5 LESSONS WE’VE LEARNT
The most important message is that manufacturers across the board are designing and building exceptionally efficient race machines that are far more capable on technical terrain than the unnerving, skittish race bikes of old.
Modern XC/ Marathon bikes that are longer, slacker, and with shorter stems will make you a better rider.
If you’re a racer, you’re running 1x12 SRAM Eagle and handlebar- mounted lock- out levers.
CONFIDENCE- BOOSTING TYRES
More capable geometry has been twinned with a trend towards more aggressive, grippy, high-volume tyres that go a long way towards inspiring confidence (and they’re tubeless, obviously).
Handlebar width is a key element on any bike – especially 29ers, with their bigger wheels, which require more leverage to steer and maintain control of. We think the ideal bar width is 760mm, with an absolute minimum of 720mm.