Is big travel necessary for UK trails?

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Liam Mercer

Tech Editor here at Liam can also be found photographing bikes as well as revelling in cycling's intricacies. Whether it's gravel, mountain, or e-MTB as long as it's a bike on dirt, he's happy.


2 years 2 weeks ago

As someone who still rides 100mm travel, well 85mm rear, and on 26" wheels I can manage the Witches World Champs quite happily, the red Wild Goat/Happy Endings and grin like a nutter on Blue Steel at Fort William.

However there's no way I'd attempt Top Chief or the World Cup DH on it, mind you I'd not try either on a full pro DH bike either.

It all comes down to what your doing.  If like me you love a cracking XC descent or technical singletrack down then sometimes less is more.  If you love ripping down full on DH runs or doing race pace Enduro then yes 120mm, 150mm or more on 27.5s or 29s are definitely the way to go.  There's so many different options to our sport that trying to say "you have to have this or that" doesn't really work.

Mountains, like investments, go up as well as down