Should You Buy A New Bike, Or Upgrade Your Old One? | Ask GMBN Anything About Mountain Biking

Should You Buy A New Bike, Or Upgrade Your Old One? | Ask GMBN Anything About Mountain Biking

– Welcome to Ask GMBN where this week I’m all on my lonesome. But I’m gonna give it everything. And thankfully I’ve got
some fantastic questions from you guys out there. That we’re gonna get straight into. So, first question is from Lopon12. And he says “Are £5000 bikes twice as good as £2500 bikes?” Well, no. I don’t think they are.. I don’t think they’re twice
as good at all, actually. If you’re spending up in the 2000, 3000 pounds, dollars, you’re buying a very very nice bike. A 5000 bike, a £5000 bike, is gonna be really great. But not twice as good. You’re gonna get some great parts in it. Definitely not double
your bike for your buck. Does that make sense? Yes. Alex Watson is asking, “I’ve been riding for three weeks and I can’t lift my front wheel more than seven inches off the ground, any help?” Well, you just need a bit of time, man. That three weeks is not
long to have been riding. It will come, you’ll
just get used to riding and you’ll improve. And once you start improving, the learning curve is steep, and it really comes fast. And you’ll start enjoying your riding. But, quick tip: Start
bumping your front wheel off of things, off of roots, off of logs that you see around. Small logs. So you can get a little bit of lift, and that will help bring
your front wheel up. But make sure you’re
covering that back break. Because if you go too steep, you need to grab that to bring
the front wheel back down. Finlay MacDonald, 11 years old, he’s thinking of continuing
to upgrade his 26″ Hardtail with things like air forks, 1 by 11, or dropper post. Or should he buy an aggressive Hardtail? Get a brand new bike. You know what, initially I would say upgrade the 26. Because you’re gonna get some great parts, and it’s really gonna improve the bike. But, if you think it
through to the conclusion, if you buy an aggressive Hardtail, things like a dropper
post, a one by system, they might all be on there. So you’re gonna get a lot for your money. So I’d go with the aggressive Hardtail. Because that is gonna be fun, and the geometry is amazing. So definitely worth trying that out. So let us know what you do do, and once you’ve done it, send us a picture or a video
so we can see you ride it. Sam Osborne says, “Hi guys, I have an XC bike, but I found myself recently
wanting to ride more aggressively on rougher terrain.” I like your thinking. “Can you please explain to my wife the difference between an
XC bike and an Enduro bike and why I need one?” Well, Mrs. Osborne, it’s— It’s a really simple decision, you can have a fantastic
bike in your garage, with great geometry, a bit tougher, it’s gonna
take the hits better, more travel on the suspension. It’s win, win, win, win,
win with one of these bikes. I think Sam’s really
gonna improve his riding. It’s gonna be safer out in the trail, but don’t just take my word for it. Take a look at this video where we put an Enduro
bike up against an XC bike. You can see what happens. – [Narrator] Enduro is
all about being fast on the downhills. But you need to climb to the top as well, so you need a bike that can do both. – Cross Country mountain bikes are the original all rounder. This inclines super fast. It’s not as fast on the descents, but it’s still a lot of fun. So this is Cross Country versus Enduro. – We’ve got one big climb, one big descent, let’s see which is fastest. (upbeat music) – Right, next question is from Sean Paul and he says, “Is there really a need to have women specific bikes? Surely men and women
can use the same bikes?” Well, yeah they can, of course. And lots of women do. Women specific brands out there, like Juliana, or Liv. They are building really cool bikes, that have got geometry specific
to a certain body type. It’s not about having pink
frames and things like that. But it is about accessibility as well. Because we want to encourage lots of women into riding in the sport as well. So, brands out there
that are more accessible are a really great thing. And I’m all for it. I’m all for it. I think
it’s a great thing. Right. Gaming with Doctor Kerlyn says, “Great video guys last week, Ask GMBN.” Yep, me and Neal sat
here having a great time. “Are you guys– ” What? “Are you guys father and son?” Are you kidding me? Father and son? I don’t look that old. Aiden, what do you– I don’t look–
– [Aiden] Neil’s old. – Neil’s old, he’s like– I think Neil’s nearly 40 years old. I don’t look like a 60-year-old guy. Come on, man. That’s unbelievable. Goes on to say, “I’m
trying to buy a Hardtail, can you recommend me one for $600?” No, I can’t. Sorry, I can’t help you. Father and son, that’s unbelievable. Next question. Noel Castillo says, “I want
to build a dirt jump bike for indoor bike park and street riding.” Cool, good fun. “What gear ratio can you
guys recommend that I can also wheelie with? I’m thinking of using a
24 or 26 inch chain ring, but is almost clueless for the sprocket.” Well, actually, you’ll
be at a wheelie with whatever your gear ratio. You’ll be a different speed wheelie, and it ought to affect how quickly you can bring the front end up. But what I’d be thinking
if you’re gonna be riding street and skate park, is you wanna be thinking how to manual, not wheelie. Because popping out of a bowl,
and then doing a wheelie round the top and back in,
it’s not gonna look cool, mate. You wanna be manualing. So, with that in mind, let’s take a look at this video. Which will teach you to do just that. – Right, the manual’s a great tool to have in your arsenal. Bob jumping or bunny hopping, the manual can help you
out in sticky situations. Even make you faster out on the trail. Here are a few of my top examples of where to use the manual at on the trail. Woo, pedalling! (upbeat music) Wow. I’m soaked. – Okay it’s time for the quick fire round. I’m gonna rattle through
some questions now. First one, Laurent Parmentier says, “Surely adding a front
brake to a dirt jump bike make it okay for trials, doesn’t it?” Yes, it does. Go for it dude. Yeah. Max Schreiber, “On the day before it rained and the bike also the derailleur was wet, so the next day it was
frozen and I couldn’t shift. So how can I unfreeze it fast–” This is a quick fire round.
“And get water out best?” I think your derailleur got frozen. I’m saying spray some antifreeze on it. It’s a weird question.
It’s a weird question. Awesome Raid says, “What
type of rims should I buy, carbon or aluminium?” Ali- no, carbon. Go with carbon. Samer Younis says, “I have a
bone to pick with you guys. I watched the GCN show
and looked for the rat. It was nowhere to be found, or maybe I missed it.” You must have missed
it, the rats in there. It’s in there. But we’re gonna go investigate and find out exactly where it is. He also says that’s 20 minutes of his life he’s not getting back. (laughing) I’m sorry man, I apologise. Ivan Ilic says, “How tall is Neil?” He’s taller than you think, actually. Because lots of people
are like, oh he’s so tall, and he’s like 4’4″. But he’s not, he’s 5’3″. He’s a lot bigger than you think. BCT Random says, “I
don’t know whether to get large pedals or small pedals.” Dude I wish I had your problems. Um, large pedals. That’s what I’d say. Juliano Sticca says,
“Can we have a bike check with all of your guys bikes please?” Yeah we do pro bikes all the time, so check them out. I know that Dottie’s got
a new one coming up on his New Proof Mega. Which he loves. Anatoly Jose Valino says, “Is it possible to do
trials on a fat bike?” Yes, for sure. But it would be weird fat trials, but let’s try and get Blake doing it. Because, yeah, he’s putting on weight. It’ll work out, it’ll be fat trials in every sense of the word. Iliaz Aslam says, “Do any
of the GMBN presenters have road bikes?” Nearly all of us, actually. I’ve got a Colnago, and a Pinarello. Blake’s got a Canyon. And Neil– He had a Canyon but he
smashed it into a car along with his head. But Dottie has never ridden a road bike, interestingly enough. Jacob Martin says, “Can
Blake bunny hop tail whip?” Yes. He can do it very well.
Next question, Patrick Thomas, “Can You guys use personal lubricant to speed up the quick fire round?” We could try. We could try it. Livefreeandshred says, “I
think Nino’s whips look awful, and he shouldn’t do them. They’re like bike park Joey tweaks.” Well, they’re not awful. Nino’s whippettes,
they’re not really whips. They are kind of tweaks, They’re alright but I do think, I agree, he does do them too often. He’s turned into a bit
of a one trick pony. In terms of jumping. He’s becoming like the Peter Sagan. Of like, mountain biking. You know, Peter, he’s like
yeah, you can do a wheelie, we get it. So, Nino, stop doing so many whippettes. And let someone else win
a race maybe one day. That is the end of the quick fire round. Time for correct me if I’m wrong. And before we get into a video, we’ve got Nick Humphrey saying, “A reposte to Neil’s comment
on breaking carbon rims. What happens if you cover
a sheet, in sheets of 3K carbon weave? You delaminate it.” (laughing) I like you, Nick. That was good. Okay, Jack Morgan. I hit this jump a few times and decided to try to put a whip on it. However, I can’t seem to get
the bike fully sideways.” Right, let’s take a look at this. Bit of whip action, or an effort at it. Here he comes, wicked fast. Ah I see. You do get a bit of whip on that. Just watching it again. Yep. You know what? That jump
is quite low and fast. You’re really going for a … a scrub. More than a whip, really. You’re coming over it, and
what you can do with that jump is as you come out just
do that turn like you are, but you’ve gotta bring it back in straight much quicker than you are. You’re kind of putting
out there and leaving it. And then you’ll get a
bit of a scrub action. It’s not the right jump for a proper whip. Because you really need to pop
up and get a lot of height. But how you’re doing it is nearly right. If you just bring it back in. And it’ll bring you over
that jump much quicker. Keep you nice and low,
and looking really cool. So, scrub it, don’t whip it. That’s makes sense. Right, thanks for sending
that video in, Jack. If you’ve got something
that you’d like to get tweaked in terms of your riding, then please send us a video into correct me if I’m wrong. And we will take a look at it next week. It’d be really great to see your riding, so send us a video. And you can send that
to [email protected], or [email protected] Either one will work, and it’ll
be great to get your vids. Right, thanks for
watching this weeks show. Love going for your questions. We’ll be back next week, but make sure if you wanna ask us something, shove it in the comments
section down below, and we’ll take a look and
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About the Author: Michael Flood


  1. #ASKGMBN im thinking about buying a new DJ bike, should i get a new bike with ok parts or buy a used bike and upgrade them with good parts ?

  2. #askgmbn Hi GMBN, I have recently started running a 27+ on the front and 29 wheel on the back. What tire combination would you recommend to make the most out of the harsh surrey hills winter?

  3. #ASKGMBN – Using a 27.5 inch wheel as an example, which part is actually 27.5 inches…is it the diameter of the rim or the outer diameter of an inflated tire?

  4. I have a Scott spark 960 full suspension with 120mm travel front and 100mm rear, is this classed as a cross country bike??

  5. So if he shows his wife the video of XC v Enduro bike, she concludes that the XC bike is faster? Not sure this helps his cause. The answer is: you need an Enduro bike AND an XC bike then blind her with science using math… N+1 equation!

  6. #askgmbn hey guys i have a aluminium hardtail, 3 by 7 gears 26 inch wheels 110 mm travel
    Can i hit a black trail with it?

  7. For Noel . 11t rear 25 front, is good ratio for park riding. Quick acceleration, and still has a bit if you need to put a crank in. Dirt jumps 32 up front . Imo

  8. #askgmbn,#askanyone, lets say you're using a hardtail, remember people say you have too add more air in your rear tire, what if your rear tire has no grip at all, what should I do

  9. #ASKGMBN I'm currently riding a 26'' XC Hardtail which I will switch up for a Canyon Spectral in a few months since I'm not doing XC anymore. I ride a lot offseason and the XC geometry keeps freaking me out more and more, so I want to change the 80mm stem for a pretty cheap short stem from Amazon for the time being, but I'm not sure. Do you think that this is a good idea?

  10. Buy a used one, be patient and you'll find great deals. Found a complete 2016 Evil following in basically new condition for $2800 shipped.

  11. #askgmbn I am 15 years old and I would say a pretty avid and aggressive rider. I currently have a specialized stump jumper pro, but I am really going in on the downhill riding. Can you please convince my mother I need a downhill bike and tell her 1 more bike in the garage just to add to the collection of 8 bikes in there would not be bad.

  12. #ASKGMBN Is it normal to have to realign calipers or true rotors every few rides? I've fixed the rub myself a bunch of times and sent the bike to multiple bike shops for tune up but it only takes 3-4 rides for the brake rub to appear again.

  13. Re: Women-specific bikes…
    Frames are mostly irrelevant (with full suspension bikes) however we do have different body from you guys, wider hips mean that we need wider saddle. Narrow shoulders mean too big angle on wrists and pain with standard grips/bars, etc etc… So the answer is yes and no, we don't need different frame, we do need different stuff on the frame though.

    The biggest problem for girls is clothing. Again, we have different body and men's knee/elbow guards don't fit for example. I am yet to find any women specific elbow guards at all.

  14. Hey, I in a cross country race club but i like to ride with my friends some trails and some desnds and I want to buy a new bike but I don't know if to buy a cross country (full suspension) or a trail bike can you help me ??? love your videos <3

  15. #askgmbn I have fullsus bike with 140mm travel on the rear. I'm quite heavy about 95 kilos. Is the rear travel enough for me or should I upgrade to a 160mm rear travel bike?

  16. #askgmbn Why do alot of pro riders wear only a shirt and some jeans, helmet and some knee pads when riding in a double black diamond but when I ride I wear a military grade full body armour just to ride a blue trail ( I don't actually wear those)

  17. Is it more beneficial to buy a dirt jump bike amd equip it with a front brake or buy a street trials bike or an agressive hardtail to use for some trials basics, learn how to jump properly and pumptrack?

  18. #askgmbn Is strength in your legs key for keeping good form when you go through rock gardens/root section/ bumps at high speed? I find my legs giving in and all the breaking and turbulence causes my body to be more toward my front wheel and not over my rear? Just wondering if im weak af and NEED to hit the gym to ride those double blacks smoothly.

  19. #askgmbn looking at getting a Voodoo Bizango 29er as my first bike. I'm 6"3 and 115kg – recommend anything else or is this a good call?

  20. #askgmbn I have a 2017 Rockschock Reverb stealth dropper post on my bike that likes to move very sluggishly and even completely stop working at colder temperatures (35-45 degrees Fahrenheit). Do you have any solutions to this problem?

  21. #ASKGMBN Hey guys, I've just bought a new Hardtail and Im really happy with every bit of it, but I was wondering how I could customise it in a way that doesn't affect how it rides, just make it look cool. Any suggestions?

  22. #askgmbn Helmets and when to wear what type, I am new to riding and have picked up a Bell Super 2 with detachable chin guard. How do you decide when you wear an enduro style helmet and when to wear a full face or is it a confidence thing on normal trails?

  23. Hi, I am contemplating buying a hardtail, my first mountain bike. Inevitably some hard choices will have to be made. Where, in your opinion, is the sweetspot at right now in terms of price to performance? How important are remote lockout, air fork, tapered headtube, through-axles, dropper post, and 1x drivetrain, carbon frame and other traits of more expensive bikes? Where should i draw the line?

  24. #Ask GMBN are mud guards worth it and I have a 2100$ bike ( xc204 khs ) but its 11 years old should I get a new bike or upgrade it

  25. I live in Bangladesh, the roads are not smooth most of them are broken and small holes on main roads. What bike you'll suggest for commuting ? Mountain bike or road bike?

  26. #askgmbn How is the riders weight distributed throughout the spokes? Is it as if the hub is hanging from the top of the rim, or is it even from above and below?

  27. #ASKGMBN I've recently got into MTBing and have bought a dirt jump bike and a full-sus from a friend but I struggle to do any jumps or tricks.
    I do have some of the basic skills but what I really struggle with is the confidence to really hit even small features and always feather the brake.
    Any tips?

  28. #askgmbn please make a video about straight pull hub and normal conventional hub…high flange hub…low flange hub…whos faster…what better…flexing rim…flexing spoke…don’t forget to capture it in slow motion vid… thanks…

  29. Hey! About that 'We won one': I started road biking last year, this season I'd like to mix it up with some MTB as well.
    Have an older full sus, disk break MTB I used mainly for city transport. Can you tell me what should I look at before taking it on my first ride. Mainly interested in MTB specific things like what should I do with old coil suspensions?

  30. Just pee on the derailleur if it is frozen ( Just kidding ) dont try that i can Imagine that it would be horrible if you do plz clean and yes its a bad idea im not responsible of any damage dont do it

  31. The farther and son guy can't even spell, his message doesn't even make sense. Your reaction Martyn was priceless 😂 Keep up the
    good work 👍

  32. Father and son ,,, takin the piss or what ? The beard probably makes you look older ,, you haven't an old wrinkly face ,, think it's the grey beard loose that and bobs ur uncle take care shane uk 🇬🇧

  33. #ASKGMBN can you help me to bunny hop ? Becouse i CAN'T lift back wheel and i keep smashing into thing . Last day i poke iner tube doing that!!!

  34. why does Martyn want to know about my doo doo?? Is this a new vault? I would get a super nice for sure.

  35. Good video but your answers to questions don't go into detail as to why you pick that over the other. More details please when answering a question as to why over the other (for example @ 6:55). Thanks

  36. I upgraded the stock wheels that came on my road bike and transformed the bike for 1/3 the price of what I was planning to spend on a new bike. Amazing difference, to the point that I was actually able to shush the N+1 demon on my shoulder for the foreseeable future.
    Not forever I'm sure, but for a while at least 😀

  37. I have questions I have a 2017 rock hopper sports Stand black edition fallen apart should rebuild it or Or buy a new one

  38. #ASKGMBN Hi love the show, I ride the 2016 650b specialized pitch sport and it has coil spring forks and I am 14 and way 50 kg I find that even on the plushes setting the forks barely moves and feels really tough like I'm going to go over the handle bars so I was looking to go with air forks either fox or rockshox and I wanted to ask you what fork I should go with preferably something more on the plush side.

  39. I have strict criteria on a bike, I ride once a week about 30 miles. I will never spend over $1000 dollars on a bike.
    My current bike is over 30 years old and it is time, there is nothing to upgrade on it, although in perfect working condition, except for the front fork is stiff in turning..

  40. I have 4 months with my XC Bike, with coil suspension and I'm already thinking on a Full suspension. I don't know now if i should have started mountain biking 'cause I always want to do things that require more money. I wish I was good enough to get sponsors…XD

  41. By the way #ASKGMBN Should I upgrade my hardtail Fork and transmission(Haro Double Peak Trail) or should I buy an entry level full suspension (I'm thinking on a GT Verb Elite)? This question has been killing me for a couple of weeks.

  42. Why are women’s bikes so much cheaper than men’s bikes? Economics would say that because they produce less of them, they should be more expensive? Is there that much margin in men’s bikes?

  43. Upgrading allows you to choose wether its your budget or personalizing i went this route the only drawback is choosing parts your better off saving and buying the right parts

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