JANUARY 2018 / MOUNTAIN BIKE ACTION 45
BIKE SETUP: DON’T INSTALL
Do you have a carbon handlebar with
“just a little gouge” in it? Or, how about
a carbon seatpost that “only made a little
cracking sound” when you forgot to use
a torque wrench installing it? Sorry to say
this, but lightweight parts that have been
compromised are like ticking time bombs.
Better to take your medicine and replace it
rather than be sorry when the part fails.
RUN YOUR SEAT LEVEL
Many riders think that by dropping the
nose of the saddle they will take pressure
off their “undercarriage.” That’s a half-truth. It will take some pressure off of your
nether region but will push your weight forward and put more pressure on your hands.
It’s better to find a saddle that fits your
personal body geometry and run it level.