Top 10 Hacks To Make You Faster | Mountain Bike Skills & Tips

Top 10 Hacks To Make You Faster | Mountain Bike Skills & Tips


Hacks are things you can do to make your
life easier, save you some money, or improve your ride. These are our Top 10
Hacks to Make You Faster. ♪ [music] ♪ Aerodynamics make a massive difference at
speeds over 20 kilometers an hour, so if you’re really serious about going
faster, why not wear some tighter riding gear like a tighter jersey or even resort
to wearing lycra. Personally, that’s one step too far.
I’ll stick in my baggies. Power-to-weight ratio is really important
when it comes to being fast on the bike. So, without spending any money,
let’s look at how we can save some weight off our bike. Make your bike lighter by
getting rid of any unnecessary accessories, things like bottle cages,
[inaudible 00:00:47], lights, or mudguards. Many pros use titanium bolts throughout
their bike, which isn’t cheap. Some even go as far as removing this brake
bolt, so they only run three, but that isn’t recommended unless
you have a full-time mechanic who checks them regularly. Consider stiffening your suspension. It’s not going to be as
compliant, or as comfortable, but when you start going faster,
it would deal with those bigger hits with more control. Another tip for saving weight, and this
time in muddy conditions, is to try and stop mud and dirt from
collecting on your bike. We often see it with pro downhill racers’ bikes,
they’ll put motofoam in areas on the bike that mud might collect. We’ve seen it on Loic Bruni’s bike when we did a Pro Bike Check
earlier in the year. Another tip is to spray the underside of
your bike and mudguards with silicon-based lubricant to try and stop the mud from
sticking on them. You’ve got to be very careful not to get it on your brakes,
because it’ll stop them from working. Lower tire pressure will give you more
grip, but at higher speeds, you’ll need to put more pressure in,
because you’ll start folding the tires. Powdered tires will let you hit
the rough sections much faster. Your chain coming off will definitely slow
you down, so make yourself a homemade chain device. We made one earlier
out of a piece of garden hose, ziptie that to your chain stay,
run the chain through it. It’s a really effective,
very cheap chain device. Cut your tires. Many pro racers
like a custom cut tire, and a great little hack
is to use an old tire, you see this one, these middle knobs
are pretty much at the end of their life, but my side knobs are in good
condition, so I’m going to use some side cutters to snip out the middle knobs to
make myself a semi-slip tire. That’s going to roll really fast,
great in summertime. Take a leaf out of the pro’s books and do
some test sessions where you ride the same trail over and over again and try some
different bike setup things, like we talked about, tires, suspension,
and actually put it against the clock and find the best setup. Clean your bike. We talk about this one
quite a lot, but a clean bike is probably a wilder attack, the bike is going to run
nice and smoothly, and don’t underestimate how heavy all that mud is on your bike. You’ve saved as much weight as possible on
your bike. Now, let’s look at riding gear. Why not ditch the backpack for shorter
rides? Stuff your pockets, tape things to your bike, like tubes, and
power links. It feels great not having that weight on your back. So there’s our top 10 hacks to go faster.
We love seeing your hacks and bodges, so send them in to us. We show them in the
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