BikeRadar Podcast Ep 10: How MTB racing influences bike design

Our resident racers discuss how the time between the tapes drives the development of new bikes and components

Mountain bike racing

The rigours of racing between the tapes demand high performance from both competitors and their bikes, and so the development of bikes, and the components fitted to them, are inextricably linked to racing.

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At BikeRadar we’re lucky to have two members of the team, Rob Weaver and Luke Marshall, who have competed at World Cup level downhill. They, along with our tech-expert Seb Stott, dig deep into how the world of racing has, or hasn’t, influenced the design of the modern mountain bike in our latest BikeRadar Podcast.

How much do you think racing has influenced mountain bike design? Let us know in the comments.

Joe Norledge at Glentress 7 on Scott Scale
Joe Norledge racing at the Glentress 7 on Scott Scale.
Peter Smith (@petersmithmtbphotos — Instagram)

How to listen to the BikeRadar Podcast

If you want to download the BikeRadar Podcast to your iPhone, you can find it on iTunes. Alternatively, it can be streamed via Spotify and all the other usual podcast services.

Don’t forget our other mountain bike series, Tech Talk, which can easily be found through the links below. In these, Tom Marvin and Seb Stott have a detailed look at a particular aspect of mountain bike design or technology.

The late UK racing legend and DH pioneer Jason McRoy rode this Specialized FSR at Mammoth Mountain
The late UK racing legend and DH pioneer Jason McRoy rode this Specialized FSR at Mammoth Mountain – things have changed considerably over the years!
James Blackwell/MBUK

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