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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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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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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Doing a 230km / 142 mile cycle this weekend over 2 days, what vital equipment am I missing?

This will be my first long distance cycle over 100km's / 62 miles. Last weekend I did a 60km / 37 mile cycle without too much difficulty, so I'm pretty sure I can get through at least day 1, day 2 ...
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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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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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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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Does brake modulation matter, for efficiency, beyond having enough to avoid locking the wheels?

Edit: To Clarify this is regarding going as fast as possible, i.e. racing, off-road. I can't see why "modulation" matters so long as you have enough to apply near maximum braking force without ...
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Tube constantly getting punctured near the valve

I have been using my bike for a few years now, and for the last month i am constantly getting this problem. After riding a day or two, it looks like my tube gets rotated a little inside the tire, and ...
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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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Biking with spinal disc herniation

I was diagnosed with lumbar spinal disc herniation and told that I should exercise. I always liked biking, so I want to do that. I have an older rigid mountain-bike and will be mostly driving on ...
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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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Seat Stay Replacement - Bridgestone MB-3

I am working to restore my first mountain bike frame, a "vintage" 1993 Bridgestone MB-3. Early on, I swedged the left seat stay so that it buckled a bit & rotated about 15 degrees inward. I have ...
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Is it possible to install a 1x11 drivetrain on an old MTB?

I have an old Stumpjumper from 1984. It has the original 3x5 drivetrain with friction shifting. I'm intrigued by the idea of converting to a 1x11 drivetrain, but I don't know what factors to consider ...
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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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BMX V-Brake lever for MTB compatibility

Shimano have this v-brake levers in the product family DXR for BMX. Is there any difference between a BMX brake lever and an MTB one? Are they smaller?
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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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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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Would learning to ride a unicycle boost biking skills?

Unicycles are not particularly expensive, seem to be light and portable, also fun. This gets me wondering if spending a couple of months to learn riding such a thing would boost a mountain biker's ...
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How does stiffness affect experience and performance?

I see many mountain bike reviews and articles discuss the stiffness of frames, forks, wheels and other components. Here are some questions which cross my mind: What is the definition of stiffness? ...
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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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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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Choose medium or long cage?

I am upgrading (or downgrading ? :P) my MTB to 1x, currently on compact 2x10. I will be changing chainring, derailleur and cassette. I will get 11-42 Sunrace MS3 10-Speed Cassette. Also Shimano XT ...
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How much longer will my 10 year old frame last?

My friends say it will last forever, and not to worry about it. Online results show anywhere from two years to 25. I have no clue what to expect!! Let me give some context. I bought a decade old ...
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Would a hard tail 29er be a good starter bike for road and light trails?

I can't really figure out what kind of bike I should be getting as a "loaner" bike. I have plenty of friends who want to go for a ride but have no bike, and ever since my last loaner got "borrowed" 2 ...
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front wheel takes more impact than rear?

I was commuting to work this morning and was following a bus, suddenly I saw a huge crack, no time to steering around so just run over it. Then I felt my bike not steering properly. Pulled over and ...
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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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Can I use a road bike stem on my mountain bike?

I've got a XC mtb which 1. I'm trying to cut the weight off , 2. I want a bit extra reach. I've got a longer road bike stem made by 'Deda' (I think Planet X)? and I was wondering if it will be strong ...
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Correct cable end for Shimano BL-M421 brake lever

I have a Specialized mtb that has been changed over from V-brakes to disc brakes (by previous owner). After using it for a while, I've noticed binding in the brakes which I think is due to the way 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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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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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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What is the best aero position in a mountain bike?

I'm familiar with TT and road bikes with aero bars. However, I don't know what is the ideal aero position for a normal MTB (no aero bars). I did some search and found these pics. Hands on the middle ...
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Disadvantages of run 650B wheelset on a 29'er

I am in need of a new wheel set for my 29'er, and wondering if 650B's are an option. My current bike handles more like a supertanker than a bike. Great for straight lines once up to speed, but if ...
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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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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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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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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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Should I go clipless? [duplicate]

My bike is a Giant Reign, and I ride in the UK. I like going to local gravity parks and trail centres and my local tracks are mainly downhill orientated but I also like to get out on longer rides. I'm ...