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BikeCo Frame Prep

BikeCo Frame Prep BikeCo Frame Prep services ensure maximum service life, ultimate trail performance as well as quiet performance for your mountain bike. We stand behind our Frame Prep service for 1 year. Should your frame develop noise or issues from components associated with Frame Prep BikeCo will take care of you. BikeCo Frame Prep is complimentary with any frame or complete purchase from BikeCo.com. Standard pricing is $70-90*. Some frames require more work and will be quoted accordingly at service write-up. Noise [...]

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BikeCo Pro Rider Brian Lopes Cockpit Setup

Pretty stoked when BikeCo Pro Rider Brian Lopes reads through our blog and takes some time to send notes! Check out details on Brian’s bar width, layup, rise and stem below:   Width & Stiffness Currently I run Renthal Fatbar Lite 35mm diameter bars, uncut at 760mm. Last year I rode Fatbar Lite 31.8mm bars. These were 740mm wide, which was fine, but I wanted just a little more width. I could have run the standard Fatbar for the added width, however it is a [...]

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MTB Handlebar Setup Concepts

Dialing in your setup – MTB Handlebars MTB Handlebar setup is important to a bike’s personality. Suspension, Tires, Brakes are important as well, but if your cockpit isn’t setup appropriately this can be all for not. A proper handlebar with the right setup will be comfortable and predictable across a variety of terrain. Handlebar dimensions are provided in width, rise, upsweep as well as backsweep.     Small deviations in these define if a bar is fast, neutral or slow handling. Large deviations drastically [...]

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Most Popular Upgrades

Fox X2, Magura Brakes, Wolf Tooth Remote – Most Popular Build Upgrades

What were the most popular upgrades this season? Funny you should ask… First was the Fox X2 damper. The X2 features external adjustments for hi/lo speed rebound and compression. The X2 also provides riders ramp rate control through volume spacers to further dial in performance. From trail to enduro riding the X2 has allowed more riders more options on more bikes than ever before. The second most popular upgrade to builds were Magura brakes. Magura provides unmatched balance of power and [...]

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Custom Yeti SB4.5 by BikeCo.com

Custom Yeti SB4.5 by BikeCo.com, Magura MT Trail Brakes, Ibis 938 Wheels Our sales team works with clients day in and day out dialing in the ultimate spec, setup and tune. In this case we asked them to spec a bike for the floor and they came back with a banger Yeti SB4.5 at an incredible value! Yeti’s SB4.5 is a special bike. 4.5″ of Switch Infinity suspension is an efficient, XC Endurance as well as Trail ripping platform. Switch Infinity [...]

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MTB Setup: More Travel vs. More Tire Volume

2.3″ tires look narrow even in my older non-boost fork! Read through for some basic concepts on which rider runs more travel and less tire and which prefers less travel and more tire. MTB: More Travel or More Tire Volume? You’re in the market for your next bike. You’ve narrowed it down to the leading suspension systems – confident downhill, efficient up and quick when you hit the power. (Clearly this has brought you to BikeCo where we work with the [...]

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BikeCo Pro Tune Advantages

BikeCo Pro Tune Suspension Advantages

BikeCo Pro Tune Suspension Advantages For years we’ve has been providing riders access to the best performing Fox Suspension through our proprietary Pro Tunes designed by BikeCo.com owner Joe Binatena. BikeCo Pro Tune Suspension is designed to maximize damper performance to your riding specifics.     Pro Tune’s shift performance windows taking into account RIDER SIZE, EXPERIENCE, DISCIPLINE, TERRAIN, STYLE as well as RIDING GOALS.   Rider Size: Different size different setups, easy right? Stock suspension is designed for a wide range or riders. Suspension is [...]

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HT T1 Pedal Review

HT T1 Pedal Review & Setup Tips

HT T1 Pedal Review & Setup Tips I get a lot of questions regarding clipless (or clip-in) pedals from new and experienced riders. This write up reviews an extended test of the HT T1 pedals as well as provides setup tips from personal experience. Over the years I have tested several of the HT Components pedal platforms however the T1 were the first I have put extended miles on. HT T1 Pedal Design Designed and marketed as a trail / light enduro pedal [...]

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Magura MT5 Brake 3 Year Review

Magura MT5 Brake 3 Year Review 3 years and 4 bikes later I’m still running the same set of Magura MT5 brakes. Same levers, same master cylinders, same calipers. A few sets of brake pads as well as a new rear line are what I’ve put into the system. (My HD4’s routing is longer than the Bronson was) I continue to ride the Magura MT5’s for the same reasons that led me purchase them in 2015. Unmatched modulation, predictable performance, minimal issues [...]

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Custom Alchemy Arktos Design

Finished up the latest custom Alchemy Arktos design for a client earlier this week. Update: Check some pics of the finished frame here! Complete Build Images here! The USA made Alchemy Arktos can be produced with full custom or semi-custom graphics to dial in your style. Work with BikeCo for the ultimate spec and design on your new Arktos! Check out the images below and read a quick blurb about the process on this particular chassis’ design.   This client gave us pretty clear direction to [...]

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