Thursday, 19 May 2016

MTB Setup Tips

So you wanna hits the trail now? Or...just bored rode in the city? Grab your MTB and set the schedule to hit the trail. Before you go, here's a few tips to setup your MTB:

Dropper Seatpost

Being able to drop or raise your saddle with the flick of a switch means you can adapt quickly to changes in terrain and gradient, and make the most of every trail situation. The cost may seem high, but a dropper will transform your riding.

Suspension Setup

Get kitted up in your riding gear before fiddling with any settings – weight added by your pack and clothing can have a big effect. Manmade trail centre tracks tend to be faster and grippier than more natural trails so you can run your suspension firmer – try 20 to 30 per cent sag on your rear shock and 15 to 20 per cent on your fork.

Short Stem

Fitting a shorter stem will give your bike a snappier, more responsive feel. It’ll also make it easier to lift the front wheel over obstacles and to shift your weight further back on the bike. A stem around 50mm in length is normally perfect, but going as short as 35mm will help for aggressive downhill riding.

Going Wide

Wide bars give you more control. For a noticeable leverage advantage, go for one that’s at least 740mm wide. If you don’t like how it feels you can always cut it down. (BTW, i prefer narrow bar for my Giant ATX :D)

Choose Tyres

Going tubeless saves weight and spells the end of pinch flats, but harder riders may find themselves ‘burping’ air. Trail centre tracks tend to be smoother than natural trails, with fewer harsh rocks and roots, so thinner, more XC orientated tyres won’t feel out of their depth. You can also consider using something with a low-profile tread – you won’t need to penetrate through mud to find grip, but will benefit from a faster rolling tyre.

Source: Mountain Biking UK 6/2016 "Bike Setup Tips"

Ride On!

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