memorable rides

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Having a properly suited mountain bike can make the difference between a mediocre ride and a memorable one. It can help you to ride more efficiently, comfortably, safely and with more confidence.

Here's 3 simple steps to make memorable rides happen every time.

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Step 1

Choosing your do-it-all trail bike?

2:59 min

know the 80% rule before buy your mountain bike!

When buying a bike, it's important to choose one that is suitable for 80% of your riding objectives, while keeping in mind that the remaining 20% can be adapted by upgrading or changing specific components. This approach will give you a bike that fits your needs while still allowing room for flexibility.

the 80% rule in details

When choosing a bike, it's important to keep in mind that it should be suitable for 80% of your riding objectives. This means that the bike should be tailored to the type of riding you'll be doing most often, such as cross-country, trail or enduro.

It's also important to keep in mind that the remaining 20% of your riding objectives can always be adapted by upgrading or changing specific components of the bike.

For example, if you plan on doing some light ''downhill'' riding but mostly cross-country, you can choose a trail bike that can handle the cross-country riding, and then upgrade the suspension or brakes for the occasional ''downhill'' riding.

By keeping this approach, you'll have a bike that is well-suited to your needs, while still allowing room for flexibility and customization.

5 steps before buying (important)

Choosing the proper bike is important as it ensures that the bike is suitable for the type of riding you'll be doing and that it will perform well for your needs.

1. Determine your needs:
Decide on the type of riding you'll be doing, such as cross-country, trail, enduro or downhill, etc. This will help you narrow down the options and find a bike that is suitable for your needs.

2. Set a budget:
Determine how much you are willing to spend on a mountain bike.3. Research different types of mountain bikes: Research the different types of mountain bikes available for the type of riding you'll be doing. Look into the features and components of each type of bike and compare them to your needs and budget.

4. Test ride:
Visit local bike shops and test ride a variety of mountain bikes to find the one that feels the most comfortable and performs well for you.

5. Choose the right size:
Make sure the mountain bike you choose is the right size for your body. A bike that is too small or too large can be uncomfortable and difficult to handle.

enduro bikes ?

Enduro bikes are built for more aggressive riding and are designed to handle steep descents and technical terrain. They're perfect for riders who want to push their limits.

trail bikes ?

Trail bikes are designed for a more versatile riding experience. They're great for a variety of terrain and are perfect for riders who want to take on more challenging trails.

cross-country bikes ?

Cross-country bikes are lightweight and designed for long distances and smooth trails. They're perfect for riders who want to cover a lot of ground quickly.

how to choose the proper bike ?

When it comes to buying a mountain bike, it's important to do your research and shop around. Visit local bike shops and test ride a variety of bikes to find the one that's right for you. And remember, a high price tag doesn't always mean a better bike. A good quality bike can be found at a reasonable price.

does price really matter ?

A high price tag doesn't always mean a better bike. A good quality bike can be found at a reasonable price. You can always upgrade specific components on a perticular bike model to make it the way you want without breaking the bank.

here are some recommendations:

Step 2

Customizing your trail bike on a budget

4:11 min

Where to start and what to upgrade?

Whether you're just getting into mountain biking or you've been riding for a while, there are a few key areas you can focus on to improve your bike's performance without breaking the bank.

Whether you're looking to upgrade your cross-country, trail or enduro bike - Here are some essential components to make your mountain bike more suited for your riding objectives.

how can tires make the difference ?

Tires can make a world of difference in your riding experience, no matter what type of mountain biking you enjoy. They are your bike's direct connection to the trail, providing grip, traction, and control. When it comes to buying new tires for different riding styles, here are the common traits to look for:

1. Cross-Country (XC):
For XC riding, tires that prioritize speed and low rolling resistance are key. Look for lightweight tires with a fast-rolling tread pattern. The tread should have smaller, closely spaced knobs to minimize rolling resistance and ensure efficient pedaling. Additionally, consider tires with good puncture resistance and durability to handle the demands of XC racing and long-distance riding.

2. Trail Riding:
Trail riding requires tires that strike a balance between grip, durability, and rolling resistance. Look for tires with a versatile tread pattern that offers traction on various terrains, including loose dirt, rocks, and roots. Opt for a slightly wider tire width to provide stability and better traction when cornering. Durability is important for withstanding trail obstacles, so consider tires with reinforced sidewalls and puncture protection.

3. Enduro:
Enduro riding demands tires with aggressive traction and durability to handle technical descents and challenging terrain. Look for tires with a more pronounced and aggressive tread pattern, featuring larger knobs spaced farther apart. This design enhances grip and cornering performance on loose and steep terrain. Choose wider tires with strong sidewalls to provide stability, cushioning, and protection against rock impacts.


1. Start with proper tire pressure:
Make sure your tires are at the recommended pressure as stated on the sidewall of the tire. This will ensure optimal traction and help prevent flats.

2. Adjust your suspension:
Your suspension should be set to match your weight, riding style, and terrain. A proper suspension setup will improve handling and comfort while riding.

3. Check your brakes:
Make sure your brake pads have enough material and that your brake levers are properly adjusted. Test your brakes to ensure they are working properly.

4. Tune your shifting:
Make sure your derailleurs are properly adjusted and that your gears are shifting smoothly. A properly tuned drivetrain will improve your power transfer and make your ride more efficient.

5. Inspect your bike for wear and tear:
Look for any damage or wear on your bike and address it before it becomes a bigger problem. This includes checking the condition of your chain, cables, and other moving parts.

6. Keep your bike clean:
A clean bike not only looks better, but it also runs better. Regularly cleaning and lubing your bike will help prolong the life of its parts and keep it running smoothly.

7 COMPONENTS TO MAKE your bike race ready

1. Upgrade the wheels:
High-performance wheels can make a big difference in how your bike handles. Lightweight and stiff carbon fiber wheels can improve acceleration and handling.

2. Upgrade the tires:
Tires play a huge role in the performance of a mountain bike. Consider switching to a higher-performance tire with better traction and lower rolling resistance.

3. Upgrade the suspension:
Higher-end suspension forks and rear shocks can improve handling and provide better control on rough terrain. Look for options with more adjustability and better damping to fine-tune your ride.

4. Upgrade the drivetrain:
A higher-end drivetrain can provide smoother shifting and increased durability. Look for options with more gears and better quality components.

5. Upgrade the brakes:
High-performance brakes can improve stopping power and offer better control. Look for options with larger rotors and higher-quality pads.

6. Upgrade the handlebar and stem:
A carbon fiber handlebar and stem can be an easy way to reduce weight and improve bike handling.

7. Upgrade the seat: A high-performance seat can be more comfortable, lightweight and can help you to be more efficient in your pedaling.

Keep in mind that upgrading your bike can be an expensive process, so it's important to prioritize the components that will have the greatest impact on your riding experience.

on a budget? Start here.

If you are budget conscious, it's important to prioritize the upgrades that will have the most impact on your riding experience while still staying within your budget. Here are a few options to consider:


Clean and maintain:
Regularly cleaning and maintaining your bike can help prolong the life of its parts and keep it running smoothly. This can be a cost-effective way to improve tyour bike's performance.

Consult with a professional:
A professional bike mechanic can help you identify areas of your bike that need improvement and recommend upgrades that will have the most impact on your riding experience while staying within your budget.


Upgrading to quality grips, even on a budget, can enhance your riding confidence and pleasure by providing better comfort, control, reduced slippage, and a personalized fit.

A good set of tires can make a big difference in how your bike handles. Look for options with good traction and low rolling resistance.


Upgrading your suspension can improve handling and control, but it can be expensive. Look for options with more adjustability and better damping that are within your budget.

A high-end drivetrain can provide smoother shifting and increased durability, but it can also be expensive. Look for options with more gears and better quality components that are within your budget.

High-performance brakes can improve stopping power and offer better control, but they can be expensive. Look for options with larger rotors and higher-quality pads instead of changing all the components.

here are some components:

Step 3

Cross-country, Trail or Enduro?

5:01 min

Which of these riding styles is best for you?

Riders often make personal choices when upgrading or changing specific components on their mountain bike to enhance their riding experiences.

While these upgrade or changes are personal, there's a pattern that emerges when it comes to different riding styles. It doesn't have to be hard to know exactly what you can do to your bike to improve your riding experience.

cross-country: common upgrades

For cross-country riding, it's all about pedaling efficiency, long-distance riding and having the least friction at any point of contact to the ground while keeping control.

1. Lightweight Wheelset:
Upgrading to a lighter wheelset reduces rotational weight, enhances acceleration, and improves overall efficiency for fast-paced cross-country riding.

2. High-Performance Tires:
Opting for tires with low rolling resistance and good grip on hardpack surfaces can enhance speed and traction, allowing for better cornering and control on cross-country trails.

3. Carbon Fiber Handlebars:
Upgrading to carbon fiber handlebars offers weight savings, increased stiffness, and improved vibration damping, providing better control and comfort during long cross-country rides.

4. Efficient Drivetrain:
Upgrading to a high-performance drivetrain with a wide gear range and smooth shifting ensures efficient power transfer, making climbing easier and maximizing pedaling efficiency on cross-country courses.

5. Lightweight Saddle: Swapping to a lightweight saddle designed for long-distance riding minimizes weight and increases comfort, reducing fatigue during extended cross-country rides.

trail riding: common upgrades

For trail riding, its all about finding the perfect balance of climbing and descending while keeping an amazing pedaling efficiency.

1. Trail-Specific Suspension: Upgrading to a trail-specific suspension fork and rear shock helps find the right balance between climbing efficiency and downhill performance, providing optimal control and comfort on varied terrain.

2. Dropper Post:
Adding a dropper post allows for quick and easy saddle height adjustment on the fly, maximizing pedaling efficiency during climbs and increasing maneuverability on technical descents.

3. Wide Handlebars:
Upgrading to wider handlebars offers improved stability and control, enhancing handling in technical sections and boosting confidence on challenging descents.

4. Aggressive Tires:
Choosing tires with a versatile tread pattern, ample grip, and durable sidewalls ensures optimal traction and cornering performance on a variety of trail surfaces, enhancing both climbing and descending capabilities.

5. Efficient Drivetrain with Wide Gear Range:
Opting for a drivetrain with a wide range of gears allows for efficient climbing while maintaining pedaling efficiency on flats and descents, ensuring versatility across different trail conditions.

enduro riding: common upgrades

For enduro riding, it's all about big obstacles, rocks and roots while keeping your energy for the descents!

1. Long-Travel Full-Suspension Frame:
Upgrading to a long-travel full-suspension frame helps absorb big impacts and provides stability and control on rough and technical terrain, ensuring a smoother and more controlled ride.

2. Aggressive Tires with Reinforced Sidewalls:
Choosing tires with aggressive tread patterns, wide knobs, and reinforced sidewalls offers superior traction, durability, and puncture resistance, allowing you to confidently tackle big obstacles, rocks, and roots.

3. Strong Wheelset:
Upgrading to a strong and durable wheelset with wider rims provides better stability and handling when navigating challenging terrain, ensuring your wheels can withstand the impacts and demands of enduro riding.

4. Powerful Braking System:
Installing a high-performance braking system with larger rotors and improved modulation gives you the stopping power needed to control your speed on steep descents, allowing you to navigate technical sections with confidence.

5. CushCore Inserts:
Adding CushCore inserts to your tires provides enhanced traction, stability, and protection against flat tires. These foam inserts absorb impacts, reduce vibrations, and allow you to run lower tire pressures for better grip and control, especially when tackling rough and technical terrain during enduro riding.

4 game changing components  upgrades - on a budget.

For those on a budget, here are the four main contact points of your bike that can make a huge difference in your riding experience without breaking the bank:

1. Tires:
Your main contact point to the ground. Upgrading to tires that match your riding style and the terrain you tackle can enhance grip, traction, and control.

2. Grips:
A small but essential component that greatly affects your comfort and handling. Upgrading to grips that provide better ergonomics and improved grip can enhance your confidence and control on the bike.

3. Saddle:
Your connection to the bike. Finding a saddle that suits your body shape and riding style can greatly improve comfort, reduce fatigue, and enhance overall enjoyment on longer rides.

4. Pedals:
The interface between you and your bike's power. Upgrading to pedals that offer better grip and a secure platform can improve your pedaling efficiency, stability, and control, especially when tackling rough or technical terrain.

By focusing on these four components and ensuring they are adapted to your riding style, you can make a game-changing difference in your overall riding experience, all without breaking the bank. Let's explore how these upgrades can elevate your riding pleasure without putting a dent in your wallet.

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