Does Mountain Biking Have A Digital Future? | GMBN Tech Show Ep. 60

– Welcome back to another
weekly GMBN Tech show. Coming up on this week’s show we check out some more really cool shots of that Nukeproof descent downhill bike. We also look at that MicroShift
Advent 9-speed setup, budget, wallet-friendly
setup, really really cool. We’ve got a pretty special
Bike Cave for Nicolas Vouilloz, 10 times world champion, and we got a really really cool top mod from an amazing viewer. So our first stop is into news, and Time have got a new
clipless trail pedal out. So this is the Speciale 8. Now this is it on-screen, it’s
inspired by the Speciale 12, which was quite a high-end pedal, and it’s got a few very cool features. So it’s got four adjustable spikes on it, it’s actually smaller than the 12 as well, so it is also lighter. It has a multi-adjustable clamping system and of course the ATAC retention system which Time has had since
the beginning of time. So they weigh in at about 196 grams a pair and they’re available in black and the really cool special orange, which I’m actually a
really big fan of that, ’cause it kind of reminds
me, it’s not too dissimilar to that copper-color stem
I’ve got on my Nukeproof. I’m starting to really like those sort of autumnal tones on a bike, think it looks great. But the ATAC system itself is what really stands out
to me on these pedals. Now, I did say that Time have
had this for a very long time. And the thing that’s really cool about it is the cleats themselves do not adjust side-to-side on the shoe, as you would see with Crankbrothers cleats and with Shimano cleats. On the Time offering, the
cleat just mounts on the shoe, you can see there fore and aft in those cleat slots on the
recess on the sole of the shoe. But the whole engagement
systems allows the shoe to move. And the thing that’s
really cool about that is the fact that your shoe
or your cleat mechanism is free to move side-to-side on the pedal, independently of the disengagement
feature on the pedal. So that’s really good if you’ve got like, maybe you’ve had an injured ankle or if you have knee issues. I know some friends that
will not use anything else except Time pedals. So if that sounds like you,
they’re definitely worth a look. And for the record, I think
they look really good too. Troy Lee Designs has just
released their 2019 range and of course, being Troy
Lee Designs it is very cool, there’s the A2 helmet, they still have some A1
helmets in the range there. But what I wanna show
you here is the Stage. Now this is their enduro-focused helmet, so it’s a full-face helmet,
it’s got loads of ventilation. But this is not a downhill helmet, it’s not certified for downhill use. This is specifically designed
for enduro riding and racing. It’s a very lightweight helmet, it’s got an extreme amount of ventilation for such a huge amount of head coverage. And whole point is it has a
full-time jaw guard on there. It’s not a detachable jaw guard like you do see on other helmets
like the Giro Switchblade. I think this helmet looks
fantastic and I love the fact that they’re not leaving
any room for rider error. It’s like a full-time chin guard, but all the ventilation you need for when you’re actually out riding. Now some of the cool
stats, it weighs 690 grams, so that’s actually not far
off some open-face helmets that are available on the market still. And there’s a three-year warranty on it, it’s got MIPS on the inside, has a retention system that also helps prevent against rotational injuries. It’s got 11 vents and 14 exhaust vents on the back to pull the
air through the helmet. Now I’ve not ridden one of these, but I do hear the ventilation
is excellent on them. Now you might have noticed
the name of the show this week is focused around tech and how it might better
improve your life on a bike. Now this story isn’t
anything to do with cycling, but I do think it’s
something that’s gonna happen with cycling. Now New Balance, the
running shoe manufacturer, have opened a pub, and you can earn your beer by the amount of miles you
have been running to it. So there’s a few shots right here. It’s called The Runaway,
this one is based in London, and the only currency they accept is running miles collected on Strava. So that’s an incentive to
earn your beer in calories by clacking up the miles, I guess. I think it’s a really really cool system. And although it’s running-focused, the fact it works with Strava suggests there could also be an opportunity for this to be a cycling variant as well, so you can earn an amount
of drinks on Strava. I think this is a really
really cool concept. Has anyone heard anything like this going on in any other forms of sports or social parts of the world? I would love to know about it. I think this is really cool and if I ran, I would definitely be running
to that pub right now. Okay, next up in news is the 8150 Wheels. So these are carbon fiber wheels laced up with traditional spokes. A little bit different to
the way other brands do them. So they have three different
spoke gauges on there, to offer what they claim the most balanced set of wheels possible. Now I think this is really cool because obviously having
three different gauge spokes in there means they are gonna have a slightly different feel as well. It could be double-butted,
it could be triple-butted, it could be single-gauge,
straight-gauge, all that stuff, with different thicknesses. I think it’s really cool. So they also have compliance
built into the carbon to allow the rim to slightly egg-shape under really severe compressions. Now this is a really cool idea and something that reminds me a little bit of the old Tioga Disc Drive and the way that that
was supposed to work. So the Tioga Disc Drive had two sheets and it had what they
call geodesic webbing, so it’s Kevlar strands instead of spokes to pull the whole lot together. And the whole concept with that is that the whole rim was
able to slightly egg-shape under certain impacts. Basically made a
hardtail, back in the day, feel a little bit like a softail bike. So really cool except they
didn’t quite master it. And I think that these guys could actually be onto something here. So they use what they call a true three cross lacing pattern, a basketweave lacing technique, 36 mil internal size, so plenty big enough for loads of support. And they’re a hookless rim design as well. Also they weight 460 grams, and they have a three
mil offset design on it to effectively, by moving
the rim over slightly, it minimizes the dish on the wheel. Now in case you’re not
familiar with the concept of a wheel being dished, I’ll put it into layman’s terms here. If you had a BMX that has a
single sprocket on the back, spokes are nice and broad,
they’re quite widely spaced. But of course on a bike
with a cassette on the back, the spokes are like this, they basically have to dish over in order to put the rim central
in the back end of the bike. Now, the more you can
sort of decrease the dish and have a straighter wheel, effectively you’re gonna make
it stronger and more reliable. So less dish is a good thing. But in order to do that you
have to have an offset rim or asymmetrical design just like the 8150. Now lastly in news is something for the
budget-conscious out there. Because we do talk a lot
about expensive gear. This is the complete opposite. So MicroShift have got a
9-speed transmission out, and it is an absolute bargain. So it’s one bike based
system and for 125 bucks you get a shifter, a rear dereailleur, you get the whole shebang,
the cassette and the chain. I think this is astonishing
value, and actually, being produced in 9-speed does mean it’s gonna be less prone
to wearing out the chain. It’s thicker, it’s wider, everything is gonna be
slightly more durable, for the amount of money
that you are paying. Something else that’s quite cool is a lot of derailleurs have
roller clutches on them. This one has a ratchet
and pull system on there, which is adjustable, so in theory, it should actually work
better than some other designs that are far more complicated
and far more expensive. At last week we checked out Adam Brayton’s Nukeproof descent. If you wanna see the bike build video, we’re gonna put a link to it in the description below this one. But in the meantime, get a load of this. It just looks banging, I think. (electronic music) Okay, now it’s time for Bike Cave, and it’s a bit of a special one, because Jonesy from EMBN
is actually hanging around with Nicolas Vouilloz, the 10
times world downhill champion, and he’s having a little snoop around his personal bike cave. And I’ve gotta say, this
is something special. Have a look at some of these shots. They’re pretty random,
but that’s Jonesy for you, but just check out some of this stuff. So first up is a gold
custom-painted helmet here with the number eight on it, and it’s bearing Alpe
d’Huez graphics on it. There’s various trophies and prize money checks in the background. And that is one of his,
looks like a model, one of his rally cars in
fact, very very cool that is. Of course, after leaving and retiring the world of mountain biking he went into racing RC Rally
stuff, so very very cool. Next up is, I don’t even know which model, I’m guessing that’s a FAZUA motor, because I know there’s something very cool going on with FAZUA at the moment. Lots of casing fully open, you can see the pinions and
the gears on the inside there. I haven’t actually seen
the inside on these myself, so this is super cool to see. And Nico, as we know, is the master of
experimentation with bikes, he always has been. Been years and years, even a decade ahead of
many of the competition. When everyone else was just
partying and having a good time he was working on tire
pressures and geometry, all the stuff that really
turned him into a fine racer. Probably one of the
best racers of all time, his racecraft is just legendary. And his workshop basically kinda summarizes all that, really. Look at all the stuff that’s
in the background, it’s insane. There’re trophies absolutely everywhere, littered around the place, and that looks like an eighth-scale RC car on the background there too. Loads of prototype Michelin DH 22 tires, like more than I’ve
ever seen in one place, a whole host of cool bikes
and gizmos, a huge vice there, I’m loving all this setup here, his workshop looks immaculate there. Really really cool. He’s got bench grinder,
he’s got like a lathe. Oh my god, he’s got everything
in here, this is bonkers. And look at that, there we go, so there is a messy workbench, but it looks like everything has its home. Coffee machine, there’s
a pegboard at the back, all sorts of lubes and
stuff, he’s got some WD-40, plenty of Loctite stuff up there, loads of boxes with
SRAM markings on there, so decent stuff in there. Seeing literally bits of motors and batteries
and chargers everywhere. This is just eye candy, I love this stuff. There we go. So there’s his gym sort of setup there, got a road bike and various
other things going on. Weather looks nice outside
too, what a nice view. Ah, here we go, look at some of these bikes
in his own bike vault there. Right, so there’s that classic LTS there. Oh my god, that thing’s incredible. And then look at that S
bike with that high pivot, man that thing must have pedaled awful, must have been disgusting. Inverted fork on there as well, and then there’s one of his
Sun Radicals down the back, and then some other
bikes I can’t quite see. And there’s all sorts of other Lapierres. In fact some of those look quite new, haven’t seen those before. But he’s got all sorts of
crazy prototypes in there, and that Sun, look at that, that thing’s amazing with
the twin top tube on there and the seat mast up on the
back, that’s super cool. And there he is at his bench there, rebuilding a couple of
dampers by the looks of it, he’s taking out the shim stack. Man, he literally can do
everything, what a man. Absolutely amazing, super cool. There we go, so that was a pretty cool
Bike Cave entry there. I know we’ve got a whole
bank of really good ones lined up for next week’s show but keep your Bike Cave entries coming in. Take some photos of them,
tell us where you’re from, tell us what’s in your bike cave, tell us what you like to
do to your bikes in there. And use our uploader service, it’s at the bottom of the
page there, and send ’em in. Now it’s time for Rewind, our
retro section of the show. If you’ve got anything retro,
you wanna know anything retro, perhaps where something
has developed from, let us know in those comments below or better still if you’ve got something, take some photos of it, and tell us a little
bit about it yourselves, and use our uploader and send it in. Anything retro goes. Now there’s been a lot of Cannondale talk on Instagram recently, of course with Josh Bryceland basically riding Cannondale now. Now, it has been mentioned a few times that Cannondale are rumored to be exploring coming back to downhill, and that really really excites me, ’cause they had a huge
presence for so long. So I’ve had a little dig
through my hard drive and dragged out some
really cool old stuff. So, first, I’m gonna
show the Super V 4000. Now this is it on the screen, I’ve got loads of images of this thing. So this particular one has
Sachs grip shifts on it. The Sachs ones were
actually really really good. So it was a low pivot design, ’bout five inch travel out back and I think the same on the front there, use a Moto 120 fork, so yeah, that’s just about
five inch travel there. Absolutely phenomenal-looking bikes, in that classic red and black with the yellow decals
on the downtube there. I still think they look
really really good today. And there’s still quite a
lot of them floating around, but Cannondale, they were just so ahead of
their time in those days, they put so much money into
development of their bikes. Now the next one on the screen
here, this is the Fulcrum. Now I’ve talked about this before, because this is such an advanced bike. It was bonkers when it came out. Full adjustable geometry, adjustable head cup angles on there, adjustable gearing on it. Now the gearing is the really cool thing, because this bike basically, where they wanted to put pivot points is one of the very first
short multilink bikes. In order to get it to
pedal they wanted it to and for suspension to work
they way they wanted it to, you had to have, I think it was a 38
tooth chainring on there, except 38 tooth chainring, with the downhill courses back then when people were using
like 54 tooth chainrings, simply wasn’t enough. So they figured out this jackshaft system to enable them to change the gear ratios without the actual main chainring being any different in size. Now that main chainring didn’t actually have anything
to do with the drive. It was just rotating
around a barrier on an axle attached that jackshaft. Basically the left-hand side is the actual gearing that
the rider was turning round. Intricate system, absolutely bonkers, and on the race bikes it actually has sort of like a housing over them. I think they had hand guards
as well, back then, too. Bonkers technology,
totally overengineered. Apparently it rode really well if you were strong
enough to ride the thing. Must have weighed an absolute ton. And it also cost a fortune as well. Rumored to have cost between 20 and 30,000 US dollars apiece, because these were completely bespoke the way they were built. Amazing piece of engineering. So they went from making what’s arguably one of the most complicated
downhill bikes of all time to making the Gemini, which is one of the most
simple downhill bikes. Single pivot, dead simple, Gracia rode one of those to great effect for many many years. And it does make me question
what will Cannondale release if they are gonna release a downhill bike? Will it be a single pivot along the lines of what
they have done in the past? Will it be a high single pivot and perhaps you’ve only
gotta look at Louia Ray and the design work that he’s done with GT and he’s been working
with Cannondale as well, so perhaps there might be some influence from the high pivot bike,
the downhill bike of course, from GT. Perhaps it could have
something along those lines, perhaps it could be even more like that GT and have a four-bar linkage
system with a high pivot. But honestly, don’t know
what’s coming from Cannondale. But I’m really excited about it, because Cannondale don’t
do things by halves. So it could be something very
cool on the horizon shortly. And now it’s time for Top Mods. This is the section all
about the modifications you make to your bikes
to make them better, to make them more personal,
make them yours, basically. Anything, that could be. That could be changing
some handlebar grips, it could be putting a new
transmission on there. Whatever it is, whatever
you’ve done, be proud. Take some photos and send ’em in to us. We love seeing your top mods. This week, though, we’ve
got something very different and this is beyond a top mod, this is even beyond a hack or a boast, this is a bit of a masterclass
in upgrading a bike, I think. So this is from Ewing in Dumfries. Now he’s got a bike
called the Empire MX6-EVO. This is British-made bike. Now they became famous
when they made the AP-1, which as far as I remember,
it was a cast bike, the front end of it. This thing was bonkers, the technology that’d gone
into developing this thing. Now this is their trail bike version. Now, I did actually see these pictures when they were uploaded, but I actually glanced past them, and I didn’t notice at first what he’d actually done to this bike until I saw the gearbox. And it dawned on me, you cannot buy that bike with a gearbox. So he’s completely hacked off
part of the frame to adapt it and put a mounting plate on there and is running a pinioned
gearbox on there. So I’m just gonna read
some of Ewing’s words here, ’cause I’m blown away by this,
this is next level wizardry. So he says “I’ve done all
the modification myself “(unintelligible) to the bike it is today. “It was an Empire MX6-EVO
Standard until three years ago, “where I stripped the paint off, “lightened the frame by removing material “in certain areas that
wasn’t totally required “and built it back up with
some (unintelligible), “Chris King hubs, and carbon rims. “Most of the kit on the bike
has been sourced secondhand, “to save on overall cost.” Obviously that’s smart, ’cause he’s buying really good stuff. Buying it secondhand
you can work with that, it’s a really good way of doing it. “I then rode the bike in this condition “for two and a half years,
until September the 18th, “where I ripped the mech
off the back of the bike “on the trail for the second time. “Now this was the fifth
hanger I’d put on the bike, “and I’m sure the clutch mech
getting pulled by the chain “on the single pivot suspension it’s on “has something to do with
weakening of the hangers.” So obviously he’s getting really annoyed by hangers and rear
derailleurs at this point. “So this was the last time it would happen “as I decided to convert the
bike to run a pinion gearbox. “At the same time I CNC engraved the frame “with my name and some other features. “It’s the best modification
I’ve made to this bike.” Dude, I’m not surprised, I
think that is phenomenal, what you’ve done to this thing. “The weight distribution is incredible “and actually makes the bike feel lighter “even though it’s slightly
heavier with the gearbox.” Now this is something, the whole sprung unsprung
thing we always talk about. If you can make the front and
back of your bikes lighter where your wheels are, your suspension is gonna
work fantastically. And by adding the weight that was there and putting it on the main frame, kind like an e-bike, really, the suspension handling improves, the weight of the bike feels better, everything is more
settled and more grounded. So yeah, I bet your bike
does feel absolutely amazing. “I met some of your crew, Blake and Tom “at Fort William last year, “and they were great to talk to, “but they didn’t see the bike at the time. “Please get in touch “if you’d like to know
any more about the bike.” Ewing, I’ll be in touch,
a hundred percent. I think what you’ve done’s incredible, I’d love to know a little
bit more about your process and how you actually had
the courage to do this. For all you other viewers out there, please don’t be put off by
this level of intricacy. Like, this is phenomenal, but
it honestly doesn’t matter. Whatever you do to your bikes, we love it, and I know that you lot love it as well because I hear how you talk
about it in the comments and I see the stuff all over the internet. So please, continue to
make your bikes personal, make your bikes your own,
and send us some pictures. Now Tech of the Week this week
is a little bit different. So I’ve actually kind of
borrowed this to be honest, from GCN and GCN Tech, ’cause I’ve heard everyone
talking about digital tech and how it can improve your
riding and it make me think, can it actually improve your
riding with mountain biking? And do you know what, the
more I think about it, the more I think it is
the way the future’s going and it genuinely can. Now, I was quite sort
of against digital tech getting in the way of my riding, but I’m actually starting to change my opinions about this stuff. And actually SRAM AXS and the comments from you guys about it, really made me start thinking about this. Now, alright, I get it, it’s insanely expensive, isn’t it? It’s out of everyone’s reach. But if you just look at the
principle of what it is, it communicates with itself, it learns what your shifting patterns are, it’s gonna be able to tell you what sort of chainrings to use. And you think about the other stuff, the other products that SRAM
have already got on the market. You know, they’ve got their
ShockWiz, their TyreWiz, there’s all sorts of other stuff. So, I can imagine in the future, there’s gonna be a way that they’re all gonna be
able to communicate together and you’re actually gonna get
a better riding experience because the tech is gonna
be able to understand what you’re all about. Obviously you have to accept
this and let it do this. Now, you could just not
bother accepting tech and just carry on quite happily and still enjoy mountain biking. No problem. But I do think there’s an element of tech that we should be embracing. Now we’ve also seen some cool
stuff from Exposure Lights, with their accelerometers in the lights. So they’re using additional
tech inside the lights there. So the light can work
out how fast you’re going and it’ll put it up to full beam, and when you’re going
slower to conserve battery, it dips it down. That stuff’s fantastic. And they’re now working
with an exclusive app. And on the app you can program
in your preferred settings, how long you want the light to last for, maximum burn time on full power, all that sort of stuff is
totally user-serviceable and changeable just by using the app. I think it’s absolutely fantastic. Now, generally, I love technology. I work on laptops, we
use cloud-based software. I’m really into my photography,
I use digital cameras, I use software from Adobe
and companies like that, it involves everything
communicating with each other. Now I think this stuff is fantastic and of course I’ve also
been in the DJing thing. So I’m using software for that, I use Ableton Live for
making edits of tunes, I use Traktor and Serato software. This is all tech, and I’m thinking why am I not doing this
in mountain biking, too? Now Neil’s had a Garmin smart
watch for some time now, a few years I guess. You know what Neil’s like,
he’s pretty athletic, he’s always running or on a road bike or mountain biking or rower, whatever. So, he swears by this as
part of the way her trains, and it communicates with the Garmin device he uses on some of his bikes, and I guess some he only uses the watch. Now, he’s pattered on
about this for long enough that I’ve got involved with it now. I got rid of that Oakley watch that everyone always asked about and I’ve got myself what I still think looks like a pretty good
solid watch, but actually, is pretty tech and there’s
a lot of stuff in it, but I’m only just getting
started with this stuff now. Now, I actually think you
can use tech like this to improve your mountain biking. Now the reason I say that, you can have computers like these Garmins, and you can use it just
to monitor your ride, to check your progress, but you can also use them for
lots of other cool things. You can discover new places to ride. They work with all sorts
of different software. Whether you’re a Strava freak or like the newer stuff like Komoot, there are a whole number of amazing bits of software out there, that can all analyze the way you ride, and help you get more out of your riding. That’s gotta be a good thing. I’m sure there’s gonna
be some really cool ways that we’re gonna be able
to use this sort of stuff in the future. Now I quite like the idea
of having a head-up display on the bike that tells me
everything that I want to see. As they are you can customize them, but imagine having e-bike
stuff built onto here, imagine seeing what gear you’re in. All of that sort of stuff, but actually it’s learning
about you at the same time, plus it’s a navigational
aid, a safety aid, like it can tell you if
you’ve had an accident, it can send an SOS
message by communicating from the device to your mobile phone and it can ring your SOS
contact that you input. There’s so many cool features
out there that I do think can be really really
useful for mountain bikers. But what I wanna know from you guys, because this genuinely
is all new stuff for me, I’m only just starting
to get involved with it, is who uses Strava out there? Do you use Strava, do you use
Komoot, do you use Endomondo, do you use any of these
programs to talk to? Do you have a Garmin, do you
have a heart rate monitor, do you have power meters? What tech do you use for mountain biking? I really really wanna know, ’cause I think I need to
do some serious homework and I need your help to do it, ’cause we’re gonna make some
really really cool stuff using tech. I wanna know what you wanna see. Let us know in those comments below. Does tech improve mountain biking for you? And there we go, there’s the end of this
week’s GMBN Tech Show. I hope you’ve enjoyed it,
especially the tech stuff, because honestly, this
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100 thoughts on “Does Mountain Biking Have A Digital Future? | GMBN Tech Show Ep. 60

  1. I presume all gizmos have their ups and downs but doesn't everything? So many individual prefrences out there so I see why they keep banging out tech…
    ka-ching ! 👍😎

  2. Not gonna lie…being a “watch-snob” it was hard making the move to my Garmin. But now that I have it’s the only thing on my wrist!! (Side note…anyone wanna buy a Omega or Rolex?? Haha!!)

  3. I am using the Wahoo ELEMNT for my bike 🚲 ride. I never knew how fast 💨 I was riding and how long does the ride take. I am glad to have the Wahoo on my bike with its built in GPS. With the smartphone app, I could see my progress in speed, time on the saddle and the map of my ride. Even the computer would should my speed and location in the day or night with its built in LED light. The fastest💨 I have done ✅ is 26mph. The longest ride I have done is about 18 miles in one day. I have sent photos of my bike and my setup on my 1996 Raleigh M-30FS. You should take a look 👀 again and you would see the Wahoo ELEMNT computer in my cockpit. I will send the photo of the computer again in the upload on your site. Cheers 🍻

  4. It used to be that the guy who can clean the most technical sections, was a knowledgeable trail guide, mechanic and friend was considered a worthy mtb rider. Now everyone's worth as a mtb rider is judge by their Strava times.

  5. Hi Doddy! great channel! 🙂 I have 2 questions :p #askgmbntech
    1) Is it bad to put any weight on the lower legs of my suspension fork? meaning a water bottle for bikepacking (i'll secure it well). I have a Reba 120mm but planning to upgrade to a pike 130 or 140mm. Wheels are 27.5".
    2) If I set my shock and fork so I top out just once or twice a ride, will I damage anything?
    Thanks in advance!

  6. Stats in your mobile phone don't tell you anything about the "fun line", only about the "fast line"… thinking about @blakesamson8 #respect! OTOH Enduro riders often forget about half of their sport: training for the up-hill is done better with assistance :p

  7. I use a Garmin Edge 520. Mine is the slightly old white one. Does almost everything the Edge 520 Plus you had in this video. I mainly use it to record my rides. Several years ago I tried to record my rides the old way. Pen and paper. After about 12 months I got bored and stopped. After getting my first Garmin which was the Edge 500. I started recording my ride. When I upgraded to the Edge 500 I connected to my phone to make the uploads easier. I have Garmin Connect pair to Strava. This is for the same reason. I don't bother with Strava Segments as I find they are a waste of my time. They also ruin my ride. I have not used my Garmin to plan a ride as I still do this old school and I have even decided to change the route mid ride. Well old school using OS maps and also using Google Maps. I may use it with an uploaded map but not sure. I would like to get a Garmin watch so I can record activities off the bike or on without any visible head unit.

  8. I'd like to learn more about training with a heart rate monitor, please. Like how to use it on the trails and make a training scheme to build up higher stamina.

  9. Answering your question about tech .. I'm 62 years old .. ride my bike to maintain good health, not beat the clock lol ..
    I started to monitor my rides with my cell phone for the first few years using "map my ride apps" and i realy enjoyed it .. last year i got a S3 watch to use the same app as i used on my phone. Plus in bonus i do have a heart rate monitor .. going over my ride on my laptop .. and looking at my performance and "appreciate" my efforts i put in 😉
    I'm not on the top of the ladder .. but i can tell you i cover around 3500 km in the ridable months .. i don't ride in winter .. don't like to put my bike in calcium and grinds lol
    So here it is .. Tech's bring me to be proud of myself .. by the datas it brings to me 😉
    Have a great one .. love the show .. it's realy interesting .. i'll send pics of my bike soon !!

  10. I use the Garmin Fenix 3 HR for MTB, Sea Kayaking, mountian treking and so on. I just enjoy the information and data on ascents, distance, caloric burn etc it gives me after a day on the trail/ sea/ hills. I like the map of my route it provides me with at the end of a day on the Sea or hills etc. especially the sea where gauging distance traveled and such is harder.
    If I was training for a specific event I would use it to track my progress and improvements week on week, but I'm not currently doing that.

    I've had other fitness watches but they died in the Surf . . .the Fenix range with Sapphire Glass, and so forth, are absolutely bomb proof. Serious piece of kit.

  11. i doesn’t matter what you use, the thing is how you use it. all the tech in the world won’t help, if you simply do not enjoy the ride. but if some tech can make you happier, just go for it – you honestly deserve it 🙂
    border line is paying more attention to gadgets than your buddies.
    i’ve never used my phone to record my commute rides, too much struggle, but with fenix watch it’s so easy that i do it every time now – and i’m having so much fun out of it because of the stats it gives me. my commutes turned now into serious workouts, and i’m very sure it wouldn’t happen without this tech i have on my wrist.

  12. Doddy is loving all the new digital tech coming to MTB at the moment. What digital technology do you guys use? Do you think it will catch on? Let us know in the comments below!

  13. I,m not at all a fan of tec, but it is inevitable. The new wireless groupo's out are pretty cool, but Im not yet convinced. I for monitory reasons have had to buy older models of whatever, but this eliminates testing And now with enduro so popular, weight is not so much a thing anymore. Im XC, and I was getting worried about gettng parts so light they might float away…and break. I think the motors involved in this new tec is really super cool. BUT…nothing beats quality parts well maintained, and good health, to have a blast. Unless you catch a lady who injoys getting dirty…mountainbiking…with you…I better shut up now! SPINNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN!!!!!!!! CADENCE!

  14. GMBN Teck smart watches.

    Hi Doddy, I use a Suunto Ambit3 Peak smart watch to record my rides, kayak, sailing what ever activity you want.
    It can communicate with heart rate monitors and you can get a bike sensor to measure speed, distance and cadence. It has GPS and has a phone app that can show an animation of your ride.

  15. I don’t know why but I just love the retro part of the show. I just find it so interesting and I look forward to it every week so thanks for the know how. Cheers

  16. Show idea: their upgrading a second hand bike they got off ebay to see how good they can get it on a budget why not do something similar but see how good a bike you can make only buying second hand and for under a set amount like £1500 or even £1000. Most people that are fairly serious about MtB could probably afford that and you could show us what to look for or avoid and how to recondition whatever you get.

  17. I use the native activity app on my Apple Watch 4 and Strava on my phone, this means on solo rides my wife can see my location and knows that if I have a bad off my Apple Watch will detect this and message her and my other emergency contacts with my exact location (as long as there is phone signal) I have set up the native activity app on my watch to show elevation, distance, heart rate and time which is all the info I need. My only criticism about my Apple Watch is they are not robust, my mate had an off on his bike last week and the screen has shattered into pieces. Oh and I also use ViewRanger with OS maps downloaded onto my phone when I go on new rides.

  18. Strava has been one of the best things I use for training. When I first started racing cross country I had no idea how often to train and for how long and after seeing what my friends were doing and trying to match what they do my times got so much faster when racing

  19. I'm on my third Fenix in 5 years and I've loved them all. A really cool option is to use courses to alert you when you go off course. This is great if you mostly know where you're going, but you might miss a turn or two. The watch will simply buzz once you're off course. Only then do you have to look a the screen to figure out how to get back on course.

    One neat way of getting the courses on your watch is to use . A browser plugin lets you save courses from a number of different sites. A companion app on the watch them lets you download saved courses into watch memory. A bit of a learning curve, but crazy easy once you figure it all out.

  20. I use strava and gps on my phone on the mtb, and wahoo sensors on my road bike that sync with strava after a ride. I like having a log of my mileage between all of my bikes and I enjoy looking at the numbers later when I'm bored.

  21. I just use my bike computer to tell me average speed and how many miles I ride. It also lets me know how many total miles are on the bike.

  22. I use Strava to find trails within my area. I map a ride ahead of time that way we don't get lost going to a new place. It's useful also for finding trails along power lines, gravel roads and through wildlife conservation areas that allow biking. Thanks for the videos Doddy!

  23. Doddy, your mention of that Cannondale costing about $30,000 and being completely bespoke made me wonder: do any of the MTB series have rules that say a bike used in an event has to be available to the public? I know certain motorsport series has these sort of rules.

  24. I’ve had the Garmin fenix 5x for a couple years and use Strava. I also use apps like mtb project when riding in new areas. I like seeing all the data my watch is collecting and am able to hookup to my desktop or iPhone and compare rides, check improvements, max heart rates, elevation gains ,etc. Challenge and share with riding buddies. It’s about taking your passion for riding to the next level!

  25. Honestly, imagine crashing with said smart watch on. That’s why I think the G shock is still the best way to go. Or those headset caps with a built in analog watch.

  26. A warning from a long time information tech worker. Dont walk…run like hell away from electronic pollution on bikes. Its still one of the last frontiers. Dont pollute it with corporate junk.

  27. Ride prerequisites. All phones off. No electronic pollution. No beeps no dings, no bells or whistles. You might just get your ass beat is a new york minute. Out of no where 3 220 lbs pissed off men gunning for your skull. Turn that shit off.

  28. injuries ankles? knee problems? that sums me up perfectly… maybe I'll check out these time pedals, would make a lot sense for where I live.

  29. Biko is available in Vancouver area and you end up opening up the downloaded app and using the GPS to rack up kilometers on your bike that you can redeem for free bike stuff or discounts at bike shops

  30. i sometimes use strava but i dont like using my gps on abike ride. id rather just hvae a watch or something else torecord my ride

  31. Does tech improve?

    I personally use a few different applications when riding local trails. I use Strava Summit to monitor my mileage, speed and elevation changes. I also use its beacon feature to let my wife know where I am (since I ride by myself a lot of the time). I also use Trailforks to track or plan new trails that I haven’t ridden before. I work at a bike shop and listening to customers from around and out of the area, help me hear about trails I’d like to try in the future. Scosche has a rhythm+ heart rate monitor that connects with the health app on my iPhone as well as strava. The last bit of tech I use is my scosche boom bottle or my beats wireless headphones. Music, especially for those trails I focus more on climbs, is very important. Both these choices really help me see through the pain and focus on the reward that is waiting for me at the top. Hope this helps! Keep up the great stuff over there at GMBN! Cheers!

  32. I ride to be away from all the tech stuff but I also have worked out how to use some of it without effecting that. I use Strava and TrailForks apps to track my rides but never as a display it just sits in my bag. But I like to check it afterwards. I also have the Specialized ride app to use the sos feature on my helmet. Peace of mind as I ride alone mostly.

  33. I use trailforks, mapped almost all trails in my area, and use it to track my ride abut I like to map new trails add them to trailforks use it as an aid for mapping trails, great stuff:-) I am haven't explored the trails in the other places around yet, but I want to, still a lot of trials that are not much info about. but I also add stuff I find on the web too, like skill parks and bike parks, as I am an ambassador I have access to some admin tools like ride log data so I have improved many trails by using this feature.
    In my opinion Trailforks is great, very useful. I have used it a lot, did a lot of stuff on trailforks.
    The app is a must, you can track rides and not get lost, and find trails, take a route you made, add reports I love it, also it can sync with strava, so I use trailforks to record, and sync with strava.
    I only got a phone, I got an Sony XZ Premium a quite big phone, but not too big not too small, about right for my hands, I got panzer glass on the screen and got Lovemei case, kind of bodged proper protection for my phone, as stock screen protector was garbage. my phone is quite secure to hold, but for some shots I would need a tripod which I don't have cus I can't use low enough shutter speed.
     I shoot pictures and video of trails and places I ride, but I wish I had a proper lens without any distortion, most smart phones have wave distortion.
    I still don't know which camera I should get for having on a ride and shoot pictures or videos, for now my phone will have to do.

  34. #askgmbntech can i pump up my fork using a floor pump accurately (excuse the cheapness I'm an Aussie high schooler who is not funded by parents and isn't allowed to spend their own money) and if i overpump the suspension, how can i bleed it out?

  35. #askgmbntech please get one of those bargain 1by9 systems and test it. I am thinking about converting my 2by and that thing looked awesome!

  36. P.S – I use a Garmin Fenix 5 watch to track my activity. Its great, helps me keep a rough track on what I get up to each week.

  37. Wow! that gearbox conversion is insane!!! well done, it´s amazing!!! can we see more about it?
    About the tech on the bike, i agree, it can learn from you, your way of riding and help you adjusting your bike…
    I use HR monitor and strava.

  38. That casting is a bit much? Les s expensive to pour than carve? I've never seen bolt-together aircraft frame like on CCM gp450 on MTB.

  39. Doddy it's not special, it's spelled Speciale (which means they refer to the Italian version of it like the Ferrari Speciale). You should say it like this: spesi ale

  40. I got a Fox ProFrame, with similar or not more ventilation then the TLD Stage, almost the same weight and that one is downhill certified. Thumbs up for Fox on this one!

  41. Lol I am in IT since 1999. I work with electronic tech for decades, I use Garmin devices for decades, you jumping in a big pool of new tech now Doddy. If you need to know anything and I can help you out feel free to text me. Personally I keep my bike electronic free. Cars became all electronic, I miss the old time when everything was mechanical. Much more reliable.

  42. I have used the shock wiz before – the bike went from zero setup to near enough fully sorted in less than an hour of riding, went from too soft to perfect. Saved a heap of time messing around going the right or wrong way and gave me more time just enjoying the bike.

  43. Hi, great episode! I started to specialise on integration of Garmin devices with various features. For example I created apps which can connect to supported e-bikes and show and record their specific metrics like battery level and assistance mode on your Garmin watch or EDGE device. And this is just the beginning. 🙂 Checkout my apps here on Connect IQ Store: and let me know what do you think! 🙂 Jan

  44. Garmin vivosmart HR+ for me, uses: phone battery is left alone to use as a phone if needed.

    Heartrate reading helps on those long climbs to pace.

    Also now linked to a cadence sensor for even better pacing on long 40/60 mile rides.

  45. I tried uploading my bike cave to the uploaded but I’m not sure it worked. To see it check out my channel. It’s a work in progress but it’s using a small space to hang a few bikes, bike wash station, workbench and a few others. I have a pivot Mach 5.5 and my wife has a liv embolden 2. It’s a one car garage so to use all these things, I have to pull the truck out halfway and rearrange the space to use it properly. Tell me what you think in the comments and feel free to share it on your channel. Thanks Doddy! Cheers from the US! 🤘🏼

  46. Hi Doddy.
    Thanks for all the great TECH videos 🙂
    I'm using a Garmin Edge 820 when riding either my MTB or my roadbike and a Fenix3 watch for running (mostly trail) and swimming… Both the Edge and the Fenix is sync'ed with Strava.
    I use it mostly to keep a track of my training and millage… and for the possibility to follow my progression 🙂

    Best regards Jannik

  47. Really interested in the that Microshift groupo. Always looking to simplify, simplify, simplify. Thanks for the preview!

  48. Hey Doddy. I ride with a Fitbit Ionic smart watch it communicates with Strava. It is great for tracking training progress. Also it has great warm up workouts that you can do anywhere. Love the show! Thanks for all the effort that the team puts into putting it together.

  49. Same Garmin fenix watch, connected to strava, and the Garmin app. Also track with Viewranger on my phone. Strava is great because I like to see how I compare to myself, I don't live and die by it but I do like numbers and stats. I can see how gaining or losing an extra 5-10lb affects my ride with hard numbers. I can see how being out of shape or in shape affects rides, not just times but distance and duration. So yes I think it can help your riding if you take the data and do something with it. I don't care about KOMs and PB, all that it is cool to see if you hit a mark but I never set out on a ride with the intent to get a PB or KOM. Most importantly I never let looking at the data interrupt the post ride pint, all that can wait for the house at the end of the night or next day. Do you need it no, is it for everyone no, but I like it and it doesn't make or break my riding it's just another tool.

  50. I use a Garmin 820 with cadence, speed and HR sensor. I also got a Hammerhed Karoo head unit that I just started using. I use Strava just for fun and personal progress and for exploring new places.

  51. #askgmbntech. Hi doddy, when I’ve been out for a ride I will wash my bike then lube the chain, usually dry lube, is it ok them to ride it say. 3 days later or should I re lube the chain before I go out? Cheers.

  52. The tech to help your riding will be interesting. A couple of lads in our group use garmin devices on rides but like yourself I’ve been suspicious of the whole thing not to mention £500 for a watch.

  53. I use an Suunto Ambit3 Peak watch, exporting automatically all my activities to Strava. This is only for tracking purposes and being part of the online mtb community. I don't use h a heart rate monitor, I don't do training sessions. MTB is just for fun, for me.

  54. im using Garmin Fenix 5X Plus full time on my arm. And the tracking the Fenix does in my ride, it auto uploads to my Strava. Stava use almoest as a social media for my MTB m8´s så we can keep track of each other. was thinking of trying a shockwiz to se if i can emprove my setup, cause i dont have a lot of knowledge in that regard.

  55. I’m very much like you Doddy. I have some tech like a smart watch and I develop apps. I’ve been pondering the possibilities of sensors and other electronics that can feed back data that could be useful for improving our rides or even making them more fun. If ever there was an opportunity to get together with a group to brainstorm what could be achieved and be involved in developing something amazing… I’d be there!!

  56. Great show as ever …
    Tech is all well and good and/but only in the right hands , but for some it is simply just about the ride , ok both in my view are right . However if the ride is to really exceed all expectations every time as tech advertises ! How far are we actually away from forward looking lasers scanning the ground in front adjusting the gearing and braking and suspension and geometry and lighting accordingly ? Will there then be an app for more fun and fear ?
    Also I have a theory I would love for you to test ,; two smaller lights spread exactly your eyewidth apart on your handlebars are better than one ,When lumins / power is matched ? I think two gives better depth perception and when used with thumb controls one can be set straight down ( like dipped mode ) and one set straight ahead (like full beam mode ) now no more being blinded by cars or blinding cars on those dark country roads just switch On/Off the straight ahead one accordingly or appropriately 😉
    I think you’ll be amazed at the way oncoming full beam traffic reacts to you !!!

    Enduro Ohlins coil , (Chippenham Wiltshire aged 52 and 3/4 s ) 😎🖖

  57. As far as tech/apps. Use Trailforks when on a new ride, if it is a recorded trail. It will supply all the info and how others are using it.

  58. That Microshift drivetrain looks like a great idea, but they haven’t quite hit the budget target. After a quick 5 minutes on google I managed to build a 1X10 drivetrain using Shimano Zee shifter, Shimano Chain, Shimano SLX mech an 11-42 Shimano Deore cassette and an Absolute Black Oval chainring for £130.

    If Microshift dropped the price to below £100 it’d be worth serious consideration

  59. #askgmbntech I am going to buy an airdrop luxe enduro bike. I am wondering whether to get airshock or coil. I am a heavy rider and I like to send big things . I am always scared about putting lots of pressure in my current shock and bottoming it out quite a lot (I am near the limit of pressure). Would a coil shock be more tough and be able to handle it more???? Plus the spring I would be using would be 550lb+ so would be designed for my weight and would not be on limit as I am with airshock.

  60. Garmin watch to record the rides no matter where I am or whose bike I'm riding. Head unit just to display live stats (HR/Cad) and Strava Live Segments with my PB as the target. Not comparing myself to anyone else, just seeing if I can get better.

  61. Tour de Coffee Culture: Earn coffees, cakes and even a free tee-shirt or cycle jersey by cycling to the coffee shop. TdCC. Christchurch and elsewhere in NZ: It is great to see the local coffee chain supporting cycling.

  62. Hey Doddy,
    I´m in mountainbiking for 9 months now. And i learned a lot from this channel and the normal GMBN Channel. Thank you very much for your work. I really like all the stuff you are producing.

    To your question:
    I bought a Garmin Edge 820 with a heartrate sensor and a cadence sensor. While riding it is really useful for specific training, because i can see what i´m doing. So i can train more effective. After recording my rides, i´m loading them to strava. I like it to watch my recorded data and see my success. It keeps me motivated 😉

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