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The following list contains the basic characteristics and differences for the aforementioned types of MTBs plus 2 types of bikes that you didn't mention. Note that I've tried to summarise and "average" the characteristics of modern MTBs used today by amateurs and pros. So 9 kgs for XC bikes means that you can easily find 8 and 11 kg ones. Cross country (XC) ...


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If you can imagine a compromise between a mountain bike that is light weight and easy to pedal, versus one with that is strong and has lots of suspension travel to tackle rougher terrain you might get a diagram such as the one below. As we go from category to category we get heavier bikes that are harder to pedal, but that can handle rougher and rougher ...


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First of all you need to tell the LBS (local bike shop) that the disk can be "fixed". Then you need to find another LBS because they are either amateurs or are simply trying to make you buy stuff that you don't need. You need to remove the oily disk from the bike and use a bike degreaser or alcohol on it to remove all oil. Rub with a clean dry cloth or ...


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In german this is called "Hinterrad versetzen" -- "displacing the back wheel". I got to learn this in an mtb course I took a while back. If you can, try to find an instructor or other experienced rider to teach you. How to practice: Start very, very small and always wear full protective gear, i.e. a full-face helmet and vest in case you crash. You will ...


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Vibram is simply a brand name for rubber soles made by Vibram S.p.A. of Italy. The actual composition of the rubber and the lug design used differs across their product line, with specialized compounds for hiking, industrial use, and for their "Five Fingers" barefoot running shoes. They began as a manufacturer for hiking shoes and were one of the first to ...


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I don't think you are matching like for like and actually the price differential is quite small. The only fair way to compare two bikes is by looking at the frame only price. In this case I've been unable to find the frame only price for the Codeine (SingleTrack forum suggested £599 with Monarch R vs £225 for 456) so have used Santa Cruz instead: The frame ...


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I'm assuming this is your bike and you really mean that you've removed the fork from the bike as disassembling the fork isn't really something you do by mistake. The specs I found say that you've got a threadless stem and sealed bearing headset. This is easy to reattach. There are 3 or 4 bolts you need to be concerned with. One right at the top, that goes ...


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Each type of racing is able to take advantage of certain team dynamics, and a few things are common across all disciplines. Specifics: DH/Super D: Downhill "teams" are more associated by sponsors and bikes than by riding together during a race. Since each run is done one at a time there's no drafting or anything like that. However, during track walks and ...


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First, let's answer the first to questions together, as they are closely related. Does one lean with the bike? ...and... Does the bike stay more upright? Short answers are yes and yes in most cases. To elaborate, let's take a look at what you're trying to achieve when cornering. I found this image recently and I think it does a great job of ...


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Practice, practice, practice... You need to move the physical motions of getting out of the pedals from your conscious muscle memory to your unconscious muscle memory. Once it becomes an instinctual unconscious reaction, you'll have far fewer problems. A flat grassy space is good for this. Try doing track stands and un-clip to catch your balance. Or you ...


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The parts that Blam refers to are known as the pawls and the ratchet. Slipping can happen for a number of reasons, including warn ratchet, warn pawls, weak springs, or excessive accumulation of grease & grime within the freehub. http://dirtmountainbike.com/features/work-freehub-body.html has a thorough explanation of the different freehub types. ...


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Although this isn't explicitly part of your question, I'll go ahead and throw it in as it's one of the most important factors to consider in terms of increased suspension if you plan on pedaling your bike- the basic principle behind propelling a bike is to convert a mostly downward force (pedaling) into forward momentum (the drivetrain turning the back wheel ...


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Ultimately there is no limit to what you can ride beyond your own skill. Many people say "too steep" is a cliff, but some riders just look at that like a drop and ride it anyway. You need to evaluate whether the places you are walking are because you lack the skill to ride them, the confidence to ride them, or improper equipment. Yes, you could ...


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The S shape allows for: stronger head tube and bottom bracket welds without the need for gussetting. You'll find this on more trail focused bikes (such as AM, FR and DH). wheel clearance for long travel forks wheel clearance for the front wheel (ie. 29er's) Still allows for room for a water bottle within the front triangle


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To answer your question title in very short: You don't have to fear them but some healthy portion of respect won't be wrong. The longer version: normally cow herds aren't really aggressive so it is quite safe to just go around the herd (if it blocks the trail) or pass them if they're close to the trail. Going right through the herd isn't a good idea in any ...


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No. If you sit on the saddle then you become connected with the bike. That means that the next hit from the ground will be transmitted as is on you and you'll most probably go flying in an uncontrolled manner, usually nose heavy, and you don't want that. Apart from getting rest or pedaling, the only case where you touch the saddle is with your inner thigh ...


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The answer to your question depends heavily on the infrastructure that is available to you, and the highest level of mechanical ability in your party. As another pointed out, you will want at least two pumps, multi-tools, etc. My wife and I do pretty challenging mtb tours with BOB trailers. We generally bring the following (subject to modification ...


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When I come across something like that, instead of riding straight down the hill I will head down across the hill on a diagonal. You can carry more speed this way and you won't hit the far wall of the trench and risk being sent over the bars, when your bike comes to an immediate stop. This goes for any type of bike, rigid or full suspension. If the risk of ...


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One purpose of a visor is to shield the sun like a baseball cap. There are many factors: Wind resistance is not as big a factor on a mountain bike (slower speeds). The more upright position on a mountain bike puts a visor more into play. On a road bike the rider is leaning forward and facing down and the visor can even block forward view. A visor ...


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Gravel tires are normally a little knobby: versus completely smooth for a road tire. One strategy is to run a gravel or combination tire in the front and a road tire in the back. A combination tire is one which is nearly slick in the middle with knobs on the sides, so you might want to try one road tire on the back and one gravel tire on the front. ...


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Ask yourself this- would you buy a car off of Alibaba to save a few bucks, or would you fork over a little more money and buy a Honda/Toyota/whatever? Buy the name brand bike. If your Alibaba bike's headtube snaps off on a gnarly high speed descent, who's going to do something about it? Not Alibaba, and good luck getting the manufacturer from god knows ...


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It's called an endo and you can start learning it anywhere right now (e.g in a parking lot). Don't try to learn turning endos or rolling endos at first. Here is a good how-to video (doesn't matter that it's on a bmx): ...


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disadvantages : more weight (more material, more oil) more energy required in order to pedal the bike is less snappier because it "eats" some of the terrain, so dirt jumping tricks (e.g 360s, backflips, frontflips) are harder than on bikes with less suspension some people believe that more suspension is not appropriate when learning to ride MTB and ...


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I ride a lot of trails where it is almost impossible to ride up and sometimes not even practical to push the bike up, and it is easier to carry. I've got a full suspension mountain bike with no space inside of the triangle, so it is not possible to shoulder it. And carry a bike on my back, rather than on a shoulder. Bottom tube is resting on my shoulders ...


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I'm wondering, if anyone have ever faced with same issue when starts to use cleats. What changes can you suggest trying to alleviate the problems I have described? After I first started using cleats, I started to developed knee pain. I asked about that here: you may like some of the answers. I discovered that in my case, the cause was the placement of ...


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How do downhill riders cope with this? With a front fender or with a mud guard such as this. With goggles which use disposable tear off lenses or the ones with a reel of fresh len material which is pulled via a string or via bluetooth or something. Does the full-face helmet protect the mask in some way? Probably not. Do they apply anti-water ...


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If you are looking to go faster on the flats you can find multiple cassette models with a range of 11-34. If you are looking for more "granny" on the hills, 12-36 is the best you are going to find out of the box without swapping out the low ring. (Sheldon Brown) That said, on most 9-speed cassettes I have seen, the smallest ring or two are not riveted to ...


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In short, squeaking brakes are caused by the sound of your pads sticking then slipping increadibly quickly, rather than applying presssure to your discs smoothly. Solution: Sometimes these problems can be a right pain in the butt. Sometimes your brakes need time to bed in, sometimes, as you know, your discs just need cleaning, or importantly, drying. But ...


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10 cm from the saddle would be possible if you are talking about XC saddle height and the handlebars are lower than the seat. One way is to do this: Another way is to bend and go very deep: knees bend pointing outside hands totally straight to the bars so your body moves backwards back totally straight position your body so the saddle goes exactly ...


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Saddle height for MTB might need to be a bit lower... I'll skip being the expert on that though as I've heard all sorts of preferences... Your balance steps in greatly here, how slow can you ride or how long can you stay upright when stopped; how much front tire popping up during that climb can you handle. That doesn't answer anything, but obviously it ...



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