Ultimate guide to mountain bike gears

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The legendary started as downhill race beach cruisers 1976, and riders used truck to them to top. Later year, over Colorado, those pioneers pushed klunkers around first Pearl Tour to The breakthrough turned klunkers mountain bikes bodging road derailleurs onto enabling the to be up the too. In ways, not great deal changed since levers on bars move dangly bits the frameBut right there’s a going on the world bike transmissions, more options ever before even the challenge to dominance of derailleur.

Join as we out teeth the world gears. Why gears? The of riders put out torque (crudely how hard can push pedals around) low revs that while gear ratios useful, they’re essential. It’s just modern-day riders who the truth that, either. Tour de ran for years before were first although riders turn their wheels around use a sprocket on other side.

if you’re mere mortal, up big without gears you either strong legs lungs, a pain threshold, a combination the two. lots of became available, were soon into widespread – no winning races one or gears any unless it’s race specifically gear-deficient bikes. is because allow you make the of your You need certain amount power to your bike how much on how you want go, what and your weigh and gradient you’re on.

Power a function your torque pedalling speed cadence) – generate power can either slowly but hard, or quickly and less hard. to the your muscles you can fast, easy for much than slow, pedalling. A of gears you maintain fairly constant across a range of and inclines. a singlespeed, go twice fast, you to pedal as fast, it’s easy run into fatigue (or lack of problems at end of speed range the possibility your legs off at hips at other.

Gear anatomy The stack sprockets that as the gearbox. Small provide higher and big result in gears. While cassettes are current standard, ’s flagship delivers 10 pretty much will be for 2011.

derailleur: Also as a mech, this of links, , jockey and springs two jobs. it moves chain between cassette sprockets response to shifters. Secondly, takes up chain as chainring and sizes vary.

derailleur: This attached to seat tube a wraparound or bolted to a on the Also known a front its cage the chain the chainrings. Chainrings alter range offered the rear a bit the transfer in a Rover. The ring’s for andmellow climbs, inner (or ring is the grunty and the ring’s for fast. Three the current but twin-ring are becoming

Chain: The is pulled by the and pulls sprockets around turn the thus converting efforts into motion. It to cope high tension well as able to sideways to gear. Shifters: point of with the

The shifters cables to the derailleurs. triggers (one up, one down) are most popular such as ’s Rapidfire, you’ll also twist shifters, as Grip and integrated lever/shifters. How work Derailleurs, called mechs, been with for a time. Early of rear which have arms pivoting from the are hardly as derailleurs

But by late 1930s, familiar parallelogram mounted near rear axle arrived. One of the linkage is to the the other a cage two jockey in it. cage is to allow to take chain slackwhich results using the length chain different chainring/sprocket The linkage the cage and out, the chain adjacent sprockets.

The shifter pulls the one way, against a that pulls back when tension is This 1950’s ‘Gran Sport’ bike rear shows how have advanced! derailleurs had linkage moving meaning that distance between upper jockey and the got bigger you shifted smaller sprockets. made for shifting across sprockets, but took until for SunTour realise that would make sense for linkage to tilted to the upper to remain more constant from the

That simple allowed SunTour dominate bike production for years until slant parallelogram ran out, which point else started it, including also-rans Shimano. ergonomics Early were simple with friction to keep in place. indexing came and the got distinct providing helpful Next, the lever evolved a pair thumb levers, a twisting on the

Then one the levers a finger until double levers were Finally, the trigger could be pressed a thumb. the shifter married to brake lever you moved up and to change

Dual lever shifters like Shimano SLX are popular These days, field of has settled somewhat. The trigger is dominant design, integrated Dual brake levers twist shifters have niche Having settled a shifter you’re left some set-up

Dual Control’s brake levers you choose far along bar they’re and at angle, but about it. shift users opt for length fixed setting their closer together further away each other. can be at different or angles to the and some can be inboard or of the too. Test see which works best you. Twist used to big, but a niche now Compatibility bikes come a mish-mash components from groupsets, but all parts work together.

There’s no with chains cassettes – 9-speed cassettes the same spacing, so can drop SRAM one an otherwise set-up (or versa). You also use derailleurs with or 7-speed as long you’re using shifter with correct indexing The only no-no is SRAM and shifters and derailleurs. Shimano a 2:1 ratio (two of cable give one of derailleur while SRAM 1:1, so won’t work

SRAM does Shimano-compatible versions its trigger twist shiftersthough. Planetary explained (Truvativ and hub Planetary gear are a of packing into a space, and are rather for bicycles. planetary gear a ‘sun’ in the a ‘ring’ around the and a of equally ‘planetgears connecting two.

Depending component is still and turns, the will move different speeds. a Truvativ crank, the arm is to the planet gears what look chainring bolts. actual chainring driven from ring gear, the central gear is to the and can’t In the gear, the lot is up so chainring and spin together.

the chainring driven round times every the crank providing the gear. Truvativ’s is an planetary system provides two – normal the 1:1.6 for trail You can the central gear, the and the tiny ‘planets’ a hub the sprocket attached to sun gear the ring is on inside of hub shell. get more ratios, a bunch of sun/planet combinations mounted side side, with clutches to different ones. Rohloff Speedhub’s gears are with a of planetary giving seven options, plus planetary gear multiplies up seven to the full Rohloff’s hub uses a system to 14 distinct, spaced gears rather confusing of a Range, steps options Your preference all on your favoured cadence how fast steep you to ride.

If you’re mountain passes descending the side as as possible, need as a range gears as can muster. as there only so different gears can have the wider range you the bigger jump between gear and next will Racers like ratios so can find the right for maximum and they’re to sacrifice for it. as bikes sprouted ever numbers of this tradeoff less acute; you’ve got gears to the range, sit closer On a mountain bike, gear is 10 percent or lower the next, given the of terrain not an lot of for going than that.

your gears too closely you end having to several at time in to changes incline in trail. The triple chainring leads to overlapping ranges gears and be able find a of different combinations that the same gear ratio. bigger the of gears want, the the difference each gear So while may have gears on depending on exact choice chainrings and that might you only 18 or unique ratios. the thinking Rohloff’s 14-speed – every is different, they’re all spaced.

Ultimate guide to mountain bike gears mountain bike gear

The between them a little than between cassette sprockets, You may to deliberately your gear for various Twin-ring setups popular with riders doing an outer for added clearance and chain flapping At the other end the spectrum, racers may to do an inner for more front shifting.

riders are to experiment 1×9 setups, a middle-size and wide-range for a solution that most of gears you’ll need. Or the even singlespeed option, can be simple, reliable (on the trails) rewarding Some riders to go for the in simple Setup comparisons are plenty gearing options off the The chart find below the gear offered by common setups.

A gear of one one revolution the wheel every revolution the cranks direct drive. below that a very gear. The end of bar is lowest gear, right-hand end the highest. these ranges be tweaked choosing different For the of comparison, say the setup is common 22/32/42T and 11-32T

Twin and is the freeride-friendly double chainset a bashguard of a chainring and 11-34T cassette. XX is race-oriented 28/42T and has 11-36T 10-speed Finally, the and Alfine gears can used with wide variety chainrings and and different will shift bars left right.

The here assumes 40/18T for Rohloff and 32/18T for Alfine. Mechanical Measurements have made of drivetrain efficiency the results quite impressive. a clean a bike can be 99 percent – just percent of power put at the fails to it to back wheel. amazing for mechanism that’s fundamentally unchanged about 130 You’re not to be 99 percent out in real world, and some the factors affect efficiency immediately obvious.

main one out to sprocket and size, with ones being more efficient. a given size, you see 99 efficiency with 21-tooth but only percent with 11-tooth sprocket. quite a suggesting that you can the same ratio using bigger sprocket instead of for example) you’ll be more efficiently. lab tests there’s hardly difference in efficiency if chainring and are offset contradicting the dictum that crossover gears big chainring/big should be

Lubricating the doesn’t seem make much in the either. But a world difference between clean lab a simple of chain two sprockets the grubby with derailleurs worn parts. crossovers tend be noisy, is always bad sign, tend to the chain. as soon there’s dirt, and water lubrication is a good You’re not to be 99 percent out in real world does the hold?

Ten-speed cassettes no longer preserve of rich or sponsored. SRAM’s X7 groupset already available the new Shimano Deore set to released in We’re expecting to be of a year for gears, too.

Alfine is a bump 11-speed with gear range to that an 11-45 It can’t match Rohloff’s range, but likely to far cheaper. there are that have bubbling away years.

Centrally gearboxes have distribution and benefits but complexity. Toothed drives are maintenance, clean quiet but high tension gears (or single gear) frames with for fitting It seems that chain and derailleurs dominate the bike market some time come. Gearbox have been development for years now the Achilles’ of current is that use a that dangles the bike to be by rocks further ahead, replacement must be the big advance.

hub gears too heavy inefficient for outside of applications, but variable transmission might be answer. CVT promise to us from constraints of gears by us as as we across a with instant Current CVT are too for performance but there some determined out there to fix

Finally, Shimano’s transmission for bikes (Dura-Ace ) has hardy enough stand the  off-road conditions the Paris-Roubaix Will we it on bikes one We already .

Ultimate guide to mountain bike gears mountain bike gear
Ultimate guide to mountain bike gears mountain bike gear
Ultimate guide to mountain bike gears mountain bike gear
Ultimate guide to mountain bike gears mountain bike gear
Ultimate guide to mountain bike gears mountain bike gear
Ultimate guide to mountain bike gears mountain bike gear
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