Reviews, Comparisons, etc

Learn more about the best products in MTB from the experts here at BikeCo.com.

Front End Support – Fork Air, Volume & Compression

Between our BikeCo Pro Tune services as well as working with some of the fastest racers in MTB we get a lot of questions regarding suspension tuning. Modern forks offer more ways than ever to dial in your ride. Getting the right front end support with fork air, volume and compression improves tracking, ride quality, dive, and how your bike performs in the chunk. Recently BikeCo Pro Rider Cody Kelley was in town working with Joe Binatena on the 2019 [...]

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3 12 19 Joe Binatena builds wheels for Cody Kelley Alchemy EWS

What We Ride – BikeCo Staff Wheel Selections

We’ve put a lot of effort dialing in the new online wheel builders and options here at BikeCo.com. In this blog, What We Ride, we will take a look at some BikeCo Staff Wheel Selections! Read up and then check out BikeCo Favorite Wheel Builds, Featured Brands, Full Custom Builders and Wheel Specials to pick the best wheels to update your current bike or build a new one. Chris Fuller, BikeCo Sales King, Ibis 942 Carbon, 2 Cross DT Swiss Competition [...]

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3 4 19 Chris King High Engagement 2

New Wheels, New Personality – Handbuilt Wheels by BikeCo

We often talk to clients about where the “personality” of their bike comes from. Frame, of course. Suspension setup, yup. The right cockpit and brakes, definitely. Wheels. Wheels and tires will create and shift personality more than just about any other aspect (being on the wrong frame / suspension will kill riding personality as well). Let’s take a look at the advantage of Handbuilt Wheels by BikeCo. Even having worked at BikeCo for so many years I will admit I [...]

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Maxxis Aggressor 2.3" vs 2.5" Review

Maxxis Aggressor 2.3″ vs. 2.5″ Review

The Maxxis Aggressor has quickly become one of the favorite rear trail and enduro tires in MTB. Designed as a fast rolling option with good cornering knobs what’s not to love? I’ve spent quality time on Yeti SB130’s with both the 2.3 and 2.5″ Aggressor options (First Impressions on the Aggressor Here). So does .1″ (2.54mm) per side really change performance? Yup. Let’s go through the details that create personality differences in a Maxxis Aggressor 2.3″ vs. 2.5″ Review. The [...]

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Trust Message Review Trail

Trust Message Fork Review, Geometry

At BikeCo.com we receive a lot of questions on suspension and bike setup. What works for who, how and why. With the launch of the carbon fiber Trust Message fork we’ve had many clients reach out. This blog is a Trust Message Fork Review concentrating on geometry and application. As stated by Trust the Message fork rides unlike telescopic options. The Message utilizes an arced axle path from a pair of pivot arms with a leveraged air spring and damper. [...]

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1 9 19 Yeti Switch Infinity Review Extended Ride

Yeti Switch Infinity Review, Extended Ride

After several weeks elusively riding Yeti it’s time for a Yeti Switch Infinity Review. The current Yeti Switch Infinity suspension was a fairly radical departure from previous Yeti designs – but man they nailed it. Early Switch Infinity Yeti has used the SB (SuperBike) designation prior to the current Switch Infinity design. Earlier Switch Infinity pivoted the lower linkage through eccentric spacers and bearings. This involved large diameter bearings as well as a 2 piece “micro-switch” assembly. Visually it is quite similar [...]

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150 vs 160 fork headtube trail flop comparison

150 vs. 160 Fork Headtube, Trail & Flop

The Story Behind the Images. Looking at 150 vs. 160 Fork Headtube, Trail & Flop I wrapped up the 150 vs 160 comparison and needed an image. I grabbed BikeCo’s demo SB130 (with a stock setup) and mine with the 160 fork and headed out. And struggled. I couldn’t get an image to show with any level of credibility the difference in crown race height. With a 10mm steer spacer in hand I tried to figure out how to photograph [...]

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150 vs. 160mm Fork for Yeti SB130

150 vs.160mm Fork on Yeti SB130

Close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades right? Well when it comes to mountain bike setup a few millimeters create notable differences. Let’s take a look at 150 vs. 160mm fork on Yeti SB130. After a extended review of the factory Yeti SB130 X01 setup I built my own, with a bit different spec. This article reviews these setup changes and the shifts in trail personality. Before you stop reading thinking “I don’t ride that bike” many enduro style [...]

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SB130 Custom Build by BikeCo

SB130 Custom Build by BikeCo

So, a handful of things all came together and I decided it was time for a new bike. Hopefully you’ve seen the FIRST RIDE REVIEW on the SB130 as well as the EXTENDED RIDE REVIEW. It was all I could do not to simply buy that bike… But in the long run I’m glad I didn’t because I ended up with this new Yeti SB130 Custom Build by BikeCo! Well, at least a bunch of parts are new. Let me [...]

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Kevin Aiello Pre Ride Warm Up Cross Body Kneeling MAIN

Pre Ride Warm Up with Kevin Aiello

At BikeCo.com we work with some of the fastest racers in MTB. We see what helps separate them from the competition. Take a minute and check out this video of pre ride warm up with Kevin Aiello. What’s the advantage of this routine? I asked a familiar face here at BikeCo.com and experienced trainer Gina Redican: Taking 5 to 10 minutes before a ride to warm up and perform dynamic stretches can significantly improve performance on the trail.  Dynamic stretching sends [...]

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