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How To Set Up Your Cross Country Bike | Mountain Bike Maintenance

How To Set Up Your Cross Country Bike | Mountain Bike Maintenance


– Cross country bikes are
built for all out speed, long distance pedaling
and maximum efficiency. In this video we’re gonna run you through how you can set up to ensure that when you’re in the saddle all day, it’s gonna be as comfortable as possible. Cross country bikes are really designed to be fast and comfortable. Now there’s gonna be a compromise when you really want to set up to get the best of both worlds. But the first thing
before we go too in depth is I’m gonna have to get changed. Whoa. Got my kit on now, and
the first thing we’re gonna kick off with is
looking at the saddle height and adjusting the seat post. So I’m gonna jump on the
bike and get that set. (rock music) Okay, so I’m on the bike, I’ve clipped in and I can see that that seat post is just a little bit too low. I’ve got a lot of movements down my heels. I’m gonna raise it up first thing’s first. (rock music) Without going to in depth about actually setting the saddle height,
we’ve got a full video on that. You can see that I’ve got
a slight bend in my knee, it’s not fully locked down when I’m at the bottom of my stroke. So just test out by putting
the cranks at 90 degrees right down at the bottom,
putting your foot on them and then just seeing
if your knee locks out. If you’ve got any ability
to extend it still. That feels pretty comfortable. (rock music) Okay so now it’s going to
actually adjusting that saddle. I’m not gonna go into how you do that, I’ve got the bar pretty flat
I’m gonna say right here. If you’re riding downhill then you’re gonna have it a slight
more angled backwards so the back is actually
dropped down at a slight tilt. For cross country you could actually have it a little bit more with the front, the nose of the saddle dropped down just to allow you to get your weight over the front of the bike. But I’m gonna keep it right there. And I’ve got my rail set perfectly. I’ve also got this carbon seat post. It just gives me a
little bit more comfort, especially this being a hard tail, it doesn’t have any rear suspension. So there’s no damping in the rear. And carbon has a property within it that actually damps some
of those sort of really low frequencies just
making it a little bit more comfortable on the longer rides. (rock music) So with the seat post
and saddle height set, let’s go on and have
a look at the cockpit. The stem length I’m not gonna
change that or the bars. The big adjustment that
you can actually do is by changing the bar roll. What I mean by that is
actually rotating the bars backwards or forwards just
to get that perfect position. What I’m really looking
for is to make sure that my wrists are actually
inline with my elbows. I’m not wanting to have a sort of too much of bend in my wrist. That’s gonna really build up fatigue, especially in the forearms
and that is how you can get _. But you can also look
at adjusting the grips and levers just to get
all that perfectly set. So let’s see how you do that. (rock music) Guys I’ve just loosened these off and actually what I’m gonna do is roll them just a little bit further forwards. I’ve got that correct bend in my wrist and then tighten it back up. Top tip here is you’ve
actually got some lines so you can mark on your stand once you’ve got that position set where you can actually just use them to gauge
how much you’re adjusting. Okay first of all, let’s
talk about the grips. These ones from Ergon have got a little bit of taper to them. They’re also suited to actually have you pam wrap right around
them and they’re gonna give you a little bit
of vibration damping. You can also rotate these so you can get the thickness at different angles so you can really get that set up. Of course if you’ve got bigger hands, you’re probably gonna want
to go for a thicker grip, smaller hands you can
go for a thinner one. But this all comes down
to personal preference. Let’s take a look at those levers. They feel not too bad. Again, I’m just gonna make sure that everything is in line, I almost want to be thinking about drawing
a line right the way from my finger all the
way through my wrist and onto the elbow to make sure that that can stay completely parallel. Once I’ve got that set up, then we’re gonna move
on to the suspension. (rock music) So we’re starting to get there, we’ve got the saddle height set and now the cockpit is all
adjusted and dialled in. There is however the
suspension left to do. The first thing that
we’re gonna talk about is the _ and that is done
with this air chamber. We’ve got a full video on how to do this. That link will be in the
description down below. We’ve also got rebound and the Teralogic which is just sort of a pro pedal platform where I can really adjust the bike to make sure that it performs the best it possibly can over those small bumps and also when you’re pedalling the bike. So you’re not getting too much bob. So let’s set those two up. So with these two adjustments
I’ve got 15 clicks of rebound to play with
and 10 on the Teralogic. Now what I’m gonna do is I’m gonna set the bang on in the middle to start with, go onto the trail and test it just to see. So I’m gonna wan this off and start it all the way from on, four, five, six, seven, eight, so that should be set. And then I’m just gonna
take some of this off. One, two, three, four, five. And that’s gonna give me my base setting which you can adjust the bike from and really just dial into
whatever terrain I’m riding. So there we go, some top tips all about how to set up your cross country bike. I have missed two things
though and they are your tyre pressure and also setting up your clip less pedals. If you click right here you’re gonna get to subscribe to GMBN and you
never miss a video again. Click just up there for
the clip less pedals and click down there for how
to set up your tyre pressures. Don’t forget to share this video, leave your comments down below and of course give it a thumb up like. There’s one thing left to
do and I’m going for a ride.

63 comments on “How To Set Up Your Cross Country Bike | Mountain Bike Maintenance

  1. #askgmbn I've got a 10mm rip in my tubeless tyre which means that the sealant can't fill the hole and lets air out so I don't know if there is any way to fix one or should I just get a new one?

  2. That's a carbon frame right? Aren't you supposed to use a clamp on the seat post and not a quick release? Too much torque ??

  3. Please respond
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  5. Finally, a video on GMBN that tells you to set up the bars the way I've been doing it for almost two decades. Yup, I'm a XC kinda guy.

  6. I wa having problems with my front brake. The rear was working just fine, but the front was spongy. I put a new set of pads in the front and the performance of the brakes haven't improved, in fact they have stayed the same. Please help!

  7. #askgmbn. why when racing xc do i get on better on a course with lots of climbing involved but then struggle on flat courses?

  8. #ASKGMBN Hi, my rims are currently setup for a Schrader valve tube. Is there a way of running tubeless or do I have to stick with tubes? Thanks

  9. I splurged on a a Grand Canyon 9.9 recently and love the Fox terralogic fork, (same as in the video) but im still unsure if i have it set up for the best ride. You guys kinda cut off the video before you finished setting up the fork all the way. Any chance that this will be covered a bit more in-depth in the future?

  10. Hi there Scott I have recently be getting neck pain on longer rides after about an 1hr ish,I ride a 29er with a 90mm stem and 720mm bars do you have any solutions to this issue your help would be much appreciated as it is starting to ruin my ride 👍

  11. Most of my problem with XC is lower back pain, i don't know what's wrong with my set up or the way i ride.
    Actually everything feels so comfort, but after long riding (let's say > 50K meters) i start feeling this pain..
    Any idea how to avoid them??

  12. I want to ask about shoes and pedals i see you are using a 5ten which model is it? And the pedals ım using a large flat pedals thats why spd pedals are feels too small but i need spd on the race so which spd pedal will be great and where can i find them with low bugdet ?

  13. I moved my brakes and shifters down so that my arm-wrist was straight. What a big help in reducing arm pump. Thanks for the tip!

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