Who needs a torque wrench? Anyone with a mountain bike that’s who! How do you know whether or not you need one? The short answer, if you have a decent bike that has carbon parts, is, “Yes.” It might not be essential if you have a much older bike, but it does make things a lot easier. [Read more…]
Fenders on your bike, are they really necessary or are they too much of an eyesore to keep them on? That mostly depends on the conditions that you will be riding through. Fenders or mudguard perform a very important function. If you’ve even been biking without one through a mucky, muddy area, you’ll understand. You could end up with a mouthful of muck and mud, or you could end up with a dubious-looking stain running down your back. [Read more…]
Shocks are something that you don’t really give a lot of thought to – until they give out, that is. What few people realize is that shocks can have a significant impact on your riding experience. Certainly, they make things more comfortable, but the models available today are good for a lot more than just that. [Read more…]
Bike forks are specially made to improve the comfort of the cycler. They will have to be fitted onto your bike’s frame. There are a lot of different options out there, each offering a slightly different mix of features. [Read more…]
Mountain biking is not a cheap hobby in terms of gear, especially if getting high end bikes! It is not surprising that you may want to cut some corners here and there. One area that you simply cannot skimp on though is your protective gear. Your helmet is the most important piece of protective gear that you own. [Read more…]
One of the most enjoyable things about riding a mountain bike is being able to take in the amazing scenery on the trail but what if you want to enjoy that scenery later? Or you want to be able to see what you did well (and not so well) on the trail? If that’s the case, you’ll want to look into buying the best helmet camera for mountain bikers. [Read more…]
Riding your outdoor mountain bike is a great exercise if you want to work on your core and your legs. You can easily integrate riding a mountain bike into your daily exercise routine. But if you love to exercise and want to spend hours getting on your bike just sweating off your energy, you might not always like the conditions that you have to do it in. It does not matter if you like to go off-road biking for fun, sport, or professionally, bad weather is not going to make the ride more enjoyable. [Read more…]
When it comes to mountain biking, it is hard to go wrong in Montana. The scenery is stunning, there is a lot of unspoiled wilderness, and there is a wide range of bike trails for everyone – from beginners right the way through to the most experienced cyclists. Let us have a look at some trails that you will find hard to ignore, shall we? We have focused on the more technical trails here, and side-stepped the beginner ones. If you need something a little easier, check out the Big Sky Resort. [Read more…]
There’s an old quote that the things you should invest in the things that separate you from the ground. Shoes, your mattress, and your mountain bike’s tires are all excellent examples of the wise old words. Finding the right tires for your riding ability and style will make for more pleasurable rides and minimize unnecessary wear and tear on your bike itself. Whether you’re a beginner biker or an experienced rider looking to take the hobby to the next level, the right set of bike tires is out there for you! Read on to see what to look for in a set of mountain bike tires and what’s currently the best on the market. [Read more…]
One of the huge advantages of mountain biking is that you get to see the world from a whole new perspective. You get to choose sights that most people could really only dream about. You get to spend a lot of time out in nature. But to really call yourself a mountain biker, you need to actually find a few real mountain trails to tackle. If you want breathtaking scenery and a huge choice of trails, Colorado is the place to start. So, it is a great place to go for your next vacation. But where do you start? There is so much ground to cover that even avid bikers that have lived there their whole lives still have some exploring to do.
To help you out a bit, we’ve narrowed it down to the top bike trails. Be sure to start off with any of these on your next vacation, and you are bound to have an exhilarating experience. [Read more…]
Mountain bike computers are much better than having to pull your mobile phone for tracking data with apps. Your battery dies or the app turns off in your pocket, meaning you have lost your hard earned data. [Read more…]
Your mountain bike cassette is the main part of your bike’s drivetrain found on the rear wheel. The cassette is made up of circular sprockets which have teeth on to hold your chain. Mountain bike cassettes usually come with 9, 10 and 11 sprockets, depending on your number of gears. A size 10 cassette will have 10 sockets, with 2 front chainrings would provide 10 gears.
Our guide will cover the best mountain bike cassettes on the market for 8-11 speed bikes. [Read more…]
If you have progressed from trail riding to full on downhill (DH) or freeriding, you will need to upgrade your helmet to a full face. Downhill is much more dangerous due to the speeds and risk of collision. Below we have made your buying decision simpler, with 11 top full face mountain bike helmets that provide best protection. [Read more…]
When a non-resident thinks of Utah, they’re likely to think of the famous Salt Lake, the sweeping canyons, the Mormon-heavy history of the state, and not much else. Not many people associate mountain biking, hiking, or other outdoor physical activities aside from strolling along the canyon on a staged, guided tour. Fortunately, you don’t need to move across the country to get your mountain biking fix. Here are some of the best trails for mountain biking located right in beautiful Utah.
If you are going down the custom build route or looking to upgrade bike parts, carbon fiber mountain bike handlebars are a good buy. Mainly because they look awesome and you get more control. [Read more…]
Mountain bike handlebar stems come in many different forms and price points, this guide will help get through the choices and find your perfect stem. [Read more…]
Cycling sunglasses are essential for eye protection when you are riding, even if it’s not a sunny day. Cycling glasses also protect your eyes from flying debris like mud, branches and flies. Going fast downhill and having a bluebottle fly hit your eye is painful. [Read more…]
If you are looking for the best energy bars for every ride, then you are in the right place. There are several options in the market, but here you’ll find the definitive top 5 because you deserve the best performance and these bars will bring you so. [Read more…]
Like seats, mountain bike handlebar grips are one of the first things riders change. Manufacturers generally provide low-quality grips but they are cheap and easy to change. If you do long distance rides and suffer from numbness, we have some great options for you.
We decided to review some of the best carbon fibre mountain bike wheels (rims) on the market. Though they are generally used by pro mountain bike riders, you can pick up a bargain if you are building yourself a custom bike. [Read more…]
Titanium and carbon frames are the best frames you can buy as they are light weight, but Titanium is stronger. Titanium mountain bike frames are at the high end of the market, but if you can afford one…why not? Especially if they are on sales like the ones we have found below. [Read more…]
If you cannot use an indoor mountain bike trainer, then low impact option is a good buy. These portable exercise bikes are currently all the rage in the fitness community but do they have a place in the mountain biking community. We say yes! When the dark winter nights are setting in (depending on where you live) your riding will be reduced. Add excessive festive eating into the mix and you will start getting out of shape. [Read more…]
If you are into mountain biking at all, you will have to get yourself a mountain bike light. Even if you only bike in the day, you should always be prepared by having an emergency kit, and a bike light. The chances of getting stuck in the woods or the mountains overnight may be slim, especially if you are an experienced biker, but having a light can make it easier for you to find your way out of trails or if an emergency occurs past dusk. [Read more…]
Fox: The Ultimate in Head Protection. Born from dirt. Fueled by Passion. Fox continues to push the boundaries with stylish, innovative, and effective headwear for mountain bikers. And trust us—it’s needed.
If you are a mountain bike junkie and doing hard rides, post ride nutrition supplements could be for you. We guide you through the best nutrition supplements for post ride recovery which will prevent muscle soreness and dehydration.
When last did you replace the brake cable on your bike? Just like the brake pads in your car, your bike cable needs to be replaced every so often. Not doing so could cause your breaks to fail completely and you don’t want that to happen when you’re flying down a hill at great speed.
Choosing the right cable is important but how do you know which to pick? Let us make it simpler for you by narrowing down the choices to my top three brake cable picks. [Read more…]
How are you storing your bike right now? Is it leaned up against a wall, taking up valuable space that could be better used and at risk of being scratched? Wall mounts are an excellent solution for this problem – you get your bike off the ground and maximize space. [Read more…]