If you had to narrow it down to just one thing, what would you say has been the single most important advancement in mountain bikes?
Disc brakes are pretty nice, aren’t they? Especially if you’ve been around long enough to remember using rim brakes. But modern suspension lets long-travel bikes pedal crazy well and short-travel bikes be crazy capable, so maybe there’s an argument for that one. Then again, I don’t even remember how to ride a bike that's fitted with tubes; there’s no doubt that tubeless tires and modern rubber have made our lives so much better...
But while all that stuff has been helpful, it’s geometry that’s had the most significant and consequential impact on how our bikes perform. Podcast #78 sees the crew explain how geometry numbers have changed over the years and what that means on the trail, compare some modern numbers and talk about if longer and slacker is simply always better, and we of course explain what all the terms mean.
THE PINKBIKE PODCAST // EPISODE 78 - MOUNTAIN BIKE GEOMETRY EXPLAINED August 28th, 2021
Longer and slacker is ALWAYS better... right?
Featuring a rotating cast of the editorial team and other guests, the Pinkbike podcast is a weekly update on all the latest stories from around the world of mountain biking, as well as some frank discussion about tech, racing, and everything in between.