Monday, 31 October 2016

Tubeless Mountain Bike MTB Tyre Setup

Looking to go Tubeless?


Benefits:

The benefits are that you can run a lower pressure which will give better grip on rough terrain
You save a little weight
It is almost unheard of to be stopped by a puncture.

The Downside:

You may need to pump up your tyre pressures more regularly and ocassionally top up the fluid.

Key points: 

IT DOES WORK!  If you cannot create a seal the chances are you are doing something wrong.
Ensure you are using the right width rim strip.
You MUST shake the fluid throughly before use.
You will need to ride the bike regualrly in the early stages, if need be around the block for the first few days to ensure a seal is created.  THIS IS VITAL.
Ensure you are using the right kit for your tyre and rim combination.  Full kit for non tubeless tyres and rims, rim strip, fluid and tubeless valves for tubeless ready.

Joes Tubeless KitJoes Tubeless Rim Strip

Sunday, 2 October 2016

Mountain Bike Disc Brake Pads, Sintered, Organic or Kevlar?

There are a number of different compounds available for Mountain Bike disc brakes which can cause confusion.  It should be noted that some manufacturers recommend only one compound in which case this should be adhered to.

Sintered Brake Pads

 

https://the-dogs-wheels Disc Brake Pads
Sintered pads (metallic or semi metallic) Hard wearing compound which is ideal for heavy duty use such as Enduro or Downhill  DH Mountain biking, or for wet and mucky conditions.

Pros:  
Hard wearing compound which is ideal for heavy duty use such as Enduro or Downhill  DH Mountain biking.

Cons: 
They can be noisy on the rotor which can be off putting to the rider
They are usually a little more expensive than Organic
They will wear your rotor more quickly due to the metallic content
They heat up quickly which can affect braking performance

Organic Brake Pads

 

https://the-dogs-wheels Disc Brake Pads
Organic (or Resin) Softer compound ideal for general use such as cross country or commuting and dryer cleaner conditions

Pros: 
Softer compound is usually quieter on the rotor reducing squeeling
Good braking performance
Good heat dissipation which aids performance
Usually the cheapest of the varieties available

Cons:
Faster wearing under heavy use or wet and mucky conditions

Kevlar Brake Pads

 

https://the-dogs-wheels Disc Brake Pads
Kevlar sit somewhere between the two and can be a good general solution

Pros:
Harder wearing than organic pads
Not as noisy as sintered pads can be
Relatively cheap

Cons:
Not as hard wearing as sintered pads

Where to buy:

You can buy your Mountain Bike MTB, Sintered, Organic or Kevlar Brake Pads at The Dogs Wheels bike Shop in Plymouth or The Dogs Wheels Website.