In this episode, BikeRadar’s technical editor Tom Marvin and technical writer Seb Stott cover the somewhat huge topic of mountain bike geometry. While Tom advocates for slightly ‘smaller’ bikes, Seb is definitely a fan of the super-long and slack.
Geometry is key to dictating how a bike rides: long, slack bikes tend to be calm, confident and fast, whereas shorter bikes might be a touch more agile and involving to ride.
There’s no right or wrong, but that’s not to say that Tom and Seb don’t have opinions on the subject.
After defining a few terms, the guys chat about their preferences, and how the different aspects of mountain bike geometry alter how a bike feels and rides on the trail.
The links you need
- The ultimate guide to mountain bike geometry and handling
- What’s the future of MTB geometry?
- How much difference does a bike fit make?
- How to fit an angle-adjust headset
- How to adjust your saddle angle
- Pole Machine EN first ride review
- Transition Scout long-term review
If this is the first BikeRadar Podcast you’ve come across, fear not! Links to our previous episodes are below.
- Episode 1: Cycling Plus‘ Bike of the Year Special (Spotify/iTunes)
- Episode 2: MBUK‘s Trail Bike of the Year Special (Spotify/iTunes)
- Episode 3: The BikeRadar Podcast — How do £10k bikes even exist? (Spotify/iTunes)
- Episode 4: The BikeRadar Podcast — SRAM versus Shimano, and more! (Spotify/iTunes)
- Episode 5: The BikeRadar Podcast — Why do all bikes look the same? (Spotify / iTunes)
- BikeRadar Tech Talk Podcast Ep 1 — Fork offset
- BikeRadar Tech Talk Podcast Ep 2 — Suspension dampers
Any more for any more?
Our Tech Talk series covers a range of relatively geeky subjects, all to do with mountain bike tech. Let us know in the comments if there’s a subject you want to know more about, and what we should cover in our upcoming Road Tech Talk series too.