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A capable technical trailbike?

Feb 10, 2013Comments off293 Views

Trek Slash 8 Giant Reign X0 Q: Looking to get my first full-suspension bike (probably way overthinking this) and was looking at these two bikes:


Triathlete Convert?

Feb 02, 2013Comments off205 Views

Q: I’m a 6-foot-2, 210-pound triathlete looking for a new hardtail to use in midweek cross-country races and lots of training in the Central Sierra.


High Centered?

Jan 27, 2013Comments off250 Views

Q: Sixty years young and built like a linebacker for the Chicago Bears; I’m 5 feet 6 inches tall and weigh 240 pounds. I am


Tentative 27-Inch Early Adopter?

Jan 24, 2013Comments off225 Views

Q: Suppose I buy a new 27-inch-wheeled bike and hate it. I really like the idea of the mid-sized wheels, but you never know. The


How do I control my stoppers?

Dec 31, 2012Comments off212 Views

Q: It is subconsciously caused by the memories of an endo as a kid after grabbing too much front brake, but I instinctively reach for


Can I get a more elderly granny gear?

Dec 24, 2012Comments off262 Views

Shimano XTR Race Dyna-Sys Crankset Q: Have a Pivot Mach 5.7 Carbon with Shimano XT Dynasys 38/26 chainrings. Is it possible for me to exchange


Which of these aggressive trail bikes shoul...

Dec 23, 2012Comments off276 Views

2013 Trek Remedy 9.9 2013 Specialized S-Works Enduro Carbon Q: Been riding a Santa Cruz Heckler for five years now, and it’s ready to retire.


Should I lose a few pounds? Or just buy lig...

Dec 16, 2012Comments off277 Views

Of course, a light bike and a light body is your best bet for picking up speed on the trail. Q:Would I be better off

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How can I avoid smacking my pedals on rocks...

Dec 01, 2012Comments off303 Views

Q: Find that the bottom of my pedals keep scraping rocks as I try to pedal over them, especially on ascents. I try to just


Do I need to coordinate my front and rear t...

Nov 24, 2012Comments off308 Views

Q: Are there any advantages to running matched tires front and rear, or should I always run front- and rear-specific tires? —Mike, who wants the