Essential First Upgrades | What To Upgrade On Your New Bike?

Essential First Upgrades | What To Upgrade On Your New Bike?


– So, you’ve just got
your first mountain bike or maybe a new bike that’s
in need of an upgrade, but where do you start? You really wanna get the most
performance for your money. And get something that really makes a big difference to your bike. This could be the
addition of a dropper post to help get that saddle out of the way or a new pair of tyres to
really suit the terrain you’re riding, day in, day out. There are quite a few ways to tweak out a bit more performance from your bike. So, here are five essential
upgrades for your new bike. (heavy bass music) The only part that
touches the ground, tyres, is so important and often and overlooked and very simple upgrade. As far as price for performance goes, there’s no question that tyres stand above as the top contender. Make them tubeless and
you’ve doubled that upgrade. It’s important to get the right tyres for the condition you’re riding in. So, wet weather tyres in very dry, dusty conditions are
not gonna perform well. And the same goes for
having a really dry tyre in wet conditions, ya gonna be slip and sliding all over the place. So, make sure you get the
right tyre for your terrain. But, if you get it right, the performance for your bike is gonna go skyrocketin’ up. (heavy bass music) If you wanna save weight on
your bike, then get new wheels. They can make a dramatic
difference to how your bike feels, second only to tyres, really. It’s one of the pricier
upgrades you can do, but the benefits are huge. You’ll probably save a lot of weight, upwards of an entire kilogramme, at times. But, if you’re not a
weight saving aficionado, chances are, value and durability over featherweight
efficiency is more important. In this case, a new pair of wheels is still a fantastic upgrade. Having a pair of wheels that you can really throw down a mountain and bash through some
rocks without being worried if they explode is a wonderful thing. Allowing you to really
enjoy riding your bike and focus on the task at hand. Generally speaking, wheel
upgrades can be kinda costly. They range from like 350 pound
for an economic wheel set. But you can spend a
monumental 3,000 pounds if you want draw-worthy carbon hoops. But, listen to this, as
Keith Bontrager says, “Strong, light, cheap.” Pick two of those and
it’s perfectly describing the situation of what you want to think about when it comes to wheels. Strong, light, cheap. (heavy bass music) If your bike doesn’t
come with a dropper post, then it should, without doubt, be on your shortlist for an upgrade. We’ve even put it ahead of new Fawkes or even a new drive train. It’s simple, but amazing,
to get your saddle out of the way or up, into
a climbing position, just at the touch of a button. It’s a game changer and it makes your bike feel totally different. If you haven’t tried one, you must. They range from 80 mils
of travel, to 200 mils. But most drive a 125
or 150 mils in travel. The price, they range from
about 120 pound for a basic post that’ll do the job, all
the way up to 800 pound for RockShox’s new AXS wireless dropper, which is absolutely fantastic. But, don’t get me wrong,
there’s all sorts of upgrades you can add to your bike, but a dropper post has
got to be one of ’em. (heavy bass music) Your bike might have come
with narrow handlebar and quite a long stem. While this may have been
the trend a few years ago, even cross country bikes
are now changing those ways and going for a shorter stem and a very wide handlebar combo. Generally speaking, we
seldom recommend having a stem over 60 mil long
and handlebars less than 740 mil wide, which is a big change from mountain biking,
back in it’s early days. It just provides so much more control through the direct steering. The wider handlebars open up your chest and you can breathe much
easier on the climbs and that makes a huge difference. It’s not something you would necessarily think about before-hand. Often times, the way
to find the best width of handlebars is by doing some pushups. That’ll really give you a good idea of how wide you need your bars and it, also, gives you an idea of how much control
you’ll have over the bike because you’re constantly doing pushups when you’re out on your bike. So, it’s the same riding position
that you’ll be reflecting. So, check that out, see
how wide you wanna go, and make that change. It’s a big difference. Then, what about the materials,
what the bar is made from? Do you go with carbon or alloy bars? Alloy is certainly cheaper, but carbon is lighter enough and
can be more comfortable, especially when it comes to absorbing those vibrations when
you’re out on the trail. And that can reduce arm pump dramatically. You’re looking at, between
50 pound to 200 pound for a new handlebar, more or less, but, it’s a great upgrade and make a big difference to how your bike feels. (heavy bass music) When you buy a new bike,
you really wanna make it your own and the best way to do that is to change all the contact points. Now, what I mean by that is the three places you contact the bike. It’s the grips, it’s the
pedals, and it’s the saddle. Very simple, really. These all need to feel
good and comfortable. Otherwise, your bike won’t
feel good and comfortable. Just like the tyres are the only thing that touches the ground, the contact points are the only place that you touch the bike,
so, they are critical. Proper grips feel good, yes,
but they also help reduce the chance of arm pump or cramped hands. Some grips have different rubber diameter to suit different size hands or the amount of feedback from the
bars you want to feel. Other grips have different diameters, from one side of the grip to the other, like these Ergon GA2 grips, we use these, actually, here, that contour to your hands and the narrower, on the
inside, makes a big difference. Find some that work for you, it’s all about goin’ in a shop and actually gettin’ ya
hands on these grips, because they can make a huge difference to how you ride your bike and the comfort that you’ve got whilst doin’ it. Now, what about the pedals? Now, a solid pair of flat pedals will keep your feet from slipping in rough terrains, while clip-in pedals ensure
you’re connected at all times. Good pedals are a solid investment and you might find that
you actually move them from bike to bike, once
you’re comfortable. Making sure your feet are
always where they should be, feels great and you don’t like
the feeling opposite to that. We usually suggest going for
flats when just starting out, as they are often helpful with
learning proper techniques, like bunny hopping and your foot position. But clips are great for
feeling connected to the bike and getting a really
efficient pedal stroke going when you’re out on those
cross country rides. Both kinds of pedals are priced similarly, ranging from 30 pound to, up to 180. Fill ya boots. Can’t go wrong with a great set of pedals. If you plan on riding your
for a few hours at time, it is super important
to get the right saddle that fits you correctly. Everyone’s lower bits are shlaped, uh, how should we say this,
slightly differently. One saddle might be the
bee’s knees for one person, but shocking for another, so, if possible, try different saddles to find one that fits your, um,
undercarriage just right. Many shops will have
sit bone measuring tools that can help narrow down the options, so, maybe try that out. It’s not something you
would come to, first off, but, if you think about
it, it’s a great idea. Saddles can go for as little as 40 pound, but for as much as 250 pound for those carbon and titanium numbers. Trust us, finding the right saddle, can be the difference between a great, all day epic and a day
you’d rather forget. So, start saving for one of these upgrades for a definite way to improve
your bike riding experience. If you’d like to improve
some riding skills, then head over to this video
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