Sometimes a completely new bike isn't the answer and simply revamping the bike you already have is all you need to elevate your rides. Whether it's a dropper seatpost, wider handlebars, a seat that doesn't devastate your bum, new rubber, or a wickedly light set of carbon hoops, upgrading certain components on your bike can dramatically improve performance (and even make it feel like you've got an entirely new whip).

Enhance your experience in the saddle and explore some of the best, most impactful mountain bike component upgrades below:
 
 

Dropper Seatposts

Never think about seat height adjustments again...

 

Why Upgrade?

  • Quick & Effortless Transitions
    • Transition from uphill riding position to downhill riding position on-the-fly.
  • Better Trail Focus
    • Trails eb and flow -- rather than constantly weighing whether or not it's worthwhile to stop and adjust your seat, height adjustments simply become part of your routine, like gear changes.
  • Dropper Types
    • Mechanically-Actuated Droppers - cheaper but require more frequent servicing.
    • Hydraulically-Actuated Droppers - more expensive but with smoother actuation and less frequent service intervals.
  • Learn more about how to choose a dropper post here.

Handlebars & Stems

Better steering, better control, better bike...

 

Why Upgrade?

  • Enhanced Control
    • XC riders tend to prefer narrower bars
    • Trail and DH riders tend to prefer wider bars
      • Wider bars slow down steering for added control, especially when paired with a short stem.
      • Note: Handlebars (of any material) can always be cut down to achieve a narrower width.
  • Better Cockpit Positioning
    • Varying rise and sweep geometries help riders achieve an ideal riding position on the bike.
      • Taller riders who feel too low in the cockpit will benefit from increased rise while shorter riders will benefit from a lower rise.
      • Varying upsweep and backsweep angles aim to help riders achieve a comfortable wrist angle and more netural riding position.
  • Lighter / Stronger
    • Aluminum bars = less expensive, strong but also the heaviest.
    • Carbon bars = more expensive, but significantly lighter with moderate impact and vibration dampening.
      • Note: Most carbon bars feature a 35mm clamp diameter, which requires lower clamping pressure at the stem.
  • Stem Length
    • Shorter stems (50mm or less) offer lighter, faster, and more easily corrected steering.
    • Longer stems can help slow down steering (similar to wider bars) if things feel too sensitive or "twitchy".
  • Stem Clamp Diameter
    • If you are upgrading your handlebars, make sure that they will be compatible with your stem's clamp diameter.
      • Most MTB stem clamps are 31.8mm, although 35mm clamps are increasingly popular.
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Saddles

Imagine if sitting down didn't rub you the wrong way...

 

Why Upgrade?

  • More Comfort
    • The shape that best suits you and your particular anatomy is highly personal.
    • While the use of padded bike shorts (i.e. chamois) is always recommended, the level/layout of padding built directly into the seat will also impact comfort.
  • Save Weight
    • Carbon rails, lighter cover materials and various saddle shapes all influence the overall weight.
 
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Carbon Wheels & Tires

Your most direct connection to the trail...

 

Why Upgrade?

  • Carbon Rims
    • Stiffer, lighter, and in many ways stronger than their aluminum counterparts. 
  • Go Tubeless
    • Experience faster acceleration, lighter weight, and a reduced risk of flatting out.
    • Note: Converting to tubeless requires tubless-compatible rims, rim tape, tires, and tire sealant. Learn more here.
  • Tire Tread
    • Improve your bike's grip, control and speed for your region's terrain and soil type.
  • Wider Tires
    • Wider tires help with suspension (i.e. ride smoothness), grip in muddy terrain, and stability while cornering.
      • Note: Refer to manufacturer specs to identify the maximum tire width that your bike's frame can accommodate.
 
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