our ride, we were riding on a highway back then, there's flood water ...
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Giant Reign shock travel?

I've just bought a Fox Float X 2014 for my 2015 Giant Trance. It fits my Trance perfect but I may be upgrading to a 2015 Giant Reign. I was thinking would my shock fit onto a reign? The size of mine ...
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Front wheel lifting on climbs on my Mountain Bike

I've got a full suspension XC/AM 29er mountain bike (Gary Fisher Hi-Fi Pro). I'm running a size small frame with an 80mm stem with about 7 degree rise. Bike seems like a good fit for me. I do run the ...
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Tips for adjusting Shimano M355 hydraulic brakes

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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back tire keeps going down

I have just bought a new bike and had it about a month now. I don't really know much about bikes but I do know how to repair an inner tube. I have had one puncture and just bought a new inner tube. ...
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Why is my bike slipping gears?

I have a 1997 Gary Fisher Tassajara that got a complete overhaul and tune-up at a bike shop a year ago. (to the tune of $180, but some of that was new tires- I'm the original owner) I ride between 4 ...
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Information about Olympia bicycles

There is a bicycle dealer in my area selling "Olympia" bicycles. I haven't seen any athlete riding those bikes and I was unable to find any reviews on the internet. I know that the company is one of ...
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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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Replacement MTB rear derailleur

I need to replace a Shimano Deore RD-M531 rear derailleur which has a long cage (9 speed cassette). I can replace the derailleur no problem, but my knowledge isn't great and am just not sure what to ...
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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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Mud buildup at the chinstay near FD

General question: The rear tire of my mtb runs too close to the chainstays. If the trail is even remotely muddy, the mud buildup on the chainstay clogs the front derailleur and the chain begins to ...
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Are chain ring spacers a good solution to adjust chain line?

I recently converted my mountain bike from a 2x10 to a 1x10. I have a Shimano XT Hollowtech ii crankset and I like it a lot, but its traditionally a 2 speed crankset. When I'm in my 1st gear on the ...
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What makes a cassette mountain bike vs. road bike?

I'm in the market for a new cassette for my road bike and I frequently see cassettes listed as mountain bike or road bike. Since they're usually interchangeable and can be used on either type of bike, ...
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Protecting yourself from briars / brambles / jaggers while mountain biking

Riding in the northeast US, I find myself encountering a lot of overgrown mountain bike trails in the spring. Many of these trails are bordered by briars / brambles / jaggers. I can't totally avoid ...
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Full Suspension MTB or just a new Frame

Currently I have a hard tail that I love, but I know that as I get more into mountain biking I'm probably going to want to upgrade. But I'm still pretty new to the trails. I'm wondering which you all ...
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What should I look for in a new front wheel for my heavy body?

I broke my second front wheel last night when I hit a dip that rose too quickly on the far side. The wheel didn't get a chance to redirect the force upward before all my weight went behind it. I'm a ...
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Can I put my 2.1" 29er tires on a wheel with 25mm inner diameter?

So I broke my second front wheel last night when I hit a dip that rose too quickly for my wheel to climb before all my weight went behind it. I'm a big guy (300+ lbs), so my wheels need to be able to ...
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How to perform a long-distance bunny-hop?

When I need to clear a missing pothole or a slippery section of the trail, I try to make the hop as long-distance as possible. The result is that, unlike when hopping onto something elevated, now I ...
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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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What is the middleground between permatube and normal tubes?

I've burst my third tyre in two months on my MTB, each time it's caused by something sharp penetrating my tyre at high speed ripping a big enough hole in the tube causing the slime to leak out rapidly ...
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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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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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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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anyone know what kind of frame this is? [closed]

Can anyone identify this bike frame? I'm thinking it was stolen, painted, and is being sold on a website, so I was hoping to do a search on a stolen bike database. The original color looks to be ...
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Which option; cx bike or mtb and road bike? [closed]

I've done my research and i've narrowed it down to 2 options for me Option 1: buy a low-end cyclocross bike for $1200 or Option 2: buy a low-end road bike for $800 and a low-end mountain bike for ...
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What is the purpose of landing on the rear tire?

Throughout the entire Kranked series, riders are doing insane jumps and drops. What puzzles me is that, despite beginner advice to land both wheels (nearly) simultaneously, about half of the landings ...
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It it impolite to “informally” join or draft a group of cyclists?

On a recent Sunday ride on a country road, I was slowly overtaken by a group of (5) guys on carbon-fiber road bikes. They were "proper" road cyclists, if you know what I mean. When they passed me, I ...