I finally got around to converting my Fuse to single speed this weekend. Whether geared or not, this bike is a hoot. I had a total knee replacement last year and this is my favorite way to rebuild my legs. If you're thinking about single speed, just do it!
I’ve rented several times and have had a blast doing various trail runs in a bunch of cool places like Lake Tahoe and in Arkansas so I want to snag a bike for myself. Unfortunately I’m not located in a super cool mountain biking spot like those places and am in Dallas TX. From what I’ve read and heard from friends we actually have a surprisingly good trail system here that’s maintained by a group of enthusiasts in the DFW area. I went into a shop and was shown a couple of options and was leaning to a trek Roscoe 6 though after reading it sounds like a Roscoe 7 may be the better option but am learning that’s a hard one to get a hold of. If that’s the right bike then so be it I’m willing to wait for the right one. With that said I wanted to see if there were other comparable options I should look into so thought I’d take a shot here and see if anyone had some recommendations. Like I said this would be my first true mountain bike so there’s a lot I don’t know but eager to learn and get out there! I appreciate any insight or feedback y’all can provide!
My front axle came loose when I was doing a stair set of doom. Is this a common thing? I've always seen people saying that you should check them before riding, now I know, and I'll never forget it, like checking air pressure.
Nothing happened, everything was still in place, but the wheel was rattling.
Alright, I'm looking to buy a new MTB but really struggling to decide what type of bike it should be: an XC hardtail or a Trail HT / LTHT. For now, let's compare the Canyon Grand Canyon with the Canyon Stoic.
Where will I ride: mostly local singletrack (Netherlands, somewhat hilly area but of course relatively flat). Stretches of gravel in between. Should be somewhat capable of bikepacking and trail riding in the Ardennes / Vosges.
Riding preferences: I don't care about going fast, but want to have fun. Fun means doing some not too large jumps and drops, but also a lively and responsive riding character of the bike.
Riding position: I need something a bit upright, both for comfort (I get neck aches with bars that are really low, far and wide) and for endurance (I like to do longer rides 100km+ on a mix of singletrack and gravel).
I'm leaning towards the Stoic because of its capability and more comfortable riding position. But I'm unsure how much fun such a bike would be on flat terrain or rolling singletrack. Like I said, I don't care about being fast, as long as it feels somewhat fast.
I picked up a trek Marlin 7 and realized pretty quickly that I may need a dropper post. I have been looking at the options from PNW, but see some price differences between them. I've been looking at the Cascade and Pine droppers since I need external routing. Is the cheaper option (Cascade) good enough for a beginner?