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New to MTB. Just got 2006 Giant Anthem 2 and 2012 Trek 8500

Old 10-13-17, 07:48 AM
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New to MTB. Just got 2006 Giant Anthem 2 and 2012 Trek 8500

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Some questions:
-- Tires for Connecticut trail riding? We have road bikes for the smooth stuff...
-- New brakes for the Trek? I think the hydraulics on there are probably completely frozen and I have no hydraulic specific tools. Someone recommended SPYKES on the mechanic thread.
-- Educate me on press fit BB's -- I've never had one. Special tools needed? The Trek should probably get a new BB
-- Suggestions on setting these bikes up for switching to bikepacking mode? I want to tackle the C and O trail again with the right bike.
-- Any other "here's what I'd do with them" suggestions would also be welcome. I like to do my own work on bikes.
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What? 26 inch wheels and a triple? But those are so slow now. Just kidding, it's what I prefer. I have a new bike with Avid DB1 hydro brakes. They're lower end but work outstanding and you can get them cheap. Mine have plenty of power, no rotor rub and are completely silent so far.

Unless I'm totally missing something, your bike doesn't have a pressfit bottom bracket, it uses outboard bearings like these.



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Thanks @Lazyass . I'll double check.

Beggars can't be choosers... the Giant was $100, and the Trek was free! I'm gonna go with being OK that they're not 650B 1x11's

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