Suspension Compression Tuning Basics
So you’ve gone through our volume spacing and sag calculators – ready for the next step? Let’s go over some Suspension Compression Tuning Basics.
The compression circuit of your MTB suspension is one of the more misunderstood adjustments you have at your disposal. A good reason for this is frankly MTB suspension tends to be over compressed for the average rider. “I run my shocks completely open” isn’t an uncommon answer, particularly with stock suspension.
The compression circuit is designed to slow, well, compression forces. Compression forces literally compress the suspension. The Compression circuit is the opposite of the Rebound circuit, which controls the shaft’s return to equilibrium (just picture all of the things we’re going to go over in reverse for Rebound). Continue reading Suspension Compression Tuning Basics
Volume Spacing Calculator & Explanation
MTB suspension setup is crucial for performance. Working with clients all over the world we hear a wide range of questions and theories. In this blog we take a look at setup offering a Volume Spacing Calculator & Explanation.
Let’s get some quick disclaimers and notes out of the way. We measured a 2019 Fox 36 Float Grip 2 29″ fork with 160mm of travel for the calculator. Measurements are fairly accurate – but I would not claim them to be exact. They are however, certainly close enough for the comparison theory we want to present. Continue reading Volume Spacing Calculator & Explanation
Grassroot, Domestic & EWS Enduro Bike Setups
The Anatomic Differences:
The latest issue of [R]evolution MTB features this write-up on Grassroot, Domestic & EWS Enduro Bike Setups from BikeCo.com
This season BikeCo.com is supporting Enduro racing at all levels: Grassroot clients all over the world, the Ibis US Enduro Team captained by Brian Lopes, as well as Alchemy Factory Racing with Anneke Beerten and Cody Kelley.
Enduro’s multi-stage events with minimal, if any, in-race mechanical support have shifted the emphasis points on bike build and setup.
Unlike a one and done format (say a standard DH race) teams are asking equipment to take a ton of abuse across a wider range of terrain over a longer period of time.
Riders are faced with multiple, often quite long stages which one might “acclimatize” to through practice and footage review but are very hard to put every twist, turn and hole into the mental hard drive for race day. Continue reading Grassroot, Domestic & EWS Enduro Bike Setups
Best Summer MTB Tires
Choosing the Best Summer MTB Tires
Well it’s the end of July at we’re seeing triple digits in Southern California. Guess it’s summer. As the trails bake into hard pack or blow out into dust bowl corners or the favorite loose over hard combo it’s time to look at the best summer mtb tires.
Admittedly, some of BikeCo’s blog posts are quite biased on my personal experiences. Like this one.
On my last fast ride I noticed I was all over the place in the corners. I checked tire pressure, it was fine. Looked at tire wear, no problem there. Concentrated to make sure I was leaning in deep enough to engage cornering knobs. Still felt rear tracking issues.
Let’s take a quick step back. Continue reading Best Summer MTB Tires
Brian Lopes Cockpit Setup Details
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:
Continue reading Brian Lopes Cockpit Setup
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. Continue reading MTB Handlebar Setup Concepts
MTB Setup: More Travel vs. More 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. Learn about MTB Setup: More Travel vs. More 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 absolute best brands in the industry.) You’ve decided on an ideal wheel size for your riding style and requirements.
However with a wide variety of trails accessible you find yourself looking at a smaller trail bike as well as a bigger enduro chassis. It’s a tough decision. Efficiency? Traction? Speed? Confidence? Which way do you go? Continue reading MTB Setup: More Travel vs. More Tire Volume
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.
Continue reading BikeCo Pro Tune Suspension Advantages
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