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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How do I prevent my pants from getting caught into the bike gears

I have the unfortunate habit of always getting my jean pants stuck in my gears and end up with a nice rip on the seams. I've used those velcro braces to keep the bottom of my pants leg close to my ...
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What is the right (best) bike for me? [closed]

RE: Disabled Vet, out of condition and trying to buy a bike I started biking back in 1985 and have been out of biking almost 20 years. I was fairly savvy on the equipment of the day. It's changed ...
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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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Cannondale Lefty DLR Ti Fork Rebuild/Maintenance

I have a mountain bike with a 2003 Cannondale Lefty DLR Ti fork. As I've been riding the bike this season, I've noticed that the fork is behaving strangely. It doesn't seem to lockout fully and it is ...
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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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Are all skewers compatible with all bikes?

I'm switching from a 1999 Rock Hopper mountain bike to a new Jamis Aurora road bike. I want to move my cheapy security skewers over to the new bike, but they look a bit different from the skewers the ...
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Upgrades/Repairs Mongoose XR-150 [closed]

First time posting here for bikes. I have an old wally world free xr-150. It was my favorite bike as a kid when it was all about fun. It's been sitting around for many years. No real rust or tarnish. ...
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Am I going to get injured mountain biking if I don't have rear suspension?

On the several occasions I've gone mountain biking, I was using a nice borrowed bike with full suspension and it felt nice. I'm told that rear suspension, though nice, is not necessarily a must-have. ...
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How much time takes for hydraulic disk brakes to cool down?

Yesterday I was on a DH track for the first time. I have Avid Elixir 7 brakes with 203" rotor in front and 180" rear. The descent took about 5 minutes, and the ropeway up about 15 minutes. After 6 ...
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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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What are the differences (and their practical implications) between a 29" mountain bike and a cyclocross bicycle?

I am considering the purchase of a bicycle for riding off road, and have heard a lot of buzz about 29" mountain bikes. However, I am not particularly interested in technical riding - although I would ...
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Skate shoes vs mtb shoes?

It's an old argue on forums, still cant get it. What is the (real, that worth the money and time for ordering from abroad, in my case) difference, let's say between Five Ten FreeRider shoes and some ...
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Is it possible to drop a foot in corners while using clipless pedals?

My friends convinced me to try clipless pedals, that I never trusted too much (BMX background). Now while I'm getting used to them and experience very funny falls, I try to figure out, can a ...
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Where did a '95-'96 Sycamore mtb fit in the Mongoose product range?

From what I've managed to piece together trawling the internets, this period was before quality dropped for Mongoose, but that Sycamores were low- to mid-range models. I'm considering how much time ...
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Advice/Tips for first time racers

I have entered a 30km mtb race that will take place in a couple of weeks time. I don't know much about the route and won't be able to get on it beforehand as it goes through private farms that will ...
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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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No more chainguide from Sram?

I remember I saw somewhere new Sram system that does not require chainguide. Don't remember the model, but could you please tell me more about it? How does it work?
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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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Converting Mountain Bike for Road to complete in 33 mile mini triathalon

I have a very good mountain bike and like to ride trails. I recently signed up for a mini triathalon that requires a 33 mile road ride. I don't want to buy a new bike, so I was thinking about buying ...
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Do helmets really lose their quality with time even if kept in package?

A friend of mine, who works as a sales manager in a good bike shop advised me to never buy a helmet that is older than couple of years, and the best thing to do is to buy the current model line, when ...
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How to find a durable lock mount?

I've had one Kryptonite D-lock for the last two years, and it's worked great. I typically don't ride with a pack, so I've used lock mounts (this kind) to keep it secured to the upright on my bike. ...
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Mountain bike crankset chainring compatibility

I have a Shimano Deore LX crankset. I would like to replace the outer chainring. What manufacturer chainrings are compatible with my crankset ? My outer chainring takes all of the abuse, due to ...
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Is there a significant difference between the new all-mountain/trail and classic cross country helmets?

There is a new niche of "all mountain" helmets, like Fox Flux, POC Trabec, 661 Recon etc. They feature closed, rounded backward design, and claim to protect the brainstem better. I ride all-mountain ...
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upsweep and backsweep for mtb handlebars

Characteristics of the following bars for MTB are: • 780mm wide • 30mm rise • 5˚ up-sweep • 7˚ back-sweep I know what effects do the width and rise have on the feel and riding. But what about ...
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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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Is there any replacement for the chainrings of a Shimano STX crankset?

I have a Shimano STX Crankset (probably FC-MC series or similar, around 2001) with worn out chainrings (5 Arms). Is there any contemporary replacement opportunity for either the chainrings or the ...
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FC-M330 replacement

I have a Trek 4500 with a Shimano FC-M330 crankset. I need to replace the crankset and was hoping that someone could tell me the current replacement. I believe that I have narrowed it down to the ...
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Can a 10-speed mountain bike chain be used on a 10-speed road bike?

I would like to use a Shimano Deore XT Chain CN-HG94 on my road bike. Are there any differences between roadbike chains versus mountain bike chains that prohibit this? Sample Road Bike Chains: Dura ...
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Bike type suggestion for packed limestone trails

Sorry, for the beginner question. Where I live (Ontario, Canada), I am lucky enough to have a number of packed limestone trails (former railways). Those are fairly flat and great for bicycling. They ...
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How do I align my front brake disk with the caliper?

I have manual Avid disc brakes. I took my front wheel off like I've done hundreds of times. When I put it back on the wheel is aligned properly with my fork, but the disc presses against one of the ...
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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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Does riding with suspension locked do any harm long term

I bought a Trek 4300 MTB a few months back as my main intent was to ride off-road on local dis-used railway paths. I've since moved house and my main use of the bike is now for my commute to work. ...
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Looking for the right bike

I have been needing a new bike and I need some help with what kind of bike I should purchase. I plan on riding on mainly paved side walks but when traffic is bad I need it to endure riding over curbs ...
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Is my disc brake caliper correctly mounted on the frame?

I have been in the process of upgrading my bike a bit. A friend of mine convinced me to upgrade my brakes from my stock Shimanos to some disc brakes. After having a look around and asking question, I ...
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Why are 3 inches mountain bike handlebar hard to find? [closed]

I'm looking for a new handlebar, ideally 3 inches. But looking in some of the online shops it seems quite hard to get 31.8mm bar clamp diameter handlebar with 3" rise. Do you know if there is any ...
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Clicking sound coming from pedals/pedal spindle/crank

I recently bought a Trek 4300 series MTB, but after only several weeks of use, I'm getting a clicking sound coming from both sides of the pedals. It seems particularly pronounced when more torque is ...
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How can a beginner cyclist build up power?

I am a 44-year-old guy, 250 lbs (yes, overweight). I have not been on a bike in over 15 years. I just picked up a 12 Trek Marlin (Gary Fisher Collection) this weekend, and after riding for about 2 ...
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Can I damage a tubeless rim using a wire bead tire on it?

This question is very similar to Can I use a standard tyre on a tubeless rim? but while the answers there set out that it's possible I'd like to understand the risks of doing it. I recently saw a ...
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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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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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How long should MTB disc brake pads last?

I'm fairly new to mountain biking and I was able to put in around 900 miles on my first set of brake pads on my Giant Anthem X2. At that point they started grinding metal on metal. I went and bought ...
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Choosing good slick tires for a MTB

I have an MTB with tires that roll very badly on pavement because of plastic spikes. I'm looking to get a pair of slicks and I'm hoping to get some advice here. My bike is a 29", I think they current ...
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Chainline Alignment Front and Rear

Although I have read Sheldon Brown's All About Bicycle Chainline article I'm still struggling to understand a key point. If you are running a different chainline to the manufacturers (new crankset) ...
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How to care for a steel frame?

I'm considering getting a steel frame to upgrade from my aluminum xc bike. As it will be my first steel frame I'd like to understand if there is more after ride care required than my current bike. ...
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Should i get a hydraulic or spring type rear shock on my full suspension mountain bike?

I have not bought one yet, and i am very new to the sport. The type of riding I will be doing is dirt jumps(rather large ones), and rugged trail riding. I used a BMX for these things previously, which ...
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How much smaller frame is ok?

I'm looking to buy my first MTB and I had an online calculator tell me to get a 17.5". My measurements are height: 177cm and leg 76cm. Thing is, I found a bike that I REALLY want, but it's the last ...
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What is a better gearing combination for downhill?

One of the tracks I've been riding recently is testing both my skill level and my bike. The track is a combination steepness and roughness that makes it significantly different to what I've previously ...
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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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How to separate ODI grips from lock on clips?

Are there any tricks to separating ODI grips from lock on clips. I'm worried that if I go at them with a screwdriver I'll end up damaging the clips.
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How to deal with long pre-bled brake line?

I bought and installed a set of pre-bled hydraulic brakes onto my bike to replace the mechanical discs that came with it. My future plan is to buy a new bike, transfer the brakes to my wife's bike and ...