Tyre Hack: Boost Your Roost And Get Insta-Famous

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Image is everything these days. And really, a mountain bike video without roost just doesn’t cut it anymore. If you want to get sponsors, you need Instagram followers. And to get them, you’re going to need great video and photo content. And to get great video and photo content, you need to be a certified gnarc0re-shredder.

But what if you’re not?

Well, it would appear that Roost Boost™ might just have the solution…

Even more roost! Credit: Duncan Philpott

We’d been hearing rumours about a ‘roost boost’ hack for a while, but it wasn’t until Chipps was on holiday (see the Subscriber edition of Issue 118) with an Instagram celebrity late last year that we got chance to check out the secrets of the technique.

Having seen their tyres for ourselves, we noticed something was a little different about the tread. Something unique to the tread and how it had been adapted. After studying some high-resolution photos in the office, we set about creating our own. And that’s the great thing about this hack – you can do it yourself, so even if you’ve not yet landed a tyre sponsor it’s not an issue. And if you have got a tyre sponsor, more importantly, you can stay on brand.

The Science Bit

The science behind it is that, using a siping tool (aka: “side cutters”), you can create highly specialised cuts in your tyres. The specific Roost Boost™ angle of these cuts means that as you lean around a corner, the air between the narrow space in the cuts is compressed, while the open end is not. Following us so far? The difference in pressure between the narrow and open end creates a vortex effect, which sucks up dirt as you roll through the corner, then throws it up into the air once the contact patch leaves the ground. Like magic!

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Using a special tread siping tool, a specific cut is applied to the outer edges of the centre tread.
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It’s this angled cut that creates the vortex.

We’ve been testing this on some of our videos recently, and the early signs suggest that there is at least a 57% increase in roost, even at bimble-velocities. There’s still some further analysis to be done, but so far we’re impressed, and our Instagram account is already reaping the benefits.

Let us know how you get on – link to your Roost Boost™ videos in the comments section below.


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Hannah Dobson

Hannah came to Singletrack having decided there must be more to life than meetings. Having worked in policy and project management roles at the Scottish Parliament and in local government, Hannah had organisational skills that SIngletrack needed. She also likes bikes, and likes to write.

Hannah likes all bikes, but especially unusual ones. If it’s a bit odd, or a bit niche, or made of metal, she’s probably going to get excited. If it gets her down some steep stuff, all the better. She’ll give most things a go once, she tries not to say no to anything on a bike, unless she really thinks it’s going to hurt. She’s pretty good with steri-strips.

More than bikes, Hannah likes what bikes do. She thinks that they link people and places; that cycling creates a connection between us and our environment; bikes create communities; deliver freedom; bring joy; and improve fitness. They're environmentally friendly and create friendly environments.

Hannah tries to write about all these things in the hope that others might discover the joy of bikes too.

Comments (11)

    I pity the fool who thinks roost boost is cool.

    Your video only shows a 34% increase in Roost, at best.

    Pinkbike is reporting that Shimano is going to release a chain device that can change between chainrings. Madness I tell you.

    I have been using a special gas mixture (78.09% nitrogen, 20.95% oxygen, 0.93% argon, 0.04% carbon dioxide) with tubeless conversions, and totally failing to roost despite being told this is what expert roosters use.

    Thanks for this, I’ll start hacking my tyres right now.

    but it only works til lunchtime today, right.

    I think we are all missing one thing here though, ‘dust’, I think it’s more of a squirt boost at the moment!

    please stop this clickbait garbage…

    Hey @pitduck you checked your calendar before posting that, right? 🙂

    And considering we are a British website I’ll think you’ll find it’s actually clickbait rubbish.

    If I use roost boost on boost will I get turbo boost roost boost?

    It wasn’t April 1st where I live when this was published and I immediately cut my tyres up!

    As for getting precious about the language on the site, surely that’s a joke too? /wink

    Wish I’d read the post date…. and the comments… Maxxis Minion plus tyre trashed. Roost no better….

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