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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Hard fork and low tire pressure or viceversa?

With mountain bikes, what do you think is more efficient: highly preloading the fork and using low tire pressure or having a "bouncy" fork and hard tire pressure? I like to have the fork with quite a ...
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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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Saddle getting in place when cornering on MTB - what to do?

I am practicing the technique of cornering, where one must lean the bicycle into the turn, while keeping the body more or less vertical. A (possibly exaggerated) picture I found on Google: The ...
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Most Efficient Way to tune rear gears of mountain bike

I have a schwinn ranger suntour mountain bike which I enjoy riding and ride frequently. When the bike was new I had no difficulty shifting through all 21 speeds of the bicycle with 3 gears by the ...
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Giant Overdrive 2 fork replacement

I have a 2014 Giant Trance with an Overdrive 2 tapered steerer (1-1/2 - 1-1/4). As we know, the standard tapered steerer is 1-1/2 - 1-1/8 inch. I want to replace my OEM fork (Fox 32 Float Evolution ...
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Upgrade suspension on hard tail MTB

I have a Suntours xcm (spring 80mm) on my hard tail. I drive more frequent and more pretentious. So I consider to upgrade my fork. How can I tell if I need a better one? What can a good air-suspension ...
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Which spoke type do I need for my bike?

I have a Giant Trace X3 2012 It has 26" rims. Which of these spokes type do I need for my bike? Strongest or best match for the spokes I already have. DT Swiss Champion Stainless PG Spokes DT Swiss ...
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Can a carbon fiber mountain bike handle cool/cold weather?

It is late summer in the US and I am starting to look forward to autumn and winter mountain biking. I have a carbon fiber frame though. Didn't get to ride it last winter due to a broken collar bone ...
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Cycling on snow in extreme freezing conditions: will my bike break?

I plan on riding my Merida Matts 40-D in mountains like these: The temperatures are usually around -20 °C and I was wondering whether anything can break on my bike due to the freezing conditions. ...
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What is the purpose of suspension lockout?

I'm trying to decide which 29'er bike I want to purchase and one of them has lockout. I know what lockout does but I'm not sure what it is used for and if I will need it. Thanks
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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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What frame is this?

could you help to find out the brand, type, & year model of this MTB frame (attached) ? Best regards.
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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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What type of tires can prevent goatheads?

We have a lot of goatheads1 in our area, and they have a tendency to do something like this to bike tires: Unfortunately, I ride a road bike (specifically a Kona Dew), so I have much smaller, ...
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What is a shimano ispec shifter?

I know what a shifter is but I could not find a definitive answer on what an ispec shifter is or how is it different from a regular shifter. For example the 2014 shimano deore groupset says it has ...
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What type of terrain makes an MTB mandatory?

I'm somewhat new to biking, and I've been commuting to work on my new touring/hybrid bike for a few months now (it's a 2014 Novara Safari). I am very interested in doing some actual self-supported ...
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Does a high MTB seat post risk frame breaking

On a full suspension MTB, does a high seat post (extending from frame by 25cm, 10" or more) contribute to frame weakness, should one look to have a bike with a tall seat tube, or are MTB's designed ...
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Is an old mtb with replaced gear safe to buy? [duplicate]

I believe this question to be on topic for this site, I want it to be more factual based than opinion, another similar question is this one. If its not feel free to close it. I am looking at buying ...
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Would “fat” tires help me learn skinnies/log rides?

I'm relatively new to mountain biking, and am considering purchasing a new, less expensive bike to help me learn to ride wooden obstacles (skinnies, curved bridges, etc.) without fear of damaging my ...
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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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What skills/drills should I learn to descend faster and more confidently? (for mountain biking)

I've ridden road and mountain bikes for years, and this is my first year riding as a part of a team (and actually doing races). I've been stuck at nearly the same level of skill when descending and ...
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What's the difference between All-Mountain, Cross Country, Freeride, Downhill bikes?

I'm somewhat new to the world of mountain bikes and I'm seeing various terms to describe different bikes. What is the difference between all-mountain, cross country, freeride, and downhill? Are they ...
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Puddle of oil when left up side down

The other day I left my mountain bike upside down overnight as I was changing a tyre. The next morning i had a puddle of what seem to be oil next to the handle bar. Does anyone have an idea where is ...
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What are the practical limitations of a road bike compared to a mountain bike?

I grew up on a big box store mountain bike. I want to get a road bike for my commute, but I'm curious about the limitations I'll experience. I know the benefits of a road bike: lighter weight, less ...
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Should I restore my old mt-bike for winter commuting (and for wife to ride with me) or throw it away?

One year ago I moved to Boston and my father-in-law gave me his old Specialized mountain bike. He is a road bike guy so this bike was left aside for the longest time. It was in a decent shape. The ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Gears randomly switching

So I have a Trek Fuel SLR 90 and whenever I ride on flat dirt roads, the back gears randomly keep switching on me. It gets really annoying to ride Please help
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Pros and Cons of 29 "wheels [duplicate]

I have an 29" LaPierre Hardtail. What is the difference between 29" wheels and smaller ones? I'd like to know this not only for single trails but also on the road and / or downhill trails.
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SRAM X4 MTB Rear Derailleur H-Limit screw maximum open, but still on 7th Cog?

I own a 6 months old Rockrider 5.2 mountain bike. Everything was great until recently I noticed that the Rear Derailleur of my bike doesn't reach the highest gear cog, which is 8th. Its always stuck ...
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Minimum mountain groupset hard enough to resist abuse

I'm looking to upgrade my mountain bike and I would like to get something better than I have, if justified. I've never ridden any groupset better than alivio/deore, which work ok for me and have ...
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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 do I put grips on mountain bike handlebars?

I just spent the last 10 minutes trying to put a new set of grips on to my mountain bike handlebars.. The old ones came off fairly agreeably and I've got the new ones 80-90% of the way on, however, ...
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Rear V-brake pivots (cantilever studs) asymmetrical on Specialized Hardrock XC 2004 - how to fix?

This is a bit weird question. I bought a Specialized Hardrock XC used bike cheaply on e-bay. It had no front brake and the rear v-brake had different arms and was very dodgy. I thought I would able to ...
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My disc brake rotors have started to corrode. What can I do?

For the last two weeks, I was using my bike heavily in rainy weather. I was cycling during rain for hours. Now I noticed that the discs of my disc brakes started to corrode. What can I do now? Should ...
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How to get the tyre back on to the rim easily?

What is the best/easiest way to get the tyre back on to a rim after removing it to fix a puncture for example? Some tyres can be really hard to get back on to the rim. I don't like using the tyre ...
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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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MTB with gears or non gears, suspension or non-suspension for stunts?

I am planning to buy an MTB for learning stunts...(BTW my family wont allow me to buy a BMX because of its height). So my question is shall I go for MTB with front suspension or not and with gears or ...
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How to install brakes with clamps that are too tight

I recently picked up a set of Avid DB1's and put them on my bike, but it was a bear to get them on. For background, they've got a split clamp that is similar to a seat tube where simple compression ...
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how to translate MTB wheel specifications?

I am looking for a pair of wheels for a MTB build project, but I am lost when I read the specifications for wheel sets. What I am looking for is a pair of wheels with a 9mm rear axle diameter and a ...
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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 ...
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Difference between road & mountain drivetrain

Basically MTB and road bikes have different brand parts (like deore / XT; Sora / Utegra etc). What are the main differences between the 2 types, that will make it incompatible? Are there things ...
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How is cornering on the road different than cornering on dirt?

The general advice about cornering is to lean the bike, not the body, to put pressure on the outside foot, and not to brake or brake only with the rear brake if absolutely needed. --me There ...
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Got two bikes, one of them is more exhausting to ride, what can it be?

I have owned a bike for many years, it's a cheap one but it's perfectly fine. Recently, I've bought a bike for my girlfriend, second hand from someone quite clueless about bike maintenance. Mine is ...
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How to jump curbs?

Putting aside the question should one ever ride on the sidewalk, I would like to jump curbs safely and seamlessly. Assume a hardtail mountain bike with high saddle (we are in the city), at a speed of ...
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what benefits do tubeless tyres bring to a 29er trail mtb?

I have a 2014 Whyte T-129s and am considering converting the tires to tubeless. They are already 'tubeless compatible', so this should not be prohibitively expensive, but I am wondering whether this ...
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brake lever will not return

My friend has a mountain bike that survived last years Queensland's floods (Australia, that is), but is all battered and bruised after not being ridden for a year. With my beginner's repair skills, I ...