There is plenty of slang and technical jargon thrown around in the mountain biking community. New words or terms are being invent- ed almost every ride. It’s not uncommon for new products to be
explained with complex terms to make them sound high-tech when in fact
they are very simple. Sometimes, even the MBA crews hears terms or
phrases that we don’t understand.
Apex: The apex is the “clipping point” or geometric center of a turn that
allows the rider to take the straightest line through the turn while maintaining
the highest speed— without crashing, of course.
Bonk (ed, ing): It’s usually an epic ride (or when you’re just way out of
shape) that causes you to bonk. Bonking occurs when you are completely
depleted of energy. This typically happens due to extreme heat, lack of
hydration or nutrition, or chasing STRAVA beyond your ability. When you’re
too exhausted to keep going, you’ve bonked.
24 Mountain Bike
Terms for Dummies
Riding the apex: Hugging the
inside of a turn, a.k.a. hitting the
apex, can be a much faster line
choice. But be careful, because
crashing is never a faster option.
Fuel up: Much like a car needs gasoline, a human body
needs fuel. A lack of fuel supply can cause a racer to