4 Low Cost, High Performance Upgrades

best mountain bike upgrades
Sometimes it’s the small things that make a big difference and help you mountain bike better.  Here are 4 low cost, high performance upgrades that will boost your mountain biking. Don’t underestimate how much better these 4 simple items will help you ride.

1. 700mm+ barhere’s one for less than $30

– The days of narrow bars (under 680mm) for 5 foot 7 inch and taller riders is over.
– A 700mm or wider bar will give you increased confidence and control, especially in rough and high speed situations, where better bike control really counts.
– Sure, the trees will be a little closer, but you can get better at riding through them here.

2. ODI lock-on handlebar grips– I use the ODI Troy Lee version

– An old favourite. ODI grips are made using just the right consistency rubber, and my hands/gloves don’t slip.
– ODI grips help you ride with a more relaxed hold on the bar, which helps you ride with more control.

3. Grippy, quality tires – upgrade cost $20+

– Not all tires are created equal and no one tire does everything the best, so match your tires to your riding conditions.
– Follow THIS 5 Step Guide to Choosing the Right Mountain Bike Tires.  Here is one of my favorite all rounder tires.

4. Comfortable Helmet with retention system – cost $70+

– It’s not the most exciting purchase, but a good helmet makes a huge difference to your performance.
– How?  By letting you focus on the trails, instead of being distracted by some annoying, wobbly thing strapped to your head.
– Flick that crappy helmet and get a comfortable one that has an adjustable retention system like this one.

Where to next:

25 Ways to Mountain Bike Better
5 Simple Steps to Choosing the Right Tires
How to Climb Roots on a Mountain Bike in 3 Easy Steps

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