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First thing, holy crap this is an old thread.
I don’t like back packs of any sort I find it hinders my ability and throws balance off. Thankfully I live in an area where I can be done with the ride in 1-2 hours. One bottle of water does the trick. But that’s only if I been hydrating all day.
Be confident not cocky.
Don’t wear your clipless shoes too tight. You could break your leg if you crash and your foot is stuck in the pedal..
Take the bypass ????
I personally never have much fun in RG’s either my derailleur gets hit or I tear up my shoes by getting caught up on limestone chunks that are all over the trails here in Florida.
I guess good balance would be key.
Upgrading the brakes later is probably not the most cost effective way to go. I have a Specialized hard rock that I use for urban rides and it has hydraulic brakes. The price was only a little more than the bike you’re looking at.
Don’t think, pedal and roll. Just pedal and roll.
Seems ok but I would rather have hydraulic brakes. You have to pull a little harder with mechanical and you’ll end up with cramps in your hands.
Check bikes direct. There’s tons of selections there.
Or just go to a bike shop. But get hydraulic brakes. Your hands will thank you.
Descents are made for wheels not heels.
You will be happy with either of those but I suggest trying the Specialized last. 🙂
Jumping a ramp on a mountain bike is absolutely completely different than jumping a ramp on a moto-x bike.
Ahh that first full squish feeling I remember that. It’s like cheatin!
I suggest getting a can of suspension spray. Keep your fork stantions clean as well as your rear shock. I spray and clean mine every ride.
The longer you go without falling only increases your odds of falling. Due factor.
Long shot here. Curious, what pedals are you using? I use Crank Brothers Egg Beaters and if I don’t service them regularly, I will get creaking sounds on push.
Maybe your sound is coming from another area?
I like to “Turn it up to 11”. But sometimes that’ll depend if there’s any “Gromets” on the trail 🙂
I think the Schwalbe tires are exceptionally tight. I just put a Nobby Nic on a 27.5 Roam 40 and it took so much effort to get on I thought it wouldn’t work and almost gave up on it. But I was eventually able to get it on and the thing held air for days before I put the sealant in (Waiting for other parts)
Use a plastic tire lever and work it in. Once the seal is broken, it’ll slide off.
What kind of bike? Is it a hybrid fat tire? Then you’re probably not able to put big tires on it but most mountain bikes these days will have rims wide enough.
Haha… Thanks Jeff.
I do have a confession though. I have not followed all of these at least once.
And sad to say, I have more.
You’ll never know how fast you can go till you go faster than you should go.
When coasting down the trail, have your pedals level with the ground or you could end up on the ground.
If I had to convert a set of non tubeless ready wheels again, I would opt for the the rim tape and stem setup.
My experience with the rubber tape and stem was not that great. The valve stem is very sensitive to over tightening and would tear the seal if you went just past where you should have stopped.
I would always be lucky to get one ride without losing too much air.