Tips & Tricks

Check out a variety of MTB tips and tricks from the experts here at BikeCo.com. From bike maintenance, setup, as well as on trail solutions – we have you covered.

BikeCo Tips and Tricks Rear Shock Volume Spacer Install

Install Shock Volume Spacers – BikeCo Tips & Tricks

 Install MTB Shock Volume Spacers Want to increase or decrease the ramp rate on your MTB shock? You can easily modify the ramp rate with volume spacers. Disclaimer – If you doubt your mechanical ability utilize a professional resource. Suspension is critical to performance and your safety. This video assumes your shock is in good working condition. If you suspect any issues such as “suck down”, or an over pressurized negative air chamber, it is important you use a qualified resource. How To [...]

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Bike Yoke Revive Seatpost Hydraulic Reset

Bike Yoke Revive Seatpost Hydraulic Reset – BikeCo Tips & Tricks

   Bike Yoke Revive Seatpost Hydraulic Reset The Bike Yoke Revive seatpost has been extremely popular. With one of the longest options on the market at 185mm the Bike Yoke Revive also stands out with it’s simple hydraulic reset. If your Bike Yoke Revive adjustable seatpost is “squishy” air has mixed with the hydraulic fluid. To quickly eliminate this follow these steps. First extend the post to its full height. Insert a 4mm allen wrench into the reset located on the drive side near the [...]

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importance of mountain bike bolt checks

MTB Bolt Checks – Simple but Critical To Your Safety

Consistent MTB Bolt Checks are critical to your bike’s reliability and safety. While components should be checked throughout their service life, it is particularly important to check new fittings. Stem, handlebar, grip and brake assemblies are especially important. Why You Need to Bolt Check Light weight, minimal contact and leverage. With the exception of WTB’s Padloc grips, everything that attaches to your handlebar requires radial clamping force to keep it positioned radially (around the circle of the bar) and laterally (left and [...]

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Pre-Ride Chain Cleaning & Lube – BikeCo Tips & Tricks

 This BikeCo Tips & Tricks video illustrates Pre-Ride Chain Cleaning & Lube. Chain Lube? Yup, it’s that important. Want to read more? Check out another blog post about why it’s important as well as my personal program…   MTB Pre-Ride Chain Cleaning & Lube Clean the chain with a rag. Remove debris build up as this will accelerate wear and create noise. You can see I use a couple different hand holds to quickly get the various sides of the chain. Clean the derailleur [...]

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BikeCo Tips and Tricks Eliminate Cable Slap blog

Eliminate Cable Slap – BikeCo Tips & Tricks

 This BikeCo Tips & Tricks video illustrates how to minimize or eliminate cable slap. Some internal cable routed frames have tubes between cable ports while others are open. One isn’t necessarily right and the other wrong and each can have unique considerations. Open frames may suffer from cable slap which this video and blog will address.   Eliminate Cable Slap These steps are often taken at time of build. If your bike is already built drop the fork for access to the downtube. If [...]

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Headset Adjustment – BikeCo Tips & Tricks

 This BikeCo Tips & Tricks video illustrates how to adjust a MTB Headset. OK, disclaimer time. Headsets are critical to your safety. If you aren’t sure of your mechanical aptitude find a professional resource. MTB Headset Adjustment A loose headset may damage or destroy the fork steerer or headtube. Riding a loose headset is extremely detrimental to bearing lifespan. If you suspect a loose headset feel for a “clunk”, “knock” or “click” in the front end of the bike. Pull the front brake and [...]

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mountain bike bubble bleed brake

MTB Brake Bubble Bleed – BikeCo Tips & Tricks

 This BikeCo Tips & Tricks video illustrates how a MTB Brake Bubble Bleed works. Assuming a quality initial bleed most lever related issues can be traced back to air in the master cylinder. An occasional bubble bleed will help keep your lever feel consistent and brake performance at its best. OK, disclaimer time. Brakes are critical to your safety. If you aren’t sure of your brakes walk it back and take it to a professional. You do you – we’re just [...]

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Basic Bike Wash – BikeCo Tips & Tricks

   Enjoy a quick video of a Basic Bike Wash to keep your mountain bike looking as well as riding its best. I love to ride my bike. Frankly, I’m not sure I love maintaining it. But with some basic maintenance everything lasts longer and works better. This basic bike wash only takes a couple minutes and helps improve drivetrain wear while minimizing potential noise. Especially in areas like Southern California where we have loud, crunchy dirt that loves to get into [...]

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On Trail Rotor Resurfacing – BikeCo Tips & Tricks

In a pinch, you can correct some rotor contamination or heat saturation issues on trail.  This BikeCo Tips & Tricks video illustrates how On Trail Rotor Resurfacing works. Rotors that are heat saturated will show excessive black along the pad contact area. This is typical when riders are in steep terrain or aggressively braking repeatedly. Contaminated rotors will “honk” when the brakes are applied. As opposed to a “squeal” from overheating a brake. Both of these situations are noisy (annoying) and decrease [...]

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8-14-19 30 vs 32t Comparison

30 vs 32t Comparison – Drivetrain Review

30 vs 32t Comparison – from a slow climber… We get a lot of questions on chain ring options. So when my old cranks finally gave up the ghost, press-fit eventually gets sloppy and the creak / get loose often, I decided to go to a bigger ring. So here’s a 30 vs 32t comparison – from someone who’s never, never been a climber.  Keep reading – it’s more than a saga of pain and suffering… My last couple bikes were [...]

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