The mountain bike tech noone complains about any more

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Jon Woodhouse

Jon is the editor here at off.road.cc. Whether it's big days out on the gravel bike or hurtling down technical singletracks, if it's got two wheels and can be ridden on dirt, then he's into it. 

4 comments

1 week 3 hours ago

bechdan wrote:

 

Not sure about the through axles either, Ive never had any wheel come off accidentally be it on an old ATB with bolts or 9mm qr skewer, also I dont buy this extra stiffness malarkey unless youre a hardcore DH rider. Just my 2p

 

I've heard of (and known people who were involved in) accidents where the QR has undone and the wheel has fallen out, with predictable consequences - so I am a very big fan of through axles - you'll need to be going some to have it undo and come all the way out without you noticing. I can't wait until they're gone on every bike, in my opinion! Having ridden old QR and through axle forks back to back, it does make a big difference to torsional stiffness too, IMO.

1 week 6 days ago

Not sure about the through axles either, Ive never had any wheel come off accidentally be it on an old ATB with bolts or 9mm qr skewer, also I dont buy this extra stiffness malarkey unless youre a hardcore DH rider. Just my 2p

2 weeks 5 hours ago

Joules1975 wrote:

 

Generally agree, except for the last bit.

One of the reasons you don't see riders with today's wide bars wedged between trees is because in order to fit their bars through the trees they tend to cut the trees down ... when was the last time you had to shimmy down a trail where the trees were barely shoulder width apart?

Some of my old favourite singletrack was fun because you had to constantly duck and dive to avoid shoulder barging a tree, and would be all but impossible on most of todays bikes, which is one reason why my bars are still under the 700mm width.

 

Aye, I guess that one is still quite a personal/local one. I still have to shimmy down a few trails, but that might be the bar width Wink

2 weeks 3 days ago

Generally agree, except for the last bit.

One of the reasons you don't see riders with today's wide bars wedged between trees is because in order to fit their bars through the trees they tend to cut the trees down ... when was the last time you had to shimmy down a trail where the trees were barely shoulder width apart?

Some of my old favourite singletrack was fun because you had to constantly duck and dive to avoid shoulder barging a tree, and would be all but impossible on most of todays bikes, which is one reason why my bars are still under the 700mm width.