ROTOR: What are the most important components of a mountain bike?

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The different MTB disciplines are gaining more and more popularity and followers. There are many today who take up cycling and ride a bike for the first time, while others upgrade different parts of their bikes to enhance and optimize their effort on each ride.

So, those who are planning to acquire a new mountain bike should look at:

  1. Frame and handlebar.

  2. Wheels and fenders.

  3. Fork.

  4. Type of brakes.

  5. Saddle and pedals.

  6. Chain.

  7. Chainrings.

  8. Cranks.

  9. Hubs.

  10. Bottom brackets.

  11. Cassettes.

  12. Power meters.

We’ll base this post on the assumption that you already have the basics of your bike. That is, you have the first five items and have even looked at the type of MTB chain you want.

Remember that the discipline we are going to practice –whether XC-Marathon or Enduro– is important. 

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Arundel: Gecko Pave

Gecko Pavé is a fabric and EVA foam base bar tape, topped with a layer of printed silicone. Applying a thin layer of silicone made it possible to for us to produce a bar tape that is of similar weight to our Gecko Grip, while retaining the grippiness and overall feel of a pure silicone tape.

Available in:
Black, White, Red, Blue, Yellow, Grey, Pink, Green, Orange & Powder Blue


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Europe´s most popular brake 2018: MAGURA MT7

More than 13.000 readers voted on their favorite products and for the fourth time our MAGURA MT7 took the win!

Europe's largest MTB community was convinced by "aggressive power, fine modulation and individual ergonomic options!".

Three of the five best brakes are coming from the german brake brand.

Thanks for your vote and trust!

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Northwave: Extreme RR 2 GTX

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• Carbon Light outsole in carbon fiber and glass fiber with 10.0 rigidity index 
• Duratherm water and windproof Gore-Tex® membrane ensures uncompromised sweat extraction and keeps the foot warm and perfectly insulated even in the coldest conditions 
• Upper with construction patented XFrame®, made with latest generation materials, transfers every watt of power by tightening the foot to the maximum and uniformly without any pressure point 
• Additional coating with specific materials for maximum heat insulation on the forefoot 
• Reinforced anti-abrasion rubber toecap 
• SLW2 rotor: the only one with step-by-step and complete release in a single button
• The Climaflex collar combines the extreme elasticity of the Gore-Tex Rattler® membrane with the high thermicity of the Neoprene, ensuring unprecedented mobility and protection 
• The integrated heel provides effective heel retention 
• The Arctic GTX insole with 4-layer construction with aluminum and batteries ensures excellent thermal insulation in synergy with the membrane 
• 360 ° reflective inserts

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What will urban mobility look like in the future – and how can we make it safer? This is a question that MAGURA engineers are already answering with new product optimisations and technologies. For the first time, the Eurobike 2018 will see MAGURA presenting a ready-to-ride cockpit unit with fully-integrated brake and internally-installed cable.

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MAGURA cockpit study with integrated brake

E-bikes have long since established themselves in city traffic and are often almost indistinguishable from ordinary bicycles. Fully-integrated batteries and motors ensure clear design lines and resistance to weather influences.

At this year’s Eurobike trade fair, MAGURA will present a first – a trend-setting design study for fully-integrated cockpit systems. A handlebar stem unit with hydraulic brake, display and front light lies at the heart of the design study, which illustrates how consistent system integration can improve the design and functionality of E-bikes and S-Pedelecs. 

The handlebar unit, manufactured in cooperation with “bike ahead composites”, includes the hydraulic sensor unit for the brakes, a dimmable front light from the manufacturer Supernova, and a display for E-Bike and S-Pedelec operation. Only the two brake levers can be seen from the outside. Thanks to the modern carbon production, the design language of the frame can be absorbed and flows seamlessly into the cockpit – without external cables or protruding displays. 

With this new design study, MAGURA has consolidated its position in the bicycle market as an innovative technology leader in the mobility solutions segment. 

“E-competence is our challenge for the future – and we dedicate ourselves to this challenge with passion, technological know-how and future-oriented cooperations,” says Olaf Müller, MAGURA Managing Director.

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