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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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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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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How do I stop my bike tires from puncturing?

I recently bought a specialized Stumpjumper 29 and its only been a few weeks but I've punctured the tire four times already. I think im getting the punctures from the trees and bark on the trail but ...
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Would like to custom-build a bike but I'm not sure on what parts to buy

Currently I have a 2011 Trek 3700 (no disc brakes) and just this year have gotten into riding mountain bike trails and would like to have a bike better suited for doing that. I'd like to keep the ...
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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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Remote rising seat posts and heavier rider

I am looking at remote adjustable seat posts that I can adjust the height of using a lever on my handle bar. They have a high price tag. Examples are Rock Shox Reverb Seat Post and Crank Brothers ...
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Suggestion on buying a single speed 29er mountain bike

I'm interested in buying a single speed mountain bike for about $400-600. Can anyone recommend me one? I tried buying this http://www.redlinebicycles.com/bikes/mtb/2012-monocog-29er but it is all ...
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Tips for radial wheel truing

Several drive side spokes on a mountain bike rear were damaged the rear mech being pushed into the wheel by a rock, with one snapping completely. I've replaced the affected spokes and have managed to ...
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Rear gears don't turn anticlockwise

I've taken the rear wheel off my bike but the rear gears are stuck and do not spin freely anticlockwise. It had been out of use for about 4 days, kept in a dry garage. I took the wheel off because it ...
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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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Buying brake levers, how do I find the correct ones for my bike?

I took a hard spill the other day on my mountain bike and snapped my left hand brake lever in to pieces. The ones that snapped are stock alloy rubbish that came with a Specialized Hardrock 2010 Disc ...
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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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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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Which footwear is the safest for summer cycling?

This morning I could not find my training shoes. So, I used my sandals. I found that the sandals not only kept my feet cool but there was no pedal slippage as I had expected. The more I think about ...
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Stuck front derailleur

On a ride recently my front derailleur seems to have gotten jammed. The levers wouldn't index and the derailleur itself wouldn't budge. After continuing the ride for a bit, the problem went away on ...
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Way to fix outward dent in rim?

On a ride today I ran over a water run off too fast and have caused an outward bulging dent in both sides of my rim. The bulge is hardly noticeable to see or touch but I "think" I can feel it when ...
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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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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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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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How much faster can i go after moving from 2x10 to a 3x10 gear setup?

My 26" mountain bike currently has a 2x10 gear setup with SRAM components: a SRAM S-1250 crank with 38/24 chainrings, and a SRAM PG-1030, 10-speed, 11-36t cassette. I feel that when riding on ...
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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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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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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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Specialized Hardrock rear hanger

I just fixed my first puncture on a recently bought Hardrock (Evans)and discovered that the rear hanger is not attached to the frame. This made refitting the wheel a bit of a struggle. There is a ...
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Proper fork length for a bike with 5.5 inches of rear shock

I purchased an older Santa Cruz Blur frame today. From what I can gather the shock mounted on the frame gives 5.5" of travel. I'm looking to buy a fork to match. Do I need to go with a 140mm fork, ...
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Why do full suspension bikes seem to be on average £1000 more expensive than hardtails?

I was just looking at the new On One Codeine full suss mountain bike and 45650B hardtail (£2599 vs £899) respectively. However, what is the great difference apart from the shock? A fox rear shock goes ...
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What are the pros and cons between an aluminium and carbon frame?

I'm after a mountain bike and I've narrowed it down to the Cannondale F29 (based on reviews, plus I like the look of the bike). My question is, should I go for the carbon bike or the alloy bike? I'm ...
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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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Why no tires made of Vibram?

Top-notch mountain trekking shoes are advertised as having Vibram soles. They are supposed to be durable and have superior traction on wet stones, mud etcsetra. This is what we want from na mtb tire, ...
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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 can I tell if a rack and panniers will work with my bike?

I have a 2012 Jamis Durango Race and am interested on fitting it with rear panniers at some point. However I want to be sure that they'll be compatible. There seem to be mounting points on the bike ...
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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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MTB with Road crank

I would like to put an Road crank on my MTB, I basically only use it for commuting and I all the time find myself in the highest gear, 42/11... Is it possible to exchange my Shimano Deore HT2 crank ...
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How to protect rear derailleur while mountain biking?

I am a college students, and I live right next to an amazing rocky area (picture below), I bike every day, and while I am getting much better and more confident I still take a pretty hard fall every ...
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Disc brakes make noise

My disc-brakes on my mountain bike sing/scream when I brake. I have tried to clean them, but it didn't work. Should I replace the disks or the brake pads? Is there a better (cheaper) way to fix this.
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Garden of stones, that are similar to watermelons

There is this trail around my location. Half of it is a rock garden. The stones are similar to the picture below. The elevation is not extreme - one can ride uphill, at the lowest gear. My bike has ...
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Could rubber parts on bike rack damage the rear shock?

I have Specialized Stumpjumper Evo FSR and as all the FSR frames its' shock is underneath the top tube. Now the issue that the only option to put the bike on the rack is to put the shock shaft on the ...
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Any benifits of upper level bibs for a fat long distance XC biker?

Skinny road bikers are all praising their Castelli/Assos bibs. Specially long distance riders. I'm 188cm/106kg and my normal ride is something like 100-120km, 2500m gain, 8-9hours in saddle almost ...
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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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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. Update I am doing a race on Sunday, and it rained all week, and there's a chance of rain during the ...
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Homemade Tubeless Tires

As I was browsing Youtube for cycling related videos, this one on making your own tubeless setup caught my eye. The procedure is essentially as follows: Clean a standard rim (not for tubeless ...
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Bicycle Seating Posture Ergonomics

Road bikes have a forward bent seating posture, mountain bikes have a straight seating posture. I was wondering which of the above seating postures (of road bikes or mountain bike) is better for ...
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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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What happened to 69ers?

For a year or two, I remember there being a pretty big buzz around 29" front wheel, 26" rear wheel mountain bikes. They seem to have fallen off the face of the earth. What happened?
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Tips on buying a beginner mountain bike

I hope this question isn't too subjective or open-ended, but I would like to know what I should look out for when buying a beginner mountain bike. My aim is to ride off-road and downhill tracks, but ...
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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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What should I expect from a GPS logging device?

During the last years I do a lot of mountain biking tours. To record this tours I currently use my Android phone and a GPS tracker application. I'm happy with it, but the problem is, the battery life ...
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Can heavy tires handle anything that the trail can offer?

I got a Slash and it came with Bontager XR4 Ellite tires. The same evening at the park I had a puncture. Turned out the offender was a thorn to the sidewall (I rode through some cut off and now dry ...
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Looking for a 29x2.25 tire for my first sprint tri-athlon

I have entered a sprint triathlon on a whim and have a 29er mountain bike. Is there a road suitable tire for a 29x2.25 wheel out there? Looking for something that will give me good roll and as little ...