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Mountain Bikes 101 - Questions you were too embarrassed to ask

This audience ranges from experienced mountain bikers, to beginners, to people who have never picked up a bike before. As far as I'm concerned, all are welcome to enjoy our sport-we could actually use more people on our side, whether or not they ride bikes.
The purpose of this video is to go over the terminology and references we use on Berm Peak Express at the most basic level possible, to make the videos easier to understand. Undoubtably, people will have additional questions after the video, so I'm calling on viewers to help answer them!
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  1. surlybonds71

    surlybonds71

    4 hours ago

    Awesome video, as a beginner I really appreciate this stuff! Question...I love my full suspension mountain bike but lately I’m doing more pavement riding on bike paths 25 to 35 miles at a time. I like the option of being able to jump up and down curbs to avoid street riding at times. Is there any advantage to a Hardtail in terms of paddling effort on pavement? All of the different types of bikes are confusing, hybrid, gravel, etc. What type of bike would be best for what I’m doing probably 75% on pavement and 25% off road on trails. Thank you In advance!

  2. ASHLEY GRANT WALKER

    ASHLEY GRANT WALKER

    6 hours ago

    Thanks for the video... I learnt quite a bit 🙌🏾

  3. Lorenzo DeLuca

    Lorenzo DeLuca

    16 hours ago

    The intro is like sex ed but with bikes...

  4. John Doe

    John Doe

    17 hours ago

    Is the guy from Seth's Bike Hacks the same as here? If so, why 2 different channels?

  5. Basti

    Basti

    18 hours ago

    cant a hardtail have a dropper too?

  6. Jason Mateus

    Jason Mateus

    19 hours ago

    Enduro.

  7. Lucas Commerford

    Lucas Commerford

    20 hours ago

    What model of repair stand are you using in your shop?

  8. ΧΑΡΑΛΑΜΠΟΣ ΕΥΑΓΓΕΛΑΤΟΣ

    ΧΑΡΑΛΑΜΠΟΣ ΕΥΑΓΓΕΛΑΤΟΣ

    Day ago

    I live in greece and I love mountain biking but Im too poor to afford a good hardtrail bike. Any suggestions?( I ride a 27.5)

  9. II TA88Y II

    II TA88Y II

    Day ago

    Building my own trail in my land. Got forest and open ground. Got all the machinery and materials to make it with but I’m quite new to mountain biking. Got a full sus kona upgraded like crazy. Just wandering what kind of stuff I should have in my trail since I’m not too comfortable yet.

  10. Victoria the green cheek conure

    Victoria the green cheek conure

    2 days ago

    Ok question My thru axle has a spring in between the fork wnd and the end of the thru axle and I see all other bikes don’t have that spring so is that normal

  11. Nicolene Meyer

    Nicolene Meyer

    2 days ago

    Can jou pout a link for the week seelent

  12. Joaquin Guillermo

    Joaquin Guillermo

    2 days ago

    Can I have one bike jumper bike pls your bike is my dream bike

  13. Jonny boy

    Jonny boy

    2 days ago

    How much do I gotta spend to find a decent mountain bike, better yet what should I be looking out for to find a bike that can handle trails like that?

  14. KingDavidCool

    KingDavidCool

    3 days ago

    I love the fact that im 1.64 meters and Seth is 1.63 meters

  15. hy dra

    hy dra

    3 days ago

    I read this video title as mountain biking for dummies 😂

  16. Paul Crowe

    Paul Crowe

    3 days ago

    Bikes from the 1920's probably DON'T have grease. Most of them had some kind of oil fill hole on wheel Hubs and Bottom Brackets. As late as the 1950's-60's.

  17. Ray Dela #PWDB

    Ray Dela #PWDB

    3 days ago

    👍🏽👍🏽👍🏽 thanks

  18. josh

    josh

    3 days ago

    can i ask someone a question about fork suspension dust seals

    • bananas stuff

      bananas stuff

      2 days ago

      go on...

  19. Family 3E3G

    Family 3E3G

    4 days ago

    Thank you very informative for me

  20. Niko Angers

    Niko Angers

    4 days ago

    how do you soften the rear suspension

    • bananas stuff

      bananas stuff

      2 days ago

      air or coil. air you let a couple of psi out, coil you need a softer spring.

  21. Prince Marsangca

    Prince Marsangca

    4 days ago

    Dear Seth Can you make a video entitled, "Mountain Bikes Defined Inside and Out". What I mean by this is a video that defines and elaborates the many different terms in repairs, or mountain bikes in general (Both simple and complex). I've been a mountain biker for 5 years now and I have learned so many things about mountain biking but I would love it if you would put all of those Mountain Bike Terminologies and Informations into one video. That would not only help me but so many more. Hope you read this. Thank you ... for riding with me today and I'll see you next time.

  22. Paul Zúñiga

    Paul Zúñiga

    4 days ago

    Muy informativo, gracias.

  23. Rc Youngsters

    Rc Youngsters

    4 days ago

    hi

  24. Madden Master

    Madden Master

    4 days ago

    never will buy from Amazon again ... I went to write a review on bike I just got from them -paid $940. so going to the same bike on line to write it..notice my same bike was now $379. feel rip off ..but reading Amamzon agreement shit ..they are in the right to change prices all they want ..F..u Amazon ..Some thing like a bike ..that u should test ride first ..only buy in person .. my mastake cost me $570. I over paid ..to line some seller on Amazon richer ..Fuck him and fuck all plp and companies that sell thru Aamazon

  25. Sand_Deep_Fighter

    Sand_Deep_Fighter

    4 days ago

    As a beginner, what kind of mountain bike should I get for $300-$500?

  26. Hemein Sanntosh

    Hemein Sanntosh

    4 days ago

    Can u make a video on explaining suspensions and how to adjust it

  27. Michael West

    Michael West

    4 days ago

    Good bike under $200ish? I’m new to the sport

    • bananas stuff

      bananas stuff

      2 days ago

      @Michael West not for something that will take abuse for more than a few months or be enjoyable, no.

    • Michael West

      Michael West

      4 days ago

      Shrekgettioski Memebigboi I’m new to the sport and don’t want to invest too much into something that I might not do that often. Even in the used market there’s no options?

    • Shrekgettioski Memebigboi

      Shrekgettioski Memebigboi

      4 days ago

      200 for a good bike is kind of unrealistic most good hardtails are around 400-700

  28. Mitchell Webb

    Mitchell Webb

    4 days ago

    What brand and model bikes are those two black ones he has?

    • bananas stuff

      bananas stuff

      2 days ago

      diamondback sync'r carbon and release 5c

  29. A Singletrack Mind

    A Singletrack Mind

    4 days ago

    Its a nine speed not eleven!

    • bananas stuff

      bananas stuff

      2 days ago

      shut up. its his bike, it doesn't matter.

  30. Saul David Roizman

    Saul David Roizman

    4 days ago

    4:35 yes an 11 speed not a 9 speed

  31. lexotic2421

    lexotic2421

    4 days ago

    Great vid. Just bought my first Mtn bike. Question: what’s the difference between a tire pump and a shock pump?

    • bananas stuff

      bananas stuff

      4 days ago

      shock pumps are more precise but able to put less air in at a time, they generally speaking have a highe max psi. tire pumps aren't very precise but they put more in the tire. mtb tire pumps will be presta, shock pumps will be scrader.

  32. kim espadero

    kim espadero

    5 days ago

    Can i use a dj frame for trail or downhill?

    • bananas stuff

      bananas stuff

      4 days ago

      yes, but don't.

  33. Evan Schouten

    Evan Schouten

    5 days ago

    My favourite quote if you ride with your seat up you soon find out why people don’t do it

  34. bulldogger -dk

    bulldogger -dk

    5 days ago

    Great video! Have you rode the new trails on Kanuga?

  35. Joshua Ybanez

    Joshua Ybanez

    5 days ago

    HI SETH CAN I HAVE ONE OF YOUR HARDTAIL BIKE PLEASE. BECAUSE MY PARENTS CAN'T AFFORD IT 😢😢😢I REALLY WANT SHRED EVERY I WATCH YOUR VIDEOS

    • Pranav Meka

      Pranav Meka

      5 days ago

      yea

    • bananas stuff

      bananas stuff

      5 days ago

      stop asking for other peoples stuff. work hard and you could get it some day.

  36. Victoria the green cheek conure

    Victoria the green cheek conure

    6 days ago

    Lol I’m 13 and the same height as Seth I love you seth

    • Shrekgettioski Memebigboi

      Shrekgettioski Memebigboi

      2 days ago

      Teefive ok I now understand

    • Teefive

      Teefive

      4 days ago

      Shrekgettioski Memebigboi nah I just though that every one is talking about their Age so

    • Shrekgettioski Memebigboi

      Shrekgettioski Memebigboi

      4 days ago

      @Teefive are you trying to flex

    • Teefive

      Teefive

      5 days ago

      Victoria the green cheek conure same except I am 10

  37. Kevin Vågen

    Kevin Vågen

    6 days ago

    How do you know when you Frankensteined an old bike past its original design? I have an old Specialized Enduro that I've widened, slacked, and shortened. I often wonder if I've ruined the experience with upgrade fever.

    • bananas stuff

      bananas stuff

      4 days ago

      maybe, but do you enjoy it?

  38. reyals llort

    reyals llort

    6 days ago

    This is a wheel hahaha love the show but is this for 3 year olds.

  39. Robert Torres

    Robert Torres

    6 days ago

    Is there a folding or compact bike you’d recommend for someone who is six feet tall. I don’t think I’m gonna do anything too extreme I just want a bike for exercise instead of running for certain days. Eventually I’ll try out a bike park but not soon. I also need it to fit in my Accord coupe which is why I want it foldable or compact. Thanks for anyone who replies. I also don’t want to break the bank. I prefer sub 260 but I’m willing for about 300.

    • Robert Torres

      Robert Torres

      4 days ago

      thanks. I bought a folding bike for now and when the time comes for a real MTB I’ll buy it then. I’m gonna buy a truck because I’m gonna need it for more than just the bike so I don’t have to use a bike rack

    • Sean Snyder

      Sean Snyder

      4 days ago

      I wouldn't trust a new bike for $300, especially not one that can fold. It just sounds super sketchy. Maybe if you could grab a used one from a bike store. But there's no way you're getting one right now, most bike stores are out of bikes AND parts. My LBS is down to a handful of tubes and completely out of bikes. And with the shortage, the prices go up; you might be able to get a good deal on one in a few months but for now you'd be lucky to get any bike.

    • bananas stuff

      bananas stuff

      5 days ago

      i'm gonna say it my friend. if you are even thinking about going to a bike park, don't buy folding. see if you can buy a cheap roof or hitch rack and buy a 'real' mountain bike.

  40. Ni3l5

    Ni3l5

    6 days ago

    Hej mate im a big fan of yours and love mountainbiking i totally agree With u i hate when i ask My friends something and theyre like Are u completly stupid and im like No i just dont know sorry man its so annoying.

  41. Aléxandros Tsiplakos Llistosella

    Aléxandros Tsiplakos Llistosella

    6 days ago

    I Don’t get the petition thing

  42. Miks Claps

    Miks Claps

    6 days ago

    Just saying I'm 12 jus hit puberty 5 ft 4 in But love you seth

  43. B. Mad

    B. Mad

    7 days ago

    Excellent newbie video. Thank you Seth. Took my cruiserish bike, Cannondale Women’s Adventure, on trail for the first time yesterday. (Boyfriend was trying his fat bike on this new MBT. ) I managed about 20 minutes, but felt really sketchy on the rocks and roots with how bouncy the front fork was. Still, I got out there, and I credit your videos with motivating me.

  44. liam barabas

    liam barabas

    7 days ago

    what is a good beginner mountain bike for like a 15 year old?

    • bananas stuff

      bananas stuff

      5 days ago

      calibre two cubed, but you'll have to wait a couple of months.

  45. Justin Fuschino

    Justin Fuschino

    7 days ago

    Seth! I’ve been watch your channels for long time now, since the outdoor bike closet days, I am not a mountain biker though I have been a fixie rider and road cyclist for a long time. I’ve been hesitant on mountain biking because I’m a big boy 6’2” 275lb on a good day. I’m built like a line backer. What would you recommend for the huskie breeds out there? Would a full suspension bike or a hard tail be better? Drama forever 🤟🏼

    • bananas stuff

      bananas stuff

      5 days ago

      either would work, you just need a strong bike. if you go for a full suspension bike then look at coil, because you might not be able to set air suspension with enough pressure to achieve sag. think about your budget then look at bikes in that range. check out reviews, some people say testers are stupid and biased but they often really know what they are talking about.

  46. Robbe Elsas

    Robbe Elsas

    7 days ago

    You mountainbikers are a funny bunch. Greetings from a roadie 😆

    • Shrekgettioski Memebigboi

      Shrekgettioski Memebigboi

      4 days ago

      @bananas stuff roadies dont do cool shit

    • bananas stuff

      bananas stuff

      5 days ago

      you roadies are a funny bunch. greetings from a normal person.

  47. Quinn Culhane

    Quinn Culhane

    7 days ago

    Imagine a bike with suspension in the seat

    • Shrekgettioski Memebigboi

      Shrekgettioski Memebigboi

      4 days ago

      dude ive seen some

  48. Oskar Silverdahl

    Oskar Silverdahl

    7 days ago

    Do you need new tyre after plugging a flat tubless tyre?

    • bananas stuff

      bananas stuff

      5 days ago

      no, if it holds air.

  49. Mike Tran

    Mike Tran

    7 days ago

    I'd be rich if my bike bleeds gouc

  50. Kody Grill

    Kody Grill

    7 days ago

    im subscribed to bolth chanenlles fan from day one

  51. Chad Daddy

    Chad Daddy

    7 days ago

    been riding for years but only bike i have now is a DH, i’m looking into learning on how to build an enduro build or something that’s better for climbing but i have never built a bike and i’m not too knowledgeable on building one and wondering if there is any videos or advice you have for key points when building a good enduro bike?

  52. Pixel Watch Anime

    Pixel Watch Anime

    7 days ago

    3:10 Why??

    • Pranav Meka

      Pranav Meka

      5 days ago

      when you put ur butt back and above the back wheel you will most likely hit ur seat. also if you case or need to bail having a lower seat will help

  53. Rok Voler

    Rok Voler

    7 days ago

    Can i still buy Diamondback mountain bike?

  54. Hawk

    Hawk

    7 days ago

    Hey how difficult are Berm's? As in how grippy is your bike when going on a typical wood one, for instance? Do you need alot of speed or else you might slide down it or something?

    • bananas stuff

      bananas stuff

      5 days ago

      you won't slide down one, unless you try really hard/weigh upwards of a ton on road bike tires. if your tires are knobby then you will have enough grip to ride it, i assume you aren't going in at world cup speeds from this question.

  55. jbh123stl

    jbh123stl

    8 days ago

    I've owned a bike of some sort all my life, but I never knew the proper names of some of the parts, so thanks for this video. I appreciate the non-condescending attitude and approach.

  56. Cale Nuss

    Cale Nuss

    8 days ago

    Why hello

  57. Beach City Bum

    Beach City Bum

    8 days ago

    I want to thank you for this video. I have been doing a ton of research into the hobby and this has been one of the most helpful videos I have seen so far!

  58. Jacob Bender

    Jacob Bender

    8 days ago

    How do I know when to shift gears? I'm a beginner to mtbing and have a co-op 1.2 DRT with 18 Gears (2x9). Thank you!

    • bananas stuff

      bananas stuff

      5 days ago

      @Jacob Bender dude, we all get in bad situations when we aren't in the right gear, don't worry about it, just note that you were in the wrong gear and if you re ride the trail try to be in a better gear.

    • Jacob Bender

      Jacob Bender

      6 days ago

      @Paul Hearn Thank you!!

    • Paul Hearn

      Paul Hearn

      6 days ago

      Jacob Bender You’re going to have to experiment and figure out what works for you. Generally, as pedaling gets harder, gear down. When easier, gear up. As you get more experience you’ll be able to see the trail ahead and learn to “time” your shifts appropriately. Play around with your gears on easier terrain, a lot, until you get the feel. Once you’re on more challenging trails, you’ll still make some mistakes, but you’ll get it before you know it!

  59. Rhys Davies

    Rhys Davies

    8 days ago

    Shit I always jump with my seat up can someone tell my why it's wrong

    • bananas stuff

      bananas stuff

      5 days ago

      well, firstly you won't be able to move your weight backwards as much. secondly, on landing you won't be able to absorb the landing and you will probably smack your crotch on the seat. thirdly, when you land you will be very high up, and likely to tip over. in general, just try to ride with your seat down. it will help!

  60. Charles Burnett

    Charles Burnett

    8 days ago

    Seems like a nice guy...

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