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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Upgrading crankset on mountain bike - what are my options

I have a cheap old rockrider 5.0 mountain bike also known under the btwin brand. Bit by bit I'm trying to improve it's performance as a road commuter bike. So far I've changed the rear wheel to a ...
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What to know when changing the damper?

I have the RockShox MONARCH RT3 damper on my enduro bike. I want to upgrade the damper to a one with remote lockout since I OTB'ed twice while touching the lockout under my seat. What do I have to ...
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What effect does changing the stem length have on my bikes handling

I'm finding that when jumping my mountain bike seems to be very nose heavy no matter how far back my saddle is. What effect will moving to a shorter stem length have? My bike, a Boardman FS-PRO came ...
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Can I use Cube Analog 29" as touring bike?

I don't know if here is a good place to asking this kind of questions or not, but please help me, I need professional people's help. I'm going to do a bicycle trip and I talked with Cube bike factory ...
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How to convert 17“ bike to 18” without changing the frame

I bought an Author Basic (2012) with a 17" frame. But I have some back aches after 2 or more hours of cycling (just cycling or with little jumping) and sometimes I feel a little unsure while riding (...
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How do I put grips on mountain bike handlebars?

I just spent the last 10 minutes trying to put a new set of grips on to my mountain bike handlebars.. The old ones came off fairly agreeably and I've got the new ones 80-90% of the way on, however, ...
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Period of adaptation between a mountain bike and a road bike

I am a casual rider and I am starting to consider switching from a mountain bike to a road bike. My main concern is that I don't ride enough to adapt to a road bike and thus is not worth the switch. ...
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Enduro MTB or Downhill for 14 year old?

I'm not sure which one to get. I'm 14 and will hopefully be getting into downhill but I'm not sure if I want to go all the way. This is my first full suspension bike.
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How to carry a MTB on one's backpack?

Sometimes I want to ascend a steep (say, 50%) slope, where is impossible to ride and awkward to push/pull the bike. I tried various ways of carrying the bike: Lifting it just 10 cm above the ground ...
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Mountain biking: How to ride in mud?

Any one have any tips for riding in mud, and lots of it? I am talking about mountain biking. I am doing a race on Sunday, and it rained all week, and there's a chance of rain during the contest as ...
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What model and year is this bike?

What model and year is this bike? Stickers/Decals say Cannondale but not 100% sure if it is. I have looked at catalogues of cannondale from 1997 to 2010 and can't see this bike. If anyone could help ...
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Can I mix a SRAM Crankset with everything else Shimano? (Derailleurs, Cassette etc) [closed]

I was wondering if I could swap a Shimano crankset with a SRAM crankset without any problems I also know about different BBs like Octalink and chainring size differences
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MTB with gears or non gears, suspension or non-suspension for stunts?

I am planning to buy an MTB for learning stunts...(BTW my family wont allow me to buy a BMX because of its height). So my question is shall I go for MTB with front suspension or not and with gears or ...
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How much of a bruising can a MTB take?

I recently purchased my first MTB, a Rockrider 560, and I'm curious to know how much a roughing up can it take? For example, can I ride up and off kerbs without wrecking the tires? What about bunny ...
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replacing a Trek 4300 bottom bracket with a new one

is it possible to put a bb with hallow tech on this bike can the square tapered BB be replaced with one that i can use my two piece crankset with?
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What is a good method for constructing dirt jumps?

What is a good method for constructing dirt jumps? Not massive jumps, just something more than a simple mound of dirt for a bit of fun. It's one thing to pile up the dirt, but there seems to be a bit ...
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What does the number 3500 stand for on my Trek bike?

I know that the higher the number the better the bike. My dad has a 4200, so I was wondering what kind of improvments are made to make his bike better? And also what does the number 3500 stand for on ...
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What pressure should I run my Mountain Bike tires at?

Should I run my mountain bike at the suggested PSI/Bar on the tire/rim? Or should I run it a bit lower? Or is it more about conditions? Should I run lower if I am running on softer terrain?
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Is it possible/worth it to replace just shifters and derailleurs on an older MTB?

I have an aluminum frame bicycle (mountain bike, 21-speed) that I purchased some time in the late 90s, it's marked "Skykomish Eureka" (though I can't find any evidence that such a brand and model ever ...
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What causes “softness” in hydraulic disc brake systems?

I have a simple Shimano hydraulic disc brake system (don't know the model). Over time, the feel of brakes is getting soft, I have tried to adjust by tightening the screw (on the joining of brake line)...
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Moaning Disc Brakes?

My Disc brakes have been shuddering all day (been riding most the day). And when I say moan, I mean like I can feel the bike shudder up to my rear end. I tried the trick where you rub mud on them and ...
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High-end components [closed]

I'm wondering if anyone knows of any high-end components that are like Paul components. Not the pro-peloton stuff like SRAM and Shimano, but the, dare I say hipster components. I'm looking for ...
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Springy Rattling noise on new bike

I have recently bought a boardman pro 29er from Halfords (cycle to work). I like it and I'm enjoying riding it for the most part however there is a noise. Whenever I'm in a high gear (largest front ...
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Cannondale Trail SL 3 component upgrades

I have a 2013 cannondale trail SL 3 and some parts have been worn and look beat up so I'm planning to replace them. I was wondering if I can use a 10-speed rear derailleur on a 9 speed cassette and ...
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what suspension fork should I get

Thinking to get a Montague bike for mountain biking. The reason for a folder is easy storage and transportation. And reviews I read all say good things about their bikes. There are these models ...
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Trying to find Derailleur hanger for Triace A310

As you can figure out from a quick google search, this bike almost does not exist. Finding info for this bike has been near impossible. If you can direct me to any info about which hanger I need to ...
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How do experienced cyclists know which gear they are in without an optical display?

Most mid to high level mountain groupsets (eg SLX and X7) have shifter options without any display as to what gear is currently active. How do riders avoid cross-chaining and other unpleasantnesses, ...
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Why did my last trip give me a bum blister?

I don't do a lot of MTB tracks, but there's a team event coming up soon and I'm doing some flat single-track to prepare. After two 15 km laps I have a blister on my left butt-cheek, right at the top ...
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How do I prevent my chain from dropping down while going downhill on bumpy surfaces?

I have a Merida Duke 650 hardtail mountain bike. The issue with my bike is the chain continuously keeps coming out of gear while I am going down hill on bumpy surfaces. Is this happening because my ...
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How to exchange a seat stray on a 2013 Cube AMS 150 Super HPC Race carbon bike?

The derailleur was torn apart so I ordered new seat stays and have to exchange (one of them). I'm not sure how to do it, there are some bearings fastened by screws where hex-wrenches seem to fit on ...
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What is the significance of tire minimum pressure?

Its quite intuitive that tires have maximum pressure figure - inflate it more and something could explode. Furthermore, it is common knowledge that under-inflated tires result in snake bites. What ...
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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 29"...
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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 ...