Friction can be awesome. We sure do like it when our tires are gripping tacky dirt while railing a corner, or when we are
on the brakes hard down a steep descent, or
when we are trying to keep the rear wheel
from spinning out on a technical climb.
Unfortunately, friction is not always your
friend. It can slow down your wheels, make
gear changes more difficult and generally
make you push harder on the pedals for no
good reason. Do yourself a favor and get rid
of the friction you don’t want while riding.
Friction Is Not Always A Good Riding Companion M B A T E C H
Tips for a smoother,
faster and easier ride
Just the grip you need: We see riders all the time on bikes that are overbuilt for the trails they ride. Don’t get us wrong; as long as
people are out riding, that’s great with us, but we can’t help but think that they’d have more fun on something lighter. This also rings
true with tire selection. Aggressive, large-volume tires (left) have their place, but unless your trails warrant them, you are wasting energy
with the excess drag they create.
In search of friction: As mountain bikers, we are
constantly pushing our bikes to the edge of traction,
grasping at the last bit of friction between our tires
and the dirt. However, additional friction in your drivetrain won’t help you anywhere on the trail.