Cheap Old High End Bike Or New Budget Model | Ask GMBN Anything About Mountain Biking

Cheap Old High End Bike Or New Budget Model | Ask GMBN Anything About Mountain Biking

– It’s time for Ask GMBN. We’re talking buying new
bikes, fixing brakes, buying dropper posts. Chris, you ready for the questions? – I’m ready as ever, Don. What we got? – Right, Mancave TV,
good title, good name, “Any tips on how to get into
mountain biking on a budget?” – I would start, probably, by looking at some secondhand sites, you know, eBay, Gumtree, even Facebook, things like that, it’s
Marketplace on there, loads of bargains to be had. Start secondhand. – Yeah, I would say I’d
definitely start secondhand. I definitely started secondhand. Did you go straight in? – I think I started car
boot sale, actually. Got a bargain from there. My brother bought me a nice little bike, so that’s how I started. It’s also worth noting, on those sites, obviously, you get a lot
of stolen stuff on there. – Yeah, you’ve definitely
got to be careful. – Quite a few ways of working
out, was stuff stolen? Just look at the condition of it. Look at the other things they’re selling. Just try to send them a few questions that might catch them out. Ask them details about what
drops on this dropper seat post, little stuff that your
average thief wouldn’t know. Just have a look, you know, see if they’re selling any
other dodgy gear as well. – If it looks too good to
be true, it probably is, but you can definitely get
some cheaper stuff on eBay. Right, Jammy Dodger 78, “I’ve
got a Boardman Team FS Pro, “and I was wondering what
sort of dropper post to get “seeing as it doesn’t have one.” – Well, we had a little look
’round on Chain Reaction, and we saw the Brand-X Ascend
seat post for 110 pound. That looks like a pretty
good option to me. – Yeah, I don’t know much by them, but if you want to go a bit more premium, you can get Rockshox Reverb for 180, or Crankbrothers Highline style, 170. The Team FS Pro is actually
what they call dropper ready, so it’s got the routing for
the back of the seat tube, so Stealth, and routing inside the bike. It’s 31.6 seat post, so you’ve got loads of options out of that. I would get Googling. – To be honest, a lot of all
the new seat posts out there, pretty reliable these days. There’s not too much, just weight, and if you set up differences on them. – Yeah, absolutely. There’s a couple of
things you want to measure to try and buy the right sized post, things like, how much drop can you fit? Have a look at this video where we give you all
those pieces of advice. The bigger drop posts aren’t gonna fit all bikes and all riders, so you need to take some measurements, and that is the length of the seat post, but also the stack height because you don’t want
that to be too large. That would mean that a full extension of our post, your saddle would be in too high a position. Yes, you could drop that
saddle slightly into the travel to get back to your
normal riding position, but that’s not gonna be a
great use of that dropper post. This is a really important
measurement to get if you want the maximum
drop post like I do. Duncan is a very lucky boy. He’s got three and a half grand to spend on a Santa Cruz Bronson C,
so the carbon fiber frame, but it’s the Bronson
2, so the older model, you know, the linkage
that’s the on the top tube. He’s saying, “Is this a good deal?” – Three and a half grand is a lot of money to be spending on a bike. Didn’t you have a look around, and you managed to find the aluminium one, the actual newer one? – Yeah, there is a newer
Bronson that looks like that, you know, and they’ve all gone to those links that are
lower down in the frames. You can get a new one of those in the entry level, and the
Santa Cruz are premium bikes, and this is the alloy version, it’s three and a half
grand, so same price. The question is, would you, Chris? I’ll have you answer well. Would you buy the new model,
maybe a lower build kit, or would you buy the older one and carve them at a higher
build kit for the same price? – Good question, Don. I’d probably go for the newer
one in aluminium, I think, ’cause obviously, those guys
are developing the bikes. There’s reasons why they
change the rocker linkage, things like that, and also,
in the back of my mind, lucky enough, I’ve been
sponsored over the years, and had those carbon bikes– – You’ve never bought a bike. – But I mean, I’m always cursing if I get a carbon bike and drop it, or something smashes against it, you get that carbon damage, and I’m always in the
back of my mind like, when you come to sell that bike, no one wants to buy a carbon
bike with a chunk out of it, whereas an aluminium bike,
you can kind of get away with those scratches, and those dents. – You want to learn
how to treat your bikes a bit better, Chris. – I know, but easy come, easy go, Don. – Carbon bikes are
generally pretty reliable. I wouldn’t have any qualms over carbon or aluminium, really, to be honest. I would also go for the newer bike. You could always upgrade
it if you really wanted to, but also think about resale price if you come to sell it. People want the newer bike. Also, I have Googled it myself, and I have fond this Bronson
2 slightly cheaper online, so if you do want to still
buy that bike, get Googling. I would definitely check out the dealer to make sure they’re reputable first, but yeah, I wouldn’t say it
was the best deal out there. – It’s a good deal, but not the best. – Right, Pooh Bear, “How does
Blake’s Canyon Torque Pedal? “I live in the UK. “I’ve been told, UK
riding, you probably want “around 140 mil travel front and rear, “but I’m planning on going
to a lot of bike parks “for some really heavy stuff, “also want to save some money on uplifts, “so be able to still pedal the bike “to the top of the trails.” Torque’s a 175 mil travel. – 175 mil, so that’s
obviously quite a big bike. We’re talking close to
downhill-style travel, so anything, unfortunately,
with that amount of rear wheel travel isn’t,
probably, gonna pedal that well. It’s more, obviously, aimed at going down. Not saying that it can’t be pedaled up. – Yeah, it depends. I’ve got that Scott
Ransom, so same travel, and I’ve done big days on that. They can pedal really well, but it’s definitely
gonna be a lot more work than a 140 mil bike. – For sure. – It depends how much you
value the going down part, and how much you don’t mind suffering a bit more on the way up. – Yeah, try to work out which
is more important to you. – I’d try and demo one, if possible. Give you a really good idea. – Get it on a good climb. – Ivan Halim, he’s got two questions. The first one is about his entry level hydraulic disc brake caliper position. “One pad is closer to
the disc than the other, “but it’s working well so far. “There’s no rubbing whatsoever. “I’ve tried to adjust it again, again, “by pushing back the pistons, “redoing the caliper
position adjustment ritual, “but the result is just the same, “so one is pushing back out.” I’ve had this loads of times, where they look completely off center, but they’re still pushing, but one is further out than the other. – Yeah, there’s a nice little hack you can maybe try for that one, is getting that bike upside down, have a little look at the caliper, loosening the caliper bolts off, and sliding maybe a small credit card each side of the brake disc so they’re pushing,
basically, back the pads, and then resetting the caliper again, holding the lever, cranking
that caliper up tight. You might find that that
might centralize the caliper, but it might be just a machining thing. You might purely be out at the maximum side to side
movement on the caliper. Some variables on that. – I’ve definitely had it in the past where they look not straight, but they work absolutely fine. I don’t know if I’ll stress it too much, although you could reach
the maximum on one piston, and start wearing pads
unevenly, I suppose. Right, then another one. Second question is about wheel flex. He’s got some WTB SX19 J-spoke hub, so a standard spoke, what
I would call standard, running 27.5 with a 2.3 tire, but he can push his wheel side to side as much as two millimeters each side. Should that happen? – Could be maybe a little
bit of play in the bearings, something like that, or there is, obviously, flex on the
wheel, got central point, and big spokes, and big
tire, so it will flex a bit. I wouldn’t say any of my
wheels are totally solid when I’ve pushed side to side. – Yeah, it depends what you mean by, is it flexing, or is it clunking? If it’s clunking, I would say it’s the hub, more than likely. Good way of checking your bearings is by picking the back wheel up, or whichever wheel it is, and holding near that frame or the fork, and just spinning it. You might feel a bit of roughness. Then, again, give it a wobble. If it’s clunking, that’s
probably bearings. – Obviously, just make sure your axles are nice and tight as well. If it’s your front fork, obviously, make sure the axle’s tight,
and the rear as well, it could be that too. – I’ve had axles come
loose fairly regularly on the back of bikes. – Definitely, especially
the new through axle stuff, but never on the front. Never had a loose front one, but plenty of rear ones. – Right, but check out this video on how to check out your
mountain bike wheels. – When I’m spinning the wheel, I’m looking for that rim moving
side to side or up and down. Ideally, it should be completely true, and not move up and down. Again, this is a carbon fiber rim, so they’re not really gonna get too bent. They can get out of true a little bit, and that comes down to spoke tension. With alloy rims, they
definitely can get bent a lot more, and again, if
it’s moving around too much, that is when you need to start taking a look at the spoke tension, and trying to true that wheel back to get it as straight as possible. – Right, quick fire. You ready? – I’m ready. – Evan McKill, “Hey, guys, do you know “of any comfortable ankle
braces for riding in?” – Yeah, I think you’ll find most of the big protection companies, 661, Space Brace as well, they all do comfortable riding braces. – I’ll speak about BMX. I’ve used a 661 after breaking my ankle. It definitely helps, but I don’t feel like I need it anymore. Have you used them? – I haven’t personally, no. I know that guys, Pilgrim and those guys, use an actual tennis,
what’s it called, Aircast? Aircast, something like that, they use tennis ankle protection things, so a little tip from those guys. – Nice. Juhan Theron, “How do you
guys deal with calluses? “My hands are almost killing me “after 15 minutes of messing about.” – Oof, I’ve got some pretty
nasty things, calluses. – They just get harder,
and that’s fine, isn’t it? – I usually get them that hard, but especially if I ride trails, you get super rock hard, so when you ride and use gloves, it feels like
you got stones in your palms, so I actually, much to my wife’s disgust, get a pair of nail clippers, and actually cut them off, just nice and smooth, not too deep. It’s a technique where, you’ll
learn it over the years, just trim them off in the bath. It’s really relaxing when I do it. – Never had to do that. Right, Stavros Konstantinidis, “I found a bit of rust on my steerer tube “caused by my stem. “Is this super bad, or should
I not worry that much?” – What do you think, Don? – I would say don’t worry about it. – No, I’ve had plenty of that. It’s obviously quite a
trap behind that stem for that water to get
in, so just rub it off. – Don’t worry about it. – It’ll be fine. – Nic MC, “How can you
tell how much travel “you have on the rear shock? “Is it the same amount as your forks?” – Couple of ways you
could probably do that. First thing I would do is just check out the website for your bike,
whatever the model is. That’ll be listed on there. – Ask – Yeah, just type it in Google, or the other way you could do it is, just put an elastic travel band, or elastic band on the rear shocks, see how much it’s actually– It depends if you mean
the rear wheel travel or the shock travel. – That’s gonna give you the stroke, not necessarily the bike travel. – Yeah, maybe, if we’re
talking bike travel, check out Google, but shock travel, again, just put your shock in there, and it should tell you the stroke length, and eye to eye measurements, and that distance, yeah,
it’s all on Google. – Fineas Filipeanu, “What’s the difference “between dry lube and wet lube?” It’s a great chain lube. – Sure. Dry lube’s obviously for the summer. It doesn’t pick up as much
dust and things like that. – It’s much thinner, it
doesn’t last as long. Wet lube is thick, sticky stuff. – It obviously sticks to your chain. It doesn’t wash off when
the conditions get bad, and the rain, things like that as well. Penetrative roll is not bad. – The stuff gets stuck to it, so it’s not that great,
but in the dry, it’s good. The wet, yeah, it definitely
lasts much better. Correct me if I’m wrong, we’ve got a video sent in this week from Matt, who’s in Lysterfield, Victoria, Australia, riding his Trek Fuel EX 7, and he’s asking us how
he can get more height and distance on this jump Check that, Chris. Let’s have a look in slow motion. Decent sized table top. – [Chris] Yeah, it’s a pretty
good sized jump, isn’t it? – [Don] What do you reckon? – I think, basically, really, like, using the takeoff more than– You know, you’re just letting
the takeoff do the work. He’s doing no work coming into the jump. You really need to be pre-loading that. Is it a full suspension bike? It is a full suspension bike, so really maximize
squashing into that bike. That first bike length or so before you get to that jump, squash that suspension in, pre-load it, get ready to pick up off that face. At the moment, you’re just using the face of that jump to push the bike up. You’re not doing any work before. – Yeah, I would say even
leave it a tiny bit later. If we watch this in really slow motion, you do pump a bit, but it’s a early. You really want to squash
that bike into the takeoff, and then it’s gonna spring you up. That’s gonna help you out. Also, when you’re in the air, it looks like you’re
picking up with your feet to pick up the bike. What happens with that is, you’re gonna run out of space. You can see, you get
quite low to the bike, and then you’re sort of limited. That’s how high you can go, whereas, if you use that nice hop, you use your pump, drive front wheel up, and then stand up to
pick up the rear wheel, you should be able to
make a bit more height. Also practice your bunny hops, I reckon. That’s gonna help you out a bit. – Another little one as well, technique, is to look up when you’re jumping. Don’t look down. As soon as you take that jump up, don’t look down for the landing. Look up, keeps that bike in a nice arch. If you look down for the landing, you’ll just automatically
drop into it as well. Just pump, look. – Nice one, never thought about that one. Cool, Cheers, Matt. Thanks for sending that in. If you want to send us more
videos, use our uploader. We’ll check them out and
try and give you some help. Right, that’s it for Ask this week. Don’t forget to leave
your questions down below. We’ll try and help you out next week. – If you’ve enjoyed today’s video, you want to check me out
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  1. Did two Ex-Pros honestly recommend a Reverb? Do you get money for advertising it? I am really surprised guys.

  2. #askgmbn I’ve recently bought a dirt jump frame and im faced with the dreaded choice, mtb cranks or bmx cranks.. I grew up on a bmx so I was leaning towards bmx cranks but my dad says I should get mtb cranks.. which one is better and which one is more cost effective

  3. #askgmbn I live in California and am having trouble finding races in my area is there a app or a website that will tell me all the upcoming races in my area

  4. I’ve got a couple of bikes for Sale SCOTT GENIUS LT 2012
    SPECIALIZED ENDURO 29ER 2015 the question is they need a bit of fixing up / or do I sell em as they are??

  5. #AskGMBN I have a trek Roscoe 6 & want a dropper seat post any recommendations and is there anything else I can do to make the bike better thanks

  6. #AskGMBN looking for a good begginer mountain bike I’m leaning towards the
    Specialized pitch expert do you think this is a good move if not what should i get (below 560 euro)

  7. Does carrying a bit of extra timber at lower level DH racing help you carry more speed down the trails?
    My chunkier mates seem to ride quicker than me

  8. #askGMBN I've got a trek slash 9.7 and it is extremly heavy, Carbon front and alloy or rear, Not sure why it so heavy. any idea?

  9. #ASKGMBN I’ve been wondering what sort of hydration pack I should get to carry all my gear or should I stick with a no back pack setup

  10. #AskGMBN I have a 2016 trek xcaliber 8 29er it has 2×10 do I have to replace the rear chain ring or can I just replace the front chain ring to convert it to a 1×10 And will you ever ride in Australia

  11. When you ding a CF bike you don't know what it looks like on the inside. When you ding an aluminium bike the ding on the outside matches the one on the inside.

  12. #AskGMBN i cant decide whether to go for new 2018 hardcore hardtail or a few year old second hand full suspension bike, i have a budget of between £1000-1300. i live in quite a hilly place and the trails are quite rough i worry a hardtail will limit me. Any suggestions?

  13. #AskGMBN is reaming out seatpost tube ok/safe? I have a Motobecane Hal Boost and due to my frame's geometry there's some bump inside which limits the maximum insertion point of my seatpost to around 100-110 mm.

  14. Got my first MTB this year – bought a Kona Precept from a local place that rents MTBs (and has a shuttle service up the mountain). I can strongly recommend this approach, [a] they're more focused on shifting their bikes out than making profits on selling them, [b] bikes are well-maintained, [c] they have a local reputation to maintain, so won't want to rip people off. Sure, there's a risk the bike's been abused by everyone who rented it, but any second hand bike could've been abused. The guy said it had been ridden maybe 10 times – maybe an exaggeration but it didn't seem well-used. I go back to that same place to take their shuttle service, and they're always super-friendly and giving out free advice – they kinda do that with everyone anyway, but it's nice to have that connection from having bought the bike.

    Another plus point, when I was shopping around there were two rental places selling bikes, and they both said I could rent the bike first, and if I ended up buying it they'd subtract the rental fee from the sales price. Trying a bike for a full day before buying it is pretty handy.

  15. Torque owner here … it pedals way better than you'd expect it from looking at the numbers. Much better than my old 160mm Specialized Enduro

  16. i have an an avanti torrent and i have had a crash broken my brake leaver i have a shimmano brake leaver do i upgrade to a deore brake leaver or just stick to the general one

  17. 9:00 regarding calluses. Use a pumice stone or foot file to gently grind away the calluses, or at least thin them out. Used this a lot when I was into weightlifting.

  18. Those brand X dropper posts are brilliant. I've had much better luck with mine than I have had with named brand ones twice the price.

  19. I’ve come to a decision, should I buy a Santa Cruz Bronson or a giant trance x2? I’m really stuck they both have the same travel but idk what one to get someone please help!

    Edit: they are the same price and both brand new

  20. #AskGMBN Hi guys, I come from a BMX background and have been slowly transitioning into dirt jumping for the past year or so. I’ve recently got an enduro bike for some more verity in my riding. I still find myself riding jump lines and I was wondering what tricks would transfer over to the big bike. I’ve started off with the basics such as x-ups, whips and crankflips but I feel like I could do more.

  21. That's the wrong boardman, you showed the team 650b opposed to the pro(nicer), which doesn't have the internal routing.

  22. #askgmbn I was wondering from someone who comes from bmx im finding it very uncomfortable to be on a full suspension jumping what else can i do to find this a bit more comfortable?

  23. so i bought the new aim pro cube bike and the front got bend twice the first month i got it. i dont do jumps , i dont bunny hop , no wheelies , why is this happening constantly ? #AskGMBN

  24. #AskGMBN Are carbon bikes worth the extra money over aluminum? I am looking at the YT Jeffsy and there is a $600 difference between the carbon and aluminum. The carbon does have a slight better build, but in general is it worth the extra money?

  25. #askGMBN yesterday I landed my first freeride move, an OTB to multiple displaced collarbone fracture. Any recommendations for what camera would've captured that well so I can at least send it for fails and bails next time? Experience tells me I can crash anywhere, so it probably needs to be on my bike rather than trailside

  26. #askgmbn facing that some firms like commencal and liteville are sticking to aluminium frames are carbon frames really such an improvement

  27. #AskGMBN My son has a Cannondale Cujo 24 (all stock). We ride a lot in the Pacific NW. I’m wanting to start upgrading the bike, specifically the derailleur because the chain bangs and rattles around. Is there a good 1×8 option or will I need to convert to a 1×10?

  28. #ASKGMBN Can I use Shimano Calipers on a stock Commencal Meta AM V3 that came with Sram Level Rotors? Am I commiting sacrilege!?

  29. If you are putting all your money into a bike and are thinking of getting say a $3000 carbon bike. I would recommend getting aluminum because of you crash. It may get dented. But carbon would snap and shatter.

  30. #AskGMBN i ride at Majura Pines in Canberra Australia. (Not that that would mean much to you fellas) the ground has a then layer of pine needles on some downhill over a hardpacked dirt. the ground otherwise is quite dusty, with lots of loose small to medium sized rocks which make climbing hard. I ride a hardtail. what tyre ideas can you give me as i have smoothed my current tyres over. i have a smallish budget. i also weigh 57kg if that makes a difference. Cheers Fellas!

  31. I have a rockshox lyrik 170mm and when I brake I feel like it says in really far, almost halfway. Sag is set correctly and I put in 3 volume spacers. Is this normal with these forks, because there is the same case with my Pike(130) on my other bike. Thanks!!

  32. some asshole stole the wheels off my car and I found them on ebay along with dozens of other stolen parts. gave the police all the information to go bust that guy and they didn't do a damn thing. he still sells stolen shit on ebay 3 years later. I'm surprised the little fuck hasn't been shot yet doing that shit in my town.

  33. I am currently on a full suspension 26" enduro (Medium). If I was to get a 29" Enduro would my feet touch the floor on a Medium or should I get a small? I'm bottoming out on everything with the low BB on the 26". #AskGMBN

  34. #AskGMBN hey guys,love the show.I don't know what to choose between a second hand canyon spectral al 2017 or a brand new Nukeproof scout. I love riding trails but I mainly ride street.Thanks Andrea

  35. The calluses thing….. I work my hands to the bone and used to get detrimental calluses….. I found that taking a granite/clay pot, filling it with sand, and moving your hands through it is not only a strength trainer but also removes rough skin

  36. I just bought a 2015 Felt Compulsion 10 used on Ebay. Was an absolute lucky find, he's only ridden it 1 1/2 years, had his own rims, headset and handlebars on it and spec'd up the brakes to new Shimano XTs.
    Was a nice guy, I was on a low budget and he safed my year there.

  37. #AskGMBN i have a 2018 specialized stump jumper in alloy. i am finding that i have some rust on my front and rear disk break what should i do

  38. #AskGMBN I have a 2016 Trek Slash 8 that I have kept in the low mode where the head angle in 65°. Can I put an offset headset on it to get more of a slack head angle out of it and if so, will there be any noticeable negative effects to the geometry? Thanks!

  39. #AskGMBN I am planning on buying a new bike, looking at Orbea MX 40 for 600€. It has a SR Suntour XCM RL-Coil 100mm QR, I think 30mm stanchions, I know it will be a lot heavier than a more expensive air fork, but my question is, will it be stiff enough in order not to break under heavy use? How much stiffer and safer is it compared to a Zoom 386 with Coil 60mm and 25mm stanchions?
    Also, for a size M frame, isn't 27.5 better suited than 29? I think I could benefit from 29er for the terrain I ride, but I fear that my foot may contact the front wheel.

  40. Is Scott spark usable as enduro bike or it will not do well in bike parks and I should look more similar like ransom or genius for bike parks? #AskGMBN

  41. In have a 2018 GT AVALANCHE SPORT 27.5 and I'm planning to upgrade the front forks from 100mm to 130mm. Will it be good to upgrade to 130mm or should I upgrade it to a better 100mm. I don't mind the slacker head angle but I don't know how it would affect my riding. Thanks for the tips #askGMBN

  42. #AskGMBN hey you guys I ride a merida 160 5000 which is a good bike but the parts are middle range, and I want something better. I don't know what the right choise is: investing 2700$ in a gt fury world cup 2016 or selling my current bike and buying a top of the line enduro bike for a direct seller (yt, canyon) thx for the help, love the show!

  43. @gmbn that wasn't the Boardman Team FS Pro that you shown. That was actually the Boardman Team FS.
    The difference is the colour way on the pro is blue and yellow, has 1 X and a different component set up.
    The bike shown does not have internal dropper routing.
    The team FS is a great bike though. I've been riding one a while now as an upgrade to my cube acid.

  44. #AskGMBN How does compare the Northwave Outcross shoe in terms of walkability and grip on hard dry soil or wet rocks to the Shimano GR7 or GR9 . I saw Neil using the Outcross, I don't know about GR7. I know the former clipless, the later is flat sole, I'm not interested about this aspect

  45. I bought a new hardtail 2 years ago and I chose a 2×9 setup so I could have a wider gear ratio for uphill as well. However, I am beginning to reconsider as I barely ever use the top chainring. Is there any way I can disable the front shifter to switch to a 1×9 before I get a new chainring?

  46. You guys! I own 2 Brand-X dropper posts, have them in 2 bikes. Suoer reliable just simple cable mech no issues with them at all! Even bought the erong diameter for one post from chainrections and they shipped back and sent new free

  47. Until this channel and others address the entire Chinese market that offers T1000 framesets then its not good information. These framesets are everywhere and although they dont offer DOWNHILL GEOMETRY they are still quite good. These prices are comical when you look on Aliexpress and see you can build full carbon bikes for less than half the price. This sounds like TRUMP riders channel and its ridiculous. 1×12 setups for 150 dollars nowadays and all of this stuff works as advertised. To skip over this market and discard it is like America did with HUAWEI is pure ignorance when EVERYTHING COMES FROM CHINA.

  48. #askgmbn I've been looking to spend between $1500 and $2000 on a new bike, mainly the Trek Roscoe 8 and the specialized Stumpjumper ST, and i don't know if I should get a really nice hardtail or a cheaper full suspension. What do you think I should get?

  49. #AskGMBN suspension setup question, my suspension is pretty dialed for flow, descents, and normal trail terrain. When it gets really rooty and chunky I feel like the feedback is a bit harsh. I don’t want to drop pressure because it’s so good the rest of the time and rebound is quick and good on the rest. Any thoughts?


  51. One thing I noticed about the caliper centering question was, a lot of rotors themselves aren't 100% true. After spinning the wheel half way round and rechecking, the pads would actuate evenly. Rotate the wheel another 180 and then the pad actuation is slightly off kilt. Just can't get it 100% all the time since the rotor has a slight amount of run out on it.

  52. If you’re buying a used bike (especially enduro), be realistic about servicing costs and know what to look for. Brake bleed + fork service + shock service + dropper post service + new consumables(chain/cassette/chainring/bb/jockey wheels/tyres/brake pads) is the thick end of 1K including labour. If it’s been ridden a lot in the wet, it may need all that after a year – much of it sooner. Even if you can do a lot yourself and have the tools (which is probably not the case if you’re reading this), then you may still need to budget 500 gbp/euro for a big service on a high spec Enduro bike. This is before getting onto actual “problems” – rubbing stanchions, bushing wear, hub play etc.

  53. Ok. After 4:00 those statements and nonsense things that you were talking about made me understand the fact that you are in general have no clue about bikes. Have can you say that he should choose a 2018 bike over a 2017 simply because it is newer and easier to sell? 😀 Because people want to buy newer bikes? You guys are "outsiders" that like to ride at best. Sure you can sell it faster and easier if you can convince an other outsider. Everyone who buys a brand new bike is either having a lot of money but in this case they are going to buy only parts and build the whole bike on their own. Or outsiders like you.
    Like I would never buy a new bike for 3 grand when it's a mid level bike or entry level 😀
    When I can buy a used one from someone like me. I would buy that many years old bike for 1 and a half grand with full xtr over a brand new trash that weights 3 kgs more with a deore set.

    Btw I've a '97 Kona Koa, she has full xtr, Avid SD Ti brakes, a rigid P2 and a Fox F80X terralogic fork, everything else is original. Like the bike has a 120g bar.. The NEW carbon bars weight a lot more 😀 Which is sick. But you buy it as it is new.. Oh and a Chris King headset. 25.4 bar, 1 1/8, 26 wheels. Oldschool stuff, can lift it with my pinky. I go up and down faster than you do. Love to see people like you in the woods 😀

    Btw every new stuff makes sense. Bigger wheels, more rigid setups, wider things. That's all great. Except 11×1, that is a nonsense. AND the disc brakes. Like you buy it for a lot, you'll never ever use it's capabilites but you buy it 😀 Insane. + weights more. A lot more. More problematic when it does exactly the same as my brakes.
    Ah and the dropper post… Dude. Seriously. Buy a motorbike or a car. If you can't handle your seat. Just buy a car.

  54. ASKGMBN HELP! Just getting into MB, got a XL 29 rockhopper 2016. Can't find a 150mm external dropper anywhere? Why?

  55. #askgmbn I currently have an aggressive hard tail mtb but would like to start racing enduro/ dh but don’t have thousands to spend on a full suspension what do u suggest doing??

  56. They mentioned how the old Bronson has the link on the top tube and I've noticed some other bike brands also have this on the older models. Is there some detriment to having the link there as opposed to the bottom?

  57. #AskGMBN Can you make your rear shock to propel your jump higher? Or is it enitirely for gripping ang absorbing shock from drops?

  58. I've had an old Shogun Cult for about 4 years now, cant afford a proper hardtail so I gotta stick with it :/ the struggle is real 😂

  59. Does a cheap full suspension frame exist? (Around under 300$)

    And if yes, and it’s steel or aluminum, is it worth it?
    What is the best material

  60. actually i bought an expensive ass bike as a beginner this season and now at the end i am glad i did because else i'd probably want something better by now.

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