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Before you spend a lot of money on 200mm rotors try these things first. 1.  Are your brakes are well bled?  Even a tiny bit of air in brake lines diminishes braking power. ...
If I had to pick one, the Jeffsy would be first, the Spectral second, and the Trance a distant last.  The Jeffsy has excellent geometry and the Trance has very outdated geometry...
Bike Nerd   4 days ago
replied to 1st MTB for 5 y.o.
 
The problem with a lot of Mountainbikes for little kids is that they are very heavy and possibly too complex for many 5 y.o.'s.  I started my boys with BMX bikes.  A...
Bike Nerd   1 week ago
replied to do you ride in the rain?
 
Riding in the mud trashes your bike and trashes your trails.   How you treat your bike is your business but don't destroy the trails we all share.  If you really enjoy riding...
Putting on some wider and/or knobbier tires would make riding on singletrack more fun.
Travel, geometry, and tires determine how a bike is classified - XC, Downcountry, Trail, All-Mountain, Enduro, Downhill, Etc.  The Carbine has a little bit more travel than the Hightower but otherwise, the...
Sram SX and NX 1x12 drivetrains with 455% range 11-50 cassettes and the new Shimano Deore 1x11 drivetrain with 464% 11-51 cassette work with HG hub drivers. Sram GX and up 500% 1x12...
Bike Nerd   2 weeks ago
replied to Rocky Mountain Slayer 70 2011
 
I have a Trek Farley with a Bluto fork that I converted to 29+.   While the Bluto is much better than a rigid fork, it is not a very good fork.  I...
The upgrade I would do most is new tires.  I wouldn't use the DHR's unless you ride a lot of steep and rough.  Minions are more of an Enduro tire.  Enduro tires...
Bike Nerd   2 weeks ago
replied to Rocky Mountain Slayer 70 2011
 
(To add a bit more.)  In my opinion, I would choose the Commencal or the Vitus.  I think the Commencal is the best bike but the Vitus has the best fork.
Bike Nerd   2 weeks ago
replied to Rocky Mountain Slayer 70 2011
 
If you've been riding a 29+ bike for a while, I doubt that you will be happy with anything less than a 29er.  In addition, those old bikes have very outdated geometry...
Bike Nerd   3 weeks ago
replied to First bike
 
You get what you pay for and for $500 you don't get much.   $500 Mountainbikes are mostly junk.   $1000 is the place where bikes start to get durable enough for true Mountainbiking. ...
Bike Nerd   3 weeks ago
replied to Cassette Upgrade.. Recommendations
 
In my experience, (I've been cycling for 40+ years as an adult and have owned about 20 different bikes.) mixing drivetrain components from different manufacturers frequently causes problems.  Keeping all the drivetrain...
Bike Nerd   on May 1, 2020
replied to Upgrade help?
 
The best thing to do with that bike is to donate it to a local charity thrift store.  That bike is too old and too old school to be worth spending another...
 
Of course, there are exceptions to every rule but in general, smaller wheeled bikes work better for shorter people and taller wheeled bikes work better for taller people.  You could ride a...
 
You'll end up with a much better bike if you spend closer to $1000.  $500 bikes just don't hold up.  Also I think you would be happier with a 27.5+ bike. 27.5+ Trek...
Bike Nerd   on Apr 24, 2020
replied to 6'3"185, Beginner, $500 budget
 
I recommend that you double your budget and consider the lowest price models of these bikes that come with 29x2.6 tires. Rocky Mountain Growler 29 $1000 Salsa Rangefinder 29 $1100 The Growler is my first...
Bike Nerd   on Apr 24, 2020
replied to I need advice about my rims.
 
Ask your Giant dealer if these rims are tubeless ready.  I bet they would know.
Bike Nerd   on Apr 23, 2020
replied to Enduro Bike help needed
 
The Alpine trail looks like a very decent bike.  However, it has pretty long travel and is the type of bike that you winch to the top of the mountain and then...
Bike Nerd   on Apr 21, 2020
replied to First mtb purchace advice
 
I think hardtails are best with 29x2.6 tires.  Here are some bikes I like that have models that are closer to $1000. Salsa Rangefinder Rocky Mountain Growler If you can spend closer to $1000 you...
Bike Nerd   on Apr 21, 2020
replied to Do I need better tires? Giant Talon 3
 
Here's an alternative to a full tubeless setup.   Get some tubes with removable valve cores, remove the cores, inject 2-3 oz (60-90 ml) Stans or another latex sealant into the tubes, and...
Bike Nerd   on Apr 16, 2020
replied to Enduro Bike help needed
 
Never have budget full-sus bikes been so good for only ~$2500.  I picked these bikes because they all come with solid spec that you won't need to change or update for many...
Bike Nerd   on Apr 16, 2020
replied to Enduro Bike help needed
 
P.S. Given these trying times, Your Trek dealer might be willing to give you 10% off on the Fuel EX 7, if you ask.
Bike Nerd   on Apr 15, 2020
replied to Crack in Frame or Paint
 
For what my opinion is worth, that doesn't look like a frame crack to me.  I think it is just cracked paint.
Bike Nerd   on Apr 15, 2020
replied to Help needed please
 
Sram Eagle NX and SX cassettes go on Shimano HG hub bodies. Which is the hub body that has been around for decades.  The smallest cog that will fit on a HG...
Here are some guidelines for all shopping not just bike parts. Try to do as much shopping outdoors as possible.  Outdoors is much safer than indoors.  If you must go indoors, stay for...
Bike Nerd   on Apr 12, 2020
replied to xCaliber-7 _ Tubeless Conversion?
 
If you want to keep your non-tubeless tires but get the flat protection of a tubeless set-up, do this.  Get some tubes with removable valve cores.  (Your tubes might already have removable...
Bike Nerd   on Apr 12, 2020
replied to Drive train advice
 
For brakes, larger rotors and metallic pads can vastly improve the braking performance of even the cheapest brakes. So use 200mm rotors with metallic pads.  Avoid resin pads,  small rotors, and resin...
Bike Nerd   on Apr 9, 2020
replied to Pets
 
Some places don't allow dogs and some places require your dog to be on a leash.  Most dogs could probably keep up on climbs but not many could keep up on long...
Bike Nerd   on Apr 8, 2020
replied to Wheel advice
 
There is not one perfect inner rim width for any given tire width.  Instead, there is a range of rim widths that will work well.  For 2.6 tires, i25-40mm rims will work...
We must be careful not to let perfection be the enemy of the good. Being in enclosed spaces with many people is very high risk. Being outside while keeping distance if very low risk. We cannot all stay in our homes for months on end or there won't be anything left when we come out.…
Bike Nerd   on Apr 5, 2020
replied to Bike Repair and Restoration
 
You seem so enthusiastic and I don't want to rain on your parade but that bike is not something you would want to fix up.  Fixing up that bike would just be...
Bike Nerd   on Apr 2, 2020
replied to Fruita and Cortez
 
Right now even Durango is beginning to dry up.  So I'm fairly confident that Phils World is currently dry.  My neighbor rode there yesterday and said it was good.  However, all it...
 
I think hardtails are best when they come with 29x2.6 tires and modern progressive geometry.  So here's some you should consider. Rocky Mountain Growler Specialized Fuze Marin Pine Mountain Norco Torrent HT Salsa Timberjack and Rangefinder However, I...
Bike Nerd   on Mar 24, 2020
replied to aggressive hardtail frame?
 
I like the geo of the Norco Torrent and the Specialized Fuze.  However, they both have boosted frames and would need a conversion kit.
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