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Old 08-12-09, 01:07 PM   #1
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The Official Roadie to Mountain bike thread

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Old 08-12-09, 01:17 PM   #2
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The saddle should be at the height of the stem. You should ride trails with your arms extended but your weight towards the back.
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Old 08-12-09, 01:17 PM   #3
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Your stem height dilema is funny to me because I come from a BMX background, and I like big, wide (27") riser bars.

I primarily road ride, though, and have shallow drops and my stem height is up there.

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Old 08-12-09, 01:31 PM   #4
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Is everything going to be "the official_____" with you?

New stem looks perfect. Don't be too hasty to make any decisions about making it any different.

You may be putting a little too much thought into mountain biking. You don't "read a manual" and go ride...just throw a leg over the bike and start pedaling on some trail.

There are some decent basic tips to clearing sketchy sections...but there are plenty of "nooblet threads" already circulating...just search. There's a sticky or two at the top of this forum as well. Good info in there.

I think you're on the right track. When you actually get out there and ride some non-beginner trails...you will appreciate the bar position when negotiating technical terrain. Don't just sit there like a roadie, stand up and float over the gnar. One thing I've noticed about the "official roadie-to-MTB'er" convert...they usuall have the saddle pretty high like they're on the road bike still. Give yourself some room to move around up there. When you drop in a steep / rooty chute, you will want to get back behind that saddle quickly. Your knees will be slightly more bent than they would on your road bike, but you will spend alot more time standing up in the woods.

Lookin' good...I miss radial lacing.


BTW...wha'da'crap is KOPS?
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Old 08-12-09, 01:54 PM   #6
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Glad you didn't stay with the original stem flipped. Looks like it would have resulted in loss of teeth.



P.S. Removing the rear reflector instantly ups your gnar-points.
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I didn't think anything could be "official" until a mod/admin declared it official..

I removed both front and rear reflectors, how many Gnar points did my Dawg gain? lol
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I think you're still digging out from negative gnar-points due to your Cheeto days.
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I think you're on the right track. When you actually get out there and ride some non-beginner trails...you will appreciate the bar position when negotiating technical terrain.
+1... that's why I can't understand how my brother rails around on his CX bike in the drops
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The saddle should be at the height of the stem. You should ride trails with your arms extended but your weight towards the back.
Is this always the case or are there exceptions?
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I was wondering the same
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I think you're still digging out from negative gnar-points due to your Cheeto days.
Well played

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master chief wants his cockpit dialed in before the trails guys! flop the stem down aero=WIN
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This advice is for Freeriding...duh!
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It doesn't need flipped unless you're gonna ride like junkyard.
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Don't just sit there like a roadie, stand up and float over the gnar. One thing I've noticed about the "official roadie-to-MTB'er" convert...they usuall have the saddle pretty high like they're on the road bike still. Give yourself some room to move around up there. When you drop in a steep / rooty chute, you will want to get back behind that saddle quickly.
I agree with what chelboed is saying, but I do like my saddle a bit higher on ascent climbs, as I can get a bit more traction as I sit. When coming into a technical section, I just stand and do what is needed to get over or around it. Now on a descent I will lower my saddle so as to toss the bike around and get behind it when needed, as I also want to keep my lower jewels intact. This is me, others ride in other ways..
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Old 08-12-09, 09:28 PM   #17
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Another question for the resident mtn bike experts: When riding on a dirt road (hard packed dirt) that's about 1ft - 2ft wide, what setting should the front suspension be?
Locked out if possible, but it doesn't look like you can do that on the older suspension. I thought you were kinda supposed to set those things for your weight and forget it, it's been awhile so I am hazy.

Are you thinking about getting a new seat? I use a Specialized Phenom saddle which is the mountain equivalent of the Toupe. It's a great saddle.

Edit - Still a great looking bike! Very nice.
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If this were the roadie forum, everyone would yell "FLIP IT FLIP IT!!!". So....I did just that.


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Nice bike. I don't know about the reversed stem though - it just has that look of
begging to go over the bars on the first drop you encounter - too much weight forward
in that position?
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Is this always the case or are there exceptions?
Pretty much always the case. Particulary important on the downhills that you delibarately keep the weight on the back of the bike by pinching the saddle with your tighs.
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When you are going downhill you need your saddle lower so that you can shift your weight back and not get your yeehaws caught. Plus you need your saddle a tad lower when you aren't going downhill so you can use your legs to move the bike around if need be.
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stop resurrecting old threads to ask a question. you have 2 brand new threads to do that in.
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Maybe I'm doing it wrong
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It's a joke. If you ever post a picture of your road bike on the road bike forums with the stem slightly angled up (like the 3rd picture I posted up), you'll hear the ubiquitous "flip it" comment from everyone & their mothers.
Oh. In that case. . .

I have no knowledge of the roadie universe.
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Pretty much always the case. Particulary important on the downhills that you delibarately keep the weight on the back of the bike by pinching the saddle with your tighs.
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OH junkyard. I TOTALLY had something to say in reply to you but I really didn't want to get you started.
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