How to replace your bottom bracket

This article illustrates how to remove an internal-cup ISIS bottom-bracket. With the proper tools, this job will take at the very most 10 minutes, given a bike that has been well taken care of. I say again, this is a walk-through for removal of INTERNAL BEARING BOTTOM BRACKETS. Not illustrated is the removal of the …

How to fix or replace your MTB chain

To replace a mountain bike chain, you’ll need a chain-tool. Some chain-tools have removable bits that are different sizes for different link-pins. Most mountain bike chains have the same link-pin size, so do not be concerned if your tool only has one bit. The Park Chain-tool is a good choice, as it has a large …

Retro Riding, or Mountain biking for Luddites

For some time now, I’ve been converting a Nirve Fifty-Three cruiser into a “Klunker”. This is the result. Our entire sport was founded upon the Klunkers, which were fashioned from scrounged bits from other bicycles, motorcycles & ice-cream carts. The founders of mountain biking’s scavenging provided fat knobby tires, brakes, handlebars, and most importantly, derailleurs. …

The 650B Rolls On….

From DirtRag’s Blog: Their 650B SantaCruz Heckler (Beckler) is finished… And it certainly looks sweet! This bike is equipped with a White Brothers 130 fork, RockShox Pearl shock, Velocity Blunt 650B wheels, Pacenti NeoMoto tires, Maverick Speedball seatpost, and a CrankBrothers Cobalt crankset. Also, Kenda has paid attention to the increasing demand for 650B tires …

Made in the USA…. Mountainbikes

Recently, I was listening to our local talk-radio station and the host, Russ Johnson, had commented on the difficulty in being able to find products that are still made in the USA. This is true for the most part; companies that produced TVs, hand-tools, and many other items that used to be manufactured in the …

Togas, Laurels, and Chariots…… Mountainbike Chariots

From IcWales.co.uk “A WELSH town will be transported back into Roman times today as it aims to maximise its visitor appeal. Residents in Llanwrtyd Wells–the self-confessed “wacky capital of Wales”–will don togas and drape themselves in laurels for a Gladiator-style chariot race. The event is to celebrate Saturnalia–an annual festival of Roman drinking, food and …

All-Wheel-Drive MTB

Christini has developed an AWD bike with 5/6″ of travel, after having produced the 4″ travel Venture for some time now.  Known simply as the Christini Long Travel, it is available as a frame kit for $1995. By all accounts, the Christini system works exactly as advertised, and manufactures their mountainbikes for Jeep, who then …

Ski-Slope DH Racing

From the Pocono Record December 31, 2007 “Looking for a challenge? How about downhill mountain biking on a black-diamond ski slope? “Blue Mountain Ski Slope is readying for its annual Bikercross. This extreme sport, which combines bicycling with skiing, has competitors racing on a downhill black-diamond ski slope at speeds exceeding 50 mph. “The snow-covered …

Mountainbike Wheel-size, & the Right One for you

Mountainbikes have run with the 26″ wheel for a long time, and not because it was the best; but because it was the only size that the first fat-tire riders could use with fat tires.  They came off of ballon-tire bikes, and they ran knobby moto treads for lack of anything else.  26″ wheels aren’t …

The fastest accepted fad in the MTB world.

The title of this blog article is a little misleading. Biopace chainrings and chainstay v-brakes were fads. This development has proven itself to have immense staying power. Already, the 650b/27.5″ wheel phenomenon has taken hold of nearly everyone’s attention in the mountainbike industry, and in an overwhelmingly positive way. From the release of the Pacenti …

Internal Drivetrains for Mountainbikes?

The internal-geared hub has been around for decades, commonly found on city-cruisers & touring bikes.  They’re nearly impervious to dirt & water; have a robust construction, and are available with a wide variety of brake options. These include the classic coaster-brake; the roller-brake; modern disc-brakes, and the v-brake-friendly freehub.  Each manufacturer has their own take …