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Dual-Suspension Race Bike Under A Grand?

Hi Mountain Bike Action: I'm thirteen and into racing cross-country. I have a Marin hardtail and I want to get a lightweight race bike with full suspension priced less that $1500. I'm 6'1" and still growing so I will need a bike that will…
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RockShox or Marzocchi fork?

I'm looking to get a fork for my Giant Reign, and it's between the RockShox Revelation RLT Ti and the Marzocchi 44 RC3 Ti. Your thoughts? Billy, ready to boing On top of their game: Marzocchi has made it clear they are serious about…
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Will a Leatt-Brace fit with body armor?

Hey, Mountain Bike Action: Planning to buy a neck brace, but a lot of people say these things don't fit most body armor. True? - Stan, dressing for the crash       A: Neck braces and body armor do sometimes have compatibility issues. This…
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Picking The Correct Front Fork?

Got a Specialized Hardrock and want to upgrade the RST Gilla T7 fork with something a little more smooth but that won't break the bank. Mike O, on the go MBA: Go for the RockShox Tora TK. Priced at roughly $250 (depending on options that…
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Should I Lose weight for a new bike?

Losing weight is something we should do before moving to a lighter bike. Is there a magic number, like, reducing X pounds of body weight is the equivalent of buying a Y-pound lighter bike? --Gideon Gartenberg, all the way from Israel MBA:…
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Lifting to the 36

Will the SRAM X0 rear derailleur work properly with the 36-tooth cassette? --Larry, looking for some climbing help MBA: No problem, as long as you are talking about the SRAM X0 10-speed rear derailleur.
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Ready for clip in?

I am in the market for my first set of clipless mountain bike pedals. People have recommended the Time ATAC, Crankbrothers Eggbeaters and Speedplay Frogs. Are these good pedals to look at, or should I look at anything else? What does the…
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Balancing on a budget?

I want to get a trials bike, but they are all super expensive. If I purchased a used dirt jump bike, would it be okay to start out with? -Tyler from Texas MBA: Great idea, Tyler. It wasn't all that many years ago that trials were ridden…
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Too Much Of A Good Thing?

Bought a Fox 36 TALAS 180 fork. Does this fork fit on the Specialized FSR 2010? Shariff, with the cart before the horse MBA: Shariff, our first bit of advice is for you to do a little more homework before you make a major purchase like…
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Wheels On A Roll?

I've narrowed the wheel-set choices for my Stumpy FSR down to two. Would it be better to get a set of Easton Haven aluminum wheels, or is there any merit to getting a custom-built wheel-set, such as Hope Pro II hubs on Mavic 819s? Ed, who…
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Race Ready?

I'm going to be entering some novice races in Northern California this spring. I currently have a 2010 Gary Fisher hard-tail that I plan on upgrading. I really don't want to get a new bike. I have about $1000 to spend on upgrades. Any…
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Specialized Stumpjumper or Trek Fuel EX?

Q: I'm looking for my first dual-suspension bike and gathered the Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Comp is a great option, but also that the Camber is an excellent choice for the budget conscious. My other favorites are the Trek Fuel EX 7 and EX…
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Perfect Fork For My Giant Reign?

Q: I'm looking to get a fork for my Giant Reign, and it's between the RockShox Revelation RLT Ti and the Marzocchi 44 RC3 Ti.  Your thoughts? -Billy, ready to boing MBA: We are totally enamored with the Marzocchi 44 RC3 Ti. When we…
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Fork Air Cap Too Tight To Remove?

Q: I ride a RockShox Revelation dual-air fork. The positive air chamber's cap is super hard to unscrew compared to the negative air chamber cap that I can remove with my fingers. Should I use pliers to unscrew the cap, or will that cause…
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Ask MBAction: Big Wheel Race?

Q: I'm a high school freshman and racing in the So Cal Mountain Bike Racing League. I am looking to buy a 29er full-suspension mountain bike that is light enough for cross-country racing, yet durable enough for more technical singletrack.…
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Ask MBAction: Blending a drivetrain?

Q: The Garage Files "Poor Man's 2x10" article (August 2010) on the FSA 386 2-ring crankset has sparked an interest in looking at a 2-ring option for my Trek Fuel EX 8. Is there any reason the new SRAM X7, X9 or X0 2-ring cranksets would not…
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Ask MBAction: Do I need ProPedal?

Q: I have an '08 Yeti 575 with a Fox RP23 shock, with 2.1-inch Kenda Nevegals at 32psi. I run the shock's ProPedal set to 2, and the bike feels faster and more effortless over all terrain, climbing rocky fire roads or single track, or…
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Ask MBAction: Brake-Dive Problems

Q: I am a Clydesdale weight rider. I ride a 07' Cannondale Rush 6 with a stock bar/stem and fork setup. The frame is large with a 100-millimeter stem and a low-rise bar. I am finding that when I am going down technical downhills, log-piles,…
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