NEVER RUN LOCK-ON
GRIPS OFF THE ENDS
OF THE BAR
We’ve been guilty of this one. You think
a lock-on grip is solid, so running it slightly
off the ends for a wider cockpit will be fine.
And it will, for a while. Trouble is, the first
time you really pull or push hard on the bar,
the plastic sleeve inside the grip could snap
in half and allow the grip to tear off in your
hand. It’s a sure-fire way to guarantee a
nasty crash. That outer clamp is there for a
reason. Use it.
DON’T RIDE A
Bent seat rails are incredibly common.
They happen when you come down too
hard on the seat on a missed jump or
technical move and tweak the alignment.
Trouble is, when you ride on a bent saddle, you improperly load your spine and
hips as you pedal. If you ride like that for
too long, it will cause back or hip pain.
It’s been a serious cause of back pain
for several of our testers without them
even knowing the reason. If you want to
check your saddle, pull it off your bike
and put it on a table. It should sit level
and flat. If it doesn’t, it’s time for a
RUN YOUR BRAKES
SLIGHTLY IN FROM
This allows your index finger to fall right
on the hook of the lever blade for maximum
leverage. It also allows your middle finger
to stay on the bar for more control with
less chance of slipping off.
Suspension is meant to be tinkered with.
We can’t remember a time when the stock
setup was absolutely perfect, even when
the work was done by top professional tuners. Rather than rely on your initial setup or
strictly on setup guides, try experimenting
with pressures and damping knobs. It’s
always helpful if you write down the pressures, number of “clicks” of damping, turns
of preload, etc. That allows you to return to
your base tune and start fresh if you mess
up the tuning process.
This mistake was the inspiration for this
entire article. Running your post above
the minimum insertion line is dangerous.
It puts too much stress on the seat tube
and can easily cause a failure. The rule of
thumb is a minimum of 100 millimeters ( 4
inches) of overlap between the post and
seat tube. Some frames may require more.
Follow their advice! If you’re above the
minimum insertion line, you likely need a
NEVER RUN YOUR
DON’T FORGET THE
By leaving the end caps off your handlebars, you’re exposing what’s essentially a
sharp pipe that’s ready to take a core sample of your stomach in a crash. Trust us; we
learned this one the hard way too. Use the