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  2. Last winter I had an accident because my brakes failed. The irony is that I am very serious about safe driving; I definitely spent a few hours of my life reading about what rules to follow when driving at this time, something like this http://bestadviser.net/how-to/how-to-keep-riding-in-wet-and-cold-conditions/ and I have a lot of practice by the way. So I strongly recommend you dont repeat my mistake and pay maximum attention on your brakes.
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  4. Hey, I have seen your Video. Thanks very much. I have a 2012 Felt F75 and after 7 years the brakes become really worse. So I´m really interested in an Upgrade. But in the Link to the Standard mount there is written, that I need 105 5800 shifters, which would cost me 160 €. Do I really need them?
  5. soap94

    Comfortable allround bike 2K€

    I would recommend something from Honda, and a used model of course. Here is a list of models you might want, with all characteristics and specs https://bike.net/Honda
  6. GogeRoad

    What size is shown in video

    They have only 54-56, 56-58, 58-60, 60-62 sizes, i think here is L size (58-60). You'd better try on a helmet in the store. But honestly, I don’t really like this company. Once bought their helmet for a husband. Recently I looked for reviews on the Internet and came across such helmets http://bestadviser.net/reviews/mountain-bikes-reviews/top-mountain-bikes-helmets-and-clothing-review/ Pretty good features. You can read reviews and find something cheaper and better.
  7. Majdi Saibi

    Is high HEART RATE dangerous for you?

    My heart rate goes up and down very quickly. My rest heart rate is 62bpm and when I run (using treadmill) I get 200bpm easily (6mph). Walking my heart rate will be 130bpm. I'm 25 years old 95KG and 178cm. Any thoughts please?
  8. Hi there, I got a strange problem here: Anyone else with this problem? Cogs 11, 10, 9, 8, 7 are ticking/grinding on the next higher cog (blue marking). Chainline is correct, shifting works fine (no problems in the green marked zone), cassette is mounted with 40 nm. I already found out, that some users experience similar problems on 2 cogs. So if you experienced the same problem, tell me. Greetings
  9. I recently bent the 36 tooth cog on my Eagle NX Cassette and am not sure how to proceed. I have been told a screw drive and a hammer are my best options but there has to be a better approach. A new cassette is not an option at this time.
  10. Bikes111

    What size is shown in video

    Just curious, what size is it of the uvex htlm 10 in this video
  11. Friends! Here's the list of all Cannondale bike models with the derailleur hanger symbols.
  12. Crazy Daizy

    Which bike is better

    Hey. There is no definite answer. Both bikes are good in their category. When I chose my first mountain bike, I sat / rode my husband's bike - it was Merida - and I didn't like it ( I read bike reviews like this https://www.bicycling.com/bikes-gear/mountain-bike/a20048810/best-mountain-bikes/ http://bestadviser.net/reviews/mountain-bikes-reviews/top-mountain-bikes-helmets-and-clothing-review/ and opted for Giant
  13. I have a 1 X mountain bike.I have a disability that will not allow me to use my right fingers very well to shift the rear cassette on my bicycle. Is there anybody that makes a rear shifter for the left side of the handle bar? Or any suggestions on how to make it work?
  14. David97

    Which bike is better

    Trek Marlin 6 VS Merida big 9 300 https://www.trekbikes.com/us/en_US/bikes/mountain-bikes/cross-country-mountain-bikes/marlin/marlin-6/p/23121/ https://www.tredz.co.uk/.Merida-Big-Nine-300-29-Mountain-Bike-2019-Hardtail-MTB_203057.htm The Merida cost a litlle bit more than the Trek but does it realiiy matter? do they really worth the price?
  15. SR Suntour XCR Air LOR Below a video tutorial on how to overhaul a budget air fork from Suntour + some pictures from the servicing process.
  16. nepo

    Comfortable allround bike 2K€

    Hi Xavier, I don't know if you bought you bike already but since you are Portuguese like me and we live almost on the same area maybe I can help. Do you know the brand Coluer? In my area (south of the Tejo river) I know a shop that sell it, maybe you heard of it (Byke Mania), normally they have fair prices and work with several brands Here you have the Coluer Wizard 5.0 with a very nice carbon frame, good RockShox Judy Gold RL suspension and SRAM NX transmision for a litle bit more than 2000€ (you can get a discount from the price on the official site). I'm happy to see that we have here more Portuguese people Cheers
  17. SickBiker

    clipless pedal problem

    I totally agree with @Hardi. It is the sole of your shoe, that creates the tension and not the cleats, which are compatible with the pedals. The M520 pedals are one of the easiest for mounting and dismounting.
  18. I would start with the chainrings, Graz. I've been riding the 32T chainrings with 10-50T cassette so far. Are you sure 1x drivetrain with 34 or 36T will be OK for you daughter? Otherwise, the Octalink should be a bit lighter and just more up-to-date BB.
  19. SickBiker

    Inseam x 0.883 makes saddle too high!

    The "inseam x 0.8" method is just the starting point. If you FEEL the saddle is to high, you should definitely lower it, by 1-3 mm each time, until it feels right.
  20. Weird. Do you have these brakes? https://www.trpcycling.com/product/spyre/
  21. SickBiker

    Swop 27.5 wheelset for29ers?

    If you swap both wheels with 29", no angles will change, yet the bike will sit higher and you'd have to lower the travel of the suspension.
  22. SickBiker

    Frame is cracked! Please, help!!!!!

    Save the search on eBay and watch for new auctions: https://www.ebay.de/sch/i.html?_odkw=ghost+asx&_osacat=0&_from=R40&_trksid=m570.l1313&_nkw=gost+asx&_sacat=0
  23. SickBiker

    Rear derailleur touching the cassette

    It's a shame, we can't find the solution. Cheers!
  24. Hallo Ulrich The Rose Backroad has been with me for couple of hundreds kilometers and it turned out to be a very good gravel bike. The frame feels light and stiff. It could be a bit more compliant though. No problems with cables, good shifting and the brakes were the best I had so far on a road / gravel bike. Extremely powerful.
  25. What should a good $2000 Cross Country hardtail offer? Are you looking for a fast and reliable XC mountain bike, having a sub $2000 budget? Let's compare the features of three well known hardtails: Trek X-Caliber 9, Scott Scale 980, Merida Big Nine NX Edition. So here are the main features, that make the bike worths 2000 USD: solid, lightweight, stiff aluminium frame, with tapered head tube. suspension fork with an air spring - your MTB ride for $2000 will be a hardtail, reliable drivetrain, with wide gearing ratio: 2x11 or 1x12 (1x11 at the very least), strong, hydraulic disc brakes, preferably through axles front and rear + boost system, the whole bike weight without pedals - 12 - 12,5 kg. 1. The frame. If you expect your new sub $2000 machine to be a good Cross Country bike, then it should be build on an advanced, alloy frame. I say "advanced", meaning that it won't be a budget one. It should be made of the butted tubes, hydroformed and / or mechanically formed, so that it will provide a stiff platform for hard pedalling up the hills and cutting through the trails down the hill. A tapered head tube is one of the parts, that will enhance the stiffness. It means, that a lower headset bearing will be larger than the upper one and also the forks steering tube will be shaped accordingly. A common standard here is the diameter of 1 1/8" by 1.5". All three bikes have got a tapered head tube and hydroformed tubes. All three frames are also front derailleur compatible. Merida Big Nine and Scott Scale 980 have the full internal cable routing and Trek X-Caliber has the rear brake housing routed externally. The Merida has an additional smart entry system, that allows you to clamp the housing under tension, which prevents the rattling. 2. The suspension fork. A coil spring on the fork is unacceptable here. For $2000 you should get a bike with a pretty light air fork. The air spring not only lowers the weight of the bike, but also allows for a precise SAG and firmness adjustment simply with a pump. The Big Nine comes with a Manitou Markhor fork, which is one of the best in this price. It weighs just about 1696 g, which is very light. A Cross Country fork must have a lockout and if it comes with a remote lever on the handlebars, that will be very helpful on the demanding XC tracks. Most of the pro riders will use the forks with 32 mm stanchions. Manitou Markhor comes with 30 mm stanchions, but it feels stiff enough for me, probably also because of its unique crown design. The Trek X-Caliber is equipped with the RockShox Judy Silver TK fork and the Scott Scale 980 has got the RockShox 30 Silver TK fork. So all three are the air forks, with 30 mm stanchions and remote lockout. Manitou is by far the lightest in this comparison. 3. The drivetrain. What is important for you, as a Cross Country rider? The gearing ratio and of course the reliability. You need to be as fast, as possible on the climbs and the downhills, so your gearing ratio is more important on the XC bike, than on a trail, or even Enduro bike. The best options are: 1x12, 2x11 and 2x10 systems. Some racing hardtails still come with the 1x11 drivetrain, but 11 sprockets on the cassette with just one on the crankset may be too hard for long climbing. The Sram NX Eagle comes with one chainring at the front and 12 speed cassette (11-50T), which is quite optimal for Cross Country and actually 99% of the pro riders use this option. The Sram NX Eagle is the cheapest option for 1x12 drivetrain, as Shimano presented only their top XTR groupset as 12 speed. The Trek X-Caliber comes with 2x11, mixed drivetrain: Shimano XT rear derailleur, Shimano SLX front derailleur, Shimano SLX shifters and cassette (11-42T). The Scott Scale 980 and the Merida Big Nine ride on NX Eagle. 4. The brakes. All of the sub $2000 bikes will offer the hydraulic disc brakes at this price point. The Merida comes with the 2-finger, Shimano MT-500 brakes, while the Trek X-Caliber has the Shimano MT-400 and Scott Scale the Shimano MT-201, 3-finger brakes. Of course, the MT-500 are closer to the ones, that pro riders use. 5. Through axles, boost system. To make a long story short: the through axles and the boost system make the whole chassis stiffer. An amateur rider won't notice the difference, but it's definitely there. A stiffer frame will be more predictable, will transfer your power better to the ground and the boost system makes for a stiffer wheels and fork too. Here is, what our three bikes offer in these terms: Merida Big Nine NX Edition - front through axle, rear through axle, boost fork, boost frame, Scott Scale 980 - no through axles, boost frame, Trek X-Caliber 9 - front through axle, boost frame, boost fork. 6. The weight. The weight of XC hardtail, that goes up and down for 90 minutes, can be quite important. As it turns out, it can vary a lot, even for the bikes of a similar price. Here is the comparison of our three: Merida Big Nine NX Edition - 11,87 kg, Scott Scale 980 - 12,6 kg, Trek X-Caliber 9 - 13,15 kg. 100 grams may not change much in the race, but over a kilogram is a huge difference! Merida wins here with the fork, probably with the wheels and frame too. Comparing the weight will always tell you, how much money and time the manufacturer invested in the bike. Do you see any other alloy hardtail, that could compete with Merida here?
  26. Hello Danny, I saw a Rose Backroad Gravel Bike in some vids on your channel (one about Powermeters) several months ago. But I didn't find any review of this yet, though I watch most of your content? Since I'm interested in this bike and Gravel bikes in general, I would really appreciate to hear some thoughts from you about this special model or Gravel bikes in general. Merry Christmas, happy Holidays and better weather! Ullrich, Northern Black Forest, Germany
  27. mazzi

    Rear derailleur touching the cassette

    Thank you for the interest showed for my problem(it really means a lot). Unfortunately that is the original hanger and it is mounted on the right side. I decided to give up for now(too many searches and headaches) and build another bike. P.S. Happy Holidays and all the best!
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