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What Sort Of Bike Would You Buy? | Ask GMBN Anything About Mountain Biking

October 10, 2019

– Welcome to this week’s
Ask GMBN where we’re going to get stuck into all of your questions about mountain biking
that you’ve given us in the comments down below and
through our hashtag Ask GMBN and, of course on email: [email protected] Thanks for getting involved. That’s a precursor to the
questions we’re about to get to. – Yeah. – Neil, are you ready? I’ve specifically chosen
questions this week that are going to test you out. – Are they all about fat bikes? (laughs) – No, Damn it! I’ve failed already. – Well E-bikes. – E-bikes, right, here we go. First question is from Bike MTB. This is a good one for you actually. I’m interested in the answer. If you could buy one bike
and one bike only, Neil, which one would it be? In terms of the discipline. – The oldest question in mountain biking. – It’s great, though, isn’t it? It’s great. – For me personally I would
have a, sort of, traily Enduro bike, 140, 150 mil travel. – Yeah, yeah. – Something I’ve got
recently, a Scott Genius, I love it. It does all the stuff I
want to do, like ride miles, but also be really good down hill, obviously, it’s super light as well. But it’s not gonna be as good downhill as an Enduro bike or a downhill bike. But for me, that is the perfect bike. – Nice, nice, and could
do myself, sort of like, a pre-accident and post. – Yeah. – Pre-accident would be a
really cool, aggressive, geometry hard tail with front suspension, because I could just,
that suited my riding. – Two brakes. – Aw yeah, aw yeah I’ve
got to have two brakes. And then, maybe single speed, no not
single speed, scrub that. And then now I just need
as much boing as I can get, travel, it’s all about travel. – Big bike. – Basically, it’s the
best for me at the moment. Good question, I enjoyed answering that. I liked that thanks. Jeff C: coming to your channel from GCN, that’s alright that’s fine. And I’ve been mountain
biking a few months, I’m looking to buy a full suspension bike, what are your thoughts
on piggyback shocks? So we probably should explain
what a piggyback shock it. – It’s a rear suspension
and it’s got an extra damping bit with more oil in there. It really comes down
to what you’re going to ride, I would think you’re
probably riding more miles more cross country stuff,
then I would say no. It’s probably going to
be heavier than you need and it’s not going to get very hot, so you don’t need all that
extra fluid and stuff. So I would say probably not,
you’re probably better off with a, just normal airshock. – It is quite a common question though, is that that extra little
reservoir on top of the shock or below it, can sometimes
ask the question, well what’s that doing
if you don’t need it. – Bigger downhill rides,
more aggressive riding, then it’s going to help,
but other than that no. – Good answer. Right next question is from CO2R. GMBN, is there any
future in mountain biking like we can make a living from it? Well that’s interesting question. – That’s a tough question to answer. You can do it. – I don’t think, really,
that’s the way to look at it. Even if that’s what you
want to get out of it. If you’re coming in to
mountain biking and you’re thinking can I make this a career, can I make a career in the
industry, answer is yes. There is lots of different
things you can do in mountain biking, but
the way you’re going to get to all of them, I think,
is just by enjoying it. All the people I know love the sport and are working in the
industry either as a rider, or promoting events,
or working with brands, marketing, all that stuff,
there’s so many things in the sport you can do these days. Youtube channels, there’s so many options. They’re all doing it just
because they really love it. – I definitely stumbled in
to it because I loved racing, and it brought from there. I got better sponsorship and then that, the more of that you
get the more it builds. And that was the start of it all, and I’ve ended up here
doing this, which is quite a lot different than that, however, I started it because I loved riding bikes. – I think we’ve stumbled
on a dream job dude, I don’t know how we’ve done it. Shhh keep quite, keep quite. But yes, there are roles to do and we need you guys involved. So get on with it. Ryan JH. Is it possible to cripple carbon rims? Cripple carbon rims, my
friend has carbon rims on his bike and his rear
wheel appears crippled. – I’m assuming you mean buckled, that’s what we call it. No I would see, I’ve never
seen a buckled carbon rim. They’re so straight,
they’re either straight or they’re broken. And if they break they tend
to delaminate or something. So… no. – No. I’ve never seen one buckled myself. Kyle. Who says, do you recommend
buying a dirt jump bike for skatepark and some
light trials riding? – Well a dirt jump bike’s
probably going to have single speed and potentially one brake, so it’s not really that
great at trails is it? – No, dirt jump in a skate
park, brilliant, great fun. Trial it’s going to be very frustrating. Because you’re not going
to have a front brake, and for trials you really need two brakes. To really, you know, really
do all the manoeuvres and all the different skills,
you do need those two brakes. It could be done, but a lot harder. – Foot jamming I think. – And the gearing would not be. – Wrong. – Yeah you want a really light gear. So not ideal for trials. Axel Gref says, I’m a cross country racer and they’ve started
adding jumps in the races, good make it more fun to watch, I want to learn how to
jump properly on a bike and maybe learn to do tricks. In brackets, (whip it like Nino Schurte). I’m going to come to that in a second. So should I buy a dirt jump bike or a race BMX to learn jumps. – I would say probably a dirt jump bike. Raxe BMX are great, but
they’re super twitchy. It’s not going to feel much like your, well it’s not going to feel anything like your cross country bike. Whereas a dirt jump bike
is still a mountain bike, it’s bigger, feels a lot more
like a cross country bike with the low saddle I suppose. – I would stick with
the cross country bike and continue to jump with that. The bike’s going to be able to
take it, they can take a lot. – Stick your seat down a bit. – But I want to just touch on the whip bit with Nino Schurte, Nino
Schurte can’t whip. Well if he can whip, he ain’t doing them. – It’s a bit of a tweak. – He does a tweak tabletop. – He looks pretty good. – It’s pretty cool, I think he does it too much, just saying,
putting it out here. You know, don’t want to come
across as a one trick pony when you’re the greatest
mountain biker on the planet. That’s all I’m saying. – It’s flipping hard to do
anything on a cross country bike. – Yeah, so I would say
if you’re going to whip, you’re going to need a dirt jump bike. Probably not for cross country, but that cross country bike can jump. And while we’re on the subject, why don’t we take a look at how
to jump a mountain bike a video we made previously. – Welcome to my class today, I’m going to teach the
basics of how to jump. Because everyone wants to do stunts, and everyone wants to
go massive on big jumps. But I’m going to teach
you the basics first. You can learn this on any bike, but I’ve got my Scott voltage
here, it is designed specifically for dirt
jumping, so it’s going to be super easy to learn on. But all those techniques can
be translated to other bikes, different size wheels just
can be a little bit harder. But first, I’m going to
teach you how to bunny hop, because you’re going to need it. – Seth Reichert: Why are
downhill bikes not single speed? Do you really need multiple gears just to go in one direction? – Absolutely, a lot of
them, not many, how many, six or some speed now
a days, back in my day they were all 10 speed. – Well you tough guy. – But you definitely need the gears, you’ll go out the gate in a low gear to get spinning and you
will chop and change between gears quite a lot. Single speed isn’t going anywhere. – Yeah but I want to drop in to that, what about the Gwin effect. – Well… – I mean he did win a
world cup with no chain. – The argument is that your
suspension works better without a chain, however,
that was Aaron Gwin’s very special, so we can’t really.. (laughing) – I still think that’s crazy. – It is mental, yeah. – Look it up on Youtube,
it’s insane, it’s insane. Neil Gooders says, can I
use motorcycle chain lube for MTB bike chains? – I would say no because
having metal bikes myself, the lube is really
sticky, because the speed the chain goes around,
you don’t want it to just fling off and anything
will stick to that, so I would say no, it’s going to put quite a lot of resistance on there. Look at this stuff, WD-40, it’s got PTFE in it, so it’s
just designed for bikes rather than motorbikes. You put that on a motorbike chain it will fling straight off, be no good. But on a push bike, that’s what you want. – Oh here’s good one, I want
to know the answer to this. Nicolas Canobra says, is
Neil coming to Chile for the 2018 version of the Andes Pacifico? And greeting from Chile. You love that. – I know, I loved it. It was amazing and it
was the best week ever. Amazing ridings, such a cool place, I don’t think I’m going
next year, however, I do want to go to Chile
again for, I just want to go for a ride really. Go down to the Andes, I’d
definitely do Andes Pacifico again, but not next year. – You came back from that event like, you were so pumped. – It was so nice to go away
in British winter as well and go to 35 degrees up in the hills and ride amazing dust trails, so good. – Actually, should we
have little look at it? Let’s have a look at Neil riding in the Chile Andes Pacifico. – Got the ski lift up, we’re
in La Parva Ski Resort. I’ve hiked up to the top. My watch is saying three
and a half thousand metres, so definitely feeling
the air’s pretty thin. The view is ridiculous. That is the Andes. This is the one it’s
famous for the anti-grip so everyone was saying just be careful. It’s so easy to overcook
it on the first day, so we’ll see, it’s a race, got to go fast. But try not to fall off. – Time for the quickfire round. We’re going to rattle
through some of the questions that are going to stump us both here. Davy Stone; can I use personal
lubricant as chain lube? – Personal lubricant… – What… – I don’t know what it is, but I’d say no. (laughing) – What… – I don’t use this as personal lubricant, I would say. – Wow next question. Joshua Pajtl says, is a 32 tooth chain ring
good with a 22-36 tooth 10 speed cassette, Neil? – 22-36 10 speed? – Yeah.
– 12-36 I would say probably. It’s going to be alright,
32’s quite small. I mean…
– Neil this is quickfire, yes or no? – Well no, because he means 12 not 36. – Okay. If it was 12? – It’s alright.
– This isn’t very quick. – It’s sort of in the middle there. – I’m going to really speed it up now. Okay here we go. The Timkatt says, Martyn,
you’re the first Brit I’ve seen who likes PB and J. – Peanut butter and Jelly. – Oh that’s what it is. I couldn’t think what that was. – Well that’s an Aussie thing isn’t it? – Peanut butter and jelly is gorgeous, it’s amazing, it’s a global thing Neil. Everybody’s in to it, I love it. XinSan3 says, how do I stop
my cranks from spinning when doing no foot tricks
on my dirt jump bike? Oh I’ve got a really good trick, I’ve see Blake Sampson do it. You get an old inner
tube, cut it up and tie it around the non-drive
side of your bottom bracket and peg arm, so it basically
creates rubber friction. – I’ve seen that with
the pro bike chat with Thommas Gannon, he used
some plumbing bit of rubber to do the same thing. – Yeah you can do it really neat, but if you want to just
do it really simply, just tie some rubber around there. – Or I would say, when I
used to do those things, you get good at doing it
and you put your feet off at exactly the same time,
don’t really need that. I think unless you’re doing proper, tailwhips and things where you’re actually kicking the bike and the pedals can move. – Thank’s for getting
involved with ask GMBN. Make sure you leave us
some questions for next week down in the comments
section down below. Definitely use a hashtag, ask BMGN. And of course, [email protected] on email. – For another video, click over here for a bunny hop video
for Blake on a fat bike, beating the, well not
beating the world record, setting a world record. – Yeah and of course,
bunny hops are important, I’ve been going on about it. So check here to see how
to make the hopometer we used for that very event. – Yeah. Give us the thumbs up if you like very slow quickfire rounds. – Yes, and of course wear your helmet and click on that logo
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  1. #ASKGMBN I have DT Swiss M1900 wheels with 22.5 mm rims. Can I just swap on their 30 mm rims to go wider without changing anything else?

  2. #AskGmbn I have a giant roam 1. it has 700mm bars, long stem, 3×10 drivetrain, 60mm travel, hydraulic disc brakes, 1.5 inch wide cyclocross tyres and i don't know the wheel size as it doesn't say giants website. I have started riding trails and want it to be more trail friendly. What upgrades do you recommend to make it more capable on the trials?

  3. Not to dig too much Neil, but PBJ’s are more American than apple pie. Oz and the U.K. can claim Vegemite and marmite, but as far as taste and straight up comfort food- I’ll take peanut butter, the poor man’s protein, any day. Welcome to the fold.

  4. Brilliant show. Informative and sooo entertaining. Best bit: Martyn: That wasn't very quick. I'm gonna speed this up now. goes on to wax poetically about sandwiches

  5. #askgmbn I have a giant anthem 1 and it has a thin squewer axle but I've seen in your videos that most of the bikes have thick axles. Is my axle fine for more intense mountain biking or is it just for xc

  6. #askgmbn hey guys, I'm lookin for either a dirt jumper or a 150mm trail fork for Christmas. I'm on a budget so it needs to be not so much. I have a skatepark and two sets of dirt jumps near my house and also trails. I'm leaning towards the DJs but I thought I should get your adivce. Good vids too

  7. #askgmbn

    I'll preface the question by saying that I'm a fat and tall guy (135 kg/300 lbs, 194 cm/6'4").

    Since I'm out of shape, I'm looking to get some kind of eBike for commuting, and as I'm on a somewhat limited budget (~£2,300/€2,600), I would like to get some kind of hybrid commuter bike that can be taken off-road without it falling apart (problematic enough with regular bikes when you're my size), or an MTB with mudguards and rear luggage rack. However quite a lot of the bicycles I find in that price bracket (everything I've found so far) have a limited capacity of 100 to 120 kg (220 to 265 lbs) including the bike, which isn't particularly useful – I don't think strapping a helium filled weather balloon to my torso is safe in traffic.

    Do you think I'm completely out of luck, or is it possible to find something that will help me commute 20 to 30 km without arriving drenched in sweat?

  8. a reposte to Neil's comment on breaking carbon rims; "What happens if you cover a sheep in sheets of 3k carbon weave; you delambinate it!"

  9. #askgmbn This August I broke my hand and my second operation to remove iron from my hand is one year ahead. I really don't want to miss next season, so the question is have you got any advice to ride my bike without having any problems with my hand?

  10. #askgmbn If both , angle set and offset bushings would change the same amount of HT angle what is the better way to do it?

  11. #askgmbn how much difference would it make to riding position and feel of bike to swap 740mm flat bars to 740mm riser bars with 20mm rise?

  12. #askgmbn What influence the fatigue more on long rides ex cross country , the overall bike weight or the rotation mass?

  13. #askgmbn I have my cross bike since august and that's the bike, which got me into cycling. I didn't expect to like it that much, so I thought cross bike would do its job. I mostly ride on road and gravel, sometimes forest, but not some technical stuff… 🙂 I love riding in the woods! It is 100x better than the road, but I don't have the right tool for it. If I would buy new bike, it would be definitely MTB. Question: Do you think it would be ok if I jumped immediately into full suspension enduro bike? Or I should rather buy some hardtail to get relly into mountain biking? Thanks for answer 😉

  14. Great video guys. You took very elementary and valuable questions about mountain biking. Hope it will give some insight to many

  15. #askgmbn As for an ideal bike…. For a beginner (as I am a beginner), I think you should get a hard tail. I have a Trek Stache 5 29+. I wouldn't change it for the world. I think I'll be riding this bike for a few more years. Absolutely love it, and highly recommend it to any beginner.

  16. PB&J should be considered a product of the American continent since the Incas and Aztecs first produced it and it was later rediscovered in Canada and United States http://nationalpeanutboard.org/peanut-info/who-invented-peanut-butter.htm

  17. #askgmbn I'm 11 and thinking if I should continue upgrading my 26" hardtail (air forks ,1×11,dropper post) or should I buy a new aggressive hardtail

  18. #askgmbn hi guys. I have a xc bike but have found myself recently wanting to ride more aggressively and on rougher terrain. Can you please explain to my wife the difference between a xc bike and an enduro bike and why I need one 😝 cheers for your help. Sam Osborne

  19. #askgmbn: What benefits are there to using a metallic pad and an organic pad in the same disc brake caliper? Are there downsides to this mixed pad method?

  20. #askgmbn just starting out jumping on DH trails instead of rolling them but when i do i always seem to end up at an angle usually landing with the back wheel to the right

  21. If I had to buy one bike only, it would have to be the delirium from Knolly, that built it to be Versatile and you can do so many things to it that won't void warranty. It originally 170mm rear and 180 front, but you can put a longer shock on it to gain more travel as well as dual crowns, and have off set bushings and angle headset to bring Geo back to normal. All without voiding warranty. You can have it as long travel Enduro or mini DH Freeride bike

  22. #AskGMBN j openend my ankle with a chainring in a crash; is there any way to prevent that from hapening again?

  23. (QUESTION) #askgmbn I am getting s orange crush s 2018 and was wondering what essential items like multi tools and tubes and also how to carry them?

  24. #askgmbn One Bike To Rule them all. #One Bike quiver

    1)Hey Guys, i know it has been beaten to death, but really i think so many mountain bikers are still out there asking which is a better do it all trail/enduro bike 29 or 27.5. It is well understood there are many variables rider, trail and bike specifics, making this a really complex question. So i pose this ………………. Exact same rider 5'11, same tires, geometry, travel on a bike, do a back to back on a few trail types (technical, Flow, and a third of your choice) and lets see what happens.

    Both the World DH and Enduro champs ran 27.5, so i am trying to figure out if i need to go back down a wheel size to 27.5, or just keep learning the ways of the 29.

    2) I am struggling to control my 29r due to the amount of speed the thing carries (yeti SB55) Would carbon wheels really help that much to gain some sharper steering and inc performance in braking and acceleration? Or am i simply not going to get the responsiveness of a 27.5 wheel no matter how much carbon i throw in a wheel set?

    3)Would you use carbon wheels on say Whistler Mountain?

  25. Its more an comentary than a question . But #askgmbn
    You should start a series that you test bike bike . Like I purpose giant stance 1 vs scott spark
    Santa cruz v10 vs canyon sander

  26. #AskGMBN I'm looking at getting a new bike. I am looking at the Specialized Enduro Comp 27.5 which fits me well and the Nukeproof Mega Comp 275 but there are no shops in CA, USA. What bike would be the closest feeling to the mega? And which bike would you guys recommend? Both in a large frame.

  27. #askgmbn hi lads is it fine to use the same wheel set between two bikes? Hard tail uses rectangle pads and fs has round. What’s your thoughts?

  28. #askgmbn I'm running a 1×10 setup with a Sunrace 11-42t cassette and M8000 (11spd) derailleur and it shifts perfectly. It's even slightly lighter than an 11speed XT 11-42t cassette. Is there really any advantage in going 1×11 over my 1×10 setup?

  29. #askgmbn I'm 1.95m and have 100kg. Is it better to get an enduro instead of a trail bike, since enduro bikes are more stable? I seem to break my spokes quite often.

  30. #askgmbn @askgmbn why are there so many Videos out there of broken bike frames why does something like this happens and how can i prevent it?

  31. #AskGmbn Can I use a Shimano Servo Wave brake lever (like from an XT M785 brake) on a different Shimano disc brake calliper (like an M315)? Basically, how much can you mix and match Shimano hydraulic disc brake levers? And would there be any benefits?

  32. #askgmbn 130 and 140 or 160 and 170mm travel would like to do some biggish things but am young and my skills may not be able to acctually use all of that suspension

  33. Are rims/hubs discipline specific? What wheel setup would you recommend for a hardtail Xc without costing an arm and a leg?

  34. #askgmbn I want to ride park and I have found a big travel freeride with OK components and a short travel slope style like bike with higher end components. Which bike would you recommend?

  35. #askgmbn What do you guys think about Chinese carbon full suspension frames? I'm really looking into getting a full suspension without selling my left leg for one and I haven't heard anything wrong with the Chinese frames yet
    Thanks 🙂

  36. I'm currently 13 years old and I'm getting a new hardtail at Christmas,I want to become a professional downhill rider when I'm older , and If not I want to become a team bike mechanic ,what qualifications will I need to do this and what courses do i need to do when I leave school

  37. I'm 6'1" and currently 245lbs.. Inseam of 32" I have a longer torso. Would a 27.5+ bike (maybe hardtail) or a full suspension bike be more fitting. I'm a novice just thinking of my size and the stress on cheaper components. Looking at a budget of 1200 or less.. Used is probably a better option maybe?

  38. Your show is good because ya'll are expert riders like we all would like to be.
    When an opinion comes from experience and knowledge, it has more value.
    Thank you!

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