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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  • how to know what is a perfect bike size for us and how to measure not wheel size but bike size frame, fork, and more for a kid too

    timm wiesetimm wiese2 saatler önce
  • Epic! Thank you! From a fellow 5ft4 dude. >.

    veizourveizour4 saatler önce
  • A good friend of mine finally talked me into mountain biking a week ago and my backsides killing me yet I’m hooked, this video is exactly what I needed and believe me I’ve watched at least 20sumthn vids so thank you thank you thank you. I have my eye on a orbea oiz for my first bike wish me luck.

    Calvin SteeleCalvin Steele8 saatler önce
  • A Perfect and a complete class for those ones who just started to ride!!!! Thank you, mate!! Aplauses!!!!!

    Rafael ValenteRafael Valente10 saatler önce
  • What is a Budget friendly full suspension Mtb... would like to be guided; my starting budget is about $1,200. Can you help

    Noel CamposNoel Campos14 saatler önce
  • Fantastic video.

    Moses KHMoses KH18 saatler önce
  • Holy shit Seth! I've been watching you and several other TRvisionrs, Phil, GMBN, etc... for years and this is probably the single most informative video EVER! I've had bikes off and on and currently waiting on our new ones to arrive in a few weeks. Thanks for the great work and keep it up!

    South Coast Tackle & OutdoorsSouth Coast Tackle & Outdoors18 saatler önce
  • I've seen a lot of bike building videos. And I haven't seen anyone put some lubrication on the chain. Why is that? Do they do it off the video or mtbs don't need it?

    ShankarShankarGün önce
  • Some of this stuff was way over my head yet I still enjoyed thoroughly enjoyed it. That’s how all of seths vids are. Because of your berm peak playlist of builds you inspired me and my friend to go rake out some singletrack in the woods behind our neighborhood with a sketchy rock feature. I just took my moms big a*s mtb from Walmart out there and had a heck of a good time.

    Benjamin ChapmanBenjamin ChapmanGün önce
  • i never drive a bike in my life, but I like mtb, thats why i never miss a seth video

    Aymene SengougaAymene SengougaGün önce
  • how about the fact that your videos are the main thing that introduced me to mountain biking was your videos

    ㄚ卂丂山卂丂卄ㄚ卂丂山卂丂卄Gün önce
  • After a decade of mountain biking, no wonder that I didn't learn anything new with this video yet I watched the whole freaking video (and thoroughly enjoyed it) Thank You for awesome presentation.

    Everything ElseEverything ElseGün önce
  • Love the vid mate, great explanations and examples. Seven months and counting before I can jump on a bike.

    shannon bealshannon bealGün önce
  • Theres someone on Tik Tok with the username bermpeakexpress but I’m not sure if its really you and if it isn’t I think it would be awesome if you did make a tik tok and hopefully get rid of this person that might be pretending to be you

    Jack WilliamsJack Williams2 gün önce
  • I started laughing when you said try jumping w/o a seatpost, especially how serious you said it. XD

    Necron023Necron0232 gün önce
  • Thank you for all the information here. I was very curious and an amazed how far bikes have come! And much more besides...

    Style ReviewStyle Review2 gün önce
  • Hey, love your videos. You just got me to buy my first ever mountain bike. Tires are wider than I ever imagined

    Novice_MTB_RiderNovice_MTB_Rider2 gün önce
  • So, you don't like wet trails in Canada? I guess most of the time in UK we don't have a choice

    Louis NaumLouis Naum2 gün önce
  • Thanks so much this helped a lot!!

    your cyanide pillsyour cyanide pills2 gün önce
  • what is a good 400-500 dollar beginner bike? love ur videos

    xavier lennoxxavier lennox3 gün önce
  • Cheers Seth, it took me 2 years to learn most of that. So your vid is a bit late for me but glad you got it out there. Yours vids are excellent. Thank you

    Simon MillsSimon Mills3 gün önce
  • Hi

    Gregory AllredGregory Allred3 gün önce
  • Can u do the same thing but for more advanced stuff?

    Elite Gunner 747Elite Gunner 7473 gün önce
  • What is a bike?

    Elijah MorrisonElijah Morrison4 gün önce
    • asking for a friend

      Elijah MorrisonElijah Morrison4 gün önce
  • Hey I love your vedios man but I have mountain bike that needs alot of work that need to get fix is there anyway u can help me with it

    Robert BoettingerRobert Boettinger4 gün önce
  • Excellent video, thanks.

    Jack FrostJack Frost4 gün önce
  • I’m new to the channel. Is he in N.C.?

    Jesus AlvaresJesus Alvares4 gün önce
    • Yes

      Clint KClint K3 gün önce
  • 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!

    surlybonds71surlybonds714 gün önce
    • An xc hardtail would be the best option for you, the geometry is optimized for pedaling and when you have a full suspension energy from your pedal strokes get sucked up by your shock which will decrease your pedaling efficiency

      Cameron DavisCameron Davis4 gün önce
  • Thanks for the video... I learnt quite a bit 🙌🏾

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

    Lorenzo DeLucaLorenzo DeLuca5 gün önce
  • Is the guy from Seth's Bike Hacks the same as here? If so, why 2 different channels?

    John DoeJohn Doe5 gün önce
  • cant a hardtail have a dropper too?

    BastiBasti5 gün önce
    • Yep

      Cameron DavisCameron Davis4 gün önce
  • Enduro.

    Jason MateusJason Mateus5 gün önce
  • What model of repair stand are you using in your shop?

    Lucas CommerfordLucas Commerford5 gün önce
  • 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)

  • 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.

    II TA88Y IIII TA88Y II5 gün önce
    • Maybe avoid big features and aim for a pump track?

      Clint KClint K3 gün önce
  • 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

    Victoria the green cheek conureVictoria the green cheek conure6 gün önce
    • It is normal, and a lot of other bikes/through axles have that.

      Clint KClint K3 gün önce
  • Can jou pout a link for the week seelent

    Nicolene MeyerNicolene Meyer6 gün önce
  • Can I have one bike jumper bike pls your bike is my dream bike

    Joaquin GuillermoJoaquin Guillermo7 gün önce
  • 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?

    Jonny boyJonny boy7 gün önce
  • I love the fact that im 1.64 meters and Seth is 1.63 meters

    KingDavidCoolKingDavidCool7 gün önce
  • I read this video title as mountain biking for dummies 😂

    hy drahy dra7 gün önce
  • 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.

    Paul CrowePaul Crowe7 gün önce
  • 👍🏽👍🏽👍🏽 thanks

    Ray Dela #PWDBRay Dela #PWDB7 gün önce
  • can i ask someone a question about fork suspension dust seals

    joshjosh8 gün önce
    • go on...

      bananas stuffbananas stuff7 gün önce
  • Thank you very informative for me

    Family 3E3GFamily 3E3G8 gün önce
  • how do you soften the rear suspension

    Niko AngersNiko Angers8 gün önce
    • air or coil. air you let a couple of psi out, coil you need a softer spring.

      bananas stuffbananas stuff7 gün önce
  • 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.

    Prince MarsangcaPrince Marsangca8 gün önce
  • Muy informativo, gracias.

    Paul ZúñigaPaul Zúñiga8 gün önce
  • hi

    Rc YoungstersRc Youngsters8 gün önce
  • 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 line some seller on Amazon richer ..Fuck him and fuck all plp and companies that sell thru Aamazon

    Madden MasterMadden Master8 gün önce
  • As a beginner, what kind of mountain bike should I get for $300-$500?

    Sand_Deep_FighterSand_Deep_Fighter8 gün önce
  • Can u make a video on explaining suspensions and how to adjust it

    Hemein SanntoshHemein Sanntosh8 gün önce
  • Good bike under $200ish? I’m new to the sport

    Michael WestMichael West8 gün önce
    • @Michael West see if you have any friends that will let you take their bike out for a couple trail rides

      Cameron DavisCameron Davis4 gün önce
    • @Michael West not for something that will take abuse for more than a few months or be enjoyable, no.

      bananas stuffbananas stuff7 gün önce
    • 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?

      Michael WestMichael West8 gün önce
    • 200 for a good bike is kind of unrealistic most good hardtails are around 400-700

      Shrekgettioski MemebigboiShrekgettioski Memebigboi8 gün önce
  • What brand and model bikes are those two black ones he has?

    Mitchell WebbMitchell Webb8 gün önce
    • diamondback sync'r carbon and release 5c

      bananas stuffbananas stuff7 gün önce
  • Its a nine speed not eleven!

    A Singletrack MindA Singletrack Mind9 gün önce
    • shut up. its his bike, it doesn't matter.

      bananas stuffbananas stuff7 gün önce
  • 4:35 yes an 11 speed not a 9 speed

    Saul David RoizmanSaul David Roizman9 gün önce
  • Great vid. Just bought my first Mtn bike. Question: what’s the difference between a tire pump and a shock pump?

    lexotic2421lexotic24219 gün önce
    • 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.

      bananas stuffbananas stuff9 gün önce
  • Can i use a dj frame for trail or downhill?

    kim espaderokim espadero9 gün önce
    • yes, but don't.

      bananas stuffbananas stuff9 gün önce
  • My favourite quote if you ride with your seat up you soon find out why people don’t do it

    Evan SchoutenEvan Schouten9 gün önce
  • Great video! Have you rode the new trails on Kanuga?

    bulldogger -dkbulldogger -dk9 gün önce

    Joshua YbanezJoshua Ybanez10 gün önce
    • yea

      Pranav MekaPranav Meka9 gün önce
    • stop asking for other peoples stuff. work hard and you could get it some day.

      bananas stuffbananas stuff9 gün önce
  • Lol I’m 13 and the same height as Seth I love you seth

    Victoria the green cheek conureVictoria the green cheek conure10 gün önce
    • Teefive ok I now understand

      Shrekgettioski MemebigboiShrekgettioski Memebigboi6 gün önce
    • Shrekgettioski Memebigboi nah I just though that every one is talking about their Age so

      TeefiveTeefive8 gün önce
    • @Teefive are you trying to flex

      Shrekgettioski MemebigboiShrekgettioski Memebigboi8 gün önce
    • Victoria the green cheek conure same except I am 10

      TeefiveTeefive9 gün önce
  • 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.

    Kevin VågenKevin Vågen10 gün önce
    • maybe, but do you enjoy it?

      bananas stuffbananas stuff9 gün önce
  • This is a wheel hahaha love the show but is this for 3 year olds.

    reyals llortreyals llort10 gün önce
  • 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 TorresRobert Torres10 gün önce
    • 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

      Robert TorresRobert Torres8 gün önce
    • 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.

      Sean SnyderSean Snyder9 gün önce
    • 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.

      bananas stuffbananas stuff9 gün önce
  • 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.

    Ni3l5660Ni3l566010 gün önce
  • I Don’t get the petition thing

    Aléxandros Tsiplakos LlistosellaAléxandros Tsiplakos Llistosella11 gün önce
  • Just saying I'm 12 jus hit puberty 5 ft 4 in But love you seth

    Miks ClapsMiks Claps11 gün önce
  • 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.

    B. MadB. Mad11 gün önce
Mountain Bikes 101 - Questions you were too embarrassed to ask