Thursday , September 16 2021

What is the fate of trail blazing bicycle innovation?

If you want to see where mountain bike s are headed, take a look at where motorcycles are now. In the last decade or so, we’ve seen a significant movement towards full suspension, belt drives, tubeless tires, and disc brakes—all things motorcycles had first. A few possibilities that might apply to mountain bikes:

  • More widespread use/availability of studded tires for winter use
  • Built-in skid plates to protect the underside of the bike/chainrings
  • Internal gearing
  • All-wheel drive (look, especially, at the Christini setup)
  • Front ends that separate suspension from steering input (e.g., BMW Telelever, Tesi 2D/3D, Vyrus)
  • Wild re-experimentation with wheel and tire sizes (wait, I think we’re in the middle of that one now)
  • One-piece wheels becoming the norm, rather than the exception
  • Single-sided swingarms and forks
  • Bicycles made by Honda and Yamaha

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