- What makes a bike faster?
So I’m an unremarkable, but reasonably fit rider on an unremarkable (Scandal 29er) framed bike. Swapped all the parts from it onto a new Solaris frame last week and built the Scandal as a rigid SS – carbon forks, cheapish wheels, 32:18 gear. First time out on it yesterday (I’ve had a 26″ SS up ’til now) and I got a few PRs on the dreaded Strava round Whinlatter.
Now I can understand going faster on the South Loop climb, as the surface and gradient are pretty much ideal and the bike is pretty light, but I also got a PR on the second DH section – and I thought I’d pushed it in the past with gears and sus forks.
Am I maybe not good enough to eke out the benefits of gears/suspension. Does the twisty/smooth nature of the trail favour rigid. Have I wasted a load of money on posher bikes – because there was plenty of fun involved.
I’ll take the Tallboy round there soon and see.
p.s. not a Strava hound – just use it to log miles/set personal targets.Posted 4 years agowobbliscottMember
100% the rider. And what makes any rider better and therefore faster? The answer is time in the saddle. It’s not rocket science I’m afraid, just plain and simple hard work and lots of it. A properly decent rider can ride any bike fast so upgrading and buying new kit won’t make you faster. It might make you want got get out and ride though, which is good.Posted 4 years agojamesoSubscriber
Sometimes a SS is fast downhill because you can’t rely on pedaling so you work on flow and momentum instead, it focuses good technique which is often quicker and also less effort than more pedalling. And rigid bikes can be really quick on the right surface, again you focus on being smooth, good lines etc.Posted 4 years ago
I also think that some bikes just work better for us ergonomically, not ‘better’ bikes as such but they just work with us rather than against us. That can be the fit, general type, riding style, etc.
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