Kit that actually makes you go faster?
my full sus, as cliché as it is I definitely ride faster now I've ditched the hardtail.
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this , riding a roadie regularly will drastically increase your fitness/speed .
This, and a garmin. But also, going Singlespeed.
1x10, 2x10, wider bars, shorter stems,Are these seen as 'latest' things? Just thinking of all those 1x9, 28" Azonic bars, 60mm stubbies on hardtails 15 years ago )
What has made me faster - a road bike, some books and other people#s experiences that inspire me to push on more, WTB saddles that mean I can be on the bike as long as I can pedal and still be comfy, basically anything that helps me ride more and thf get fitter.
Tyres, brakes etc, unless you have junk ones to start with I doubt many of use were really pushing the previous models limits. It's more about perception and confidence perhaps, ie the ability was there already.. take the credit yourself.
Not directly but they typically force me to train harder, push my limits a bit more and therefore get faster.
No spending of money can come close to compensating for some hard work and dropping a bit of weight. (Don't tell my wife that though :-))
In terms of kit. Tyres undoubtedly make the biggest difference in speed but beyond that the new Shimano brakes really boosted confidence. Only realised how much when I got the HT out a few weeks back with 5 year old hopes.
A Camelbak, in the cupboard instead of on my back.
Take less crap out, 750ml bottle on the bike, tools tube and lightweight jacket in a seat bag. Way better than riding with a rucksack. (Still do use it when riding alone in wilder spots, got to be safe)
Anything and everything
It's not often I buy stuff for vanity. So everythign from stiffer stem's to grippier tyres is either to make riding better in some way and therefore longer or faster rides.
Brakes - I had no confidence in my old ones
Stem - old one wasn't stiff enough, had a cheep temporary one that weighed ~300g so spashed out on a lighter one but it was still an upgrade from the original.
Dropper post - see the forum ad nauseum
Tyres - self explanatory
FS bike - self explanatory
new wheels - well the old ones weren't round
forks - stiffer and better damped = more grip + more confidence = faster
It's a hobby, I don't begrudge people who spend more money than me on it. Similarly I can't look down on people riding cheeper bikes as a) I've been there and didn't enjoy cycing any less than I do now (it was just more fustrating and sometimes harder work) b) I've a rigid SS so know that it's not about the kit!
Next upgrades - some coaching to iron out bad habits and I can't decide whther I want stiffer wheels on the road bike. either will cost significantly more than my first MTB!
Michelin dry2s! Thought they were great until I woke up on Walna scar road with a broken wrist and bruised ribs. Not trusted since.
Fast = non sticky tires, paying for kevlar bead, good bearings, light wheels, knee pads, practice and riding with people who are faster than you
A "big fat rocket powered" bike made me a few mph quicker...
1. Learning some new skills via books, videos and a skills day.
2. Riding regularly with people who are faster than me.
3. Getting into night-riding.
4. 29" wheels
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