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/xs/ is a dead board edition
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>>1698415
that a 10 speed nigga
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>>1698433
No, 12
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Rode mt tam yesterday, was fun
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This old warrior is still doing the business
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>>1698415
How much do I need to pay for a bike before it becomes a real bike? I would post mine but I know it would get me bullied.
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>>1698668
With things as they are?
Anything you have is good
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>>1698668
Don't let the haters get to you, fren

>>1698415
Looks very good!
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>>1698668
My first mountain bike was a borderline bso. I'd never shame someone for riding a cheap bike.
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>>1698668
Less than $500 it’s a Walmart bike I’d say
$600 USD would be my pick for “trying out a new hobby I probably won’t stick with”
$1000-1200 for “I like mtb and want the equipment to do it regularly”
$1500-2500 for “mtb is a big part of my life and I’m willing to drop big income to make it better”
$3000+ and you’re getting into marginal gains that beginners probably won’t notice
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Rate my MBT
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>>1698988
I know this is set up as a joke but it honestly just looks like those "trekking" bikes ridden by people who don't actually know what kind of bike they need.
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>>1698691
arbitrary unfounded nonsense. neck yourself.
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>>1698988
Is this your first day here?
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>>1698988
That's not your bike.
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>>1698988
Making all the hobos jealous with this steed
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>>1699002
This type of set up is actually good for "trekking".
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>>1698691
Nigga a 17 year old on a 200$ ratbike he scraped the parts together for could drop you. What are you talking about
>>1698668
Money is nothing it's how much you enjoy being on it.
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Whats the best part of mountain biking?
The hill climbs? The descent? Getting bitten by huge insects?
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>>1699129
The first two, plus trying to quickly find the most effective way through techy sections.
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>>1699129
For me it's getting away from all the cars.
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>>1699151
>>1699160
both of these
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Anyone else get an MTB for rural commute? Roads around here get dicey and go from pot holes to full on gravel jumps at times. Lot of downhills too.
Couple of nice trails to cut through towns as well.
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>>1699129
Having no humans around you in a 40 mile radius
Fuck it’s so good, you all suck
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>>1698667
What a poor fag.

>>1698415
Why dont you post this on /xs/ instead of a board full of mouth breathers?
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>>1699129
The only bugs stinging me are the fucking bees getting drafted right onto my belly, and I’m in a thin ventilated jersey
It’s like I have 6 nipples the next day
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>>1699128
Truth hurts mate, he didn’t ask if he could have fun on a $100 piece of crap, obviously you can, bicycles are awesome, but when we’re talking about enthusiast level mountain biking, the entry level is almost a grand for components and geometry that will actually change the terrain you’re capable of riding, especially for beginners it’s important to have something solid and reliable that won’t act inconsistently on the trails, or even break with regular use. The expectations and capabilities of mountain biking has changed in the last 20 years, you can’t just ride hybrid walmart bikes on blue+ level trails as a beginner and expect to progress smoothly
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>>1699296
And I’m talking about pricing for buying new mountain bikes with standard components, obviously used can get way cheaper but with new bikes, there’s just a big entry fee to get anything worth riding on real trails consistently, and progressing
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>>1699303
Also this for more road oriented riding and grocery getting
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>>1699306
Lol forgot to upload
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>>1699302
I’d agree with that and
>>1698691
this post looks about right to me in the US. Cheap bikes suck to ride. I’ve ridden $100 mtbs on flat pavement and had a terrible time, modern mtbs and more importantly their components are impressive, though you get what you pay for
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>>1699234
>commute
Would go for a gravel bike desu
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>>1699234
If you absolutely must have a mountain bike for riding to work on then at least have the sense to get a late 80's or early 90's masterpiece
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MTB noob here. I have a decent trek road bike. Looking for something for rougher rides. Can I get the tl;dr for which brands and models are actually good for the $1200 price range?
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>>1699838
go on, tell us how it's "barely been used", "all the bike you need" and how it cost "only £150"
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>>1699245
>no humans around you in a 40 mile radius
...except the other people riding on the purpose built manicured Trail™
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>>1699979
If you're in that price range most of them are going to be alright, especially if you're buying used.
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>>1699983
Everyone’s too scared of “severely unhealthy for all age groups” smoke lmao idiots lmao more for me
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>>1699981
>mad he spent too much on a new bike only to get mogged by a casual on a memetb
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>>1699838
Fucking based anon
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>>1699983
yeah dude shits flowy af
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>>1700012
I’m gonna be honest I don’t have many financial desires in life and I make a lot of money flipping burgers what else am I gonna spend my money on
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I wanna try semi slicks on my 29er, any recs?
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>>1699830
Wonder if you could convert an MTB frame into gravel or if it'd be cringe
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>>1700162
this isn't a conversion but same idea

looks cool, not sure how it actually rides though
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>>1699838
Oh my, that's a very pretty bike.
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>>1700162
think that’s called monstercross
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To be honest guys I fell for the meme and bought a low end MTB since I moved to an area with a lot of trails for a few months

I hate it. The biggest problem is most of the trails are loose rocks/gravel over dirt. Absolutely no grip. I have not hit a hill I don't have the legs for, I just am constantly spinning out. Downhill I lose control of the front end and have crashed multiple times. This loose gravel is hell to ride on. Even worse is the rock gardens. Do you guys enjoy the constant vibration going though your arms and shoulders? You can't pick up any momentum on the uphill. And your holding the breaks on the descents. The front suspension does absolutely nothing. The bike in general feels so sluggish in general.

Give me a road bike and smooth tarmac anyday. Or even a gravel bike(read road bike with wider tires) and hardpack anyday
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>>1700195
lmao git gud
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>>1700195
>The biggest problem is most of the trails are loose rocks/gravel over dirt. Absolutely no grip.
>inb4 he tells everyone he pumps his mtb tires to 60psi
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>>1700201
65 at the front and 60 at the back as recommended by MBUK, who probably know more about bikes than some anonymous pinhead on /n/
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>>1700204
>65 PSI
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>>1700195
I think the issue is probably the tires themselves as well as the pressure. Those tires look like relatively low-end XCish tires. Put on a set of Maxxis Rekons or Dissectors depending on your terrain. Also go tubeless. It allows you to run much lower pressures, giving you more grip and squish.

Also if you decide you like MTB look into Suntour's upgrade program so you can replace that pogo stick.
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>>1700201
Both are about 30-35 psi

No I am not going tubeless
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>>1700204
JESUS go fuckin tubeless and run them lower. I'm surprised you haven't shook your teeth out yet.
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>>1700199
Everyone I encountered was walking their bikes up the hills same as me
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>>1700210
>i had a bad time
>no i won't do anything to make it a better experience
alright dude
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>>1700164
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is being anti-kickstand really just for weight weenies?
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>>1700232
No, it's for people that don't want one more thing to smack on a rock or root.
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>>1700238
Makes sense. Only shit I've smacked on roots/rocks though is my huge balls
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>>1700232
The goal of the bike is to be underneath my feet and hands. If it is not in that position, it can lay in the fucking dirt for all I care
There are zero situations where I would need my bike to be propped upright while I am not riding it
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>>1700232
kickstands serve literally no purpose
in what situation do you even need the bike standing upright in the open? if you leave it anywhere, it’s going to be propped up against something anyway so it can be secured
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>>1700232
Don’t worry everyone’s just mad they have to prop their bike up with a stick and then photoshop it out
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>>1699129
Reaching place you cannot reach on your road bike. The quietness of nature.
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>>1700195
>get filtered by offroad riding
>blames the bike
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>>1700195
I'm also a roady who bought a hardtail for exploring. Technical climbs are quite fun actually. Descending gets quite fun when you get better at it.
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>>1700204
Show me where MBUK ever recommend that!! You don't want your tyres over 30psi for actual trail stuff, tubes or not.
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80% of the riders on the trail today were on ebikes. Bums me out, seems like humanity has just given up on exercise.
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>>1701197
Wait until you hear what percentage of people commute by vehicle
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What do you think lads?
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>>1700195
Your tires are probably not up to it. I have Minions on my bike and have no traction issues
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>>1700210
>no I am not going tubeless
That’s great if you’re a roadie and people judge your life based on your tire pressure, but when we’re talking about mountain biking, you’re just being a fucking retard here. There isn’t a “tube camp” of people in mtb, there’s no eccentric arguments, no hipster cred to be had, you’re just being fucking stupid by refusing to consider tubeless
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>>1698668
The mtb culture kind of goes "if it rides then it doesn't matter" but if you're thinking of getting a new bike 1.5-2k usd is where you start getting something quite good
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>>1698668
There's no price point for cycling to be valid. People that tell you you need an expensive bike are coping with their purchase.
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>>1701669
A wise man, woman, or enby on /lgbt/ once said something to the effect of "valid is not a word people tend to use when talking about something that actually is valid"

$2000 is not an expensive bike. It's a completely reasonable minimum to set if you take cycling remotely seriously

Of course, mountain biking isn't cycling. It's riding down the hill and then taking the ski lift back up again, or riding around on a paved MUP in baggy shorts and your big knobby tires because you're too insecure to shave your legs and wear lycra. That is beside the point, I mainly wanted to give some clarity on the "valid" thing

t. roadie, aka a person who does cycling
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>>1700195
you seem like a roadie who got humbled by some trail riding
Your bike honestly looks fine, I agree with the other anons that your tires seem to be the weakest link, but just lower tire pressure a bit and they're gonna be fine as well.

Maintaining grip on loose gravel and dirt is very difficult, who would have known. It requires technique and experience which you're gonna have to learn the same way as everyone else no matter how mach tarmac riding you have done.
If you're spinning the back tire during climbing maybe lower your chest and move your hip back to put more weight onto the rear tire. It's a balance between maintaining grip and wheelieing out.
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>>1701674
>Of course, mountain biking isn't cycling. It's riding down the hill and then taking the ski lift back up again, or riding around on a paved MUP in baggy shorts and your big knobby tires because you're too insecure to shave your legs and wear lycra.
This is just the types of riding featured most heavily in the mountain biking media, not what mountain biking actually is.
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>>1701226
looks pretty sweet, anon. never heard of the brand. at first I thought you were a europoor, europoor butut then saw the coors umbrellas.
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Today I drove an hour to the chairlift bike park but they were closed so you know what I did I took the trail that goes around the other side of the mountain and made my way up to the top of the chairlift for one single run down, the blue line is where the chairlift normally goes.
It’s not a ton of climbing, way shorter than I was expecting and I’ve done rides double that elevation before, but my first time climbing to the top of a bike park chairlift is cool as an achievement kind of thing
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>>1698668
I know a dude who has a near-$10k rig but does 95% of his trail riding on a 60-something year old singlespeed Schwinn Klunker with coaster brakes and decent tires, and he shreds. So whatever you have fun on is sweet
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>>1702776
I think that’s surpassed into bike autism where he just wants to feel to nuanced differences of a garbage bike, it’s like when I was excited to ride my little brothers 24” bike on real trails while he tried my 27.5”
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>>1702772
In fact it was so much shorter than expected it just wasn’t fuckin enough so I drove 3 miles more after that and went on a second ride, where I nearly cramped up and had to take the shorter route back, that was fuckin enough
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>>1702772
This trail up the mountain won some really high tier national award, I don’t see it, it was fun but just decent, fucking gorgeous scenery (I didn’t bring my phone on this ride), lots of variation, great trail but I don’t know if I’d put it on a leaderboard nationally
>>1702779
This ride I did bring my phone on, got one picture, it died on the way back
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do I really need a full suspension bike to be a cool mtb dude that can ride downhill single tracks?

they just so expensive
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>1702838
nah you can do it on a hardtail. but after one season of SHAKESHAKESHAKESHAKE you're gonna wish you had a full suspension.
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>>1702838
Nah
Hardtails are good enough

>>1702842
Lower your saddle
Use your legs
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>>1702846
>Lower your saddle
>Use your legs
yeah no shit. still much more comfortable with full suspension
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>>1702848
Fullsus is too sterile
It just eats the terrain
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>>1702849
fine go be a purist for all i care
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>>1702838
Nope
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>>1702846
He’s right you know, it’s a punishment
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>>1702849
A good rider will feel the terrain through the preloading of the suspension, you can still feel what’s under your tires, you can still feel when you’re on a single row of sideknobs as you’re about to slide sideways, still feel the tire compress as you g-out in hard corners, you just also feel that there is a few hundred pounds of spring trying to fling your wheel downwards too
Hardtail at DH park can work and be really fucking fun, but the first 1, 2, 3 runs down you’ll be wishing you brought the suspension, and then suddenly you’ll get used to it and it’ll be awesome until the last few runs where you cycle back to fucking hating your hardtail on such rough trails
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Going for my first downhill experience on the 26th at Horseshoe Valley Resort in Barrie:
https://youtu.be/IBjqKMDephE

I just started riding MTB seriously this year, so far my practice has been at Don Valley, I've only cleared about 30% of it but I've greatly increased my skill I feel. Climbing is actually quite fun.
https://youtu.be/ql0dvp5ORnI

I'm renting a full suspension bike, excited to see what it's like. I have a fairly capable hardtail at the moment.
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>>1702838
Cool mtb dudes fuck with hardtails it seems, every YouTuber seems to have one and respect it. I'd just recommend a 27.5/27.5+ fairly modern one. They're pretty damn capable. A dropper post is a good idea, if it comes with a dropper the rest is probably specced fairly well.
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>>1699303
Grey orange looks v good, love that kona
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>>1703223
Do a once over with the rental before you ride it, the only rental I’ve ever used came with loose spokes (like fully loose) which made the wheel come out of true while riding and rub
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regret getting a mtb before a gravel bike
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>>1703224
The newer wave of aggressive hardtails really are something, if there were reasons that I couldn’t own a full suspension, I’d definitely be happy with just my modern hardtail, it blew me away how well it did at the DH bike parks, and as a hardtail it does great on jumps, efficient pedaling, but it is still as heavy as a full suspension though
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>>1703263
Why? I’ve only ever ridden mountain bikes my whole life and I’ve gotten deep into biking, but I’m getting my first “gravel” bike (pic related) in the next month or so
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>>1703265
i intend to get both but its so ridiculously wet here that ive only been riding gravel trails and such
gravel bikers seem to have a much funner time of it with drops and slim tyres
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>>1698415
Retard newbie here
What is a good 29' MTB that doesn't cost too much? I would like to buy one and not having to change it ever, I use it for some offroads and city commuting
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>>1703280
You can get a rockhopper with 29" wheels for $700, I think you'd struggle to find much cheaper than that. If you're not wedded to 29" then you might be able to find something cheaper, probably used or maybe an ex demo model. If you want to get into serious offroading though you will end up upgrading either the whole bike or at least parts at some point, that is inevitable.
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>>1703286
>>1703280

Forgot to mention I live in Europe so they need to sell worldwide :'(
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>>1703287
Specialized bikes have a dealer network that spans pretty much the entire globe. Specialized and Trek are the most common brands of serious bikes.
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>>1701741
>replying to blatant bait
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>>1703288
Also Giant
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>>1700195
lmao I have the a2 and crush shit with it. Just git gud
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Mt Diablo chads?
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I rode to the beach and back today it was fun. riding through deep dry sand was really boggy and the front kept washing out
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>one year off of biking
>first day back hit the most mellow single track I know of, plan to only go for one hour ride
>muscles absolutely screaming at me at the 30 minute mark
Yeesh. This is going to take a couple months to get back in to shape I think.
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>>1704143
It takes like 3 big climbing rides to get to a usable fitness starting from couch potato
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>>1703280
Just mainstream bike shop brand, one or two steps up from cheapest model. Quality across the brands will all be similar at the same price point. No big box general sports stores, no walmart equivalent etc as these bikes are worth considerably LESS than the sticker price. Also check around for good condition used.
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>>1700204
unless you weigh 600 lbs, your tires should be at like 25-30 psi with tubes and half that without for actual trail biking
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Flexing mine. How hard can I push it on downhill? It's a trail bike but I tried downhill the other day and liked it. Should I buy a downhill bike or mine is fine for a beginner?
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>>1706084
It's an Orbea Occam H30 btw
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>>1706084
You can find youtubes of people riding world cup DH courses on hardtails, so of course it's possible. The downside if you're going to put more wear on your bike and you won't be as fast. And maybe some of the scarier stuff you won't be able to ride. If you love DH so much that you want to ride it exclusively, or you want to compete or you're rich enough to afford two bikes then go for it I guess. Otherwise just ride your current bike or I suppose get an enduro bike, in the late 90s a DH bike had 6-7" travel, you could easily find an enduro bike with that today. Or the poor option is to get a used dirt jump hardtail.
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>>1700164

That bike looks like the designers couldn’t agree on what would be the typical terrain to ride this thing on.
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>>1700195

If you want to keep that bike, why not install a larger front chain ring and swap for a better fork with damper lockout?
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>>1700195
> Try tyres with different treads (many guides on this)
> Adjust suspension for your weight and riding
> Get some skills

It's almost like mtb is totally different from road riding..
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>>1701674
>$2000 is not an expensive bike
zoomer pls
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>>1705889
...and if you are a healthy weight, unironically halve those numbers again.
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>>1698415
Hi, /mtb/.
I just moved out of my parents' house in may. Sick of their shit, having dealt with them breathing down my neck for way too long. They kept me from taking my mountain bike with me, as well as a nice computer, solely because they had the receipts for both. Now I'm looking to purchase a new mountain bike.

I'm working a tech support job, which allows me to work from home, taking calls from customers that don't know what they're doing. It pays well, and I can make about $200 in savings every pay cycle, which happens every 2 weeks. That savings number isn't consistent, depending on what needs to be done at that time, but that's the gist of it.

I'm looking for a reliable mountain bike with full suspension that still lies within my price range. I don't really trust internet reviews or articles for bikes, as I'm sure we all know every newsletter writer is paid by someone, who I'm sure is shilling out to someone even higher up the economic food chain.

I just want a couple options that won't force me to wait 6 months to have what I want.

I didn't get to do a whole lot of mountain biking when I was younger, at least not as much as I would've liked to. So in this sense, I don't want to break something that's overly expensive, or buy something that I can't use to its full potential.

Any suggestions?
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>>1708091
First, what kind of mountain biking do you want to do?
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>>1698668
Just buy a walmart bike and ride it around, it's a real bike if it has two wheels and gets you where you want.
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>>1708108
I'm interested in doing trails, but when I get to traveling, I'll be heading out and doing lots of downhill. Something that could definitely survive a downhill trail, but certainly nothing competitive.

Think the trails in Copper Harbor Michigan. Hell of a spot. I used my old front-suspension over there, and I felt a little out of my under-equipped, despite still having fun. Rode every trail they had, except for the dpuble-black-diamond trails. Fuck that.
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>>1698415
Is there a way of making and mtb light enough for commuting (long uphills)?
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>>1708111

If you intend to also cycle uphill, get a xc or trail geometry bike with lockouts on front and rear dampers.
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>>1708111
if you are interested in tougher sections avoid Enduro mountain bike geometry
frames with head tube angle of 67.5 degrees I found have too much positive caster
good for flowing trails but a little too easy to wash out the front wheel

iirc a trail bike has its head tube angle closer to 65 degrees
slightly shorter wheel base and more responsive steering with better grip
maybe someone better than be at MTB would not need the extra grip idk
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>>1698668
I ride this 10 year old 26" Stumpjumper I got for 800bucks. Ofc this used to be an almost 3k bike when new but its outdated yet its capable.
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>>1708207
A few more questions.
I found this bike on Amazon.
Pic related.

Is it worth it to buy bikes online?
Are these types of wheels trustworthy? If not, this bike has the option for the original wheel type.
Is this make or model trustworthy, or is this particular brand super stinky?
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>>1708317
I have seen a few people on youtube review some bikes like this the bike gets shaken apart fairly quickly around the pivots and suspension
this type of cheep suspension is a bit bouncy on rebound, as the dampers are not so good
of note is how the pivot points for the rear swing arm are mounted
on some bikes there are white nylon bushings that oppose any twisting or misalignment of the seat stays, they dont do such a good job
those wheels are like some of the gimmicky Taiwanese wheels, ive never seen one in person

I would not try much on that bike
it needs some skill to manage how badly the bike wobbles about and bounces off stuff
hyper explorer 29 hard tail looks a bit more stable desu
there are also people who swap out the suspension parts, but that requires a bit of knowing the right parts
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tu2X0itu8m0
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>>1708317
>>1708351

These shit bikes reek of low quality parts, quality control and careless assembly. If you have a small budget, buy a used bike from a reputable company and upgrade components later if needed.
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>>1699056

Or for people with really short arms
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>>1708391
yea they are shit, but staring out on such a bike is a good way to purge the weak as no sane person would persist
I started out on a fully rigid MTB so moving onto a bike with only 60 mm of suspension travel was an upgrade lmao
100 mm of travel is where things start to get good, can push harder and not be punished so hard for small errors
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I have a nice XC bike with a remote for the fork/rear suspension. Its not a lockout but its firm (very firm.)
Is it bad to ride on the street with it in firm mode all the time? I mean I ride trails in full travel mode, but I also want to do endurance training on the road with the same bike.
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I randomly got saddle sores for the first time today. Never in 12 years of mountain biking has this happened to me. Been riding the same bike/saddle/shorts (this pair was 3 months old) for the last 3 years. Only a 20ish mile ride too. What the fuck
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are fatbikes a meme? i need to commute 5miles to work, and we get some snow where i live. my dad has a mountain bike, but its in pretty rough shape. could i bring it to a bike shop and tell them to kit it for winter and fix the chains/ gears or would it be better to just get a new bike? ill upload a pic tomorrow.
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>>1708457
Post pic first, ask questions second.
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>>1708424
think harder, you definitely did something different
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>>1708457
What do you even think the word "meme" means? Fatbikes are slow and comfy on bumpy icy rutted paths. I use one for my 5km winter commute. Studded fatbike tyres are very expensive.
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>>1708409

Yea as you wrote, no sane person would ride these into rough terrain. These are a security risk on so many levels… plastic tri-spoke wheels, the frame even has a hinge serving a defined breaking point. „Collapsable“ in the literal meaning of the word … jeez
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Bought a $700 mtb earlier this year and have put a few hundred km on it since. Having a good time, but hills kill me every time, which sucks because I'm rural and the landscape isn't very flat. I can feel my legs improving slowly, but is there any shame in just walking? At this point I'm struggling to understand how people manage to just pedal their way up hundreds of meters gain in a couple kilometers with no flat or downhill to rest.
Part of the problem too is I ride it everywhere, and quite a few of the roads I'd like to travel on are the tightly-winding-up-a-mountain kind, where getting off and walking it up is a good way to turn into paste on the edge of the road.
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>>1708805
have you got your saddle set for proper leg extension? That will make climbing much easier.
more serious people in your position would probably run a dropper post because riding technical stuff downhill with a high saddle is sketchy, but you can just use your quick release, and put some marks on your seatpost to make it easy to remember

and make sure the post is lubed up so it goes up and down easily.

Also losing a few kg weight will make it a lot easier, which most people can stand to do. Also just keep at it bud. Suffer and eventually you'll fly up hills.
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>>1708807
For the record, I don't give a shit about technical tracks or racing down tracks or anything, I just ride fire trails/4wd/mountain biker (the combustion-engine kind) tracks to get outdoors.
>Also losing a few kg weight will make it a lot easier, which most people can stand to do
Might be the opposite problem for me, I'm very light. On particularly steep hills I'd be pulling myself down with my arms because I didn't have the bodyweight to accelerate uphill just with bodyweight.
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>>1708808
is your saddle height set correctly?
your knee should be almost straight at the bottom of the pedal stroke, see pic rel or just look up how to do it.

>Might be the opposite problem for me, I'm very light. On particularly steep hills I'd be pulling myself down with my arms because I didn't have the bodyweight to accelerate uphill just with bodyweight.
hmm um what lmao

i'd also suggest you try lowering your stem. Maybe go down a couple spacers, or flip it. That much bar rise is going to make it harder to climb. Make sure you understand how the headset system works before you do it. It's quite simple.
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>>1708818
Pic seems about right, almost full extension of the leg.
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>>1708808
If the gearing you have is not enough for you youcould try getting a cassette with bigger sprocket. Otherwise just git gud I guess.

I have one steep hill on my local trail that I can't make it up riding. I just have to walk up that one.
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>>1708457
>>1708466
here it is
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>>1709087
Nothing a bit of WD-40 can't fix
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>>1709087
I'd get some pinned flats and a new chain. That's more than adequate to commute with.
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>>1700232
>>1699234
I have the same bike as you and I also use it for a commute, but I don't see the point of kickstands.
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>>1703288
>>1703491
To complete the triad you can get a Trek in that price range too like >>1700232
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>>1700232
No it's for people who know how to leave their bike standing up without a literal crutch
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Thought while watching Seth: The Diamond looks like a nice fame and Seth is always killing it with that frame. It seems playful as hell but Carbon is notorious for being STIFF as hell, when looked into downhill longboards some pros like wood still due to less stiffness, so that makes me wonder. Does it really make sense to get a carbon hardtail? I'd imagine aluminum and sometimes steel can be a lot less stiff feeling than carbon and really make a hardtail feel right where carbon could easily make the hardtail experience really off-putting.
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>>1708808
You 3x should give you more than enough gearing. Your seat seems low for up hill. If it's a short sprint you need you gain momentum before hand and be in a bit higher hearing the really throw your weight up.
If it's a long climb you need to retain energy and keep a low gearing, keep consistent speed. Weight valence will matter a lot and you'll wanted to be forward. Too much torque will cause your back wheel to spin and wash you out.
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>>1709087
Indy S forks? I know they are shit, but I have a soft spot for those forks.
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>>1709104
Different ukfag here. What's the catch for something like this?
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/114931259376?hash=item1ac26fd7f0:g:b6gAAOSwgb5hE77b
It looks too good to be true.
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I'm done with Maxxis tires bros. 3 punctures in a week for a 150lb rider. Not running super low pressure either. What should I get to replace a 2.4 Rekon?
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>>1711001
u sure there's no glass or some thing stuck in the carcass and ur getting the same puncture repeatedly?
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>>1711003
2 in the tread 1 in sidewall. I cleaned out the tire and replaced the sealant before installing some plugs. As far as I could tell there was no debris.
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>>1711008
damn brutal. can't imagine its the fault of the tyre manufacturer though surely
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>>1711001

Don’t know how available Conti tires are where you are located at, but those versions labelled with „Protection“ are bullet proof.
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might be the right place to ask.

Is it worth to switch to knobby 700x32 tires?

I think I might just ruin my road confort and really not get much more traction than what I have already in country trails with my normal road tires.
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>>1711104
are you slipping out often on your current tires? there's no point in getting more grip when you don't need it
also consider that knobby tires are wider than they're advertised, because of the knobs, so you may not have enough clearance
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>>1711105
not really, on the dry I get a decent traction.
So yeah that answer my question thanks.
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>>1698667
I love that bike anon, I believe I have those same tires on my 1997(?) GT Talera :]
>>1699234
I live in a tiny appalachian town surrounded by big hills and valleys and I use my MTBs for riding to random places since I'm a NEET and I have gone up and down some extreme hills (mostly gravel backroads) with them. Also I ride on state highways with them. Pretty fun desu. I want to take out my 80s jap roadie for a journey but I'm paranoid the roads around here will BTFO it.
>>1699307
cute bike
>>1699838
very cool and good looking bikey :3
>>1709087
i love this bike :3
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>>1698691
Serious hardtails 1-1.5K USA dollars. Serious dual suspension start at 2-2.5K. if you are serious about the sport you start there. Anything more money isn't really necessary imho. I'm talking about riding serious trails lift service, aggressive rocky singletrack, jumps, etc. Not casual ride on a smooth fire road / dirt road.


No you can't mountain bike on a Walmart bike safely... You're ER bill when the bike fails will cost you allot more money or your life. Used scraped together bikes can work but a beginner isn't going to have the tools and knowledge to build a decent rig. I've seen folks snap frames, handlebars, cranks, and chains which resulted in significant injuries. Learned my lesson snapping a handlebar while landing a jump and smashing my head into the stem of the bike. Cheap parts end up breaking and then you end up breaking!

Lower end 500-600 new bikes will need constant tuning and replacement parts. Use that money on a decent used bike. The frames can't easily accept upgraded parts all the time so you are stuck with beginner parts that break (the bike industry has way more standards compared to even a few years ago which leads to compatibility issues between components....i.e this wheel set dosen't fit in the frame, this fork is tapered vs straight etc). Bikes in this price range become obsolete quickly (wheelsets are weak, forks are pretty bad, gears/shifters are always out of tune/weak). If you plan on riding aggressive rocky single track and/or both wheels are leaving the ground at the same time buy a decent used bike for this money (of you can find one). Also skip this bike price range if you are a heavy rider.
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>>1711339
>I too believe in miracle products like pic related. Can't be too safe, and we all know $$$ = safety!
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>>1711339
You can get something more or less acceptable for under $1000, mechanical discs, 2.3”+ tires, maybe suntour XCR or whatever their cheap air fork is, with modernish geometry that can be found under $1000, and be able to ride enough trails (especially as a noob) to get a real idea of what mtb is
$1100 is the minimum I’d spend on a hardtail personally (my hardtail is $3200, suspension is $2800) but $600 is a lot more realistic to a lot more people, especially beginners or young people
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>>1711449
Basically I’m saying if it’s between a $400 “best thing they had at Walmart” bike or a $600 base spec rockhopper, just save up the extra cash, there’s plenty of $600-1000 bikes that won’t fall apart on trails
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>>1700123
Schwalbe Marathon Plus

The only goathead proof tire

Not terrible on road. Surprisingly good off-road.
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Bike shop had some Michelin Wild Enduros for $50 each. Much better than $85 for a single Maxxis. Hope they don't suck.
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>>1711455
they're awful dude
truely awful
heavy and not-supple
the only plus is the rolling resistance is good
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>>1700735
55psi was pretty standard for racing in the beginning. Less, and you'd pinch-flat.
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>>1702838
You really can climb faster on FS. Fully rigid bikes out-handle everything else on downhill singletrack.
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>>1703280
Esker Japhy
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>>1709629
26-inch wheels are out of fashion

Used bikes on eBay are a total crapshoot, though. Best thing is test ride 50 bikes at bike shops. One will call your name.
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>>1711457
If 3K miles on the back without a flat is awful, then sure. Reliability sucks, too. Let's fetishize our bikes with sexy supple latex. What's your favorite semi-slick? Conti Town& Country are great if you don't live around goatheads
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Dual suspension MTB are just so expensive :(

Are Trek Marlin's decent hradtail?
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>>1711104
I switched from 23s to 32s on my fixed gear because I was tired of getting flats and breaking my ass. Now I have the ability to comfortably bomb down gravel roads.
Depends what you're looking for I guess.
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This is the most expensive bicycle sold by K Mart in Australia. It's A$190 so less than £100. Honestly? This is the best value bike in the world.
https://www.kmart.com.au/product/27.5in-rival-dual-suspension-mountain-bike/3468801
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I bought this from a tweaker for 500 eurobucks. I think it's good, but chain is starting to become loose so I need to fix that. It has 2x7 gears but i think I will remove the smaller gearwheels since i never use the easier gears. I mostly use it for commuting to the gym for now but my city just opened a trail so I'm trying that out before winter and next year they will expand with more trails on the same mountain, so i think it will be a good form of cardio.
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>>1712070
also any one know what this model is called? can't find anything on the bike itself
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>>1712070
KYS
that's a shit deal for a stolen bike too
jesus christ
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>>1712074
it's not stolen, i have the receipt. i do have some remorse though as it was obvious that he had relapsed and sold it quick for drug money. what's with the hostility?
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>>1712070
Take a pic of the drive train side
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>>1712070
Let us see the other side as >>1712086 said.
Also are those brake mechanical or hydraulics (there is a small metal line in the tubes or not)
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>>1712123
Hydraluics, i think. It says "Shimano Mineral Oil" on them.
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New pedals on my '99 WildHare. I've got the full build list from when it was new if anyone's interested. It was nearly 4,000
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>>1712192
Fuggin hell forgot pick related
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>>1712070
>buys a stumpy for 500 from a tweaker
yeah def stolen
>2x7
obviously you can't count because it's a 2x10. Make sure the derailleur hanger is snug. If thats loose it can cause you chain to be loose and that's the culprit most of the time in my experience
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>>1712199
Saw my GX eagle derailleur was like 60% unscrewed from my bike today, I tightened it, adjusted the barrel adjuster, and suddenly the crunchy, unreliable, bad shifting in the 50t gear I’ve been getting for the past two months just magically went away
Also I broke a tooth on my cassette at some point
I should really check over my bike more often
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I will reach the top of the mountain today anons! I am putting on my sun screen now!
https://www.trailforks.com/region/douglas-mountain-bike-park/?z=14.2&lat=-19.33172&lon=146.73969
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>>1712192
>>1712193
Wow anon that bike takes me way back. Happy to see it's still serving you well. What kind of trails do you use it on?





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