trailmax
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Is there difference in quality for disc brake rotors?
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One of the most advanced designs is the "floating rotor", made of two different materials connected together. They look like this: These are exceptional brake rotors. They are very rigid and won't ...

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How to shoulder a bike?
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I ride a lot of trails where it is almost impossible to ride up and sometimes not even practical to push the bike up, and it is easier to carry. I've got a full suspension mountain bike with no space ...

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Is there such thing as a freewheel that doesn't click?
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As already said, Shimano used to manufacture Silient Clutch rear hub. But that has been stopped a few years ago, so if you manage to source one - you are lucky man. I used to have one of them and it ...

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(V-)Brake pad lifespan
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It all very much depend on your conditions. If you have a lot of dirt and grime on the road, expect pads to wear out quicker. I'd say adjust pads position after 600km is normal, nothing to worry ...

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How to avoid turning the spokes while tuning the wheel
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When I build/maintain wheels, I specifically make an extra quarter-turn to the nipple and then quarter-turn backward to release the rotational tension. This was recommended by Sheldon Brown Lubing ...

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Protecting quick-release seats and wheels from theft
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Unless you really care how the bike looks and about extra 50 grams on the bike... Find a piece of old chain. Wash and clean it. Find a piece of old tube, best would be road bike tube. Measure the ...

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Helmets with dedicated mounting system for lights, cameras etc.?
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Pretty much all bike-related lights for helmets are mounted with velcro straps. My mate was riding in full-face helmet with lights on helmet. He had vents on top of the helmet and mounted the lights ...

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What are the most common causes for hysteresis in the rear derailler?
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Here is the list of things I usually check for when troubleshooting jumping gears: Is the chain always goes up/down? In this case usually the adjustment is off. Try adjust the cable. Is the mech ...

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Brakepads are burning tyres out
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Get your toolbox, get the 5mm Allen key and align the pads yourself. Make sure they are parallel to the rim and don't touch your tyre when in braking position. 5 minute job. Saves you tyres and pads....

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Can you put disc brakes on road forks originally intended for calipers?
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To install disk brake, you need brake mount tabs on your fork/frame. Like this: Original Image And hub with mounts for brake rotor: I've seen a few attempts to create an adaptor for fork/frame to ...

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How to prevent my disc brakes from locking/sticking due to debris?
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I think that cleaning with water is the problem. You wash them overnight, leave the bike outside. Water freezes inside of the breaks. You splash hot water again in the morning and get more water on ...

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Life expectancy of a cycle tube and tire?
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Tyre lifespan very much depends on a tyre, use and rubber quality. Some high end tyres for MTB racing have very soft compound and they do not last long. A season of riding, if lucky. On the other side ...

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How much runout is acceptable in a disc brake rotor?
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0.05mm is nothing. Stop worrying about it. As long as rotor does not make noise or drags extensively on the pads, you'll be fine. Rotors change shape every time you ride: you apply breaks a little ...

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Shimano Front derailleur
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You might have a hard time finding the exact same part that was originally on the bike. However, front derailleur is a pretty standard piece of kit and you can replace it with compatible. Things you ...

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Am I going to get injured mountain biking if I don't have rear suspension?
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Back in my student days, I could not afford full-suspension bike, so I rode hardtail with fat tyres and clipless pedals (to keep feet in position). The ride was rough, but I was not much slower than ...

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What are the differences (and their practical implications) between a 29" mountain bike and a cyclocross bicycle?
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I would say 29" in mountain bikes is a buzz word indeed. If this is your first mountain bike, do not make it 29". The selection of bikes, wheels, tires are quite limited comparing to 26". Decision ...

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Help with cassette, worn or not?
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By looking on the shape of the tooth on the biggest cog, it looks worn out and a time for a replacement. Grinding feeling on a clean chain is always a sign of wear. Also worn-out cassette will will ...

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Why no threaded headset cups?
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The cranks are always spun in the same direction and the threads are located so the cups don't get loose. The headset does not have a direction where the spinning is happening and it is not possible ...

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When Should I replace the rotors on disk brakes?
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In my 14 years cycling career only once I had to replace rotor due to wear. And that rotor was 6 years old and used for heavy downhill riding in all conditions. I've gone through a lot of pads on that ...

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Can I replace a 3-gear crankset with a 2-gear one cheaply and efficiently?
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On MTB you don't get such thing as 2-chainring cranksets. Cranksets come in parts: cranks, bottom bracket and chainrings. If you are buying crankset separately, chainrings are not included. This is ...

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Are single-speed bikes better equipped to handle cog/chain wear?
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I used to have single-speed commute bike. Then switched to 9-speed setup for commuting. I find no significant difference in lifespan of chains and chainrings. The obvious advantage of single-speeder ...

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Saddle height vs absorbing drop impacts
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The pros you see on the videos set their saddle depending on the DH course. If the course has a lot of possibilities for pedalling and not many drops - set it high, so on flat sections they can rest ...

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How do I know if there is water in my fork
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The only way to know for sure what happens with your fork is to take it apart and have a look. Any other suggested procedure will be a guess. So if that noise bothers you, get your tools out and open ...

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What is the risk of bottoming out a fork?
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Bottoming out of a fork CAN cause a failure of a fork. I'm speaking from my experience where I ruined 2 DH forks in a space of a week. Both by bottoming out on harsh landings. However, this might be a ...

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Building a beginner trial bike
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Perhaps you'll have more luck with answers on specialised trials forums, like http://www.trials-forum.co.uk/. However, I'll try to address your questions briefly. Risk to damage the fork/frame? Yes, ...

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Repairing a Crimped Titanium Frame
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If you are not worried about cosmetics, these dents won't affect the frame at all. I had a massive dent on top tube of my Ti trials bike from bad crash. And rode the bike for years after that. And ...

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Does riding with suspension locked do any harm long term
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On Trek 4300 you have RST Gila fork which is cheap and simple. You can't really lock it completely, just pre-load the spring to maximum. I'd say you should not worry about it - the internals are very ...

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What maintenance is required for a thru axle?
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Not much maintenance required. Just apply grease very lightly on the axile before inserting, make sure it is a thin layer evenly spread on the whole length. This helps for insertion and prevents ...

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Stud Tyres - fixing the spikes on new tyres
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I just bought these tires for Scottish winter, will chuck them on pretty soon. I think the idea for this 40km is to break the studs-in, to settle them into the tyre. So I would run them on medium ...

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walkable clipless pedal shoe to replace normal shoe?
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For the last 5 years I've been too lazy to change spd shoes to normal shoes. So I picked my SPD shoes to be a bit more comfortable for walking. Usual scenario for me - commute to destination. Walk ...

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