How To Guides


How to install a KS LEV Integra dropper post

As you’ve probably guessed, installing an internally routed post is a bit more involved than dealing with an external version. But as internally-routed frames become the standard, this is a process we all need to know.

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Video: Jeff Lenosky Trail Boss series heads to Arizona

Check out the second video in the Trail Boss Series from South Mountain near Phoenix, Arizona. In this episode Jeff Lenosky tackles some notoriously difficult trails, including “The Waterfall.”

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How to cuttie with Bryn Atkinson

What the hell is a cuttie?

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5 tips for smashing rock gardens from DH pro Neko Mulally

Neko Mulally is one of America’s fastest World Cup DH racers. As a result, he approaches things a little differently than your average rider. No matter what your speed, his trips for riding through rock gardens will help make you faster.

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How to keep your bike quiet

A quiet bike is a happy bike. Here are several tips to help keep eliminate or prevent annoying creaks.

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10 ways to make better mountain bike videos

GoPros are cool to use but the output from them is barely watchable even for the rider who shot the footage. Here’s 10 tips for creating mtb videos that don’t suck.

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Video: Jeff Lenosky Trail Boss series heads to Texas

Jeff Lenosky is creating a series of videos that can help us all become a “Trail Boss.” This first video release was shot at Austin, Texas’ Emma Long Motocross Park. Watch and learn.

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How To: Race Enduro

Admit it. At some point in your mountain biking career, you’ve thought it would be a good idea to race an enduro. Here’s what you need to know.

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Top maintenance tricks from World Cup mechanics

World Cup downhill races are often decided by mere fractions of a second, so the top mechanics often resort to unusual tricks to help eek out free speed.

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5 ways to get faster — for free

As riders, we often spend months drooling over new components and how they could improve our ride. But while new equipment is a surefire way to get stoked, there are cheaper ways to gain free speed — like working on these skills.

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How and why you should try the high line

Being creative with line choice can reward you with free speed. Click through to learn how and when you should do it.

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3 mistakes everyone makes when riding steeps

Steep tracks can be intimidating for even experienced riders. To make these tricky sections a little easier to clear, here are three common mistakes you should avoid.

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How To: Find the right tire pressure

Correct tire inflation creates maximum ground contact while limiting tire deflection. But what’s the right amount of air for you?

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I’m taking the 30-day wheelie challenge

I’ve always wanted to learn how to wheelie but have never put in the time or effort. To force myself to learn, I’m taking Ryan Leech’s 30 Day Wheelie Challenge and documenting the process.

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Here’s how to cruise your neighborhood to build skills and have fun

Riding around the streets looking for lines and practicing tricks may not come naturally to those who didn’t grow up riding BMX, but it’s a great skill builder and a fun way to mix things.

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How to ride a tight switchback

Ever come up to a really tight switchback and been forced to dismount? Click through to learn a simple technique that may help you clear those tricky spots in the future.

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How To: Prevent a rash from poison oak or ivy

It’s summer in Santa Cruz and the poison twins (oak and ivy) are out in full force. If you’re susceptible, we recommend you watch this tutorial video for tips on how to protect yourself.

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7 easy DIY hacks for riding in the rain

It’s summer, which means sunny skies… usually. Here are seven helpful DIY hacks for the next time you get caught in a downpour.

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How To: Choose the right pair of mountain bike shorts

A good pair of cycling shorts is essential for getting the most out of your rides. Features to consider when selecting shorts include fit, storage, durability, and whether or not they have a liner. Check out this video to learn more.

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Vittoria How-To Series: How to choose a saddle

When riding a bike one of the most important things is to have a comfortable saddle. To facilitate this Selle Italia has created a fit system called the IDMATCH that can help any cyclist find the right saddle for their body type and needs.

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Vittoria How-To Series: How to bunny hop

Bunny hopping is among the most important skills a mountain biker can have in their skills arsenal. Master the art of popping your bike up in the air and you can go over, not around, trail obstacles, which will mean a smoother — and faster — ride.

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Vittoria How-To Series: How to choose an MTB tire

Talk all you want about frame geometry or suspension set-up, but choosing the right tire is arguably one of the biggest factors in assuring a great ride — or race. So how do you get your rubber right? Check out this episode of the Vittoria How-To Series.

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7 tips on training with a slower partner (or significant other)

Don’t let mountain biking ruin your relationships. Instead heed this advice from pro racer Sonya Looney on how to deal with being the faster (or slower) rider the next time you head out with a partner or your significant other.

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Vittoria How-To Series: How to descend

Descending on your mountain bike can be extremely intimidating, especially when it involves technical terrain. But once you master a few of the finer points, going downhill will quickly become the best part of your ride experience.

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Vittoria How-To Series: How to do a wheelie

Whether it’s showing off in the neighborhood or popping your front wheel off the ground to negotiate a big drop, the art of the wheelie is a great skill to add to your mountain biking arsenal.

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