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"a decent chunk of money on one bike" this is a very slippery slope. If this is your first bike, look for a used hardtail MTB for relatively low cost, and simply store any leftover money. You'll want to buy accessories over time like helmet, tools and lights and so on. Ideally the fork would have a working "lockout" lever, to disable ...


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A few considerations: You have two competing characteristics here: You want a bike that excels at the niche you enjoy the most. You also want the bike to be capable of handing the other niches to an extent you’re happy with. For example, if you enjoy road riding the most and therefore pick a road bike, you won’t be very capable off-road even though you ...


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There are no Shimano brifters that are 2x11 compatible, but Microshift manufactures some. I use a Microshift SB-110 (1x11) and a bar-end shifter for a drop-bar 3x11 setup with an XT rear derailleur (RD-M8000) and XTR front derailleur (FD-M9000) with no issues. Here is Microshift's product page for the SB-110: https://www.microshift.com/en/product/sb-m110/


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Maybe not relevant or too late for you but this may help someone else.... I had the same issue with chain slipping on smallest two cogs of the Eagle cassette when applying pressure . Tried mostly everything everyone has suggested on this forum to tune the gears.... And then I realised all it was is that I installed the sram powerlink on the chain the wrong ...


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The option I took in the end worked really rather well - I upgraded the front tyre from 2.1" to 2.25" (Nobby Nic) and kept the back at 2.1" with considerably more tread (Rapid Rob) for trail centre and winter use. Handling on mud and wet roots/rocks is much improved (at the expense of heavier going on road, but I can refit the WTB Nanos for ...


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Use a side swing derailleur such as this one: https://bike.shimano.com/en-EU/product/component/alivio-m3100/FD-M3100-M.html This eliminates the linkage behind the seat tube, giving you more clearance. It mounts via a normal band clamp. Versions are also available for E-type and direct mounts. Some of Shimano’s pics:


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Max length chain you can get: 500 foot from here http://www.bikeman.com/CH5052.html ... should be enough :D ! You may find shops reselling whatever length you want. A 11 speed chain should work okay on 9 speed chainrings. Keep up with frankenbiking, the fun is in the process and in the final result!


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Gravel bikes, with gravel tyres, will indeed be a bit slower, but it is still a perfectly usable bike for road riding as well. I do not really see a meaningful difference between a road bike with cheap tyres and a gravel bike with more expensive tyres. I do most of my road riding on a gravel bike because I have a place for only one bike where I work. Unless ...


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Any of them would be fine, subject to tyres, and the ranges of geometries for each name overlap anyway, when you consider multiple manufacturers. A further category some manufacturers use is "adventure road". The frame can take a lot, but rough stuff can get quite hard on the rider if the bike isn't appropriate. I take a (steel) tourer over all ...


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There's no such thing as a "normal" wheel. There are different rim widths for different purposes. These are probably older mountain-bike wheels. Regarding tire compatibility: a given rim width will be compatible with a range of tire widths. Different manufacturers may have slightly different recommended ranges, but this and this are good starting ...


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I have recumbents that use ~270 link chains. I could buy those lengths by the foot in bulk, but for me its cheaper to buy three normal chains of about 110 links, and join them with master links, and save the ~60 links left over for any running repairs. I also carry a spare piece of 4-6 links in my on-bike toolkit along with 2x master links. And yes I have ...


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As already noted in other answers, there is no compatible unit. The pull ratio is different. However, given the typical prices of brifters and derailleurs, I think it would be better to buy a new 11-speed derailleur that is compatible with your new brifters - such as the Shimano GRX. It will be better than some extra units for pull ratio conversion. The ...


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Unfortunately 11 speed MTB and 11 speed road have different pull ratios. You could use this adapter/converter: https://www.wolftoothcomponents.com/products/tanpan It should allow you to keep using your existing rear derailleur and cassette.


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The possible problem isn't the thickness of chainring and inner width of the chain, but the gap between rings and outer width of the chain. If you have 2 or 3 chainrings on 9-speed crank (pure guess, but who would get an 11-speed crank and then retrofit old chainrings if they even fit?), the gap between chainrings is wide enough that 11-speed chain can fall ...


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9 and 11 speed chains will have the same internal width and different external width (9 speed being thicker), so they will both fit snugly on 9 or 11 speed chainrings but shifting between chainrings may be problematic as spacing between two 9 speed chainrings will be optimised for a 9 speed chain. I recently mixed a 9 speed double chainring crankset into a ...


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If drop handle bars are not your priority, I would also recommend considering hybrids with front suspensions. Their advantages are the versatility and the price. They are jacks of all trades, master of none. They will be less good on roads than gravel/CX bikes and less capable offroaders than cross country MTBs, but better on road than cross country MTBs and ...


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From personal experience: The #1 thing you're going to 'destroy in like a month of riding trails' as a heavier rider is the rear wheel. As soon as one spoke gets a bit out of tolerance the whole thing starts to come apart and go wildly out of true very quickly. The frame might only last 7 years instead of 10, maybe crank arms and spindle will wear out in 3 ...


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This appears to be a 2003 Stumpjumper FSR XC disc. It has aftermarket parts like the Deore rear derailleur (stock was Shimano 9s XT), RockShox Reba fork (stock was 100mm Manitou Super Axle). The crankset---which looks gorgeous with the color scheme of this bike-- is not the stock Specialized Strong Arm II, I don't believe. Observations that made me decide ...


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One additional trick which the existing answers didn't mention: you might want to shift your weight constantly back-and-forth from front wheel to back wheel. Maybe synchronize it to rotating your cranks - do one front-back-front cycle per one turn of your pedals. A pseudo-physical explanation for this is: traction is better when there is more weight on the ...


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I'll note that health and medical advice is generally off-topic here, but the bicycle configuration could have a strong bearing on how your relative manages. Generally speaking an upright posture, on a "city bike", will place less stress on the hands and arms than a racier road bike or mountain bike. And some recumbent configurations, especially of ...


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Shimano and KMC 11 speed chains sold for road systems typically will come with 116 links of chain (in this case the 116 refers to each pair of inner plates as 1 link and each outer pair as 1 link, when technically, those are half links as one pair of outer plates and the adjacent pair of inner plates is one chain link). All KMC 11s chains come with the ...


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Assuming your shifters are SL-M5100 https://bike.shimano.com/en-SG/product/component/deore-m5100/SL-M5100-L.html https://bike.shimano.com/en-SG/product/component/deore-m5100/SL-M5100-R.html Then the product matrix at https://productinfo.shimano.com/#/com?cid=C-432&acid=C-435 says no. Sadly the "gravel bike" specific groupsets are based on ...


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Yes that is grease, in my opinion that is about the bear minimum amount intended to help prevent seizing between the two interfaces. I usually leave it if it is my own bike and just add a bit more additional grease, as most cycling greases will not have any interaction with each other. In a professional setting or working on someone else's bike I would ...


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https://www.jamisbikes.com/usa/register.html says: Your Jamis serial number is located under the bottom bracket of your Jamis Bicycle.


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Essentially I am asking if I need thinner chain rings for the thinner 11 speed chain. Also, what is the max length chain I can get in 11 speed. The largest danger using 9-speed chainrings in 11-speed setups is that the chain "skates" over the small ring teeth, when the rear derailleur is at the smallest sprocket and you downshift in the front from ...


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140kg is the absolute maximum, while 115 is the maximum you should budget for in case you want to add cargo as well. You couldn’t, for example, put 130kg of bike + rider (even though that’s less than 140kg!) and then 25kg of cargo on top, because that would be 155kg, which is over the 140kg hard limit. Do be aware than even though you’re not officially over ...


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sprocket spacing between 7 and 8 speed is almost identical therefore 8sp is one sprocket wider than 7sp. For this reason, you can't use a 7speed hub for 8speed sprockets unless you miss one off. you would then also need to ensure the gears are set up safely, so the chain can't be shifted into the spokes.


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We generally don't do shopping questions as they get outdated quickly, but I'll post some general guidelines for shopping. Just about any major brand sold by your local bike store will be of comparable quality within the same price range. Trek, Specialized, Cannondale, Scott, etc. Be careful of online brands as they can be fine but are much more willing to ...


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I've been able to restore some shifters spraying them with WD40, but it may not always work. Sometimes I've been able to do so without disassembling the shifter, just spraying WD40 from the shifter cable hole, some other times I had to disassembly the whole thing. Give it a try.


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I have the exact same problem (noise from rear wheel - plus the rear cassette does a little click when engaging which may or mayn't be normal). Bike Shop replaced bottom bracket bearings in error. The noise matches the cadence of my pedalling as oppose to wheel rotation. The idea to torque it with and without the cassette at bike shop makes sense. That might ...


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