Street-fight­ing ma­chine

Mountain Biking UK - - TOM CARDY -

Hardtail frame

With no rear sus­pen­sion and a tough build, a steel or alu­minium ‘hard­core hardtail’ frame will see you proud when you’re launch­ing o stairs and over jumps. Tom rides a Green Bi­cy­cles Scope.

Long brake ca­bles

Per­fect for bar­spins, X-ups and tail­whips. You’ll want to keep your brake hoses long so they don’t get ripped out when you get wild.


No gears means less to break when you’re huck­ing your meat on the streets. You can run a su­per-strong chain too.

Tough fork

You’ll want a burly sin­gle-crown sus­pen­sion fork with a through-axle. Fox’s 36 is a good bet, or Rock­Shox’s Pike DJ.

26in wheels

Al­though big­ger may be bet­ter for XC, en­duro and down­hill, 26in wheels are still ideal for rid­ing street, with tough rims to take care of those flat land­ings.

Slick tyres

Per­fect for grip­ping the smooth tar­mac, slicks are best for street rid­ing and roll a lot faster than their knob­bly coun­ter­parts.

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