5 LESSONS WE’VE LEARNT

Bicycling (South Africa) - - SHOOT OUT -

RACE MA­CHINES

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.

GE­OM­E­TRY

Mod­ern XC/ Marathon bikes that are longer, slacker, and with shorter stems will make you a bet­ter rider.

EA­GLE

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

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.

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