An Upgrade than can help your mtb riding!
I had a fellow mountain biker email in a great question the other day, “I do have one question. I’m wondering what your opinion is on the importance of a really good rear hub.
The answer is yes in many situations.
When climbing a technical climb with lots of rocks and ledges the near instant engagement makes timing of pedal wheelies and weight shifts much easier and precise.
If it looks fast or feels fast it is probably slow!
Ever have that descent on your mountain bike where you felt like you were flat hauling?! At the bottom you were thinking (or telling a riding buddy), “wow, I nearly hit two trees, a big rock and that huge stump! I was flying!”. Believe it or not, despite feeling like you were right on the edge of your skill limits that was probably not near as fast as you could ride that descent (with your current skill).
If you look at rock four feet in front on you, you are going to be there (at the rock) in a fraction of a second, if you see the rock when it is twenty-forty feet in front of you you have plenty of time to go around the rock and you stay calm and relaxed.
This video reminded me of that. Notice how tense you get when the helmet cam is point down and how you almost breathe a sigh of relief when the rider looks further down the trail.
My first helmet cam mtn bike video and first chest cam mountain bike video! Shot last week in the La Sal Mtn’s near Moab, Utah.
As you probably know, I love mountain biking but mountain biking can be bad for you. I am not talking about crashing (which is definitely bad for you) but simply riding mountain bikes. Mountain biking, like many sports can be PART of a very healthy lifestyle. I stress the word “part” because mountain biking should not be your only form of exercise.
Your handlebars greatly effect the feel of you bike and how you bike handles. Sometimes bars that are comfortable for long rides aren’t the best for bike handling.
Mountain Bike Handlebars with a lot of back sweep (back sweep is how the handlebars point slightly back towards you, all mtb handlebars have some back sweep but most ae between 3 and 9 degrees, these bars are 11 to 37 degrees) hurt your bike handling!
Have your ever ridden an old 3 speed with bars that bend straight back towards you? They are very twitchy. These new bars are similar. The more back sweep a bar has the more it moves your elbows in, towards your body. This puts you in an nonathletic position (elbows in) where you can not resist side to side bar movement nor can you move quickly or efficiently.
If you were thinking these type bars might be an upgrade, they are not! As we have stated before, look for a wide bar, 720mm to 810mm and a short stem, 30-70mm long and you will have much more control (assuming you understand and ride in proper body position).
Create you most in control ride yet!