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 sizes

Does any one still make 26" Mountain bikes? I'd also like to know what would happen If I tried 26" wheels on a bike bought with 27.5 wheels. The 27.5 bike is just too big for me even with the smallest ...
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Inner tube problem [closed]

I ride on and off road on my MTB and most time I've had problems with those little dry spiky things from the bushes(sorry I don't know what they're called). I've had 2 flat tires so far and it's ...
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For 'classic' cantilever brakes, are cartridge brake shoes better than non-cartridge ones?

What are the advantages of cartridge brake pads compared to non-cartridge ones? Do they offer better braking characteristics? I'm about to replace brake pads on a 1994 MTB which has Shimano STX ...
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Is this article accurate? If so, why is the hype about loosing the FD on enduro bikes?

I read an article on full suspension bikes, explaining antisquat and pedal kickback. They say the bicycle is the only vehicle, where the gear affects the suspension characteristics. This is great, ...
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Trainers & Mountain Bikes

Can I use a trainer with a mountain bike? I want to the same bike off road at weekends so I don't really want to change the setup of the bike.
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Rear wheel rubs frame/cage while pedaling standing up

I've heard (and noticed) the rear wheel rub on the frame and front derailleur cage when pedaling standing up. The frame shows some paint wear at one spot. And, in the lowest gear, if I crank hard, I ...
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What size Mr. Tuffy Liner should I buy for my 24“x1.95” bike tires?

Mr. Tuffy size chart is here: http://www.mrtuffy.com/sizes.html My tire size is 24"x1.95". If I go by tire diameter, I should go with Mr. Tuffy's Blue liner which fits 24"x1.375". If I go by tire ...
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What year is this Specialized Stumpjumper FSR?

I'm interested in buying this, but was curious as to what year the frame is? Any help would be much appreciated.
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Dropout check/Components check Help a boy live his coaster dream!

1.) This is a 1989 Cannondale SM2000, is that a good derailleur? 2.) Will these dropouts suffice for a coaster brake? What if I over-shorten the chain? Do-able?
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Specialized Rock Hopper (1987) - Service

I was wondering if anyone might have a service manual of some description for a vintage Specialized Rock Hopper(1987 - Yellow)? I have googled this for hours and hours and have tried contacting ...
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Why do I always get punctures in my rear wheel?

I get probably five times as many punctures in my rear wheel as opposed to my front wheel. I run a good pressure and don't get obvious pinch flats. Does anyone have a logical reason why this could ...
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Help identifying MTB frame

Apologies making ANOTHER one of these threads...Anyhows: Bought a bike third hand, frame has been stripped and painted. Trying to find make & model so I can get some offset bushings for the shock. ...
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Beginner trails near Manchester UK

I'm very much a novice when it comes to mountain biking. By novice I mean I have absolutely no experience of this. I have two questions Are there any trails within commute from Manchester that are ...
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Can I combine different wheel sizes in one mtb?

Imagine a mountain bike that uses a 29er fork with 29er wheel and a 27.5 wheel at the rear. Can this be realized and what are the pros and cons?
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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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How do I adjust my rear coil suspension?

I have a full suspension bike with rear spring-style suspension. I find the rear suspension too soft. How do I make it firmer?
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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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to install disc brake

Hi friends I have a hercules roadeo a100 and I want to install a disc brake to it. It comes with a disc brake in front and v brake in rear. So can I install a disc brake to it and how much it costs.
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MTB 9 speed sram shifters/rear deralier, shimano 9 speed cassette (HG?) only shifts to 8 cogs

I have an old KHS Team ST frame that I just threw components on about 15 years ago. the drive train is SRAM esp 9.0 shifters and rear derailleur with a shimano HG cassette. I have never been able to ...
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Can't shift front gear, despite loosening, tightening, etc. What could be wrong?

Disclaimer: I'm clueless and am piecing together what little information I know from reading this site and from watching YouTube 'intro to repair' videos. I've been gifted a used mountain bike, my ...
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Can my bike do enduro/AM racing?

I would like to ask if my bike is able to do enduro/AM racing. Specs: Giant Stance 27.5 2 Deore 2014 RD 10spd (with switch) Deore 2014 shifters Deore 2014 brake set FSA Comet 24/30/40 crank set (...
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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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Panniers stuck in tire spokes!

I ride my bike as primary mode of transportation everyday. Recently, I decided to start using panniers for groceries, to spare my shoulders. I hooked them on to the rack on my bike, and rode to Trader ...
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new MTB creacking on hard pedaling

When I press down hard on my right foot trying to go fast or up a hill I hear a noise coming from my bike. What is this? Its brand new... If it isn't an easy fix I will take it back. It only happens ...
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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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Backpack advice?

I have a Camelbak Kudu 12 (http://shop.camelbak.com/kudu-12/d/1344) backpack. I've tried riding with it a few times but it's just not working. Whenever I ride down a trail, the backpack hits the back ...
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If many bottom-outs are happening, should air pressure or compression damping be increased?

I know springs exert a force proportional to displacement from a steady-state position. On the other hand, an ideal damper exerts a force proportional to the speed of the object. The procedure to ...
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My bike won't shift out of 7th gear in the back

My bike is stuck in 7th gear. The front three gears shift fine, but the back does not. It shifts fine when no one is on it, but as soon as you put weight on it, it no longer will shift.
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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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Tyre replacement for Rockrider 300

I have a rockrider 300 which has tyre measurements as 26*2.0 and tube measurements as 26*1.75-26*2.12. According to the catalog they are semi-slick tyres. I want them to be even slicker. I have ...
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Cuyuna Lakes, MN Camping?

Has anyone rode the trails at Cuyuna Lakes in Ironton, Minnesota? Wondering if there is tent camping at the base of any of the trail systems that a guy can literally ride into camp at the bottom ? ...
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Changing to rigid fork on C-dale Killer V 900 w 1.5

I have a 90s era Cannondale Killer V 900., Believe it has the Headshock fork with the shock directly below the headset. I am converting the bike to an electric commuter (please dont hate me or just ...
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Pieces of plastic that came with my bike, what are these?

I've looked into my 6 years old Mountain Bike manual and in the bag with it and all the warranties I found these 5 pieces of plastic, what are they made for? Thank you in advance
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Kashima coat or not?

I have some Fox Float 32 Evolution 140mm travel forks on my 2015 giant trance. I ride very aggressively and it's a bumpy ride down a lot of the tracks I do. Keep in mind I do technical tracks, over ...
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Front wheel compatibility

I have a pretty cheap bike (29" Genesis Two-Nine) which served me very well for 2 years and now the front wheel got stolen. Are front wheels universally replaceable and if yes, what are properties ...
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Front suspension or full suspension mountain bike

I'm considering buying a mountain bike and have narrowed it down to two models (make and model aren't important for this question). One model is a full suspension bike (front and back), the other is ...
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Is the bike i'm using right for Mountain Biking?

Im not exactly down with the terms used in MTB, I have recently bought a new bike. It was within my price range and its great for riding on the road and forest trails. Its a "Carrera Hellcat II ...
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Recommended Tire pressure [duplicate]

Looking for recommend. Tire pressure for a 26in MTN bike. Im around 185lbs. I am fixing my bike up, and I want to make sure not to over inflate as I do not want to blow a tire.
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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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Converting a MTB to a Road Bike

I just bought a new MTB and am planning to change my previous MTB into a Road Bike. How do I do it? What kind of parts do I need to change or add or remove? I am not looking to for a full ...
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Rear disc brake question

I have a dynacraft next mountain ridge 26" bike & it already has a front disc brake but would I be able to add a disc brake to my rear wheel which previously had a v brake on it that I ripped off?
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Recovering COnfidence after bike fall [duplicate]

It's been 3 months since my bike accident, I've had at least 10 critical accidents. Sometimes I don't even know how I am alive. Recently, I had a bike crash when going down the hill which broke of 2 ...
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needing new front suspension

I have an old Schwinn sidewinder 2.6 mountain bike. I'm starting to get into better trails and I want to upgrade my front suspension. It has the standard 1-1/8 steering, but its a threaded shaft. Does ...
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Convenient bike-security measures for rural, small-town, and remote-touring environments [closed]

I originally titled this question as "I'm looking for a convenient absolutely fail-safe automatic lock that works all the time". But, judging by some rather cold responses, that title seems to be ...
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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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Attack position

I stumbled upon this gem recently. They explain that the most basic skill is the attack position. Here is my understanding of their teaching: Standing and not on the saddle. Center of gravity of the ...
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Compare optimal seated riding postions for different “fields” in mountain biking

I remember seeing an illustration, in some article, of different riding positions. The cross-country guy leans low and forward, while the enduro rider was close to standing straight up. Both were ...
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How to build good jumps?

Not sure if this is the right place for this... But I'm wondering how I can make 'good' jumps. I've made a few using a 1 tonne digger. I had the tabletop with the pallet a gap at first but I made ...
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Can I enter an enduro race on a hardtail mountain bike?

I really like the idea of enduro racing but I cant currently afford an enduro specific bike. Is it acceptable to enter an enduro event on an aggressive XC/trail hardtail mountain bike? Are there any ...
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Why the solid 12mm rear axle?

Recent years saw the introduction of hollow axles, as the pipe is the stiffest construction for it's weight for loads expected on an axle. And now the industry is introducing the 12mm solid rear axle....