Tips & Tricks

Check out a variety of MTB tips and tricks from the experts here at BikeCo.com. From bike maintenance, setup, as well as on trail solutions – we have you covered.

New to MTB Learning to ride rock gardens

New to MTB: Learning to ride Rock Gardens

Continuing our New to MTB series let’s look at learning to ride rock gardens. Rock gardens are typically defined as a series of rock features spaced such that you will be forced to engage them in some way. The techniques that will help you confidently ride in rock gardens will help other places. Learning to keep your eyes ahead is important in any terrain. Becoming comfortable with a bit of momentum will help with rock gardens, single rocks, holes, [...]

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New to MTB: Sighting Trail Users

There are a lot of new faces on the trails these days. Welcome – we hope you enjoy the outdoors as much as we do. There has been a lot of change (understatement right?) the last couple months. One that has effected new riders is the lack of group rides. A lot of group rides were effective to help new riders understand etiquette as well as tips to improve their riding. We’re going to publish a handful of concepts [...]

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5-6-20 Effective Seattube Angle Explained

Effective Seattube Angle Explained

Part two in an extended look at MTB Geo. (We started with explaining how Reach & Stack are directly connected) In this post we will examine how steeper effective seattube angles stretched bikes out, but actually made them more nimble and even may lead to riders downsizing. As counter-intuitive as it may seem… In short, modern seattube angles position riders further forward. This requires a longer reach dimension as well as extends the front center and wheelbase. But, riders [...]

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Exploring mtb geo rider reach and stack

Exploring MTB Geometry

We often talk about a bike’s cutting edge geometry. But what makes an ideal MTB geo? Well, if you’re listening to some of the “influencers” it’s reach, reach and reach… Except it’s not nearly that simple. Exploring MTB Geometry you’ll see that reach is far more malleable than you might have thought. I’d like to take a few posts and explore some of the various balancing acts that go on to produce a great fitting MTB geo. Teaser: As we [...]

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MTB Tire Removal BikeCo Tips and Tricks

MTB Tire Removal – BikeCo Tips & Tricks

Enjoy a quick video and write up illustrating MTB Tire Removal in this post of BikeCo Tips & Tricks. Modern sidewalls can make MTB Tire Removal a bit more of a challenge, but with a couple quick tidbits you will make your life notably easier. Being confident working with your tires is important for both on trail as well as shop repairs. Knowing how to quickly change tires lets you dial in for the weekend trip or race event that [...]

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MTB New Bike Assembly Common Issue

New Bike Assembly

A typical new bike delivered from BikeCo.com doesn’t need much to hit the trails. With some basic tools and a bit of skill you’re on your way. You’ve got a fresh BikeCo Build. New Bike Assembly shouldn’t be intimidating. (so, the modern work from home means this video is in the yard, with my bike “standing in” for a new rig. Obviously your new bike will be cleaner, not have broken spokes in the back wheel, etc! haha. Also, I [...]

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Improve Chain & Cassette Wear

Improve Chain & Cassette Wear

There are a lot of tips and tricks to improve chain & cassette wear. This tip helps minimize wear and bent cassette teeth. It’s pretty simple. Check out the video then read the post for more details.    So, fairly self explanatory. For those still interested let’s look a little deeper. MTB involves a lot of steeps with high torque as well as dirt and grime working to accelerate wear. No need to abuse the product. Improve Chain & Cassette Wear Just because you CAN dump [...]

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MTB Cornering Tips with Kevin Aiello

Better MTB Cornering with Coach Kevin Aiello

I’ve come to terms with it. I’m kind of spoiled. For example, extending a morning ride counts as work if you invite the right people. So here’s Better MTB cornering with coach Kevin Aiello! Are you  you’re already familiar with these concepts? Rad! In the world of “nothing’s new” there’s a lot of good advice out there. But take a minute to read and check out some photos that illustrate cornering techniques to make your ride more fun. Ready to [...]

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Why We Race Professional Enduro BikeCo Cody Kelley

Why We Race Professional Enduro

Well its late February so it’s time to start hitting the warm up races and qualifiers. This year we thought we’d share some insight on why we race professional enduro. A lot of aspects to professional enduro racing that have direct correlation to consumer MTB. BikeCo owner  Joe Binatena’s experiences’ working with the fastest in MTB is brought back and applied to help client’s get the most out of their riding. Suspension setup and tune. Tire combos and setup (as [...]

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PreCharging a Suspension Pump – BikeCo Tips & Tricks

 PreCharging a Suspension Pump Let us show you how to precharge a suspension pump for the most accurate air suspension setup. Many of our clients, and all of our racers, are looking to really dial in suspension. In order to accomplish this it is important to make minute adjustments to air pressure. This blog and video illustrate what’s happening in your air spring and why precharging a suspension pump is so important. PSI & Volume The reason you want to have a base [...]

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