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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Mountain bike tires for rocky, steep, dirt trails?

I live in central Iowa and travel once a year to the Breck area (Breckenridge, CO) to do mountain biking. Since that is the Rocky Mountains, well they are rocky and steep. Very different terrain from ...
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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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What sort of bike will suit both offroading and onroading

I live in an area which is connected to main road by a small lane(worse than mountainous region, I mean it's condition) and the main road is just like a new tarmac surface, the speed breakers are ...
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Why so few mountain bikers with spandex?

I've never had clothing that was specialized for cycling, so I'm kinda n00b in that area. I am confused about the use of spandex. It's very common among roadies, for obvious reasons. It's more ...
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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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Building my own full suspension MTB: How to I select a frame?

I've recently gotten back into mountain biking. I took my 5 year old Iron Horse full suspension out to the mountain with some friends that had recently purchased new bikes. I haven't ridden for a ...
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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 to prevent accidental unclipping while cornering?

I have less than 10 hours on SPD pedals. Unclipping is becoming more and more intuitive (I no longer fall to the side when stopping at a traffic light). While it still intimidates me to jump with ...
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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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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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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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Are Allen key or Security Key skewers appropriate for bikes with rear facing horizontal dropouts

I have a surly karate monkey set up as a single speed. The frame has rear facing horizontal dropouts (track style). I don't like quick releases due to potential theft when locking up my bike. Are ...
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What are typical max speeds for pro downhill races?

Looking videos like Red Bull Rampage or Mega Avalanche make me wonder about the speeds attained by those pro bikers. How fast they go in straight line sections?
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Can I fit rear panniers to a full-suspension bike with a dropper post?

I'm looking at the Whyte T129s and have seen that there's a couple of options for fitting panniers to the back of a full-sus bike. Topeak Freeload - see link Any suggestions whether either of ...
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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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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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Good books on mountain biking

What books do you know about learning mountain biking.
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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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Bunny Hop, Stoppie or Wheelie? Which one to attempt first on MTB?

I am 21 years old. I'm overweight for my age..171 ibs. I have started cycling few months back and I'm lovin' it. I have a Merida mtb(mainly used on the road) I was thinking about practicing some ...
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Tightening rear quick release stops rear wheel

I have a medium sized Trek Mountain Track/Antelope with a seven speed freewheel. When I tighten the rear quick release, I have to carefully back off on the tightness so that the wheel will actually ...
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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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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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Does a rear derailleur guard provide effective protection?

I recently caught my rear derailleur on a log and snapped it in two. I have done some recent work on some department store bikes and noticed that some come equipped with an axle mounted guard around ...
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Transitioning mountain bike into city commuter bike

In effort to transition my mountain bike to a city commuter- can I replace the mountain tires with thinner city tires without changing the bike wheels?
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Is my front derailleur angled straight?

I am attempting to adjust my front gears and have also been following a video to adjust the high/low position of my front derailleur. The issue I am having is that the low adjustment is no where near ...
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Using a bike with Trek ABP on a trainer

I was planning on doing my winter training this year on a mountain bike (for ergonomic reasons), but it occurred to me that the skewer for the Active Braking Pivot on my Top Fuel might not be work ...
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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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Hill climb riding position

With the current stem and bars I have on my bike I have quite an upright position and get a falling back feeling while climbing. When I stand in the pedals to gain an extra bit of power in a climb I ...
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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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Replacing grip shift shifters on department store bike with thumb friction shifters?

I have a department store bike with a twist grip shifter (3 chain rings, friction shift and 6 sprockets, index shift - Torque Drive One derailleur) and I want to replace it. I am not able to get ...
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All Mountain Bomber recommendations

Looking for recommendations on a Full Suspension bike - trying to spend < $2000USD. Looking for an All-Mountain bike - something with at least 6" of travel but I don't want a full on DH or ...
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Will Slick Tires Work for a Mountain Bike Ridden by a Heavier Rider?

I've owned a Trek 3500 bike (shown below) for 2.5 years now and I like it very much. My bike has the same specs as under the link. It has the XL frame size and 26" wheels with Bontrager AT-550 ...
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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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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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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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Mountain bike axle diameters

Out of interest I would like to understand the benefits of having a 15mm or 20mm through axle over a 9mm QR (and a 10mm vs. a 12mm TA on the rear). What difference does it make to the ride?
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Will a road brake lever work with a v-brake?

I'm planning on changing my commuter handlebar to a drop handlebar. As the diameters are different, I need to know if the new brake lever will work with the existing v-brakes. (My intention is to ...
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Where should I mount a mirror?

What do you recommend as an optimal point and orientation for mounting a rear-view mirror? I'm open to handlebar-, glasses-, or helmet-mounted. Some of the considerations, as I understand it, are: ...
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Which type of handle bars are best for off-road & road use?

There are quite a lot of types of bars. Some best bit for aerodynamics, some best fit for control, some offer significant amount of positions. I am looking to change my handlebars to the best fit ...
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Guidelines for building tape delimited MTB courses

There are a few vacant lots around where I live and last weekend, I built a small (170m) tape delimited course. Some of the kids in the neighborhood rode in it. I also worked out in it, going full ...
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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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How to setup my 26er MTB for indoor MTB park

There is an indoor mountain bike park along the lines of Ray's MTB park being built near me (though I also road trip to rays and rent a bike). Most of the riding here seems suited for a dirt jumper. ...
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How do I know if mudguards will fit my 2009 Carrera Kraken?

With the nice (and muddy!) weather coming up, I'd like to get some mudguards, but I'm really unsure of what will fit my bike I have a 2009 Carrera Kraken, no modifications. I will probably buy them ...
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Detailed resources for planning backcountry/primitive tours?

Are there any resources out there with details for specific backcountry/primitive tours, such as water sources, itineraries, camping spots, route difficulty, etc? I'm a hiker/camper who just bought ...
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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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What MTB 10 speed double cranksets exist with 180mm cranks?

I am looking for a a 10 speed dual crankset that has 180mm cranks. I see the SRAM cranksets only come in 170 and 175mm.
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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, ...