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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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Ibis Ripmo AF NX Build

Ibis Ripmo AF NX Build with 360 Viewer

Enjoy one of our latest updates to BikeCo.com – 360 image view (scroll down)! We thought about starting with some easier images, but, why? So here’s a 360 view of an Ibis Ripmo AF NX build. (learned a couple things shooting this, like the shadow and the wet foot prints hahaha…) The Ripmo AF gives Ibis a strong foothold in the $3000 price range. However, the aluminum Ripmo frame is no slouch and we’ve seen some top tier builds start with [...]

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Factors of the Best E-Bike Suspension

Suspension matters. OK, kind of obvious right? But let’s look at why your e-bike’s suspension design might be even more important than a pedal (or acoustic) option. The best e-bike suspension accounts for factors similar to a pedal option while adding some unique stresses as well. There are as many suspension theories, and patents for them, and pretty much all market to be the be all end all right? Of course. But just like pedal bikes we can quickly narrow [...]

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BMC SpeedFox TrailFox AMP E Bikes

Introducing BMC AMP eMTB

We’re excited to introduce the BMC AMP eBike lineup to our clients. After an exhaustive market search we’ve decided to partner with BMC AMP for a variety of reasons. As always Performance is key here at BikeCo.com. The BMC Amp lineup features modern, intuitive, FUN geometry and suspension designs. Reliability. If you are shopping ebikes you’re aware that not all motors and batteries are equal. It’s true. The BMC AMP series features the class leading Shimano STEPS motor. These motors provide [...]

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Measure Your Mullet

More MTB Mullets – Comparing Travel, Headtube, Trail & Flop

An interesting question come across my email wondering about MTB Mullet setup. In particular headtube angles and performance. How did the headtube angle compare between the Yeti SB165 in a 27.5″ stock setup with a 180mm fork compared to the Mullet 29″ 170mm concept? What started as a quick email reply of concept turned into a more thorough review and I thought with more questions on MTB mullets these days we could put it up on a post for everyone. So, [...]

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Pedal More Efficiently - Spinning Circles with Kevin Aiello MTB Coach

Spinning Circles with Kevin Aiello – Pedal More Efficiently

Like a lot of jobs mine has perks. Lately one of those has been spending a lot of time in the shop and on the trail with Kevin Aiello from SoCalSpeedClinics.com. As I’ve mentioned Kevin blows me away with his MTB coaching aptitude. He sees something, gives you something to think about and you’re riding better. Kevin’s known for his DH and Free Ride skills. You know if you ask questions about cornering, steeps, chunk, jumping, etc he’s got [...]

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Headset Adjustment – BikeCo Tips & Tricks

 This BikeCo Tips & Tricks video illustrates how to adjust a MTB Headset. OK, disclaimer time. Headsets are critical to your safety. If you aren’t sure of your mechanical aptitude find a professional resource. MTB Headset Adjustment A loose headset may damage or destroy the fork steerer or headtube. Riding a loose headset is extremely detrimental to bearing lifespan. If you suspect a loose headset feel for a “clunk”, “knock” or “click” in the front end of the bike. Pull the front brake and [...]

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Basic Bike Wash – BikeCo Tips & Tricks

   Enjoy a quick video of a Basic Bike Wash to keep your mountain bike looking as well as riding its best. I love to ride my bike. Frankly, I’m not sure I love maintaining it. But with some basic maintenance everything lasts longer and works better. This basic bike wash only takes a couple minutes and helps improve drivetrain wear while minimizing potential noise. Especially in areas like Southern California where we have loud, crunchy dirt that loves to get into [...]

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Aluminum Ibis Ripmo AF

Ibis Cycles aluminum Ripmo AF are going to get, and keep, more people riding MTB. Bold statement? Nah, I don’t feel out on a limb on this one at all. Ibis licenses one of the absolute best suspension designs. Creates confident bike geometries that perform in wide ranges of terrain and rider styles. Runs an efficient business model. These factors ensure your alloy Ibis Ripmo AF  is a great purchase.   DW Suspension MTB Suspension is sophisticated. Let’s not sugar coat it. Your [...]

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180 vs 203mm Rotors

Power, Modulation, Heat Capacity and Personality. Let’s look at some differences between 180 vs 203mm rotors (7″ and 8″). Power Increasing the radius of the rotor increases the brake’s leverage ratio. Using Magura HC rotos as an example we measure about 12.7mm of “usable” rotor / pad interface. Picking a point of reference halfway in the usable interface the we come up with a 180mm (7″) rotor at 83.65mm versus the 203mm (8″) at 95.15mm. The change in available leverage around 12%. This [...]

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