Maintaining your bike so it is road or trail ready is just as important as insuring it for damage. Here’s #TeamReClaim’s resident mountain bike guru Kenny Kwan with 5 important mountain bike set-up tips for a safe and enjoyable ride.


Mountain bike set-up tips

Bike Guru Kenny Kwan


1. Brakes

The brakes have got to be responsive but not dead. The last thing you want to do is lock your wheels when braking at high speed.


2. Tyre Pressure

You want to have appropriate tyre pressure according to the following factors:

  • Rider’s weight
  • Rider’s skill level
  • Terrain. IE: hard, dusty, loose pebbles, tree roots
  • Weather conditions. IE: wet or dry


3. Front Fork and Rear Shock Air Pressure

Again, this depends on key factors like rider’s weight, terrain and weather. It is also determined by the kind of mountain biking you are doing. Both downhill and cross country have different set-ups.


4. Correct Transmission Set Up

Can be 3 x 10, 2 x 11 or 1 x 12. It all depends on what event you are riding in.


5. Pedals

Flat pedals or clipless pedals to give you better mobility and performance. This may change depending on your level of experience.

Other elements to look out for when setting up your bike include saddle position, carbon wheel set, closed ratchet hubs and ceramic bottom bracket. These are all things that can enhance performance and skill level.

Mountain Bike Set-Up Tips infographic courtesy of SportsCover Direct in the UK.

5 Mountain Bike Set Up TipsInfographic by SportsCover Direct.

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