My New MTB Has Weird Parts on it

My New MTB Has Weird Parts on it


One of the best parts about new bike day is
doing a photo shoot of your new bike, made possible by the obligatory propping stick. And you will always be punished for this blatant
act of vanity. But once your new bike has some dirt and scratches
on it, you can stop babying it and actually take it for a ride. This is my new Diamondback 5C, and it didn’t
just arrive in a box at my front door. It actually was presented to me at Sea Otter
by my sponsors Diamondback and Box. Quite a few people at both companies had a
hand in outfitting this bike with custom paint and decals, and that means a lot to me because
these are people I’ve ridden, travelled, and spoken with on a regular basis for the
last two years. So today I’ll show you around my new bike,
and go over some of the strange parts I’m running on it. To be clear, this is essentially the same
as my old bike. It has a carbon frame with 150 mill fork and
130mill shock. It’s just a Release 5C. But the paint is custom. It fades ever so subtly from black to blue,
and the flat finish reveals any and all fingerprints, so touch my bike and I’ve got the forensics
to prove it. The frame is also adorned in custom decals,
like this one of our buddy Drama proudly leading the charge on the head tube. That’s about the most you’ll ever see
him on a trail. I did add some accents like these valve caps,
and blue chester pedals, although they might be a little much. For suspension I’m back to Rockshox, but
this was not a conscious decision on my part, and these days I don’t really have a strong
preference for any one suspension brand. At the high end, everyone is making better
stuff every year. How you adjust your suspension will do a lot
more for your bike’s performance than what brand you choose. I will, however, be adding an MRP ramp control
cartridge to this fork so I can adjust the progression on the fly. Up front is a Oneup EDC multi tool. Installing this requires cutting a half inch
worth of threads into the steerer tube so this hollow top cap be used to put tension
on the headset. Having this multitool built into the bike
means I’ll never forget it at home, and now I even have a tire plug on the end, ready
to go. As for stopping power, I’m running TRP g-spec
trail brakes. The G-specs on my hardtail have been solid
performers for over a year, even after a fair bit of abuse and neglect. I find that they hold up to air travel better
than any other mineral oil brakes I’ve used, and they are always dead simple to service. So I’m now running TRP brakes on my main
bike, and may use them on upcoming builds. As for the dropper seat post, I’m going
with the Magura Vyron just like I have on several other bikes. It’s a wireless dropper post which means
I lose a cable and gain a battery. This tradeoff is fine since I have a knack
for breaking dropper levers. So ironically this electronic seat post provides
a certain level of reliability, provided I charge the battery once per month. Mounted to this post is an Ergon saddle. At Sea otter I sat down on this butt scanner
to find out what size my sit bones were, and despite what it may look like, my sit bones
are a size small. So far this seat is really comfortable, but
I haven’t spent enough time on it to decide whether it’s here to stay. By now you may have noticed the Vittoria tires. Right now this is nothing more than a test. I almost always run Maxxis tires, and so this
is me being a little more open minded and trying something different. So far so good, but I’ll need a few months
experimenting with different front and rear combinations to really learn the lineup and
decide if these tires are a good fit for me. Now, on to the weird stuff like these 41mm
carbon rims. These would not be weird on a bike with plus
tires, but on this 5C they are extremely wide. Wide rims do provide certain benefits like
a bigger contact patch, and a reduced risk of your tire buckling under lateral force. That’s great, but there’s a tradeoff. As you may be able to see, the side nubs have
migrated towards the center of the tire and away from the sidewalls. This means that leaning hard can cause the
side nubs to lose contact with the trail, making for sketchy cornering. I haven’t experienced this yet but should
this become an issue over the course of this experiment I’ll simply swap these hoops
for 36mm. Ethan at Box thought I’d appreciate a customized
Ebike drivetrain. To be clear this bike absolutely does not
contain a motor, it just has an ebike specific derailleur and shifter which features a 50
tooth 9 speed cassette. Today we’re used to seeing 11, 12, and even
13 speed drivetrains, and as these gear wars rage on, we can be sure 14 speed is on the
way. But a 9 speed mech has certain benefits. For instance it uses a thicker more resilient
cassette and chain, with overall less weight. Bigger gaps between the gears means your bike
will shift smoothly even without a perfectly aligned hanger and dialed shift cable. In short, it’s more tolerant of long lapses
in maintenance. Perfect for someone who travels a lot. Even though 9 speed has existed for decades
now, to my knowledge it has never been available with the range of a modern 50 tooth cassette. And although a higher gear count does allow
you to change your cadence ever so slightly, that doesn’t matter much to me. Now I did say this was a customized ebike
drivetrain, and the customization lies the shifter. Unlike a normal shifter which can advanced
several gears at a time, the ebike version is limited to one gear for each push of the
lever. This is to protect the drivetrain from careless
shifts under the of a torquey electric motor. But since this bike is human powered, Box
made me a special 9 speed shifter that works just like a normal one. So to my knowledge, this is the only drivetrain
of its kind out in the wild. It’s never going to feel normal to me getting
several new bikes every year, and if you’re a younger person in the audience I don’t
want you thinking you should aspire to that. A Modern trail bike can run for the better
part of a decade or longer if you just learn how to maintain it, and replace parts when
they break. Speaking of which, I’d better get to work
on breaking some parts. Thanks for riding with me today and I’ll
see you next time.

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  1. You can use a flat piece of plastic or tire lever to put on rim tape. Just put it under the the rim tape while it's slack and turn it around the rim. This can also be used to move the hole in your rim tape over the hole in your rim.

  2. I did not know where to ask for this, but could you do a product review on knee pads? I have a 13 (daughter), 16 (son), 20 (daughter) and myself 43 (dad) that are getting into mountain biking and could use some help with options for trail riding. Style, comfort, and cost are deciding factors, so I am struggling to get the best bang for my buck on knee pads that still allow comfort.

  3. How tf can you get yourself to put your hotel on the underside of your bike like yes when I drink I definitely love to lick the mud of my lid

  4. I wanna get into riding but don’t know where to start can you help me out I found a park near me but not sure how to start

  5. Just installed this on my Specialized FatBike. Seamless transition and rides like a dream. My LBS guys were in awe of it especially after test riding it after install. They were remarking that they will have to look into it especially for the price point. Box was genius in designing the 9 spd with the range of a 12 spd at a bargain price compared to SRAM!!!!!

  6. I would be really cool if you can do a DIY hardtail under 500$ with parts and cost breakdown. Would be a better way then getting entry level bikes IMO.

  7. I’m looking for a new full suspension mtb and I have a budget of 1500 pounds and seen as though your so amazing at bikes

  8. Hi,

    I have a quick question – what's the compatibility of 9 speed derailleur? Especially, what's the cable pull and is it compatible with 9 speed road Shimano shifters?

    Thanks for great content!

  9. Does anyone know how to actually say derailleur😂? Is it pronounced di – rai – luurrr😂or dee – rai – lee – uuurr😂😂??? I'm dying to know

  10. Mine didn't come with a stick :(((((((. ( All those years ago) p.s. pro comment, so give me likes cause I don't get no YouTube's ;(, I like your bike btw.

  11. Do you know nakamura shadow26 active series and if you do have you ever rided it and if you have what do you think about it? Because its my favorite bike ive ever had to this day

  12. I really appreciate the comment that we should not aspire to new bikes all the time. I've been riding my Santa Cruz for seven years, and while there are new bikes out there that have better geometry, and are lighter, etc, etc… I love that I know EXACTLY how my bike will handle, and what lines it does well on, and all its weird idiosyncrasies. At some point enough issues may come up that will warrant getting a new one, or there might be some new adaptations that my bike can't adjust to, forcing me to buy a new bike, but until then, I'm going to treat my bike like my wife… appreciating how beautiful she is and has always been. If we all focused more on what we had and less on what we lacked, we'd be a lot more happy. Some people think that the grass is always greenest on the other side of the fence… they are wrong. The grass is always greenest where you water it!! Focus on what you have, not and what you lack, and you will never feel like you are missing out.

  13. My MTB includes retro style headlight, cruiser fenders, and a luggage rack. Mine's a hardtail, I personally love the control.

  14. how are you liking your 9 speed drive train seth? I am unhappy with my 11s Shimano groupset. I have to constantly adjust the settings after rough rides and am wishing for something sturdier and simpler

  15. 1:33 "our buddy drama proudly leading the charge… that's about the most we'll see drama out on the trail" ironic how now at berm peak drama's out on the trails all the time

  16. i had a drop about 2hrs ago and i hurt! on the good side though, i got given an old helmet and it looks bad,but the back wheel span (it is a fat e-bike,4.5,48v,1kw),fast, hit my head.if that lid wasnt there i think,,,,hair and a bit of skin.but i think i broke my toe or foot or somthing swollen. i need to clamp my right foot to the pedel.

  17. seth can you do something on pedals….my problem is that my right leg is paralyzed and when i stood up to pedal it wasnt on the pedal.

  18. So I spend $5000 on the bike and then strip it down and spend another $2700 on custom parts… what do I do with all the bits I replaced?

  19. I’m not given to jealousy but I have to admit Seth is the type of guy I would like to be in my next life. (Unless he is a Republican or has a small……..)

  20. Man I hope one day my wife will let me get a bike like that. well guess I’m stuck with my Giant talon 2 🤔

  21. Having to experiment with different tires and different combination of tires for months sounds a bit way overdone. I don't think anyone is going to do that as much as they would like to suggest things like this to others. .

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