CARBON FIBER FRAMES
We are not saying that carbon fiber is the be-all, end-all
material for crafting mountain bike frames, but we will say
that carbon fiber has forced frames made from aluminum,
STAN’S NOTUBES SEALANT
There is not a more unlikely mountain biking innovator/hero than Stan
Koziatek. The man from Big Flats, New York, hardly a mountain biking capital,
ran a go-kart track before coming up with his secret formula for a latex tire sealant (because he was sick of flat tires on his karts). He has pretty much single-handedly killed the tubeless tire (now riders use the light, tubeless-ready tires
with Stan’s Sealant in them) and we, from trail riders to world champions, all ride
more miles with fewer flats because of Stan.
Anyone who claims Stan’s Sealant is just “latex paint” is clueless as to what
makes the often-imitated-but-never-equaled secret sauce work so well.
steel and titanium to undergo some serious upgrades to stay
competitive. So again, even if you don’t buy into carbon fiber
for your next mountain bike frame, whatever material you do
decide on will be better because of this mix of fibers and resins.