We’ve spent years reading about, listening to and enjoying the benefits that 29er mountain bikes have to offer us. Larger wheels roll over obstacles more easily and lose less speed on rough terrain and these days most manufacturers have the 29er geometry sorted.
Some of the drawbacks relate directly to the rider of smaller stature – trade-offs with regard to toe overlap, handlebar height and standover – which begs the question:
Can you be too short for a 29er?
Tubeless is a leap of faith for some, black magic for others, or simply that thing that all cars have had since the 50s.
Tubeless is exactly what it sounds like – a tyre with no inner tube inside. Here are 4 benefits of going tubeless on the bike.
Picture this. You’re on your bike and you’re at the bottom of a 10 minute climb in your local neighbourhood. It’s a sweatfest but you always feel accomplished when you reach the top. Now picture yourself in two scenarios. #1 is you ‘grinding’ up the hill in a low (hard) gear so that your pedals are only turning at around once a second. #2 is you ‘spinning’ up the hill in a high (easy) gear so that your pedals are turning much quicker. It's possible to be going the same SPEED with both styles described above... the difference in the...
Unless you’re a die-hard single speeder or have converted your bike to a 1 x and have forgotten what it’s like to have more than one chainring, smooth and effective shifting between chainrings is a basic, but crucial, skill. And with some pretty cool technology on the market, there’s never been a better time to make sure you’ve got your shifting under control. Question: Why do (some) bikes have gears? Answer: To be able to ride comfortably over a variety of terrain. It’s easy to focus on mastering how to use the gears at the back while leaving things pretty...