Here at Pinkbike we get inundated with all kinds of questions, ranging from the basic "Can I have stickers" to more in-depth, soul-searching types of queries like if you should pop the question or what to name your first child. Ask Pinkbike is an occasional column where we'll be hand-picking and answering questions that have been keeping readers up at night, although we'll likely steer clear of those last two and keep it more tech oriented.
Will a Dirt Jump Bike Help My Skills?Question:
Pinkbike user @BrilliantNeon
asked this question in the Dirt Jumping & Street forum
: I'm 33 and I've been mountain biking for 2.5 years. I started with XC, moved after a year into all-mountain/enduro stuff and bike park riding. I'm not into racing. There is a small bike park close to where I live - few drops, few jumps, few berms - cool stuff though.
I'm trying to find a way to improve my skills as smoothly as possible while still having fun. I've heard a lot of people telling I could learn some skills easier on a smaller bike. Thus, my question. Will I learn to manual, bunny hop, jump better on a DJ bike?
Wheelie 101 Question:
angushall19 asks in the All-Mountain and Cross-Country Forum
:I have been experimenting with wheelies lately and doing it nonstop, yet I can't really figure out what I am doing wrong. I am in a mid gear so it is easy enough to push down and boost up without accelerating too quickly, I have my seat at a little over half way up for seated riding. I start sitting down then preload and explode on the pedals and lean back yet this is not enough to get me up to my balance point. I see many people have a different problem where they always go too far and fall off the back, but in the rare occasion I do get up I can at least get in a pedal rotation or two. It has been very frustrating and I have been practicing for hours the last few weeks, yet I am making little progress. Anyone have some tips?
Wyn Masters shows how it's done on the Wheelie Wednesdays compilation edit.
Extra-Soft DH Springs Question:
Pinkbike user @Taris
asked this question in the Downhill:
I'm looking for a 140-150lbs coil for the RS Kage RC in 10,5"x3,5"/267mm x 89mm. It's for our son's YT Tues. The Tues comes with pretty soft shock coils; even on my size "L" the standard coil is just 250lbs, on our son's "S" it's 200lbs. 200lbs is the softest coil that Rockshox offers for the Kage RC: The range for this (longest) version of the Kage is 200-550lbs.
Since our son weighs not much more than 100lbs geared up (he's tall but light for his almost 13 years), we'll switch the coil in the Boxxer from standard "medium" two steps softer to x-soft, but we can't find any coil options to adjust the spring rate for the shock accordingly. The 200lbs coil is definitely too hard for him. For his last DH bike, a Commencal Supreme FR, we had switched both Fox coils for fork and shock from medium to the softest option and this setup worked perfectly.
I've had a Tues CF Pro before, but with the air shock I didn't notice how low the shock spring rates on the Tues are. Any ideas where to get a softer coil?
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