Questions tagged [full-suspension]

Bicycles that have suspension in both the front and rear.

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What are the pros and cons of front and rear suspension?

I'm buying a bike for delivery in the suburbs, I need to go over grass/dirt/sidewalks, and sometimes drop down over the kerb back onto the road, and it will be sunny most of the time but I also need ...
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Inside of my full suspension bike pivots is cracked!

Is this normal? I just noticed it when I was cleaning my bike after a long day downhill mtb. Are those screws? Thanks for any replies.
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What are the disadvantages of more suspension travel?

Having some suspension travel is always nice, but what disadvantages are there for the bikes handling as the travel increases? This question applies to both to full and front suspension bikes.
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Is it safe to ride a dual suspension bike in sub freezing temps?

I have a Giant VT3 with dual suspension and I'm thinking of using it as a winter bike is there any special care I should take before heading out into the cold?
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What are the differences between a horizontal suspension and vertical suspension MTB?

Currently, I've got a hardtail mountain bike and love to upgrade to a full suspension one. But when web surfing, I found out there are two types of full suspensions: 1. Vertical Suspension 2. ...
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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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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 these ...
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Why aren't most suspension bikes extremely long travel?

Considering that all mid-range rear shocks have a setting to limit the travel (called oil gate CTD or equivalent?), why wouldn't most frames be designed for extremely long travel? What is the biggest ...
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Does rear-shock placement affect suspension characteristics?

I know that suspension type(Horst-link, Four-bar etc.) affects how a full-suspension mountain bike handles, but you can often see these same types of suspension systems used with different shock ...
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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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Bushings vs bearings - maintenance difficulty

I consider purchasing a full suspension bike with a linkage using bushings, instead of bearings for the pivots (Ghost Path Riot). A review says: The bushings are said to wear out quick, two to ...
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When to replace FS bearings?

I know that when a fork stops working plushly, it should be serviced in order to escape permanent damage. When a chain is noisy, it should be oiled, and when it is worn - replaced - again to prevent ...
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Suspension setting for slippy and steep uphill

Normally one locks or sets both suspensions to a really hard setting to not loose to much force while going uphill. I'm however having problems on steep passages, as my front wheel lifts off the ...
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Why isn't my suspension bouncy?

I recently bought a Carreras centos limited edition mountain bike. I want to find out how to make my suspension bouncier and I want to experience a MUCH more comfortable ride. I have tried fiddling ...
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What are the effects of different types of rear shock installation on full-suspension bikes?

I've been looking at full-suspension mountain and trail bikes lately, and I've noticed that the rear shock can come in a few different configurations: It can be installed roughly vertically, between ...
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Suspension Maintenance

How often do you need to have your fork and rear shock fully serviced? My guess is that this depends on how many miles you are riding, so lets say 150 miles/ year.
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Pedal kickback on an mtb, what is it?

I have been hearing a bit about pedal kickback recently, but I do not quite understand whAt it is. What is pedal kickback and how can I use it to my advantage (if that's possible). Thanks.
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Is it OK to bunnyhop on a Kona/Fastrax AF2 while in Lockout Mode?

I recently got a Kona Tanuki 2012 bike that sports a Kona/Fastrax AF2 Rear Shock. Sometimes while on the road I miss bunnyhopping over things. Is it wise to lockout the Kona/Fastrax AF2 Rear Shock ...
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What kind of bike rack can go with this bike?

I'm looking for a bike rack to put on my bike so that I can hookup the baby seat with the bike. However, I don't see anywhere on my bike where I can mount the front bracket arms of the rack to it (...
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How to test-ride a full-suspension bike?

I am looking for a MTB, but am unsure how to measure if the frame would fit me. I haven't had a full-suspension bike. Furthermore, I am pretty sure MTBs perform entirely differently in the city and ...
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Pinch flats: hardtail vs full suspension. Differences?

I ride a hardtail, and I wonder if a full suspension prevents pinch flats in the rear wheel. I don't get pinch flats; but I want to know what to expect from a hardtail vs full suspension. I'm a heavy ...
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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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How often should rear suspension frame linkages be serviced?

I recently (2015) purchased my first full-suspension mountain bike. As time goes by it is increasingly making creaking noises when I climb. Initially I thought it was the press fit bottom bracket ...
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Damaged full-suspension linkage surfaces - creaking noises

I just got a brand new, high-end aluminium full suspension bike and after the first ride the bottom frame linkage (the big one, near the cranks) started making loud noises (video link with sound). ...
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Is there not enough shim on my suspension pivot?

I bought month ago new full suspension bike "Kellys Beast 2013". When I maintained it, I noticed that there seems to be a shim missing on one rear pivot: The most interesting that it is symmetrical ...
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Does ProPedal on FOX RP2 rear shock wear out when on during downhill?

Yesterday I forgot to turn off ProPadal before quite nasty downhill ride on my Fox RP2 rear shock (riding Giant Reign 2011) - I can imagine this makes no real harm to the shock but think there can be ...
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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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Should I get an air sprung or a coil sprung rear shock FS mountain bike?

I have not bought one yet, and I am very new to the sport. The type of riding I will be doing is dirt jumps (rather large ones) and rugged trail riding. I used a BMX for these things previously, which ...
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How big can I drop safely on a mountain bike

I have an 80 mm front shock (fork) and the back shock says it's 3 inches. What size jumps can I do without ruining the bike or shocks?
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Full Suspension MTB or just a new Frame

Currently I have a hard tail that I love, but I know that as I get more into mountain biking I'm probably going to want to upgrade. But I'm still pretty new to the trails. I'm wondering which you all ...
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Bike frame measurements

I'm 6'2 and ride an XL hardtail. I found a killer deal for a full suspension that is a Large frame. Since I am basically right in the middle of large and xl frames would it work riding a large? I'm ...
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Dual crown fork or not?

I currently own a 2015 GT Verb Expert. And after watching a Red Bull rampage video I started wondering can I put a 200mm fork on my Verb Expert. Or does my head tube need to be more angled. And is it ...
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Is Specialized brain something unique or are its variations common?

I am looking into getting a full suspension mountain bike. Specialized touts their brain system and I'm wondering if is this some unique technology that they have or are at least more advanced at ...
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Fox Float RP2 rear shock problem - soft run and hiss sound on first 5-10% of travel

I might have a problem with my Fox Float RP2 rear shock (Giant Reign, 150 mm of travel, bike & shock only 6 months old). When pumped to 200 psi, the shock has a considerably soft run and is making ...
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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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Rear Suspension Setup

So the situation is, about six months ago I got myself my first full sus trail bike Trek Fuel ex7. For the most part, loving it. Over that time I've had a number of spills, the most recent resulting ...
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Should a new rear shock be building oil in the shaft?

I've ridden my new bike (first full suspension I own) for about 150km now and I'm seeing some oil building over the O-ring in the shaft. It's a lot more oil than what you normally see on a front ...
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What are the considerations before buying a Full Suspension bike (India)?

I am planning on buying a new Full-Suspension Bike withing few months specially to use in hilly terrain. So far I've been to few hills around my home town, they are roughly 100-400 meters high. What ...
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Resources for suspension setup and tuning? [closed]

I recently aquired a full suspension bike. However, I have had a hard time finding resources which tell me comprehensive strategies for setting up the suspension (Air pressure, adjustment, dial ...
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Santa Cruz Blur linkage maintence

How much maintenance and what is it specifically that needs attention on 2006 - 2010 Santa Cruz Bur VPP rear linkage mountain bikes? Im looking to buy a used Blur XC, but I hear they need a lot of ...
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GT Chuck 1.0 component transfer to full full suspension frame

I own a GT chucker 1.0 but want to upgrade to a full suspension. Would it be posible to transfer all the components (fork, wheels, disc brakes, crankset, drive train) to a full suspension frame (xc/...
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Rear Bike Rack for Full Suspension?

I have a Giant Warp DS3 and id like to get a rear rack but am struggling to find anything decent & compatible. is there such a rack? 2001 Giant Warp DS3 from Bicycle Blue Book.
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Is Megavalanche suitable for beginners?

I have a huge desire to attend on Megavalanche in France, but I don't know if I am good enough. I don't ride park and only do descents from the local mountains where you "need" a full suspension bike (...
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Full suspension or hardtail for offroad in South Wales

I mountain bike in the hills of South Wales. I am due a new bike and have been riding a 17kg full sus for a few years now. I mostly ride 15-20 miles every week (hopefully more when the summer arrives) ...
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How to add rear rack to a full suspension bike?

I'd like to carry 20 - 40 pounds or so in panniers on my rear rack. I've carried that much on my hard tail so it's not a problem for the biking itself. The cantilevered rack style that is supported ...
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Is it a good idea to buy a 7-year-old MTB?

I'm a single speed rider and I'd like to buy an MTB. My main purpose for MTB is hardcore forest riding(rocks and little downhills). I thought of buying an used one and I saw today Marin Rock Springs ...
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Upgrade the rear shock on my bike?

I currently have a 2006 Cannondale Prophet 1000, that I use for trail riding. I would like to upgrade the Manitou Swinger rear shock I have. How do I know which shocks will work with my bike? Is there ...
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Why is the swingarm design uncommon / rare on full suspension bicycles?

While watching a snow biking video, I saw that some of the bikes use a true swingarm design, which matches most motorcycles (as does much of bicycle technology). While this looks rather interesting, I'...
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What are these parts and how to remove them without a tool

Are the two being symmetrical part circled in blue the following picture DU bushings ? How could I remove them without the appropriate tool ?
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FOX FLOAT CTD Evolution oil leak :(

I have a FOX FLOAT CTD Evolution LV 184x44mm, which worked fine in the summer, afther the cold weather arrived, and I started to ride under 15C, it started to leak some oil. It was pretty nasty, but I ...