Reviews, Comparisons, etc

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s Yeti SB130 X01 Complete BikeCo Demo 1

Yeti SB130 Review, First Ride

Oh. Man. Not every new bike really stops me, but seeing the Yeti SB130 in the stand did. Deciding I would need to quickly get a Yeti SB130 Review posted I commandeered the first ride. The first thing I noted about the SB130 was how long it looks. The low, extended lines of the frame have the bike visually seem much longer than it measures out. Especially if you see it without a seatpost in it. The new Yeti shapes [...]

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9 7 18 Giro Riddance Shoe First Ride Review 1

Giro Riddance Shoe First Ride Review

Riding flats I needed some fresh shoes – and the new Riddance from Giro jumped out at me. What do I think so far? Check out the Giro Riddance Shoe First Ride Review. Ok, first few rides if we’re being honest… Why Giro Riddance The Riddance is a notably light shoe and features a Vibram sole. This is my first MTB shoe with Vibram but many of my hiking shoes were built around this rubber. I’ve found Vibram absorbs impact well comparatively [...]

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9 6 18 Back on Flats Pedal Blog

Back To Flats or, Flats For My Back

Back To Flats is a bit of a misnomer. I’ve occasionally rode flats over the years to avoid developing too many bad habits. But since I began riding it’s been on clipless pedals. Chronic lower back pain has me working on different solutions to stay on the bike. So Flats For My Back might be a more accurate title… Check out a blog: Back to Flats Riding Flat Pedals. Don’t have back pain? Keep reading it’s about more than me [...]

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9 4 18 Volume Sag Calculator BikeCo

Fork Volume Spacing Calculator with Sag

We had a lot of click through, emails, chats, etc on the previous volume spacing calculator. We decided to produce second to help riders better understand tuning windows. Check out BikeCo’s Fork Volume Spacing Calculator with Sag. Like the previous calculator this works best on a computer. It will work on a mobile device however the data will stack vertically. It is again based on the basic dimensions of a 160mm Fox 36 Float Grip 2 fork. Expanding on the concepts [...]

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9 1 18 Fork Volume Spacing Calculator BikeCo

Volume Spacing Calculator & Explanation

MTB suspension setup is crucial for performance. Working with clients all over the world we hear a wide range of questions and theories. In this blog we take a look at setup offering a Volume Spacing Calculator & Explanation. Let’s get some quick disclaimers and notes out of the way. We measured a 2019 Fox 36 Float Grip 2 29″ fork with 160mm of travel for the calculator. Measurements are fairly accurate – but I would not claim them to [...]

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Progressive vs Linear MTB Suspension: Falling/Rising/Mixed Rate

We had a lot of great questions today with the launch of the Yeti SB150 chassis. Riders want to know the difference of Progressive vs Linear MTB Suspension. So let’s take a look at mechanical falling, rising and mixed rate suspension design. A picture is worth a thousand words – and we have a few of those – but let’s take a 2 1/2 minute quick reference on mechanical suspension design. Got the concept? It’s ok if you don’t, we’re going [...]

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8 27 18 Purpose Built Wheels by BikeCo Joe Binatena

Purpose Built Wheels by BikeCo.com

Improve trail tracking and performance with Purpose Built Wheels by BikeCo.com. It’s possible to calculate the performance of your mountain bike wheels. To start look at the sum of the major parts. Hubs, Spokes, Rims. Then factor in the builder’s skill in assembly as well as tuning. Yes, wheel tuning is a thing – more on that later. Purpose Built Wheels: YOUR Spec There are a variety of factors that help define your ideal spec. Riding style, rider weight, terrain, ideal service [...]

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Comparing Ibis Ripley LS vs Ripmo

Comparing the Ibis Ripley LS vs. Ripmo

Comparing the Ibis Ripley LS vs. Ripmo: We asked one of our longtime BikeCo clients to give us a writeup after riding the Ripmo at the recent Ibis Demo.  Leif is an experienced rider who frequents Santiago Oaks, Aliso / Laguna, Whiting Ranch, San Juan Trail – a wide variety of our local SoCal trails.   RIPLEY   I’ve been on the Ripley LS 3 for a little over a year now. For the majority of riding I do the LS [...]

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8 10 18 Small Bump Compliance Big Brake Performance 1

Better Small Bump Compliance Riding Technique

Every MTB rider is looking to improve their suspension. At BikeCo we offer the best products on the market as well as proprietary Pro Tune Services to maximize performance. Still having issues? Let’s look at Better Small Bump Compliance through technique and more powerful brakes. Quick review. Poor small bump compliance causes a bike to skip across the trail. This leads to inefficient and somewhat unpredictable cornering as well as braking. Small bump compliance issues can be from product design, [...]

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7 30 18 Trail Bikes BikeCo Write Up

When to Trail Bike

For those who have been around MTB for many years the capacity of a modern Trail bike is really astounding. The current definition for Trail riding is between Cross Country and Enduro terrain with some crossover in either direction. So what are the key attributes to a trail bike? Personality, Weight, Capacity Personality Trail bikes should be nimble, quick accelerating, and playful. Nimble – how quickly and confidently a bike changes direction is affected by riding speed, trail steepness, geometry and setup. Geometry an [...]

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