Questions tagged [mountain-bike]

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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Water in (tubed MTB) tyres for weeks after a riding through a ford - is it a problem?

I changed my MTB tyres yesterday for today's ride (lots of road and gravel, not much tricky stuff, and very dry, so I wanted the faster ones). That bike with the other tyres had last been ridden ...
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Shimano CS-HG31 vs HG41 8-speed Cassette

I need to replace my cassette and found out that there are two types that I can get for an 8-speed. I usually replaced the Shimano CS-HG41 by itself. However there is also the Shimano CS-HG31 8-speed ...
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Can someone help me find what my frame model is?

A little backstory: so I bought the bike before 2 mounts and on the frame it says that its Orange 224 evolution but I browsed true the internet and it doesn't seem to be it the frames don't mach so I ...
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Shimano steps speed sensor testing

I am trying to determine if it is in fact the speed sensor on my shimano steps that is causing my E10 error code. Speed sensor is open circuit when magnet not near it and closed when magnet is near it....
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Hi I have Shimano t4000 rear derailleur with Alivio cassette and chain, 9 speed with a t4010 crank (48t outer). What front derailleur can I use?

I require the correct and best front mech for t4010 crank (48t) with t4000 rear derailleur, shifter and Alivio cassette (9 speed). I'm struggling to get the t4000 FD with 63-66 degrees (assuming that'...
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Rockshox Reverb Stealth (B1?): attaching the hydraulic hose

Rockshox Reverb collapsed on itself a few weeks back: turns out the retaining clip rotted and gave away. The Rockshox service "repaired" the dropper and sent it back. In the meantime I ...
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How To Maintain a Electric Bicycle?

I had purchase an electric bicycle - Meraki from Ninety one cycles. It's very convenient and easy to use, but I still don't know how to do maintenance of my electric bicycle at home.
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Replacement damper for an old (2008) Rockshox Reba fork?

The damper for the fork on my 2008 Trek Elite 9.7 probably needs replacing but I have no idea how to do this given the fork is so old. The fork is RockShox Reba SL. Where can I find a replacement ...
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Getting mountain bike wheel sets for men's Infinity Boss Tree

Few years ago, I got a men's Infinity Boss Three hybrid bicycle from Costco. It comes with 700c tires. I would like to replace them with mountain bike wheels, inner tubes and tires for more ...
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Converter for quick release skewer to thru axle

I was wondering if there are any strong and durable converters out there for a quick release skewer to convert to a thru axle. I ride a MTB and need something that won't break or fail for me. I don'...
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Can this combination work? SHIMANO RD M5120 with a M6000 drivetrain?

I definitely dislike the new proposals made by SHIMANO, but I have found that RD M5120 can be used in 10 or 11 speeds, it would only depend on changing the chain. Well, my doubt arises due to the fact ...
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Highest pressure you can go with racing type MTB tubeless tires?

I ride 29 inch MTBs with 2.25 front, 2.0 rear. I usually ride on paved road (randonneuring) and occasionally slightly unpaved road (under construction). In the past, I ran 30psi and currently I use ...
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New(ish) bike chain slack when backpedalling or cruising

I bought a bike from Target a week ago (Yes, I get it, cheap department store bikes are terrible). It's been working okay until I tried using it again today after a 3 day break. In that time period, ...
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Is there a user manual for the Specialized bike serial number WSBC618222729N

I was just trying to find a manual for my bike the brand is Specialized and all i could see was the serial number WSBC618222729N. Been searching online but no success, any suggestions? Cheers
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Is it possible to put a suspension fork instead of a rigid one on a gravel bike?

I've seen manufacturers a couple of times put suspension forks on gravel bikes instead of rigid carbon forks. Yes, this fork was not in the top price category from RochShox or Fox, but still, is it ...
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Returning MTB rider, looking for advice on purchasing a new MTB

I used to ride when I was younger (10 to 16) and have later dropped it as my interests shifted. I now cycle to work again, and altogether just became more active which ignited that interest to get ...
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From Deore MTB to GRX Gravel

I want to convert my MTB to gravel, and the main issue for me is the transmission. I plan to completely replace the transmission with 10x2, because it is pretty worn out. However, for me the main ...
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Replacement upper headset bearings for Cannondale Trail SL

I have a Cannondale Trail SL SS from 2014 or so, and I'm having trouble figuring out what to replace the upper headset bearings with (they are knackered). The fork is the one the bike came with, a ...
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What do I need to look for in a mountain bike such that I can customize and fix it myself?

I am looking for a mountain bike that I can customize if needed or just be able to fix if anything breaks. I am looking at Hiland, Schwinn, Redfire, Avasta, Contrex, and Royce Union bikes. Does anyone ...
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Asking help if this is indeed a Haro elevated chainstay mountain bike

Dad bought this as a new old stock from a bike shop here in the Philippines. It had Suntour derailleurs but generic shifters. The front derailleur spring broke whatever shifter it had. I doubt that it ...
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Will it be effective to use hot water and cold canned air to unjam a quill stem?

I have a bike frame that has been left outside for years, I tried to remove the stem by hitting the bolt with a hammer, using rust dissolver. I achieved nothing. We use a torch and water where I work ...
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My bike is making a grinding noise when I ride

So recently whenever I am riding my bike and I push down to a certain point, my bike makes a grinding noise and I can feel the main frame grinding as well, I can't seem to identify where it is coming ...
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How can I take part in downhill mountain biking on a budget

I have had an old specialized stumpjumper, and every 3-4 bike rides I go on something breaks or goes loose. In the past year and a half I have gone through: 2 rear derailleurs (the current one is on ...
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What is the highest-level Shimano MTB series where the crankset arms aren't hollow/bonded?

I'm starting to be wary of the frequency of Shimano bonded crank arm failures and I want to stick to the highest series that still uses the solid, non-hollow crank arms.
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Are there any bar-ends with a palm rest?

One of my friend's bikes had these old and beaten alloy bar-ends that have some sort of palm rest integrated outwards of the handlebars (wing-like), such that your pinky-side palm area could rest on ...
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Boot rack capacity with mountain bike

I recently purchased a Spectral 29 AL6 which, with pedals, will be around the 16kg mark (or just under). I currently drive a Holden Astra TS (here's what it looks like), which doesn't have a tow bar ...
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Why aren’t Cannondale head shocks used anymore?

Cannondale used to make these shocks for mountain bikes and they were pretty common when I rode as a kid. It seems like they have completely phased them out of production. What caused this? Is there ...
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What body positions (or goals) create more stability over obstacles in mountain biking, and how do I lower my center of gravity?

I have a background in road and gravel cycling. I ride a Giant Trance mountain bike at the moment, which I believe is considered a "trail" bike. It's clear to me from looking at the ...
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What's the difference between a Shimano RD-M6000 and an RD-M4120?

I ordered some family bikes recently, and all were supposed to come specced with RD-M6000 medium cage rear derailleurs. The first one out of the box has an RD-M4120, which is a cheaper model, as far ...
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What aspects contribute most to me being slow on this bike?

So this is my bike (don't laugh). I've had it for about 20 years, still rolls. Lately I've been seeing on Strava or Garmin Connect that I'm just too damn slow vs. everyone else and I don't think the ...
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How could hydraulic disc brakes make sense on MTBs and gravel bikes?

This How To Clean Hydraulic Brake Pistons video (Park Tool's Tech Tuesday #104) shows how dust particles can interfere with the proper functioning of hydraulic pistons. Disc brakes have been adopted ...
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Rear wheel jerks and wobbles while riding

I bought a Hero howler 27.5T MTB- single speed two years ago. At that time I was 120kg (265lbs) and I hadn't faced any issue while riding cycle. Then I stopped cycling for almost 2 years. I parked it ...
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Bicycle for fat man

I want to get a bicycle that can sustain more than 120KGs. I know most of the bikes can sustain a maximum of 120KGs, but how can I maximize that limit? What components should I change in order to make ...
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Tip of the shoe prevents unclipping with crank rotated to the rear

I recently got some Crankbrothers Mallet E pedals (standard cleats) and Shimano MW7 shoes for winter. Now I noticed that when I try to unclip with my rear foot the crank arm (Truvativ Stylo 6K, Boost) ...
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Chainstay Protector, Will it interfere with rear derailleur gear cable?

I have a chainstay protector wrapped all around the chainstay. Will this affect the rear-derailleur gear cable which on my bike is externally routed?
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How to find which quick release to buy

I own a Serious Rockville Hardtail MTB 27.5' bike from 2019. Recently the quick release from the rear wheel got stolen. As the axle is still in place, I was thinking to buy a quick release online and ...
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GT Bike model and year?

This bike is being offered to me, but i cant find the model and year pls help! I think it might be a GT Zaskar or a GT Avalanche mustang, but the GT winged logo makes me doubt. Thanks
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18 Speed Mountain Bike Single Speed Conversion

As of right now I currently have an Apollo 18 speed freewheel bike (3 Front and 6 Rear) I bought from Halfords but I have decided that I want to convert it into a single speed bike. This is because I ...
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Would a heavy fork cause problem when climbing?

I have a MTB which has a 1.600g frame and 2.600g suspension fork. Does being heavy at the front cause a disadvantage when climbing?
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Fastest possible drivetrain?

I am looking for the ideal gearing to achieve good speed on a gravel bike when commuting. 2x11? 1x12? 3x12? 10-52? 11-50? How many teeth on the chainring? I know I could go faster if I get a road bike ...
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Help with drivetrain decision [closed]

Currently upgrading my old steel mountain bike for commuting. I need some advice on what drive-train to go with. Current setup is 3x7. I will convert to either 1x9 or 1x10 with new rear wheel/hub. I ...
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1x7 mtb electric conversion?

I picked up a '93 Marin Bear Valley SE from a vintage store and spent time restoring it (surface rust, old components etc). I was pleased with how it turned out and enjoyed riding it, nice old steel ...
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Dropper Seat Post Compatibility - Kona Mahuna 2021

I have a medium Kona Mahuna 2021 (Seat tube length 420mm and seat post diameter 31.6mm) which I would like to fit a dropper post on. The bike is 'dropper ready' with internal routing. I've never had a ...
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Can I use an apex 1 crankset with a shimano mtb casette?

I'm building a mullet 1x11 gravel bike with ultegra shifters, slx rear derailleur and 11 speed 11-46t cassette and am now looking for a oneby crankset. The bike will be used in pretty flat terrain ...
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Are old bikes good bikes?

A friend is giving me a 2005 Trek 4300. I want to know if this is a strong/sturdy bike for rough trails. Can someone who has knowledge about bikes tell me if this good or not?
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How can I un-seize the front suspension on my bike?

I am getting a 2005 Trek 4300 from my friend for free. I would like to fix up this bike so I can get it on the trails. Right now it only has one tire and no chain. He's going to put this bike back ...
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Can anybody help me determine what this Cannondale is or is not?

26 frame. Red w/fade to purple paint. Labels; Cannondale F600 Headshok. Letters & #'s stamped bottom of frame as "FL" "11250" "00211" & "5F5W19" These ...
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Aluminum or steel for my first mountain bike?

For the past few months I've been planning to buy my first mountain bike. I'm struggling with buying an aluminum bike or a steel one. I recently read that aluminum bikes are as heavy as steel bikes: ...
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PROMAX DECIPHER hydraulic brake hose replacement

I have a set of PROMAX Decipher hydraulic brakes and need to replace the hose cable (basically adapt these brakes to another bike and the cables length is longer). I would like to know how to split ...
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Road tyres and tubes for a mountain bike

A few years ago, I was given a very cheap dual-suspension 18 speed disc-braked mountain bike. Neither the giver nor I were very knowlegeable about bikes. I use it primarily for riding on the road, ...
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