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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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What options do I have if my rear derailleur breaks when I'm out on a trail?

I ran into an unfortunate situation earlier this week. I was out on a mountain bike trail, alone - just me and my hardail. I'm pedaling, when I suddenly hear a CRUNCH and my bike stops. The hanger has ...
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How do I make shimano SPD cleat lock into pedal more securely?

I bought shimano SPD pedals and shoes for MTB. They’re great for uphill and straight gnarly sections. There is one problem - when I’m clipped in I have a ton of movement. I have tightened the spring ...
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Mechanical disc rotor for CUBE MTB - front wheel : Shimano 559x17-21c

Seeking advice with regards to the size of disc brakes for front wheel. Cube mountain bike. Front wheel: Shimano 559x17-21c. Disc brake: Shimano brake disc sm-rt 10 Centre Lock 160mm Could you ...
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Is Likessale a scam?

I'm looking at a bike for sale on Likessale. It seems way too good to be true, based on a Google search for prices for the same bike. Has anyone bought a bike here or can verify whether or not this is ...
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Fitting a 9-speed 11-50T cassette on MTB: which derailleur?

I'm trying to understand if its possible to fit a 9-speed 11-50T cassette (found one on Ali) on my MTB. The plan is to go 1×9. The problem is that I can't seem to understand the if a specific ...
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How does a chainstay length affect a mountain bike performance? (wrt: 26", 650B, 29r)

The trade offs for 26" through to 29" with respect to rolling resistance, contact patch, obstacle rollover, etc... have been well discussed. However, it occurs to me that as the rear wheel gets larger ...
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How to correctly mount double-lock grips?

I have a pair of PRO double lock-on grips (id est two lock rings per grip). In a recent crash, following an immensely helpful tip from a fellow rider, I clung to one end of the handlebars, turning the ...
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Pedaling not connecting right away

I ride a rather usual Merida hard-tail mountain bike. Recently I've come to notice that when I start pedaling (bike already in motion), it can take up to as much as quarter of a turn for the pedals to ...
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What brand / model of brake is this modified U-brake?

I have been searching for a while, and I cannot find any information on my rear u-brake. It has served me well for many years (10+), and has a surprising amount of force. It's stronger than any ...
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Entry level hardtails: Talon 2 GE vs Specialized Rockhopper 2018 [closed]

Bike season is coming and I am trying to pick a good entry-level hardtail pick a bike. The options are: Giant Talon 29er 2 GE - https://www.giant-bicycles.com/int/talon-29er-2-ge Specialized ...
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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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Suspension seatpost for mountain biking? [duplicate]

I've seen several seatposts on the market with suspension built into them such as the Thudbuster, Redshift, and Kinect and was wondering if anyone is using one for mountain biking? Is it worth the ...
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Which way does this ring go on the left crank of this Shimano deore hollow tech external bottom bracket crank?

On the inside of the left crank there is a small ring. The picture shows where the ring is meant to go. The ring is smooth / flat on one side. The picture shows the flat side which seems to have been ...
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Windshield on a bike

I'm doing a bunch of work on my bike today, and had an idea. My biggest speed killer especially downhill is air resistance. I have a mountain bike but I only ride on the road. I've been looking at my ...
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upsweep and backsweep for mtb handlebars

Characteristics of the following bars for MTB are: • 780mm wide • 30mm rise • 5˚ up-sweep • 7˚ back-sweep I know what effects do the width and rise have on the feel and riding. But what about ...
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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. Is ...
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I need the help identifying what type of bike I have a notes specialized but that's about it

Serial number M1Ei13897 Components: Marzocchi bomber 03 exr comp fork shox Guizzo carbon fiber oversized 31.8 handlebar SRAM x-5 gears specialized 1:1 ratio Azonic Outlaw wheels with tubeless ...
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I need help identifing my bike [duplicate]

I have a blue and silver mountain bike the decals say Mongoose rockadile the only serial number I can find is under the bike between the pedals the first one reads HAWMC33595 the one opposite that ...
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Convert MTB mechanical disk brakes to hydraulic

I want to convert my mechanical disk brakes to hydraulic. I don't know what size calipers to get. I plan on using the same rotors.
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What type of brakes are best for mountain bike racing?

Disc brakes are more expensive than v-brakes, but in a heavy rain they will break down. V-Brakes are becoming harder to find, but they're much easier to maintain and don't break down as easily. What ...
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Tubeless tire deflating through sidewall

On my mountain bike I have Continental X-King tires (tubeless ready) on tubeless ready rims. I rode them a couple of times with tubes and now I went for tubeless setup with Stan's NoTubes Sealant. ...
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Back wheel lock up, when got off wheel would move side to side [closed]

I have a 29 inch Iron-Horse/Sunday 24 speed. My back wheel locked up, when I got off the wheel would move side to side. I thought I lost bearings, took my freewheel apart and clean. Doesn't look like ...
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Will my bike hold my weight?

I'm pretty heavy (~150kg/330lbs) but being fond of cycling in the past, I decided to buy a bike, and maybe try to lose a few kilos with it. I didn't have too much time for looking around, so I bought ...
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Friction in newly installed bottom bracket

I could do with some help on a bike build... I've installed a BB86/92 Trivatuv pressfit GXP bottom onto my Production Privee Shan frame. I used a headset press and everything seemed to go smoothly. ...
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Issue shifting from largest cog to second largest

Got a Canyon Spectral 3 weeks ago, have done around 2 hours riding on it and have noticed an issue with shifting from the largest cog to second largest. The drivetrain is SRAM NX 1x12. There are two ...
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Front derailleur cable keeps snapping, change of riding habits perhaps?

My front derailleur cable has snapped within three months of changing. As a result I’m seeking advice on good biking practice. I ride a Specialized Hardrock Disc SE 26 from 2014. I ride on a college ...
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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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How to choose a bike

I'm a new cyclist and I'm looking for a new bike primarily for recreation and also for fitness. I would like a mountain bike mainly because I like the style and the fat tires! However, I won't really ...
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Mountain bike sizing for a short female

This is similar to this question on frame size, however that is addressing it from a road bike standpoint. My wife is 4' 9", and I am interested in getting her a mountain bike, as she has expressed ...
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What should be my first upgrade?

I've been planning to upgrade my Foxter Evans 3.0 (Low budget Bike) to lessen it's weight. What should I replace to lessen it? Also I'm a 5'11 person and my frame is a medium. Should I consider ...
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Has this rim strip expired?

I have 2 unused rim strips. Along the edges and on the surface there are brown marks (patches, streaks, blotches). 2 images (I cannot improve the resolution) Observations Both strips were stored ...
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Shifting issues

I just finished some repairs on my bike, (Mongoose 26" 21 speed). I noticed that for some reason when I try to shift using the shifter, it won't shift to the lower gears. I can't get past seven. I ...
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How durable are road or hybrid tyre tubes compared to mountain bike tyre tubes?

The context here is that I'm using a mountain bike to commute and I'm considering buying a hybrid bicycle or road bicycle. I'm experiencing various issues that require repairs and maintenance. ...
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Putting a DH fork on an enduro bike: consequences?

I am into downhill (DH) but I don't live 1) in a country with a lot of DH parks with lifting services etc 2) near such parks. Still I like riding rough stuff (in forests or in town) so that I would ...
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Upside-down Fork vs Traditional Fork

What are the advantages of upside-down (USD) forks vs traditional forks? I have read they are 'better', 'stronger', etc., mostly in the context of motorcycles. Some high end downhill bikes use them ...
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Can a 10-speed mountain bike chain be used on a 10-speed road bike?

I would like to use a Shimano Deore XT Chain CN-HG94 on my road bike. Are there any differences between roadbike chains versus mountain bike chains that prohibit this? Sample Road Bike Chains: Dura ...
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Extraterrestrial thing found in my suspension fork!

I have recently disassembled my suspension fork and found an extraterrestrial piece of rubber in the coil spring. After some highly accurate measuring it was safe to say that this rubber piece is ...
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Should I consider replacing bottom bracket?

I have a Cube Acid MTB from 2002. It has been used for 45000km, but only during summer on the road, and never in the rain, so absolutely no water on any parts. Since I will be replacing other parts ...
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My back wheel rubbing frame

My back wheel is rubbing on the frame and is having a great impact on the speed of my cycle.
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Why does pedalling backwards not move my bike backwards?

On the Mountain bike I have, pedalling backwards moves the chain but doesn't drive the wheels of the bike backwards like you would expect it to. Why is this?
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Strange noise coming from bottom bracket/crank

I've just bought a Trek 6300 and I'm getting a strange creaking coming from the crank/bottom bracket when I'm stand pedalling. It only happens when I'm stand pedalling, and only what appears to be on ...
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Something sounds loose but can't see what

I have a relatively new Boardman Pro 29er. It has around 500 miles on it. I'm having a sound issue at the minute where at certain speeds a very loud resonating vibration type sound starts. I'm ...
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2003 Giant Rainier MTB Leaking Shock Fluid?

I have a 2003 Giant Rainier as shown here: https://www.bicyclebluebook.com/searchlistingdetail.aspx?id=38863 that appears to be leaking a little bit of fluid from one of its front shocks. I think it ...
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Higher saddle height and pressure on palm

It is recommended to adjust saddle height using a formula. I made calculation and adjusted the saddle position to a higher point than my usual riding position. But now pressure on my palm increased ...
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Clicking sound on each rotation of the pedals only when riding

Let me prefix this by saying that I don't know much about bikes. Especially from the terminology perspective. When riding, I can hear a relatively quiet click when I push down on the pedals. It ...
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Will dual pivot caliper brakes work on cantilever fork?

I have 26” tokyobike(used to be 650c) with tektro r369 which are long reach dual pivot caliper brakes. I want to change the fork so I can put wider tyres. Will the 26” mtb cantilever fork work with ...
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179cm, 85.5 inseam and Cannondale Scalpel Team M

I am 179cm with an inseam of 85.5 so I fall into the L category just. I bought a Cannondale Scalpel team M and being very much close in between I listened to too many people and having ridden an M BMC ...
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Advice on tyres for a 109 mile charity cycle

A friend and i have decided we want to cycle between our favourite football team's stadium for charity. We are starting at Wolverhampton and finishing at Bristol with a total distance of 109 miles. ...
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Can you use SRAM 11-spd trigger shifters such as NX and GX with Shimano 11-spd derailleurs such as SLX and XT?

I have read some threads that say these work well together and solve the hard shifting issue with the Shimano shifters.
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Correct spring for 2018 RockShox XC30

I just got a new Cannondale Trail a few weeks ago (March 2018) and it came with RockShox XC30 100mm travel 29" wheel front fork. I'm heavier than the average rider so I need the XFirm spring for it. ...