Mountain bikes have a whole lot of parts, and sometimes it’s not so straightforward finding the ones that fit. People message me all the time asking what parts fit their bike, and so I’d like to think they did a lot of Googling and struck out. What do you even Google search? Is there a better way? Today, we’ll cover the basics!
Yes, this video is way oversimplified and at times, flat out dismissive of details. I know Sram and Shimano 12 speed MTB chains aren’t “perfectly” compatible. Some bikes have freewheels and don’t take cassettes. There was a time where no bike took a thru axle. You could in theory buy a 12 speed HG cassette which would be incompatible with Microspline, which I omitted. Yes, rims have widths too. Older bikes have rim brakes. Valve caps aren’t universal—especially since some riders are going back to shrader. In our original footage I went on forever about wheels and Boost, but we edited it down to a minute because it felt overwhelming and counterproductive. In the end I didn’t feel these caveats would be important to someone who doesn’t have enough experience to Google something. This will hopefully be a simple and welcoming way to get them started out. Thanks for understanding, and feel free to include more info below because the comment section itself is a valuable resource.
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