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Questions tagged [xc]

Cross Country cycling, usually on a mountain bike, but also cyclocross bikes and light hybrids.

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Is this bike XC or Trail?

My bike is a Exitway R16 with Rockshox Recon suspension. I was wondering if is this bike for XC racing, light trail riding or both. The bike is not the fastest nor the slowest, I have a little hard ...
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Trouble deciding between XC and road helmet [closed]

I need to buy a new helmet as my current helmet is at least 7 years old now and its pretty broken. I wanted something safe, and I've been using Bell helmets for forever, so just sticking with the ...
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Is it possible to fit an internal dropper to 2x bike

I'm thinking about getting a XC bike and fitting a dropper. I've got my eyes on some of the cubes, ie https://www.cube.eu/uk/2017/hardtail/reaction/cube-reaction-gtc-2x-carbonnflashred-2017/ It's ...
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QR Rockshox Reba fork for Axle frame?

I just found a Reba for a bargain price and everything fits my frame except for the fact it uses quick release rather than axle; the rear dropouts are axle and with this fork the front will be QR, ...
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XC helmet for road biking, or road helmet for XC?

I'm not a very serious biker in either category, I need a new helmet and I'm thinking that I would rather spend $200 on one awesome helmet rather than $100 on two just-good helmets. I understand ...
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How to talk to authorities to convince them to bicycle initiatives?

Since at least 1998 in unkempt, secluded place in Warsaw, PL, there was an unofficial downhill track. Between the bushes some youngsters constructen on their own ramps etc. Between september/october ...
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Should I be continually weighting the handlebars?

When riding a non-technical flat or ascent, should the arms support some of the rider's weight? I have noticed that even in those situations, I can freely let go of the bars and continue pedaling ...
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XC upgrade plan

I've got a GT Avalanche 1.0 (it's 26" hardtail - so I think this question can be useful not only for me) and I like it. But now I can afford some upgrade. My goals are: Reduce friction loss - I don'...
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Did I buy the right mountain bike?

So I recently bought a 2014 Specialized hardrock 26" disc XC hardtail. I already taken it out on the trails. I've done research and found out that cross country bikes have less travel than all-...
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Bike type xc ht or cx? [closed]

I am a newbie on bikes and i want to buy one. I want to buy a bike that i can cover some small city road distances ~30km daily with comfort and to be able to go on some mountain trails when i got time ...
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Is a cannondale scalpel 3 full suspension capable of trail/ downhill? (100mm Suspension)

I have found myself to be more of a trail rider than an XC rider and would like to get into downhill. I have a cannondale scalpel 3 and I was wondering if I can make this bike work. Possibly buying ...
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Are Shimano saint pedals suitable for trail / xc use?

Thinking of buying the Whyte t129s, but not sure what flat pedals would be most suited for the xc / trail riding I'll be using it for. I looked at Nukeproof Neutrons and DMR V8s - prefer the look of ...
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Any benifits of upper level bibs for a fat long distance XC biker?

Skinny road bikers are all praising their Castelli/Assos bibs. Specially long distance riders. I'm 188cm/106kg and my normal ride is something like 100-120km, 2500m gain, 8-9hours in saddle almost ...
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Remote drop seatpost cable route

What are some options for a seatpost remote cables on frames without a pre designed route? I'm considering a dropper post but would only do this if I was able to mount a remote as I like the ...
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What to look out for in a second hand bike buy [duplicate]

I am looking into buying a second hand bicycle. What should one look out for (frame and component wise) when buying second hand, both for hardtail and full suspension xc/all mountain type bicycles?
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Giant anthem x4 26er for single track

I can get a giant anthem x4 26er for a decent price but was wondering if it would be suited for single tracks, trails and steepish rocky dirt track descends? Also, is the anthem a good climber?
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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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How to determine tyre pressure for trail descents?

I ride XC for recreation: trails, dirt roads, gravy roads, some rock beds. The bike has a hard-tail frame with, 80mm travel fork and 2.10 inch tires. I have noticed that pumping the tires a lot makes ...
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Buying slicks for a cross bike

The whole rim/tire size thing baffles me. I have a Specialized cross bike that has DT Swiss rims (622x 14). The tires are Tracer Sport (700 x 33). I would like to get a pair of slicks for longer road ...
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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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What is a better gearing combination for downhill?

One of the tracks I've been riding recently is testing both my skill level and my bike. The track is a combination steepness and roughness that makes it significantly different to what I've previously ...
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Fine tuning forks

I've been riding a new set of air forks on a hard tail for a couple of weeks and have decided they're a bit too hard without any preload (riding xc). They were pumped to roughly the setting for my ...
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XC (mountain bike) tire for dry hardpack and loose conditions

I am just looking for a a new set of tires for my front suspension mountain bike (has a newer nicer fork on it now). I mostly ride in the Gatineau Park in Eastern Ontario. The conditions are ...