What Is The Best MTB Suspension Travel For Bike Parks? | Ask GMBN Anything About Mountain Biking

What Is The Best MTB Suspension Travel For Bike Parks? | Ask GMBN Anything About Mountain Biking


– Welcome to this week’s Ask GMBN. And I’m in the shed with Jessica Strange. – And I’m in the shed with Blake. – So we’re gonna ask all those
questions that you’ve been sending in to us in the
comments down below, and in other videos
throughout the channel. I’m gonna kick it off with Edgar. – Yeah, let’s get started. So Edgar Soler commented saying What is the best travel for a mountain bike being
as efficient as possible climbing and going down hill? – Ooh, I — – It’s hard —
– Yeah, it’s a hard one – That’s like, what’s the magic number for mountain bike essentially?
– Exactly. I would say around — – What do you think?
– 130/140 travel. – Really, I was gonna
say 140/150 actually. – Oh, you see. I — – But 140 I think is the
sweet spot, definitely. – Yeah, I think 140’s a good, sweet spot. You do get some bikes that
do have lockout mechanisms on these rare shocks. So you could actually be running at 160 and you can lock it out. Or like on my Scott Genius that thing has a 160 front and rear. You can lock it out. It’s got that traction controls, so I can lock it to 110 and I can lock it all the way locked. – But it’s not always
just about the travel when it comes to riding. I mean you got to consider wheel sizes, take note of the geometry as well because they will play an important part in how efficient and comfortable
you are on the bike. – Yes, exactly. Hopefully, that question
has been answered for you. We think it’s about 140. – Yeah, I’m still on 140
– 140 is pretty good. Right, we’re going from Luke. He says please can you
explain why reach matters when you’re looking for
the right size bike. I’m looking to buy a YT Capra in the near future. And he’s trying to see what
size bike is perfect for him. – See, now when you think of reach, immediately you think of the top tube, and you think about your
reach in terms of your arms when actually the reach is relative to your feet to your hands. Bike used to be measured
from the seat post height. But now they’ve done from, if I try to explain this right. If your feet are down at the pedals, essentially it goes up and
across the way your hands are. That means if you sat down on
your bike, if you stand up, your feet and your hands are always really the same distance apart. – You just moving between
the two, aren’t you? – Exactly. Now reach is, let’s say the relative distance between your feet and your hands. But it can also be affected by things like rolling handle bars, moving your saddle. – Moving your saddle back, forward. – Stem length as well. So have a look into that. But it isn’t just about top two blath. – There you go. Good one. – So next up we’ve got
Sam Chili, who says, Hey guys, is 140/130 travel
enough for a bike park? It depends on the bike park. – I think any, I just come
back from where’s that, and you can ride it on a hardtail — – You can indeed. – So 130/140 is pretty good. It’s gonna give you enough comfort on the rough stuff. I guess you wouldn’t want to push it really, really, really,
really, really hard. But why would you? You got enough travel day
for the whole bike buck. I think it’s good enough.
– Yeah, definitely. I think so too. Next, we got from Daniel who says, Hi guys. Hi ya. It’s a great show! Thank you very much. I was wondering what kind of GoPro mount does Blake use in this episode “How hard can you ride on a hardtail?” How hard can you rode — – What do you use? – It’s a little secret. What I’ve got, I’ve got the GoPro chest mount. I put it under my race jersey. I put it on my bare skin, whatever. I put it underneath my race jersey. – Doesn’t that get kind of sweaty? – It does, it gets a bit, smell it. Yeah, it does, but hey you’re running stealth mode. You’re running stealth mode. You’ve got this GoPro. You can’t see that you’ve
got a chest mount under. You see I don’t have these black straps hanging out everywhere. Then you just gotta find it and then just get your little
GoPro or action camera, just find it, and just slide
it, and just lock it in. So you just look like
you’ve got an Ironman chest. With the GoPro —
– That’s kind of cool actually – It’s pretty cool–
– Very cool. – It’s stealthy. – I like that.
– That’s how I did it. – Cool! – No, I didn’t cut my jersy. But it does pinch holes in my jersey. – Oops. Sorry GMNB shop
– Sorry GMBN. Next up we’ve got Trailking who asked hey guys Hey!
– Hey! – I’m looking to upgrade
my hardtail mountain bike over the winter off season. What would be the best budget upgrades? Also how much would it cost me to convert from 2×10 to 1×10 drivetrain? – For an instance, I
thought you’re upgrading your hardtail to a full suspension. I was like, how dare you? You don’t need to. The hardtails are perfect bike. But I think the best budget
to do for winter is tires. – Tires definitely
– Get some spikes. And if you can’t afford tires, the other really cheaper option is to convert to tubeless. – Yeah, of course. – That’ll be pretty easy. That means you can run
lower tire pressure. It means you can get extra grip. It means you can go riding in the mountain. – But it really depends on your budget. When you say best budget upgrades. Because I mean, a dropper
post if you don’t have one is an awesome upgrade. But that can be a little more costly. Upgrades, do you mean upgrade performance, or do you want to shave some grams off? Because you could look to get yourself some carbon bars on there. – Some light componentry. And then the 2x to 1x. That can get really expensive depending on what running gear you’ve
got, your drivetrain. 1x, the cheapest I’ve
seen is about 260 pounds, which is an 11 speed, not
a 10 speed, it’s 11 speed. But that all determines on your hub width. Can it run 11 speed? – You gotta make sure these
things are compatible. Before you go buying anything,
make sure you do research on the bike model, and brand,
and year as well, of your bike – Yeah, exactly. But take a look at this video. It’s how hard can you push a
hardtail because the hardtail’s probably one of the best bikes in my shed. – [Blake] Oh my goodness me. A few weeks ago, I did how
hard can you push a hardtail. But I don’t think I have
pushed it hard enough. This is how hard you can push a hardtail to the extreme level, whistler edition. (Blake laughs) (inspirational techno music) Oh my God, it’s so much more scary. Oh my gosh. – Pretty cool, what do you have? – That was rad. – Do you like it? – I don’t know how you do it. – It’s just a hardtail. You can do anything on a hardtail. Next question, Finn2214 says I’m trying to learn no foot cans but I can’t really get my leg over the top tube because I’m really small. Any tips? – Okay, no foot cans. Where does the term no foot can come from? Can do, can dance, can — – I think it originates
from the Can-can dance – Can you do the Can-can — – Because you can, can you do the Can-can? – Is that the dance? – I actually don’t know. How to do the Can-can?
– Can you do it off the bike, though? – No, I can’t. – Wow. – How to coming up probably. – Definitely. – The Can-can, I’ve been a short fella. I’m pretty short myself. And I struggled when I had to start to do the no foot can. I was on a XE bike, a hardtail. The top tube was quite high. I had to really extend
my arms and get my legs really high over the top of my top tube to kind of kick them over, but didn’t really get it all the way over til I got a nice jump bike
that had a nice low-slung top tube to get the leg over. It just comes with practice. I think the more you push yourself up, let your bike drop down
a little bit as well. That will help you get
your legs over as well. Let the bike drop a little
bit more than usual, so you can just step off your bike, get your feet over to the side — – I do have a question. When you’re doing your
acrobatics on the bike, and you’re doing things like no food can, and your twirls, and your twists, and your jumpy jump things, does it help to be quite flexible? Things like Yoga, and to — – It can help. Yes, it can help. I’ve told I’ve got stiff hips. You can just see in the ad. Yes, flexibility is key. And aerobic, being
aerobic, is pretty good. – That’s good. – My brother did trampoline and he’s insane at doing backflips. – Trampoline and, ooh!
– Ooh! Next question. – Let’s move on. Next one is from Nedrub. Anyone know what the best
places are to ride in the northwest of England? – I think Cumbria. – Yes. – The Lake District. I’ve been there. I’ve done buffy riding. Which buffies, if you
don’t know what it is. In the UK, you’ve got
these big stone outhouses. It’s not necessarily a toilet. It’s outhouse for shepherds
that go and take their cows they take their sheep up into the hills and they seek – Shelter.
– Shelter – It’s just a shelter really. – And it’s good riding there. – Yeah, it’s fantastic.
– It’s rocky. But it’s really good. Cumbria’s a good place
– Very natural stuff as well. That’s awesome.
– Really good. – The last question we
got is from Rens Simons who got punctured last weekend, which does happen unfortunately, changed the innertube. But while his wheel was out of the bike, he accidentally hit the brakes and caused the pistons to close. How does he actually open them up? – Ooh, this’ quite a delicate process. You really want to put something in there, something quite flat, something thin — – Yeah, now you can get —
– Then just pries them open. – You can get a piston press which is a specific tool
for opening up the pistons. But I know a lot of people will use a flat-blade screwdriver. Do be careful when you are
using these though because you can actually damage the caliper, and chip away at the
brake pads themselves. So just be careful. Alternatively, piston presses, they aren’t too expensive
if you have a look online. But if you’re really not confident about doing that yourself, you can always pop it
into your local bike shop. – But we’ve got a little video on how to maintain your brakes if
they’re squeaky or whatever. Take a look at this. – Mountain bike brakes are
generally pretty reliable as well as powerful these days. Other than having to sort of bleed them every now and then, and perhaps change the brake
pads when they wear out, it’s not too much you need to do to them. However, there are whole bunch of really cool little hacks and tips to make sure your brakes are
running on point all the time. Here we go. – Great, fire on. Are you ready, Jess? – I am totally ready, Blake. Let’s get on this.
– Swell! Who’s starting? – I’m starting. Drew Peacock Blake, are you gonna come back
to Zimbabwe and ride bikes? – Oh, I would love to
come back to Zimbabwe. I haven’t been back like eight years. – I’m coming. – Please come along. – Okay. – Okay, I got one says. Phill Macrack says is 2018 Titan 24 93 a good kid’s bike? That’s a long name. I think any kid’s bike’s a good bike. – Exactly, I agree. D Sky, anyone knows which watch=Which watch? – Neil is wearing? – A fēnix A Garmin fēnix. – Garmin fēnix. – Could be a two, could be a three. I don’t know, but it’s a fēnix. We got one from Piotr says Will you be making a
game of bike with Jess? – Yes.
– Yes, Jess. Yes. 100 percent.
– Uh huh. – Dick Lovet How tall is Doddy in real life? – Massive seven foot.
– Huge – He’s like a basketball
player, NBA player. He’s pretty tall. I got a sore neck looking up at him. – I know. (Blake chuckles) – Dave Main Where about in Scotland is
Steve Jones from an EMBN? Well, it’s Scotland. – Scotland, I think you’re
in the wrong area of the UK. – I think he’s from Wales. – Wales.
– Wales. – Greg Thomas. Is Chris Smith the actual
world record holder for the longest manual ever? – I think so.
– I think he is actually. – He’s really good at mountains, and he did do a really long manual for the Guinness Book of Records. – Yeah.
– So I think he is. – I’m gonna say yes. – That’s the end of quick-fire round. Correct me if I’m wrong. – And we have Scots who sent in a video. He says he’s been practicing his whips and it’s gotten quite big, but I have a feeling I’m
doing something wrong. Can I have some help, please?
– Okay – So let’s take a look – Take a look at this video
– Uh-huh – Ah, it’s Scoot. I know that place. It’s Southampton Bike Park. Oh, slo-mo. Yeah, he’s got a good, there’s a whip there. There’s a good technique straightaway. Okay, Scott, to get the
actual whip big guy. You wanna go a little bit higher, you wanna a little bit more air time to get the whip out a lot more. So you got time to get
it out to get it back. It’s all about the upper body. You wanna move the bike to the left, like you are there. You gonna move the bike to the left, but you looking ahead still and you use your hips and your feet to move your bike out. So the rear end, to get the whip a little bit bigger. But it’s all about getting
a lot more air time. Especially on a small jump, you wanna go as high as you can to actually commit to that whip. You might land a little
bit sideways because when I was learning I landed sideways a lot. But I kept practicing. – Right before we finish up today. I have one more question for you Blake. How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood? – Ah! This much wood? – No, that’s okay. That’s okay Now if you’ve enjoyed this and you wanna subscribe to our channel for all our other videos make
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