- Bike transforming upgrades…
This weekend at Mayhem I was running some changes to my 650b ti Ala Carte for the first time in a race. I had some Light Bicycle carbon rims, King hubs, XTR race brakes and some wider Salsa carbon bars.
I’ve had this frame for 4 seasons now. This is by far the best the bike has ever felt. I think most of it is the bars and brakes as I felt so much more confident on the first rocky downhill and the steep little cut through on the Red Bull trail than I would have done before. The wheels just make me happy as they look awesome. Round the Swinley berms they were definitely stiffer and no tyre roll so it’s not all looks.
So what else have people fitted and noticed such a huge improvement?
GBPosted 4 years agoBagstardMember
Having the correct spring rate in my fork, combined with Racing Bros low friction seals. Oh and volume spacers in the rear shock.
The fork sits nice and high in it’s travel, but with great small bump sensitivity instead of stiction followed by diving through the travel.
The rear shock is now running with lower psi for better small bump performance, but doesn’t wallow and blow through the travel. So about £90 pounds all in, but real performance change.Posted 4 years agothisisnotaspoonMember
+1 for fitness, lost 4kg from a mix of commuting and extra road biking, feel faster already.
Ritchey WCS bars on the road bike (and matching stem), and Lizzard skins DSP tape. Transformed the bike from something I’d fallen out of love with into a place I’m happy spending hours in the drops watching the countryside flash by.
Light wheels (Stans alpha on novatech, schwalble ZX, conti supersonic tubes and KCNC QR’s, ~2000g), not much faster, but feel lovely.Posted 4 years agotinsyMember
Riding a lot.
Tyres. Change them according to conditions ad you can’t go wrong.
EDIT, one I got for free was using the KOP method to set saddle position, its not for everyone but its a least decent place to start with setup. As soon as I tried it it didnt just ease pedaling it made the bike handle better, gave me all day comfort.. It really was night & day different.Posted 4 years agochakapingSubscriber
Marzocchi RC3 ti forks. Made me realise how important good suspension is.
The rear shock is now running with lower psi for better small bump performance, but doesn’t wallow and blow through the travel. So about £90 pounds all in, but real performance change.
Good to hear. Should have my fork and shock back this week.Posted 4 years ago
messiah – I just swapped my (road) tyres front to back as the back has developed a distinct shoulder. Not sure if that helped this mornings improvements but probably. Hopefully I did this before the shoulder got so bad as to affect steering with it on the front, only time will tell!Posted 4 years agoAidanMember
Working brakes – I tend to obliterate components, so by the time I’m ready to replace my brakes, they hardly work at all. Then when I do service/replace them, I remember how much faster and smoother I can ride with the knowledge that I’ll be able to slow down when necessary.
And tubeless tyres. I usually use tubes and mud tyres in the winter, switching to fast tubeless tyres gives a big does of extra grip, acceleration, and rolling speed.Posted 4 years ago
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