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Endurance racing and leaky tires?

A Racer at Heart Q: Just got back on a bike since I raced BMX back in the '90s. Earlier this year, I was invited to be part of a three-man team in a six-hour race. It hooked me. What type of racing should I do? I…
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Ask Mountain Bike Action: Clip in Correctly

Q: Just got a pair of Shimano M530 pedals and Shimano M162 shoes. I like the clip-in idea, but after riding like half an hour, my knees start to hurt. This doesn't happen when I ride with platforms. I have the cleats all the way back…
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Ask Mountain Bike Action: Rigid is Rigid

Q: Have a rigid Niner MCR 9 with largish (2.4) tires and low air pressure. When I ride for more than three hours, it beats me up. Could you recommend a suspension fork and comment on whether a rigid carbon fork would make much of a…
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Ask MBA: The Pros of ProPedal

Q: Proud owner of a Pivot Firebird. I have used the ProPedal maybe three times and find no advantage to it. Is it necessary? Greg, who's wondering what is so "pro" about ProPedal A: The dw-Link suspension that the Firebird uses has…
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A mountain bike for a motocrosser?

Q: Don't know what kind of bike to buy. I raced motocross for 23 years and want to try cross-country racing. I want something that feels good jumping, and I want full suspension like a downhill bike. But, I live in Michigan where…
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Easy Brake Boost?

Q: Been working on my braking skill and feel that my front brake is not powerful enough. I have a 7-inch rotor and metallic pads, but it still doesn't feel like enough. I'm using Avid Juicy 5 brakes on a Trek Fuel EX 8. Does it make…
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A capable technical trailbike?

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: the Trek Slash 8 and the Giant Reign X0. They have almost identical components and are…
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Triathlete Convert?

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. Considering either the KHS SixFifty 606 or the new Airborne Goblin. Or, would I be…
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High Centered?

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 having trouble fitting myself with a decent mountain bike; I can't seem to find a bike with a low enough…
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Tentative 27-Inch Early Adopter?

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 new wheels might clash with the color scheme of my shorts. If I just slap on an old set of 26-inch…
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How do I control my stoppers?

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 my rear brake when the trail gets sketchy. Now I'm trying to rid myself of this habit. Here are…
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Can I get a more elderly granny gear?

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 the 26-tooth chainring for a 24-tooth ring? —Marqui, who needs a lower gear A: That's a trick…
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How can I avoid smacking my pedals on rocks?

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 coast over them, but end up losing all my speed. I ride a medium frame with 26-inch wheels. Have any solutions?…
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Should I help a fellow racer in need?

Q: At last year's Breck 100, I stopped to help a rider who had somehow managed to get himself (not his bike) severely stuck in an old muddy bridge. While I felt I had done my good deed for the day, I lost precious time and started to…
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What’s the best choice for my better half?

Q: Trying to get my girlfriend into mountain biking, but she is intimidated to ride my old 26er now that she hears me rave about my new 29er. So we are pondering getting her an entry-level 29er. She is about 5-foot-9 and 150 pounds. Does…
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Should I upgrade or start from scratch?

For just under $2k, you can get a carbon hardtail 29er: a much better investment than throwing money at a fifteen year old bike. Q: Have a ?97 YETI ARC bike that's been sitting. I plan to either upgrade the fork, brakes and shifting…
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