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    Lets talk mud

    I read all of the other reply's and have a couple of things to correct and a bunch of things to add about riding alot of mud. 1. For that much mud you'll want a soft terrain tire. My choice is either a Michelin S-12, or Michelin starcross ms2. Both offer great sand and mud capability and self cleaning. Any other brand soft terrain tire will work also. My correction to the other advice is that a soft terrain tire has a hard rubber compound, not soft, to bite into the mud and sand. A hard terrain tire has soft rubber compound to grip the ground, think blue groove. Soft terrain tires chunk more because the rubber is harder and less plyable. Make sense? 2. My second correction is that you probably want to make your suspension stiffer(not softer) to make up for the extra 10 to 15 pounds of mud you'll be carrying on you and your bike. Unless you're always in front and not taking on alot of mud. Stiffening will balance out the extra weight you'll probably be carrying. 3. Think MUD REPELANT, you can prevent you and your bike from collecting mud somewhat. Put foam in nooks and crany's where mud usually collects ie. around and under the engine. Some guys tape some foam to the top of their helmet to repel mud. Also, you can tape an old tear off to the end of your visor so that if your getting roosted, you don't have to tilt your head down as far. Some guys also go a far as spraying a non stick substance on places where mud collects ie. under the fenders. 4. As for riding technique, ride loose, keep the bike pointing in the general direction, don't follow, taking the long way around is quicker than getting stuck, open it up once and a while to clean the tire, smooth is fast. Ride smooth to conserve energy. Smooth throttle control. If you're in a rut, don't try to fight it, steady throttle and ride it out. Ride with your weight back a bit to keep the front end light. Well that's all I can think of at the moment Expert Over pnwma
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    Do you oil your o-ring chain

    First, clean chain with wire brush. I use WD40 to get rid of the water on the chain after I wash the bike. I then wipe it off or let it dry before I lube it. Any lube should do but use your discretion when using the sticky lubes. I like to use chain wax and put a rag behind the chain buffer to catch over-spray and excess. Watch you disc brake, use brake cleaner on it to prevent overspray from ruining your brakes. Finally, I've seen guys take their chain off and leave in a bucket of oil during the off season to preserve the chain and rubber seals. Attach it to a coat hanger to get it out after.
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    Front end lifting on steep trails

    Just signed up and read your dilema. First, riding is for fun. It seems that you're thinking too much. Before you try anymore technical stuff go to some big hill and burn up it a dozen times for fun. For such a big bike and a small guy you'll realize that all hills are cake. All of the previous postings have very good tips. Here a few more on hills. 1. I generally stay sitting or Rodney Smith crouched(looks like sitting) your legs are tensed with you butt just hovering on the seat. Keep your head low over the bars with your elbows up. You don't need to slide back and forth. Focus more on momentum and traction. The faster you get you'll realize that momentum can overcome most obstacles ie.(root, rock, nasty hill sections). With that big bike don't focus on small crap in front of you. Point in the general direction and shoot. Gas before the obstacle and then gradualy roll it off as you're going through or up. If your bouncing around trying to control the bike, you're compression is probably too stiff. Traction is your next step. If your front end is comming up you have plenty of traction. Steady throttle and clutch feathering should help. With good traction you can stand as far forward over the front wheel as you want and still wheelie up a hill. 2. Hills can be easier if you want to work on your upper body a bit. Barbell or machine rows simulate the work of going uphill. If your seat is slippery from mud this can help if you get flustered going up a nasty hill. A grippy seat can help you stay on the bike better also. 3. Don't give in to that damm hill. Be stubborn. Get up and over it and watch your buddies struggle(help them after some laughing). Practice is key, keep doing it. Let me know how it goes. ActionHero Expert over pnwma.