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FAQs

What types of riders do you work with?

Stöke MTB offers skills instruction to all novice, beginner, and intermediate mountain bikers, not only to those who identify as women.

What do you mean by “ability to lower your saddle?”

Lowering your saddle allows you to move around more freely on your bike. It can also provided added safety if you need to quickly dismount your bike. You should be able to lower your saddle enough that it won’t get in your way when changing your body position on the bike. (In other words, it should be as low as possible.)

Many modern mountain bikes come with dropper seat posts, which are seat posts that move up or down via a handlebar lever. If your bike doesn’t have a dropper post, be sure you can lower your saddle by either loosening the quick-release lever (loosen the lever to move the seat) or bolt on your seat-post clamp. If your seat-post clamp has a bolt, you’ll need a bike tool that fits the bolt to loosen it.

Important: Make sure your seat post is not too long! If you have loosened the quick-release lever or bolt on your seat post and it won’t lower, this is likely the case. If so, take it to your local bike shop and have them cut down your seat post to an appropriate length.

What COVID protocols do you take?

We adhere to CDC guidelines. Currently, we do not require masks at Stöke MTB events. Our coaches are fully vaccinated.

Can I bring my e-bike?

At the moment we cannot accommodate electric (pedal-assist, electric-assist) mountain bikes for any skills instruction.

Is it OK to use clipless pedals?

We recommend MTB flat pedals (composite or aluminum platform pedals with pins) because they allow you to dial in your pedal position (i.e., where/how you place your foot on the pedal) and properly learn skills. This is especially true for any skills that require you to get your wheels off the ground. If you’re a longtime clipless rider, we encourage you to give flat pedals a try! That said, if you’re set on clipless pedals, we can help you get dialed in on those, too.

Do you offer scholarships?

We are here to share the Stöke with all riders. Scholarships are available for all types of Stöke MTB skills instruction. Please contact us at info@stoke-mtb.com for more details.

What if the weather forecast doesn’t look good?

We all know how fickle—and extreme—the Minnesota weather can be. If we’re dealing with light rain, we’ll go ahead as planned. Heavier rain, thunderstorms, and, dare we say it, snow will likely cause us to delay or cancel our event. If we cancel due to weather, we will reschedule the event and/or provide all participants a credit for a future Stöke MTB event.

What’s the minimum age you coach?

Our Stöke Schools and Stöke Sessions are limited to riders age 16 and up. However, we offer Stöke Solos to riders of all ages!

What kind of shoes should I wear?

Closed-toe shoes are a must for both function and safety. To achieve the best possible grip on your flat pedals, we recommend wearing a flat-soled shoe, such as one designed specifically for mountain biking. If you have questions about shoes or other clothing/gear, send us an email at info@stoke-mtb.com.

What’s the best bike to use?

A quality mountain bike can make all the difference in your confidence on the trail. With that said, any well-maintained mountain bike or fat bike is a great place to start! Consider scheduling a tune-up at your local bike shop before your Stöke MTB event.

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