Taking The Lead On 2-Wheels

Taking The Lead On 2-Wheels How you place in a mountain bike race has a lot to do with the way your equipment is set up. In a study published in the International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, 7 competitive mountain bikers raced 4 laps on an 8 km track riding bikes equipped with front suspension only or both front and rear shocks.

For the first 3 laps, cyclists stuck to 70% of their maximum capacity so they could ride all out on the final lap. 70% of the course was uphill, and riders equipped with front only suspension ascended faster than bikes equipped with both front and rear suspension. This helped them finish about 3 minutes faster than the fully equipped bikes.

True Strength Moment: The weight difference between these bikes was 2 kg, and even though the fully equipped bikes were faster on the 30% downhill part of the course, this weight difference factored heavily into the overall results. A lighter weight left the door open for better cycling economy and a faster finish. Sometimes you have to take the bumpy road to out-perform the competition.
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