Things you’re no longer allowed to like in mountain biking

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This is a rundown of all of the things that the Mountain Biking Illuminati has recently outlawed. Cancel culture MTB, if you will.

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  • Things you’re no longer allowed to like in mountain biking
  • pw508
    Full Member

    I think you’ve captured the current MTB zeitgeist pretty accurately. It’ll be interesting to do a follow up in a year or two to see what’s changed.

    “Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months.”
    -Oscar Wilde

    mattsccm
    Free Member

    Triple chainsets
    Bikes that last.
    Indeed, bikes that go up mountains.
    Environmental consideration
    Exercise
    Choice
    Triple chainsets
    Common sense

    nickc
    Full Member

    To be fair, 24 hour “racing” did suck 99% of the time.

    tomhoward
    Full Member

    (Pick a number) inch wheels.

    fazzini
    Full Member

    Bar ends

    33tango
    Full Member

    > 67.5 degree head angles

    tomhoward
    Full Member

    Foam insert-less wheels.

    qwerty
    Free Member

    Doorstep XC rides with climbing.

    Daffy
    Full Member

    27.5” always sucked compared to 29” for anyone this side of 5’3” tall. This was clear to anyone who switched to 29ers back in 2007/8/9.

    Daffy
    Full Member

    nickc
    Full Member

    To be fair, 24 hour “racing” did suck 99% of the time.

    Only if you were sober.

    tomhoward
    Full Member

    Are fatbikes so long forgotten that they don’t even make a list of stuff we can’t like anymore?

    Oh, and relatively short reach bikes.

    33tango
    Full Member

    non boost frames

    potiriadis
    Free Member

    Purple, the fastest components were always purple, it’s been scientifically proven.

    qwerty
    Free Member

    Skinsuits.

    dawson
    Full Member

    I think ‘roosting berms’ should be banned – it trashes trails and gives riders a bad reputation

    OwenP
    Full Member

    Whatever tyre tread and compound you are currently riding.
    A new, world-beating tyre has just been released, didn’t you hear? The company also make car tyres and are bringing fresh thinking to the MTB market!!

    zippykona
    Full Member

    Levers on axles.
    What exactly is wrong with being able to take your wheel out without tools?

    crazy-legs
    Full Member

    I actually remember that picture from the very early days of the magazine – possibly even Issue 1.

    God I’ve been here a while!

    chrismac
    Full Member

    You clearly ride in a different world to me. We were out with our group yesterday and had all 3 wheel sizes, bum bags and rucksacks and not a single CO2 cartridge was seen.

    esselgruntfuttock
    Free Member

    Lycra.

    dangeourbrain
    Full Member

    Are fatbikes so long forgotten that they don’t even make a list of stuff we can’t like anymore?


    @tomhoward
    I think the thing with fat bikes is no one liked them in the first place.

    brakestoomuch
    Full Member

    Finger wagging

    Cougar
    Full Member

    Triple chainsets

    Chainsets. What do you mean, you’re not running 1×47 with a cassette made by Gillette?

    Bar ends

    Plenty of those around here. Oh, wait, that wasn’t an autocorrect?

    mahalo
    Full Member

    pleased to see ‘Being a [40yr old dad] making jumps in the woods’ hasnt made the list! 8)

    Speeder
    Full Member

    I feel quite rebellious riding with my rucksack these days.

    Fashion sure is a funny thing.

    rickon
    Free Member

    To be fair, 24 hour “racing” did suck 99% of the time.

    And you’d only ever remember the 1%, so a week later you’d be signing up to the next 24 hour event in the middle of nowhere, during winter, with gaurenteed rain and Somme-like mud.

    gurnster75
    Free Member

    Inner tubes.

    kayla1
    Free Member

    > 67.5 degree head angles

    Is that from 67.5° or greater than? My Trance is 67.5 (on paper) and it’s a brilliant trail bike, I don’t want to have to change it!

    And you’d only ever remember the 1%, so a week later you’d be signing up to the next 24 hour event in the middle of nowhere, during winter, with gaurenteed rain and Somme-like mud.

    😆 See also: any other type of competitive event-

    “That was awful, I’m never doing that again!”

    (30 minutes, cup of tea + packet of shortbread biscuits later)

    “Ooh, there’s a <insert competitive event here> on in a fortnight, think I’ll enter. Sounds like it could be fun!”

    BruceWee
    Full Member

    My Trance is 67.5 (on paper) and it’s a brilliant trail bike

    I think you’ll find your ‘trail’ bike has been downgraded to a downcountry bike.

    Just the other day on here I was told I couldn’t possibly be riding steep stuff because I ride a Trance (and a 27.5, at that).

    jd13m
    Full Member

    no specific ban on XC racing? 😀

    jimthesaint
    Full Member

    Non-Boost forks – I’m still not convinced though that the increased triangulation at the spokes increases front stiffness enough to offset the increased flex inherent with longer hub axles, crowns and fork braces. The cynic in me thinks it was all done just to sell us bikes that can run plus sized tyres. Which brings me onto my next point.

    Plus sized tyres – According to bikes spec’d from a few years ago we should all be riding tyres that are 2.6″ and upwards on our everyday bikes. We’re not though because it only took one ride on those balloons for you to realise that there is a limit to the width of your tyres before they become heavy, un-damped springs that roll over in corners.

    TheGhost
    Full Member

    Short chainstays are ace. If I hear or read one more review where someone says

    “and now they are doing size specific chainstays, and thats good”

    I ride large / XL hardtails mostly, and one of the main factors in my choice is how short the chainstays are. I hope some brands will keep them short.

    BruceWee
    Full Member

    Plus sized tyres – According to bikes spec’d from a few years ago we should all be riding tyres that are 2.6″ and upwards on our everyday bikes. We’re not though because it only took one ride on those balloons for you to realise that there is a limit to the width of your tyres before they become heavy, un-damped springs that roll over in corners.

    I’m not sure that plus size is as bad as it’s made out to be. I admit, it’s pretty bad if you try to run it on 25-30mm rims which is what everyone tried to do at first. However, once you put them on 40 – 50mm rims then they become much much better.

    The legacy is that people realised that running 2.25in tyres on 30-35mm instead of 19mm rims is actually pretty good so the conclusion was that 2.25 – 2.5 inch tyres were fine all along so why did we even bother with plus tyres (ignoring the fact that in the meantime there was a significant leap in rim width).

    smogmonster
    Full Member

    trail rides…like we used to do – if it doesn’t involve gap jumps or riding down tracks you literally couldn’t walk down then it seems that it just aint cool anymore.

    kayla1
    Free Member

    I think you’ll find your ‘trail’ bike has been downgraded to a downcountry bike.

    Just the other day on here I was told I couldn’t possibly be riding steep stuff because I ride a Trance (and a 27.5, at that).

    Well, damnation and buggerance. Mine’s a 2016 650B frame with 26″ (gasp!) wheels in it. Do I win £5 or will it burst into (unfashionable) flames the next time I swing a leg over it? 🤣

    benpinnick
    Full Member

    I’m not sure that plus size is as bad as it’s made out to be.

    Id say plus is pretty bad. We experimented with it but at around £20 a ride given how long a plus tyre lasted we gave up pretty fast. The adage “strong light cheap”, pick two, is “strong, light, cheap, pick one” in Plus tyre land.

    BruceWee
    Full Member

    Well, damnation and buggerance. Mine’s a 2016 650B frame with 26″ (gasp!) wheels in it. Do I win £5 or will it burst into (unfashionable) flames the next time I swing a leg over it? 🤣

    You’ll be fine. Just remember that you’re limited by the equipment you’re using and stick to canal towpaths.

    Id say plus is pretty bad. We experimented with it but at around £20 a ride given how long a plus tyre lasted we gave up pretty fast. The adage “strong light cheap”, pick two, is “strong, light, cheap, pick one” in Plus tyre land.

    I think plus tyres are one of those things where you have to reduce the rim BSD to get the most out of them. Which is obviously absolute heresy.

    My plus tyres are bombproof and weigh about the same as a typical 29er trail tyre. It’s not that impressive when you consider the fact they are on 24″ rims.

    ChipkoAndolan
    Full Member

    Short chainstays FTW! Recent trends to make everything longer and slacker are great for speed, and I most often ride a relatively modern geometry bike for the most part, but sometimes I take my DMR Sect out on the trails for a change of pace and it just makes everything so much fun to ride!

    gazzab1955
    Full Member

    Can you add “obsession with lists of things”.
    It must be a slow news week or lack of freebies week at STW Towers 🙂

    Bruce
    Full Member

    The strange thing is in the 90s we were riding the same bridleways on rigid 26 inch bikes and we didn’t die. We also went places on our bikes and camped, we just didn’t know we should wait for bike packing to be invented.
    Cycling should be about fun ride what you want where you want, life to short to worry about trends

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