Mountain Bike Handlebars: How Wide Is TOO Wide..? Ask GMBN Anything About Mountain Biking

Mountain Bike Handlebars: How Wide Is TOO Wide..? Ask GMBN Anything About Mountain Biking


– Welcome to the very
first Ask GMBN of 2017. And this guy right next to me is our brand new presenter, Blake Samson. – Hello. – And are you ready to answer
some viewer’s questions? – Yes I am. – So they’ve been leaving
them in the comments section down below using the hashtag #ASKGMBN. I’ve picked some of
the best ones, I think. I think you might be able to answer them. – I might be able to answer. I’ll give it my best shot. – The first one is from
Gaming Freak and he says, “How long/deep jumps can I do on a 29er “with 100mm of front suspension?” – 29er doing jumps?
– Yeah. – Well I’ve not done that
but I guess you would know by the way your bike moves and stuff that it would be alright
for the huge jumps comin’ up but I wouldn’t say you’ll be able to do massive jumps on these things. Not like, fast. – We’ll leave that one for now. But maybe, you know,
what we have discussed is the fact that you find the limit of the bike so you’ll
find that once you start doing a 10 foot jump you might feel a little bit sketchier on the
bike so maybe that’s the time to think, “Okay maybe I need
something a bit more stable, “more suitable for what
I’m actually trying to do.” The next one is from Ride Zone and he wants to know what the best brakes for a freeride or a downhill bike are? (sighs) – Brakes that stop, man. That’s what you need. – Essential. – Essential. But there’s loads of brakes out there. I think it’s all about
stopping power, so big discs. So two oh– – Two oh three – Two oh three, that’s it. – Front and rear and then maybe, what, a four-pot calliper as well. – A four-pot calliper. – Maximum stopping power right there. – Yeah. – Okay the next one is from Karson Zhu. And this maybe isn’t your
best area of expertise, but let’s see if you can give an answer. “Can I change a three
by nine to a one by 11?” – Three by nine. Yes, is that to do with gears? – Yes, so that’s to do with gears. So he’s got three up
front, nine in the rear. He wants to have a single ring up front and then have just 11 in the back. – I think we have a video for that. – Yeah. Should we throw into that? – Yeah. – Check it out. – In today’s video I’m gonna show you how to convert to a one by setup. By that I mean change it from a dual or triple chain ring up
front to just a single. – Are you ready for the
next round of questions? – Yes. – Okay, so Alfie is 14 years old, he’s got a 780mm handlebar
and he’s wondering if that’s a little bit
too big and what we think? – Hmm, depending on how big he is, if he’s like you, like
seven foot thou then no, but if he’s my height, then yes, I run 760. – Let’s give him some comparables. What height are you? – I’m five foot seven, I think? – Five foot seven? – Five foot eight. – Shorty. – Yeah, I’m pretty short. – And I’m six foot two
and I run 780 mill bars. – BFG. – Oh, thanks. – Okay, so Cole Slaw is asking, “What do you recommend
for a starter dirt jumper “and should I build or buy one?” That is a question for you. – Yes. If you starting off to dirt jump you’re definitely going to crash a lot and components are gonna break. So second hand options on
dirt jump bikes are a must but if you’ve got money
then there’s a big market of dirt jump bikes out there you can go and throw your money at. – And what’s a brand new dirt
jump bike that you just got? – I’ve got a Canyon. – So maybe he should check them out. – Definitely. – Okay MMilesMTB is saying, “What difference do tubeless tyres make?” Do you wanna tell us a little bit about your first tubeless tyre experience? (laughs) – Umm uhh no. They just make a lot of
noise when you rail berms and white stuff goes everywhere. (thuds) – [Both Onlookers] Ohhhhh! (laughs) – Yeah so I probably won’t wanna answer. – You definitely like found the limit. – I found the limit, definitely. – But what I’m gonna say is for trail, cross-country,
enduro and even downhill I think that they are absolutely awesome. They are lighter weight if
you’ve not got a tube in there, you’ve got some more puncture resistance cause you’ve got sealant in there to actually seal a little
hole that you might get and you can actually run
a lower tyre pressure despite what Blake actually
just said but you can do it. So my opinion, definitely
run tubeless tyres if you’ve got the option. – Now Greg Wellard is saying, “Is it okay for my bike
to be dirty for a week? I’m not home that much.” and to properly clean it
he can’t really be bothered but he’s worried about wearing
it out and damaging it. – I guess it’s your drive
chain that gets all dirty and if you don’t clean all that dirt off that’s just gonna wear
and tear the next ride so maybe give it a quick rinse. – Yeah, do you know what, I’m actually gonna throw in too, is a video about car part bike wash, cause it’s a quick way of doing it. – Perfect. – Okay so step one, rinse the bike off, making sure it’s all nice and wet. Remember you don’t have that much water so you need to sort of, be
a little bit frugal with it. Aim for the worst sort of places. – Are you ready for a manual question? – Yes I am. – Because Jakub Stonawsk is asking, “How much does your body
weight affect manuals? “Will it be easier if you are heavier “or harder if you are light?” – No, it’s all about body
positioning in the manual. So it doesn’t matter if you’re real thin or real big, it’s all about body position. – And how you move that
body weight on your bike. – Yes. – Get your front wheel
up, into that position and then hold it and balance it. Okay Matt Hinsley is asking, “I heard it’s okay to bottom out “your suspension once or twice a ride “but I almost never use my full stroke. “My sag seems okay.” Should he play with other settings or should he just ride harder? – I bottom out, I guess
you’ve bottomed out. – Yeah. – On occasions. If the dual suspension is set
up perfectly then it’s fine. Maybe going even harder, maybe that’s an excuse for you to go harder. – Yeah that could be an excuse but the other thing that
you could think about is how his suspension is actually set up. He might have too many volume
spaces in there perhaps, if it’s an air chamber shock because then you’re not going
to get through the full travel otherwise you could just
adjust your sag accordingly. Let a little bit of pressure out to actually run a little
bit lower in your settings. – Okay, now this is a big question and it’s from Ross Brannigan and he says, “Lads having dome problems,
and maybe my main countryman “from Scotland’s central belt can help me. “My bike seems to be
shifting up gears dandy, “going down is another story. “It goes down every other gear, “so if I shift through one gear “it’s ticking around to go
through for another change. “What’s your thoughts? “Does my bike just make me want to grind “and loves the speed?” – That’s a long question. I’m gonna leave that one to you, Scott. He’s your country fellow man. – I think it’s all about, like maybe change his cables, actually. May be winter, there’s some grit in there so it’s not really shifting
quite as well as it could be so why not think about
changing your cables? It’s gonna be my top tip. Anything you’ve got? – No, change your cables. – Okay, good. – Noah Maldonado is saying, “How can I get more grip
on really muddy days?” – Spiky tyres. – Yep. Alternatively, if you
don’t have spiky tyres you could adjust the tyre pressure. – Yes. – And we’ve actually got a
video where we actually tested different tyre pressures
to show you the differences so I’m gonna throw you straight to that and they should just check it out. – So what if you’ve got
the wrong tyre pressure? If they’re to hard or if they’re too soft. It sounds like a versus to me, I think. (upbeat jazz music) – Okay, are you ready because it’s time for the quick-fire round answers. (explosions)
– Yes. – They’ve got to be short and sweet. I don’t know what that
was but let’s get on to the first one is from
Jack Azzalin he says, “How many scars do you guys have?” – Tonnes. – Too many to count. – You’ve got one from
Todert and he’s saying, “Why wasn’t my question featured
in last week’s AskGMBN?” – I haven’t got a clue
but you’re in here now. – Greg Wellard is saying, “What downhill grips
would you guys recommend?” – Ergon. – GD1s DHs, they’re sick. – And then Megan Brate is asking, “Can anyone recommend a
good gripping flat pedal “for mountain biking?” – Ha, yes you can. Crankbrothers stamp large. – You’re small, I’m large. – I’ve got small feet. (laughs) – Quicker.
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– Bang go! (laughs) – Maroid is saying, “While driving to mountains, my disc rotor was touching the box, it bent a little.” Can she fix it? – Yes you can, screwdriver. – Okay, Justin Jolicoeur is saying, “Do you guys travel a
lot for video shoots?” – Yes. – And Cjay Bike Videos is saying, “Is it possible to ride a
hardtail on a downhill track?” – Yes, it’ll be rough as anything. – Finley Smith is saying, “Can I put a rear shock on my bike?” – Not if it’s a hardtail, no. Unless you’ve got mechanical
engineering, then yes. – That would be sick if someone did that. Rob’s Cycles and Photography is saying, “Is a drone good for Follow Cams?” – Yes. – That’s the sickest. – Have you got a drone? – We need a drone, don’t we? – We do need a drone. – Anyway, that’s it for the
quick-fire round this week. Thank you for all your questions and we’re gonna get on to
Correct Me if I’m Wrong. This video is from Monty McDonald. He’s in the United States and
he’s asking about pump tracks. He’s 13 years old, let’s
check out this video and see if we can give
him some tips, shall we? So it looks like a pretty
rad place, I’ve got to say. Look at the size of that roller. – Oh look at that pump track. – He’s dropping in, he’s got
a good pump, little pedal. Over the first jump, nice. – Clears it on okay, manny. – Onto a little manual
again, around the berm and this is where he seems
to be struggling, I think. It’s just not got that
speed through the rollers, has to get a little pedalin’. So come on, I’m gonna ask you first, what do you think he can do to get better at pumping, gain through
that little rhythm line. – Practise. Ride that place, so much more. – Everyday. – Everyday. – After school, though. – That’s a facility to get faster. – What I’m actually gonna say is to actually rail the
berm a little bit more to carry the speed so
he doesn’t have to do those cheat little BCs in between the jump to carry his speed and
then just really work on that pumping technique and
he’s gonna be flying monty. That was, that was a good one wasn’t it? – Yeah. – So there we go, hopefully
Blake and I have tried to answer as many questions as possible. And if you want to get
your questions answered then you leave them in the
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