Are You Too Short To Ride A 29er MTB? | Ask GMBN Anything About Mountain Biking

Are You Too Short To Ride A 29er MTB? | Ask GMBN Anything About Mountain Biking

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  1. FajerwereG on June 25, 2019 at 6:54 pm

    #askgmbn Hi guys! Do you have any tips for suspension settings? I want to set my Canyon Strive for jibbing and some street riding becouse its winter and i dont hit the woods that much. Any tips? my suspension feels planted in the currents setting. I weight 65kg, i have RS Lyrik rct3 160mm and a RS monarch rc3 160mm. any tips to get the suspension more poppy? I dont want to do anything with volume spacers tho. Cheers!!!

  2. Peter Clough on June 25, 2019 at 6:55 pm

    #AskGMBN I have a 2014 specialised status 1 which is stock everything, and the forks are a single crown and I want to upgrade to dual crown forks. But my forks are tapered, how could I fit a straight fork into a tapered headset?

  3. Greysen Thweatt on June 25, 2019 at 6:57 pm

    Would a chromag hardtail be good for my style of riding cause I like to do downhill stuff and do jumps and im going to crankworx would it be ok

  4. Aaron Leahy on June 25, 2019 at 6:58 pm


    Love the show, long time fan!

    So i recently moved to Australia, and it’s time to get a bike here. I’m thinking a Trek Remedy 8 (27.5 plus bike)or Slash 8 (29er). Would there be noticeable difference between 27.5 + and 29, I’m told they’re near enough the same in diameter? All my previous bikes have been 29er and I loved the ability of those wheels to roll over stuff and carry speed, would i get the same benefits from the 27.5+?

  5. michael nield on June 25, 2019 at 7:00 pm

    Love the shows guys! Been watching since 2016. I’m purchasing a new bike but am stuck between carbon or alloy frame. I’ll get the same build either way (Pivot bike, Pro X01 build)but am worried about care and specifically transport of a carbon frame on my roof rack. Are most bike racks ok for carbon frames? What are some no-no’s when storing and moving a carbon bike around?

  6. m hadley on June 25, 2019 at 7:01 pm

    I’m ready to upgrade from an entry level hardtail to my first fs, ideally a mid-travel trail bike. I’m fortunate to have a pretty substantial budget, but also definitely not an "advanced" rider yet. Should I get the absolute most bike I can afford or something a little more intermediate/value oriented? #askgmbn

  7. Richard Peet on June 25, 2019 at 7:05 pm

    29 and being short depends on the design. I am 5’4" with a 29" inseam. Standover clearance was my biggest worry because I want to be able to put my foot down when the front end slides out. I went with the Ibis DV9 with 29" 2.6" wide tires. That was the only 29 I could find that I could put both feet on the ground with. I love the bike.

  8. Dan The Man on June 25, 2019 at 7:05 pm

    #askgmbn Are wider tires on 17 mm rims more prone to squirming under lateral loads? The original 2.25 wide ones are in need of replacement, the grip really starts to improve around 24 psi but then they start to squirm and bottom out. There is plenty of room to go wider which I would like to do. I know that this problem probably has a lot to do with the quality of these tires but don’t want to end up in a similar scenario.

    BTW mostly riding a combination of flowy technical trails on a tubeless conversion 26" hard tail on dry gravely trails.

  9. Benedict King Reutens on June 25, 2019 at 7:07 pm

    #askgmbn can i open a rounded thru axle stuck to my fork?

  10. Justin Roethke on June 25, 2019 at 7:07 pm

    #askgmbn should you clean brand new rotors?

  11. RSD_MtnBiker on June 25, 2019 at 7:08 pm

    How do riders qualify/get selected for Crankworx, Rampage and the like?

  12. Phillip Schmidt on June 25, 2019 at 7:08 pm

    I’m going on a flight soon with my MTB, and im kinda worried about loss or damages to my expensive baby. Do you know of a good travel insurance that covers $3500 bikes? It’s just for a one-way trip.
    Thanks in advance

  13. Alexander W. Barg on June 25, 2019 at 7:10 pm

    #askgmbn Hi, I am searching for a new Enduro, and i think i found it, sadly it’s not available in my size (L). Now my question is, can the 29 er wheles make the medium Bike fit me?

  14. J B on June 25, 2019 at 7:11 pm

    4’ 11” is too short for a 29er

    My daughter is 5”2” and has a 29er but is at the limit

    Most smaller sizes come in 27.5 and not 29

  15. Jakob Svetelj on June 25, 2019 at 7:12 pm

    Hi guys!!! I just want to ask you how much psi do I have to put into my tires if I ride down the stairs or urban downhill???

  16. Shel on June 25, 2019 at 7:12 pm

    Is it faster to jump or roll small buildups?

  17. Taun Bewsher on June 25, 2019 at 7:12 pm

    #askgmbn I am looking for a service to help plan an epic 14 day from London to Hamburg, as part of a fundraising and awareness campaign for the organisation I work for. IS there one that specifically shows green lanes and gravel tracks? I have looked at, but cant seem to make out if the bike paths are paved or not. I want to make the route as MTBey as possible

  18. JimmyRed1234 on June 25, 2019 at 7:12 pm

    #askgmbn I am training for an Enduro event at a chair-lifted bike park with lots of very intense descending. Last time I rode here, I experienced fairly bad arm pump, I don’t really have this problem at other tracks but this one is long and fast. Are there any training exercises or other tips I can incorporate to minimize this at the race? I have 6 weeks to prepare!

  19. AwesomeApollo on June 25, 2019 at 7:17 pm

    #askGMBN Where has Jess gone?

  20. Daniel Wyn Thomas on June 25, 2019 at 7:17 pm

    #askgmbn My dropper post sags a little when i put my weight on the seat. Is this normal or does it need servicing? Its a rock shox reverb. Thanks

  21. Alex Savvas on June 25, 2019 at 7:18 pm

    I have a 2.1 wheel and I is it okay to use different size tubes

  22. Michael Poloskey on June 25, 2019 at 7:18 pm

    I’m at a height of 2.5m. My weight is tipping the scales at 140kg. So my question is: what is the best seat on the market that can support my nuts. I’ve tried most seats out there but I still find that my nuts sit awkwardly. After every ride, they swell to the size of a grapefruit. The swelling sometimes subsided within a couple of hours but sometimes it takes days. #askgmbn

  23. ryan soto on June 25, 2019 at 7:18 pm

    On Blake learns cyclocross: @1:32 "I have always Bennett interested in a cyclocross bike" -bing bing. No way that can be true right? #askgmbn

  24. Joe Thompson on June 25, 2019 at 7:21 pm

    #askgmbn I’m looking for a ‘mini’ enduro event in the uk, like the one Blake did, can you recommend any?

  25. Emir Krdzalic on June 25, 2019 at 7:21 pm

    #askgmbn I have encounted those yellow stickers on forks that say for leisure xc. Should i take those warnings seriously ?

  26. Keanu Villanueva on June 25, 2019 at 7:21 pm

    #AskGMBN Can you make your rear shock to propel your jump higher? Or is it enitirely for gripping ang absorbing shock from drops?

  27. MrLeelee101 on June 25, 2019 at 7:23 pm

    #askGMBN So live in a little place called Shepton Mallet in the UK. I know if some pretty fun and lengthy bridleways to have so fun on! But I wanna know how I can find out where I can and can’t ride without fear of facing an angry farmers double barrel?! 😯

  28. The LapiZ on June 25, 2019 at 7:27 pm

    My problem here is I’m too tall and I want a 26er just because of how fun it is and how used I got to it lol

  29. Lazarosp9 Official on June 25, 2019 at 7:27 pm

    Are the br mt 500 good shimano hydraulics I’m racing xc-mtb

  30. Global Mountain Bike Network on June 25, 2019 at 7:27 pm

    Let us know your mountain bike questions below 👇👇 #askgmbn

  31. Vincent Muller on June 25, 2019 at 7:28 pm

    #askgmbn hi I’m sort of a beginner rider and really want to get into dirt jumping. I have a crappy hardtail with really non-agressive geometry, i can clear small tables at dirt jumps but want to get better. I really want to invest in the scott voltage dirt jumper but i don’t know whether i should wait till i can clear gaps on my old bike. (Im 14 so it takes a while for me to make money)

  32. Kairi oblivious on June 25, 2019 at 7:29 pm

    #AskGMBN im looking to get into XC and i was looking at a 2nd hand polygon COZMIC29 RX2 it is in good condition and im is this a good bike for this if not what am i looking for and what makes a good XC bike?

  33. StinkyPodRacer on June 25, 2019 at 7:29 pm

    Nice thumbnail

  34. Jorge Álvarez on June 25, 2019 at 7:30 pm

    #askgmbn I’ve got a 26" XC hardtail and I am thinking of upgrading the fork. Would it be a good idea to get a 27.5" fork in order to put a thinner 27.5" tyre on the front with a wider 26" in the back.
    Compared to the video you did using 29" and 27.5" it could be better as it may be more beneficial in a hardtail and the difference between 26" and 27.5" is smaller than between 27.5" and 29".

  35. MTB rebel on June 25, 2019 at 7:34 pm

    #askgmbn I have recently bought a Dartmoor primal hardtail frame which I will build up! I also have a giant trance which is a full sus but I don’t know which bike to ride on different terrain? Could u awesome guys at gmbn help me out. what bike should I use on different terrain?

  36. Ben Mace on June 25, 2019 at 7:35 pm

    #askGMBN. HI, I’m wondering if you can tell me how high an enduro MTB seat should be when fully lowered, and what constitutes to "too high" VS "normal"
    I’m asking because I ride a 2015 PIVOT MACH6 CARBON which has that notorious Crank Bros Kronolog dropper. Fully slammed, both feet are still 2 inches off the deck. Is this about normal for enduro riding or a bit too high? I’m 5’7" and ride the medium size. I’m looking into the OneUp dropper which will give me a bit more slamming ability but if you think my current setup sounds ok then I’ll save my pennies.

  37. martin smith on June 25, 2019 at 7:35 pm

    Hi, i was wondering why rear hubs seem to make more noise (that cracking noise) the better or more expensive the bike is. LOVE the Channel

  38. Yolanda Dell on June 25, 2019 at 7:37 pm

    Please help me. I am 5 ft tall and not a very confident mtb’er. I have a 27.5 mtb at the moment but looking at getting a XS 29er. Would you suggest I stick with 27.5? I don’t fly downhill, kind of wear out my brakes and very cautious on single track switch backs so I don’t know if I would benefit from a 29er?

  39. Oleg Revulet on June 25, 2019 at 7:38 pm

    #AskGMBN Is there any UpHill mtb race somewhere? I mean short ~1km for example, time race? Any tips for this kind of race?

  40. JamesWTennyson on June 25, 2019 at 7:40 pm

    Hi GNBM, I am looking to enter some enduro events in 2019. I ride a 2019 Orange Crush 29er. Do you know which enudro events in the UK have hardtail specific categories? Thanks James

  41. G4MING4EVA on June 25, 2019 at 7:41 pm

    #askgmbn Hi , I am a pro rider , and I want to get a bike that can stand high jumps , and really technical routes , so I´ve wanted to ask ; If I buy an enduro bike , could I modify it to a dh ambit , or it would be better if I buy a complete purpose dh bike , thx for your reply #askgmbn.

  42. J Best on June 25, 2019 at 7:42 pm

    Hey guys! Need help on selecting my new bike; Ideally for the type of riding I would like to do, the Santa Cruz 5010/ Specialized Stumpy seams to tick all the boxes. However, I’m a long term Identiti fan and love the look of the Mettle in grey.

    My question is; how much will having the extra 30mm of travel front/ rear hinder my riding on single tracks/ climbs and general riding around? Or what would you choose?? #AskGMBN

  43. Israel Zenteno on June 25, 2019 at 7:42 pm

    I started with a 29 bike that was medium size, being only 5’8" found it to be a bit too big, even after installing the shortest stem I could find 35mm, bought myself a Canyon Spectral, and using their size selector tool, selected a small frame, that only comes in 27.5 so yeah, it could be too big for you, but as other have recommended, try a bike before you buy it, if you can do this on your local trails, even better, I find that I can ride my trails much faster and with more confidence using my small frame and 27.5 wheels

  44. bugeye72 on June 25, 2019 at 7:43 pm

    can I put a GoPro session under the peak of any open face helmets for mtb

  45. L3BOWS3R on June 25, 2019 at 7:46 pm

    #askGMBN Hello, i am currently in the market for a new full suspension 29 inch Trail bike to replace my 10 year old hardtail, i have managed to narrow it down to two bikes, the Giant Trance 29er 2 and the Scott Genius 950, but am stuck between the two. Which do you think be the better choice and why?

  46. Marty See on June 25, 2019 at 7:48 pm

    I ride one root infested trail system and its very different from other trails I ride which are more rocky.Lots of petite woman ride 29rs there.Being a 5’4 male I could make a 29r work there but I may not like it on really tight stuff.Going to demo one in the near future.

  47. Lone Cyclist on June 25, 2019 at 7:50 pm

    I’m 5’7 (171cm) and I use 27.5 suits me well

  48. MTB Life Croatia on June 25, 2019 at 7:50 pm

    *I have problems with suspension fork. My suspension can have max 80 psi and I am 70kg heavy. When I sit on bike and drive 2 seconds, suspension bottoms out. What should I do? I heard something about volume spacers but I’m not sure. Thanks!* #askgmbn

  49. Ganjel Lawang on June 25, 2019 at 7:52 pm

    I’m 5’5 just got me specialized carve comp 29er frame size 17.5 for $400. Definitely will buy 29er from now on if I ever going to get a new bike with at least M size frame

  50. Dan McCauley on June 25, 2019 at 7:52 pm

    #askgmbn New bike with a SRAM 1×12 and I wanted to get a bash guard and I’m seeing lots of combo chain + bash guard. It doesn’t seem like a chain guard is needed with a 1x and narrow wide, but do you guys ever drop chains on a 1x to make the chain guard worthwhile?