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MTB Bolt Checks – Simple but Critical To Your Safety

importance of mountain bike bolt checks

MTB Bolt Checks – Simple but Critical To Your Safety

Consistent MTB Bolt Checks are critical to your bike’s reliability and safety. While components should be checked throughout their service life, it is particularly important to check new fittings. Stem, handlebar, grip and brake assemblies are especially important.

Why You Need to Bolt Check

Light weight, minimal contact and leverage.

With the exception of WTB’s Padloc grips, everything that attaches to your handlebar requires radial clamping force to keep it positioned radially (around the circle of the bar) and laterally (left and right).

If the fastener is appropriately tight the radial assembly produces more “bite” than the loads encountered and nothing moves.

So you torque it and it’s good forever? No. Nope. No.

In fact, you torque it – stress it – re-torque it – and then occasionally check it. Continue reading MTB Bolt Checks – Simple but Critical To Your Safety

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MTB Fit Concepts

MTB Fit cockpit setup

MTB Fit Concepts

Every couple years we see someone come out with the “ultimate in bike fit”. Complete with laser light show, measurements, formulas and reasons you should be in EXACTLY THIS position. The thing is, in MTB, does this kind of fit have any real value? I’m of the belief that lasers are for hair rock bands and dropping say $300, plus suggested components, to be told an optimum position for a sport with so many variables is a hard pill to swallow…

The laser light show fit originated on the skinny tire side of bikes. Substantially less variables at play in that world. The theory was that kinesiology produced the perfect balance of power and aerodynamics. How’d that work out? Depends. A couple years ago in one of the younger divisions of European road cycling there was a drug (banned at the Tour level) that essentially allowed these kids to stay down in an insane aero position for huge periods of time. Problem was they ended up tearing back muscles out… Anyhow. Another story for another day.

Does MTB bike fit matter? Absolutely. Should you work to dial it in? Certainly. Just keep that $300 for the laser light show fit in your pocket, learn some concepts and maybe buy a part or two from your favorite retailer. Continue reading MTB Fit Concepts

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150 vs.160mm Fork on Yeti SB130

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 bikes tolerate the types of spec changes we’re going to look at.

By no means am I saying my spec is perfect or right for everyone. There are positives and negatives to it all. Work with a competent resource if you have questions on what’s appropriate! Continue reading 150 vs.160mm Fork on Yeti SB130

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Setting up MTB cockpit controls

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Setting up MTB cockpit controls

Setting up MTB cockpit controls is critical for performance and comfort.

One of the final touches to any MTB build is dialing in the controls. While you can get it close in the parking lot it often takes a bit of fine tuning on trail, or riding experience, to know exactly where you will want everything.

In this blog we will define some basic concepts to help you take your bike’s performance to the next level. Continue reading Setting up MTB cockpit controls