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Best Mountain Bike Hubs Comparison in 2018

Last updated: March 18, 2018 at 10:25 am

MTB Hubs – Comparison & Reviews

Just like your bike has a front and a back wheel, so to does your mountain bike have front and rear hubs. If you’re looking for hubs then you probably know that it is in the middle of your wheel, joining to the rims via the spokes. It also allows the wheels to spin freely on the two sets of bearings.

The front hub is fairly simple in that it allows the wheel to spin, while the rear hub is slightly more complex, playing a part in the mountain bike’s transmission. The sprocket (or cassette) that drives the back wheel is connected to the rear hub, which has a feature that lets bikes coast or freewheel. The hub, while a small and fairly inconspicuous part of the bike is the central point of the wheel’s structure. It’s where all the spokes meet, and without it, well you pretty much don’t have a functioning bike.

My Top 3 Mountain Bike Hubs

Shimano Deore XT Hub

Shimano’s XT label is another product known for its reliability and quality and offers excellent value for money. Even when compared to hubs that cost more, these handle the competition well. The XT hub comes with Shimano’s freehub body, which allows you run eight- and nine-speed setups. We think for what you’re getting, at the price you’re getting it at, you won’t be disappointed, They’re easy to maintain, and there are replacements parts available. Also, they come in 32- or 36 spoke options.

 Chris King ISO Hub

We’re going to start off by saying the Chris King ISO hub isn’t cheap, but trust us, when it comes to reliability it’s worth every cent. While a lot of companies claim excellent craftsmanship, Chris King (for me) is one of the very few that truly puts their money where their mouth is and quality is at the heart of everything they do. The Chris King ISO, even at the higher price, is excellent value for money, for the simple reason, it’s going to serve you well for years to come.

DT Swiss 350 Hub

The rear hub is a brilliant purchase if you’re looking for DT Swiss quality but don’t want to spend a lot of money. Their durability makes them the right hubs for many miles of stress-fee biking and performance. What we particularly like is the 350 Classics can be broken down completely without any tools.

Buyer’s Guide: How To Choose The Best Mountain Bike Hub

Type of Bike Hubs


There are three types:

Single-speed specific rear hubs are built to accommodate only one gear. This is done using a driver or a modified freewheel.

Regular or standard mountain bike hubs utilize a freewheel design, which is attached to the drive side of the hub where the cassette mounts.

Although harder to come by, internally geared hubs are also available. This particular design doesn’t need a derailleur but uses a system of gears and springs housed within the hub.

How to Measure Bicycle Hub Size

These are sized according to the length of the rear axle and the diameter (in millimetres). To make sure you’re getting the correct size you must know the measurements of the frame. To try and make this process a little easier the available MTB sizes are as follows:

  • 165 x 12mm
  • 157 x 12mm
  • 150 x 12mm
  • 142 x 12mm
  • 135 x 10mm
  • 135 x 5mm

Once you know what size axle your frame needs and if you’re going to need an internally geared model there are a few things that’ll help you find the best model for your needs and budget. These are: what you intend using the bike for, the type of bearing and the rotor compatibility.

Basically, a hub’s design depends on the type of riding it’s intended for. Freeride and downhill hubs need to be able to handle the rough conditions, cross-country hubs must need to handle more docile conditions and an all-mountain rear hub falls somewhere in the middle, a little bit of strength and a lightweight design.

You need to also keep in mind that there are two different disc brake rotor standards. These are the Centerlock and the International Standard, which is a six bolt. These need a specific hub design so we suggest you select the model that’s compatible with the brake rotor.

And as always, look for hubs within your price range. You can find some really good ones without breaking the bank.

In Summary…

Who would have thought a bike has so many ‘unseen’ but essential components that make or break a day out in the saddle. We hope our guidelines give you somewhat of an idea of what to look for, and our reviews steer you in the right direction.

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How To Choose The Best Mountain Bike Grips Thu, 09 Mar 2017 07:11:57 +0000 The post How To Choose The Best Mountain Bike Grips appeared first on Ira Ryan Cycles.


When it comes to mountain biking, the points of contact for your bike are largely based on personal preference and style when buying accessories. All riders have a personal taste for their desired saddles, grips, and pedals. Grips in particular come in a myriad of colors, textures and styles that can all reflect a given rider’s personality.

Even something as simple as a mountain bike grip can be a point of contention and confusion for many riders, this is why we have outlined the best three grips that mountain bikers can purchase for this year.

But first, there are is a main point of difference between grips that will affect how you ride your mountain bike, which is what separates a lock-on grip and a non-lock on grip.


How to choose the best mountain biking grip: lock-on grips and non-lock on grips

There are two main grips available for mountain bike riders: lock-on grips and non-lock on grips. Each type of grip comes with different strengths and weaknesses. The different forms of grips are more or less the same price, with the difference being only a few dollars. But the long-term costs associated with your grips may vary, as well as the risk of accidents and the cost of repair.

We have examined the key differences between non-lock on grips and lock-on grips below.


Non-lock on grips

A non-lock on grip can also go by different names such as the slip-on and push-on grips. These grips get their name because they are literally pushed onto the handlebars of the mountain bike. A form of lubricant is required when attempting to fit a lock-on grip, such as using compressed air or a bike chain lubricant.


Lock-on grips

A lock-on grip is attached to metal lock rings that tighten against the handle bars to prevent it from moving. If you need to install or remove a lock-on grip, you will need to loosen or tighten the screws, making them less convenient to place in a hurry. Lock-on grips are the heavy duty option of grips, as they are both heavier, require tools to install and remove, and also cost a fraction more than non-lock on grips.


What choice of grip is better?

It’s hard to say definitively if a lock-on grip or non-lock on grip will be better for you, as they both have their strengths and weaknesses. For example, a lock-on grip will stay in place for longer and will not rotate or twist when using the bike, while slip-on grips are sometimes prone to slippage.

If your grip slips while you are using the bike, it can be a real problem, and even become a hazard to your personal safety. In saying that however, non-lock grips are becoming more stable with each passing year, and accidents resulting from non-lock grips are very rare, and even unheard of in modern times.

Non-lock grips are also easier to change and maintain, and they can easily be swapped around even when on the road.

To summarize, lock-on grips are generally more stable and reliable, whilst non-lock grips are more convenient, while still providing adequate levels of safety. The choice is up to you, as there’s no clear winner between the grips.


Top 3 Mountain Bike Grips

Below you will find some of the best lock-on and non-lock grips for this year. We chose this list due to each grip’s numerous positive reviews on sites such as Amazon, as well as for their competitive prices. If you wish to see more detail about each of the grips below, click one of the links. There you will be taken to the grip’s product page on Amazon, and you will be able to see the grip’s updated pricing and shipping details.


Race Face Half Nelson Locking Grips

best mountain bike grips

The Race Face Half Nelson Locking Grips comes in a variety of colors: grey, red, blue, orange, green, and black. The grips lock-on to the handle bars, offering an unparalleled amount of stability and security for the rider.

The Half Nelson Grips are low-profile, weighing in at only 0.2 grams. They are up to 24 grams lighter than other models such as the Race Face Sniper lock on Pair, which can help you lower the overall weight of your setup.

The topographic moisture channels improve friction and responsiveness of the grips, and easily channels unwanted sweat and water. Although sturdy and durable, the grips are soft with Race Face’s VEXY construction that keeps the rider’s comfort as a priority, allowing you to ride for extended periods of time without any undue strain of your palms or fingers.


TOPCABIN Ergonomic Design Bicycle Handlebar Grips

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TOPCABIN’s Ergonomic Handlebar Grips are a lock-on variety of grips, securing themselves firmly to the handlebars without fears of slipping. The interior of the grip features an aluminum ring that helps to keep the grips secure.

Unlike other grips on the market that may cause your hands to become sore from extended use, TOPCABIN’s grips were designed to minimize the rider’s fatigue, absorbing unwanted vibrations on your hands, wrists, and elbows on long rides.

The grips will fit any standard-sized bicycle or stunt scooter bars, and they measure at 133x33 MM with an inner diameter of 22MM.

They come in a variety of colors, including black, red, blue, and white. Only a socket wrench is required to install these grips, so they make for an easy do it yourself job for installation.


West Biking GP-101 Bicycle Grip

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The GP-101 handle grip comes in three different colors: black, blue, and red. Constructed from superlight sponge, this material was designed for the rider’s comfort in mind, as well as preventing any bad odors or bacteria.

These grips are 12.3cm in length and have an inner diameter of 17mm. Weighing in at only 32 grams, these sponge grips are some of the lightest that money can buy. The special design of the grips work to reduce vibrations and shock while riding, and will fit any handlebars that have an internal diameter of approximately 17mm.

These grips are also some of the easiest to install in the market. All you need to do is to wet the handle bars using tap water and apply the grips to the bike’s frame. After the grips have dried, they will fasten themselves automatically. It should be noted that unlike other grips, it is not recommend to apply grease or other lubricants when using sponge-based grips, as it may cause slippage.



Thanks for reading our list on the best mountain bike grips for this year. We hope that you found our list helpful and informative. You can check out each of the top three grips on Amazon by clicking a link above. You will be taken to each grip’s product page, which is also where you can get up to date information on the grip’s pricing and shipping details.

The best way of knowing if a grip will work for you is by reading what other shoppers have said about the grips in the past, which is where reviews can be extremely helpful. Additionally, you can read some frequently asked questions posted by other users, as well as ask your own questions all on the Amazon platform.

The prices and shipping details are known to change from month to month, which is why they have not been posted here.



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How to Choose the Best Mountain Bike Apparel Thu, 09 Mar 2017 07:10:48 +0000 The post How to Choose the Best Mountain Bike Apparel appeared first on Ira Ryan Cycles.


Best Mountain Bike Apparel in 2018

Last updated: March 2, 2018 at 14:05 pm

Your choice of the best mountain biking apparel can affect more than just how you look. Jerseys, pants, and shorts for mountain biking come with various features that can make your adventure a more enjoyable experience. Some brands even come with features that are designed to keep you cool whilst on long excursions or contain special fibres to remove moisture buildup from your body.

Whatever your requirements are for mountain biking apparel, we have you covered. We have come up with a list of some of the most mountain biking gear for you to purchase, covering everything from jerseys to shorts. These items have been carefully chosen due to their numerous positive reviews on Amazon and other niche speciality stores.

Best Mountain Biking Jerseys and Jackets


A good jersey or jacket can help you thrive in adverse weather conditions, which can include the oppressive heat or periods of intense rain. A good over garment is essential for mountain bikers due to the unpredictable weather patterns in continents across the world, and you can look cool while doing it.

.ARSUXEO Cycling Jacket

The ARSUEXO Winter Warm-UP jacket is both windproof and has a fleece design for colder temperatures. The jacket has reflective features to keep you safe while riding at night and has convenient zip-lock pockets that are big enough for safe and practical storage. The jacket is made from lycra fabric and is breathable, which allows for moisture absorption.

West Biking Cycling Jacket

This is a jacket that is suitable for both men and women. It comes in various sizes, from small to XXL. The jacket is suitable for any kind of riding that interests you, including night and daytime riding, as well as outdoor trail riding. It comes with handy features such as a reflective logo to increase your night time visibility, as well as a zippered security pocket for holding items.

My Top #2 Mountain Biking Pants


Mountain biking pants help to protect your legs from the harsh conditions of the sun, as well as forming a protective barrier against minor scrapes and bruises. Most pants and trousers feature zip-lock pockets that can securely fit any items that you need to take on your journey. There are various models and price points available, so we’re sure you’ll find something to suit your requirements.

4ucycling Windproof Athletic Pants

The 4ucycling Windproof Athletic Pants are suitable for any sports that require durable trousers while in the great outdoors. The pants are made from a double-layer synthetic material, which includes 75% polyester that provides a unique water repellent quality.

Although the pants are heavy duty, they are also lightweight and comfortable the wear. They have been engineered for exception comfort and cushioning, as well as possessing some thermal retention qualities during cold weather.

Baleaf Men’s Windproof Cycling Pants

Baleaf’s range of bicycle pants is constructed from 100% polyester, which as stated previously, helps to provide long-lasting warmth and comfort. This model is one of the few that comes with leg zippers that can make them easy to take on and off in a hurry.

The pants also come with reflective elements that can make it easier for other people to see you at night time and an elastic waistband that provides a snug fit. This model weighs in at 15.8 ounces.

 Top Mountain Biking Shorts

Tenn Mens Downhill Cycling Shorts

These waterproof shorts by Tenn Mens can be used by anyone who is adventuring outside, as they feature waterproof zipped pockets along with waist adjusters that make for an ideal fit. Like other mountain biking products, the shorts also come with unpadded mesh lining and reflective detailing for better visibility at night.

In Summary…

Thanks for checking out our page on the best apparel for mountain cyclists. We hope that you found this list interesting and informative. You can see each of the product’s pages on Amazon, which is also where you’ll find the most up to date pricing and shipping information for each item.

In addition to viewing each product’s pricing and shipping details, one advantage of buying from Amazon is that you can read through each user’s reviews and frequently asked questions page. You are free to ask your own questions about each of the products as well, which can give the site a distinct advantage over other websites.

As always, the type of apparel that you choose to buy will come down to your own preferences and expectations of what makes a good product. It should be noted that the above products do not come with the assurance of a money back guarantee, so it’s important to shop carefully and make sure that you choose the correct sizing for your body type. However, if you do find the goods to be defective or not fit for the purpose that they were purchased, shoppers may return the goods for a refund or replacement at Amazon’s expense under certain conditions.

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How To Choose Best Mountain Bike Knee and Elbow Pads Thu, 09 Mar 2017 07:08:56 +0000 The post How To Choose Best Mountain Bike Knee and Elbow Pads appeared first on Ira Ryan Cycles.


Best Mountain Bike Knee and Elbow Pads in 2018

Last updated: March 2, 2018 at 14:08 pm

Your choice of elbow and knee pads for mountain biking is an important, yet relatively overlooked decision for many people. Protective pads are some of the most important safety features for mountain bikers, as they are some of the few protections that you have against falling off your mountain bike and sustaining injuries.

With so many brands of pads on the market, it can be hard at the best of times when it comes to actually settling on a model to buy.

The good news is that we have compiled the best knee and elbow pads for mountain bikes in 2017 that can be seen below. These makes and models were chosen for their numerous positive reviews on sites such as Amazon, as well as for their competitive pricing. You can check out the pricing and shipping details by clicking the links below.

Best Mountain Bike Knee Pads in 2018

Knee pads work to protect the joints and vital tendons around the knee, and they are usually constructed of some flexible yet resilient synthetic fibres such as Kevlar with silicone grippers. You should have no problem when it comes to finding the right size for your knee, as they are all adjustable with elastic strapping on the top and bottom of the knee guards.

Fox Racing Launch Pro MTB Knee Guard

The Fox Racing Launch Pro is one of the most highly rated knee pads and guards on Amazon. Fox Racing is a ubiquitous brand with all things to do with motorcycles. The company has been in existence for more than twenty years, and they sell a variety of highly regarded sports gear for professional and amateur riders alike.

The MTB Knee Guard comes with a perforated main chassis that keeps you cool while wearing them, along with a pre-curved ergonomic fit for maximum comfort. The top and bottom strap allow you to easily adjust the setting of the guard, and it comes with a silicone gripper behind the knee.

Launch PRO MTB measures 18x11x6 inches and weighs 1.1 pounds.

Triple Eight ExoSkin Knee Pad

For those who want an ultra-slim fit with no unnecessary movement, the ExoSkin Knee Pad by manufacturer Tripe Eight presents an ideal option. These knee pads feature an eight link foam padding for the kneecaps, as well as a Kevlar knee cover to absorb abrasion and impact damage.

The ExoSkin was designed to be comfortable to wear, even during long journeys. It has a perforated neoprene body and an absorbent terry-cloth lining for absorbing sweat as part of its interior.

The Triple Eight ExoSkin Knee Pad weighs less than one pound, making it one of the lightest knee pads on the market for mountain bikers.

Best Mountain Bike Elbow Pads in 2018

Like knee pads, elbow pads are a required form of protection. A shattered elbow can be a particularly nasty injury that can take months, if not years to fully recover from. With the vast amount of elbow pads that are available for purchase, there is really no reason or excuse not to wear them.

Elbow pads are slightly heavier (and more expensive) than knee pads, as they cover more surface area around the arm. In saying that, a good set of elbow pads can be purchased for under one hundred dollars for a premium model.

Fox Racing Launch Pro Elbow MTB Guard

The Fox Racing Launch PRO comes in various sizes, so it’s important to choose the right model that will wrap around your knee comfortably and one that won’t move around too much when riding. The sizes are small, medium, large and XL. You can see a sizing chart on the product’s page on Amazon if you are unsure.

The pads come with an articulated hard shell fortification to help you if you fall over or have an accident, with plush-padded elbow cups that are designed to help absorb shocks for impact resistance. The rest of the pad is covered with Kevlar for additional protection against scrapes and scratches.

The pads are perforated with a neoprene construction that is designed for all-day wear, allowing you to keep cool with its breathable and lightweight construction. Additionally, the pads are easy to put on and take off, as well as to adjust when on the fly.

G-Form Pro-X Elbow Pad

The G-Form Pro-X is one of the few elbow pads that have been CE certified for indoor sports. The moisture-wicking UPF 50+ fabric protects against water damage and is also sweat-resistant. This material means you can go as hard as you’d like while still remaining cool and comfortable.

The two-panel design means that the pads are comfortable to wear even on extended excursions and the pads are machine washable.

The key difference between the G-Form Pro and those offered by Fox Racing comes down to price and the weight of the pads. The G-Form pro is slightly lighter and smaller in construction across all sizes, and also features additional technology such as RPT to provide additional flexibility when riding and impact protection when you hit the deck.

In Summary…

All of the above mountain biking knee and elbow pads can be viewed on Amazon and is also where you can see the updated pricing and shipping information for each model. Prices and shipping terms are known to change from month to month, which is why the pricing details have not been included here.

The best way to ascertain if a certain pad is going to work for you is by reading the reviews left by other satisfied customers. You will be able to get an objective point of view about the quality and features of each pad by studying the reviews, as well read some of the most frequently asked questions asked by other people.

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How To Choose The Best Mountain Bike Watch Thu, 09 Mar 2017 07:07:21 +0000 The post How To Choose The Best Mountain Bike Watch appeared first on Ira Ryan Cycles.


Choosing the best mountain bike watch is no easy feat. There are so many brands and options available that it can be difficult at the best of times when it comes to settling on a given name. There is also the existence of fake and imitation products that consumers need to be wary of as well.

For this reason, we have chosen the three best mountain biking watches that are available for purchase. These mountain bike watches have been selected for their numerous positive reviews on sites such as Amazon, as well as for their competitive pricing.

Because the prices of mountain bike watches are known to change from month to month, we have not included the pricing information for these models. If you’d like to find out how much a watch costs, as well a learn from the experiences of other verified customers of the same model, you can do this by clicking one of the links below.


Timex Men’s Ironman Classic 30 Full-Size Watch

best mountain bike watch

The Timex Men’s Ironman Classic features an iconic performance design and is considered to be  a sports stopwatch with 30 lap memory. The watch has all the features of a premium watch of its kind, including a countdown timer and alarm, as well as a durable strap with buckle closure, so it’s easy to take on and off.

The watch has an indigo light-up watch dial backlit display, and is water resistant to depths of 100m or water. This makes it an excellent option for those who want to take the watch or swimming or snorkeling, but it is not recommended to take this watch for diving.

You can easily operate the watch by turning off unused menu items, which makes it easy to use. You always have the reactivate those menu items that you don’t use later. Various on-screen prompts teach you how to use the watch and has a center button that is easy to access while you are active.


Aposon Mens Military Digital Sports Watch

fitness watch

Like other military sports watches of its kind, the Men’s Military Digital Sports Watch is waterproof. You can use the watch for up to depths of 50 meters, although you should be careful not to use the buttons while you are submerged.

It has a shock resistant design, as well as featuring a stopwatch, military 24 hour time mode, and LED backlight functions. These features make the watch perfect for mountain bikers and for sport and daily use.

The watch is multi-functional, including an alarm, LED display, backlight, and is also shock resistant, so you won’t need to worry about your watch if you fall off your mountain bike.


Simptech Sports Smart Digital Watch with Bluetooth

watch for cycling

The watches from Simptech can be taken wherever you want, including when on the mountain biking trails. This Simptech watch is compatible with Bluetooth 4.0, which means you can easily sync it with your iPhone iOS and Andriod phones.

The watch comes with the traditional functions of a sports watch and includes a backlight, alarm, stopwatch and calendar. It also has additional features such as a calorie counter, and you can even sync and share your results with its inbuilt application.

The watch is waterproof, dust-proof and is suitable for use underwater at depths of 10 meters.

The battery only needs to be replaced every two years, even with extended use. It can easily be replaced by yourself as it uses a standard-sized CR2032, saving you time and money.

As part of the watch’s intelligent health management system, the clock can be configured to set a target of daily movement and calories burnt, as well as monitoring your sleeping states with up two 21 days of sync.


In Summary…

That concludes our list of the best mountain biking, and sports watches for 2017. All of the above models can be viewed on Amazon by navigating to their respective product pages. There you will see the updated pricing and shipping details for each watch.

As an advantage of buying through Amazon over other websites, you can get the assurance that the watches you see are the real deal, and are therefore not counterfeit or imitation. You can also read and learn from the experiences of other buyers that have purchased the watches before you. If you have a question that is not answered in this guide, you are free to ask users on Amazon’s platform for any of the products that have been listed here.


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How To Choose Best Mountain Bike Rotors Thu, 09 Mar 2017 07:06:03 +0000 The post How To Choose Best Mountain Bike Rotors appeared first on Ira Ryan Cycles.


Best Mountain Bike Rotors in 2018

Last updated: March 2, 2018 at 14:29 pm

Your choice of the best mountain bike rotors will influence the responsiveness of your brakes, which is vital for those who like to push their bikes to the limits on their trails. If you do not use high-quality brakes on your mountain bike, you can have an accident in the worst case scenario, and at best your bike will feel clunky and may cause slippage.

For this reason, we have compiled a list of the three best mountain bike rotors and disc brakes. These products were chosen for their numerous positive reviews on sites such as Amazon, as well as for their competitive price points.

My Top #3 Mountain Bike Rotors & Disc Brakes

To get a rotor’s updated pricing and shipping details, just click one of the links that can be found on this page. There you will be taken to the item’s listing on Amazon, and you will can the reviews and frequently asked questions about the product. Pricing and shipping conditions are known to change from month to month, which is why these details have not been included on this page.

 Shimano SLX M675 Bicycle Disc Brake Rotor – SM-RT66

The Shimano SLX M675 is one of the most widely praised disc brakes that can be found on Amazon. It features a lightweight and sleek design with mud-shredding functions that means you can use it even in adverse terrain. You won’t need to worry about dirt, mud, or other debris getting caught in the rotor as it is self-cleaning.

The SLX M675 is the 6-bolt type, so you should check carefully if your bike can support this rotor. The disc only weighs 2 pounds, and it is compatible with both Resin and Metal pads. Additionally, the rotor is constructed from stainless steel, so it is impervious to rust and other deterioration found in different disc rotors.

OUTERDO Cycling Bicycle Bike Brake Disc Rotors

Made from stainless steel, OUTERDO’s Disc Rotors can provide you with a long-lasting bike rotor that is guaranteed not to accumulate rust or other artifacts. Like the Shimano M675, the rotors from OUTERDO all feature the standard, 6 bolt pattern that suits most bikes. They can fit the majority of mountain bikes and road racing bikes, so you should have no trouble with installation.

The rotors are perfectly smooth and flat, which means that can be universally applied to any bike set up without any problems.

The rotors come in different sizes, including 120mm, 140mm, 160mm, 180mm, and 203mm. The bolts are included for easy installation. The different hole distance for each of the above sizes is 44mm, which suits most modern bike frames.

Shimano Bicycle Disc Brake Rotor – SM-RT56

Another good rotor from Shimano, the SM-RT56 mounts to IS six-bolt hubs like other discs. The rotor fixing bolts come included with the drive, as well as anti-loosening plates, so the price is all-inclusive. Measuring at 6x1x1 inches and weighing in  at less than 0.3 kilograms, the SM-RT56 is one of the lightest rotors that can be found for mountain bikes.

The SM-RT56 comes with Shimano’s standard one year warranty and features the same self-cleaning mechanism of the SM-RT66 that can be seen above.  The main difference between this and the RT66 is that this rotor is designed to fit a different size and model of a mountain bike. If you are unsure of what rotor will fit your cycle, you should check out the sizing chart that can be found on the disc’s Amazon description page.

In Summary…

Thanks for viewing our page on the best mountain bike disc rotors for this year. We hope that you found this page useful and informative.

However, you may still be left wondering what disc brake or rotor will work best for you. The ideal way to find out is by clicking one of the links above. You will be taken to the product’s listing on Amazon where you can read and learn from the experiences of other users that have used and purchased the product.

People who place their orders in the United States should get their gear within three to five working days, while for others it may take them up to a month for international shipments. Everything can be purchased through Amazon, which currently accepts major credit card brands as well as payment processors such as Paypal.

To get the most up to date pricing detail for the rotors above, click the button and you will be taken to the single rotor’s product page.

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How To Choose The Best Mountain Bike Pump Thu, 09 Mar 2017 07:05:20 +0000 The post How To Choose The Best Mountain Bike Pump appeared first on Ira Ryan Cycles.


A flat fire is every mountain biker’s worst nightmares. This can be especially inconvenient when you are just getting ready to go out and tackle some rough terrain. There’s always the possibility of you losing the air and pressure in your tires when you are going out, which is why it’s important to come prepared with a reliable bike pump.

Having a portable bike pump when you are out on trails can give you some extra peace of mind, and it vastly reduces the chance of you becoming stranded far from your home. Due to these reasons, we have compiled a list of the best mountain bike pumps in 2017.

The below pumps were chosen due to their numerous positive reviews on sites such as Amazon and other shopping sites, as well as for their competitive prices.


How to choose the best mountain bike pump?

There are so many pumps to choose from that settling on a single brand to purchase can be a confusing process for many people. There is also the reality of fake and imitation products being offered on the market, which is also something that should be carefully considered.

The good news is that choosing an ideal mountain bike pump does not need to be overly complicated, as they are relatively straightforward devices to operate and use. But there are some important considerations that you should make before confirming your purchase.

  • Price: The budget for your mountain bike pump will play a critical role here. More expensive pumps take less time to inflate and deflate the tires, while a cheaper model may prove difficult to use and may even be unreliable.
  • Brand: Like other products on the market, you have the choice between choosing a brand-name pump and a generic Generic pumps are often sold by manufacturers that don’t specialize in mountain bikes, although they can sometimes work just as well as the branded options.
  • Size: Taking any amount of extra gear with you when mountain biking may prove to be challenging and inconvenient. For this reason, the size and weight of your pump will play a major role in your overall mountain biking experience.

With these three features in mind, we will go over the top three mountain bike pumps for riders, as they all score highly on the above criteria. Prices for the pumps are known to change month by month, and the shipping policies for each will vary depending on where you live. You can get the most up to date pricing and shipping details by clicking one of the links below.


Top 3 Pumps


Mini Bike Pump from 4MyCycle

best mountain bike pump

The Mini Bike Pump from 4MyCycle is a tough and lightweight bicycle pump. It is one of the few on the market that offer a lifetime replacement warranty, so you won’t need to worry about the pump breaking down and having to buy a new one in a hurry.

The pump is constructed from a high-quality CNC aluminum alloy, and measures at 7.5 x 0.7 inches and only weighs 3.28 ounces.

4MyCycle takes care of their customers with their valve compatible pumps that come with a how to guide emailed to you upon purchase. The item is suitable for pressures of up to 100PSI and comes with its own frame mounting kit and velcro straps.


Bike Pump with Gauge by Pro Bike Tool

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The pumps offered by Pro Bike Tool provide quick pumping power and accurate inflation. The pumps are suitable for high-pressure inflation of up to 120PSI, and its oversized piston design allows you to inflate the tires up to 30% faster than conventional pumps.

The pump comes with its own integrated pressure gauge, so you’re able to inflate the tires and maximize compactness. It also features a flexible hose design to work around any awkward or right angle valves that might be on the tires.

Lightweight, durable, and compact, the Bike Pump offered by Pro Bike tool comes with an attractive finish and is of superior quality. It measures 8.75 inches long and only weighs 5 ounces.

Finally, the pump is included with a secure frame mount bracket and velcro straps. The pre-drilled holes in the frame as required for installation of the attached pump, but this is entirely optional.


Bodyguard Mini Bike Pump

budget bike pump

The Mini Bike Pump offered by Bodyguard provides the convenience of not requiring you to change the valves of the tire. This is achieved by its innovative hose design, which means you do not need extra adapters. You can use the pump for a variety of bikes, including mountain bikes and kid’s bikes.

The pump is tested to be efficient at pressures of up to 260 PSI and can be used in high volume and high-pressure pressure environments. Due to its high-pressure construction, you can inflate a tire up to 50% faster than other pumps on the market, which can leave you with more energy for cycling.


In Summary…

Thanks for reading our guide on the best air pumps for mountain bike riders. We hope that you found this list helpful and informative.

As stated at the beginning this article, each of the products above can be viewed by clicking their respective links. There you will taken to  the product’s listing on Amazon, which is also where you can read updated pricing and shipping information for each product. Customers in the United States should get their pumps within three to five working days, while for other people it may take them up to two weeks.

You can also read other customer’s reviews, as well as the frequently asked questions page for each product. If you have a question that has not been answered yet, you may also post your own question to the page, and other will people will be able to answer it for you.

Some of the pumps above come with a money back guarantee, as well as a suite of bonuses. Check out each of the pump’s page above, and you can see what’s on offer.


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How To Choose The Best Mountain Bike Multi Tool Thu, 09 Mar 2017 07:04:26 +0000 The post How To Choose The Best Mountain Bike Multi Tool appeared first on Ira Ryan Cycles.


When you’re on the trail, you’re bike is put in some rough situations. Even if you have a high-quality mountain bike, you’re smashing it against the ground at high speeds outside in extreme landscapes and temperatures. Screws come loose, spokes get wobbly, tires go flat, handlebars get twisted: you need a way to make adjustments on the fly. Making a quality bike last takes proper maintenance, and to do that, you’re going to need the proper tools.

Thankfully, buying the tools to service your bike isn’t very expensive. As long as you occasionally bring the bike to the shop for a once-a-year tune up, you can do most everything else by yourself at home. Specialized, multi-tools are a great way to service your bike at home or even while you’re on the road. They’re small, light weight, and easy to throw in a bag—that way you can always have them ready when you’re riding on the trail. The sooner you notice a problem, its more beneficial to you and your bike if you fix it immediately.

We checked out the reviews for the best multi-tools available. These two tools were not only the best reviewed, but also the most frequently reviewed and favorite features were repeated through out all the positive reviews. If you pick up one of these two tools, you’ll have your bike fixed up and trail ready in no time.


Top 2 Multi Tools

Topeak Alien II 26 Function Bicycle Tool

best mountain bike multi tool


You won’t be short for functions and sizes with Topeak’s 26 Function BicycleTool. This tool has the most functionality of any multi tool on the market. This two-piece device is less than a pound and fits in any rider’s backpack or accompanying carrying case. Here’s what you get in this massive tool: spoke wrenches for spokes in 14g and 15g, two integrated tire levers for filling up the air in your bike’s tires, a T25 disc break driver, screwdrivers (both Phillips and flat-head) a mini-pedal wrench for repairs on the go, eight different sized Allen wrenches, six box wrenches (8-10mm), a steel wire chain hook to fix any kinks in your chain, a stainless-steel knife, a cast Cromoly steel chain tool, and two chain pin compartments. And just for fun, Topeak included a bottle opener so you can crack a beer after the ride. The tool comes with a nylon storage bag that you can clip to your belt. This is the highest reviewed multi-tool on Amazon. Users praise its smart design that allows for the tools to be easily selected, in spite of the wide selection. Other reviewers commented that the tool will last a long time because it’s made out of high quality metal and firm, hardshell plastic. For less than $40, you’ll get practically any tool you could need out on the trial.


Crank Brothers Multi Bicycle Tool – 19, 17, 10 Function

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Crank Brothers have a great multi-tool that allows for users to pick the ones they need the most. Here’s what’s in the 19-function multi-tool: seven hex wrenches, four spoke wrenches, large and small, Phillips and flathead screwdrivers, a T-25 Torx disc break driver, a universal chain too, and 8 and 10mm open wrenches. The Crank Brothers tool comes in an aluminum hard case ”tool flask” that you can throw in your bag with ease. You can also get the tool in 17 and 10 functions, which are cheaper because they don’t have as many functions. The 17 is missing the disc break driver and the universal chain, while the 10 is missing the seven hex wrenches. Reviewers can’t say enough about the durability of this tool. One rider says it’s lasted him over 4000 miles of riding. Others say that the 19 is just as good as an at home toolbox. Others say the ergonomics of the tool make maneuvering it and changing things on your bike very easy. The metal used to make the tool is really tough, you could definitely drop it on the trail and go back to find it later and expect that it will still be ok. Plus, there’s options to which tool you can buy, so if you don’t think you’ll be using all 19 functions on the road, you can save money ,and weight in your backpack by buying one of the lower-functioning models.


In Summary…

Imagine, if you will, that you’re riding your mountain bike on the trail. Right after you hit a huge dirt jump, you realize your handle bars are lose. You land the jump, but it puts your bike’s disc way out of wack. Turning your bike becomes practically impossible. But you’re 10 miles away from your car. Are you going to walk the bike back for the next few hours in the hot sun? Or, are you going to use a multi-tool to fix your disc with your T25 disc break driver?

The answer is pretty clear. Having a multi-tool is just smart, safe riding. You don’t need it—until until really need it—and wish you had it.

That’s why we think you should order the Topeak Alien II 26 Function Bicycle Tool and the Crank Brothers Multi Bicycle Tool. They’re the two best reviewed mountain bike multi-tool and they can do everything you’ll need from a multi-tool on the trial. The Topeak has more tool functions and it’s easy to pick the tool you need for each task; the Crank Brothers is an incredibly sturdy tool that has a great design allowing for easy maneuvering and use.

Whichever you choose, you’ll be glad you have it in the future when you’re out on the trail and a minor break happens on your bike. You can fix it on the fly before spend more money in replacing a broken part later.


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How To Choose The Best Mountain Bike Inner Tubes Thu, 09 Mar 2017 07:01:47 +0000 The post How To Choose The Best Mountain Bike Inner Tubes appeared first on Ira Ryan Cycles.


Best Mountain Bike Inner Tubes in 2018

Last updated: March 2, 2018 at 14:23 pm

An MTB inner tube is an inflatable tube that can be found inside the tire and makes it airtight. Although ‘tubeless’ tires are growing in popularity most bike wheels still use inner tubes.

Like a lot of the less conspicuous parts on your bike, an inner tube is one of those things you only think about when something is wrong, as in it has a puncture and you either need to patch it or replace it. Most times, if the puncture isn’t too bad you can use a puncture repair kit, but if the hole is too big or if you don’t have the time, or energy, to repair it you can buy a new one.

Purchasing a new inner tube is relatively stress-free. After all, you’re not dealing with any high tech specs, but to ensure you don’t waste time, or money, you must know what size inner and what valve type you need.

My Top #2 Mountain Bike Inner Tubes

Slime Self-Healing Smart Tubes

While it might sound like something you’d find on a kid’s game show, Slime Self-Healing Smart Tubes are rather clever ‘self-healing’ tubes that come pre-filled with sealant. It fixes punctures before you even know you have one. The sealant automatically fills the hole or puncture up to 1/8” in size. The tubes are available with Presta or Schrader valves and fit various sized tires.

Panaracer Super Tube

Panarace claims the tube is 50% thicker than the average tube, and while we’re not completely sure it’s as much as that, we’ve noticed the extra thickness helps protect the tire from flats and punctures. If you bike in areas where there are cacti and other prickly plants these tubes are perfect. The Panaracer is durable and is available in different sizes and both valve types.

Buyer’s Guide: How To Choose The Best Mountain Bike Inner Tube

Which inner tube is the right size?

Firstly, determine the size you need – this will be decided by the size of your wheels and tires. Most times there will be a series of numbers on the sidewall of the tire, this is the size of the tube you need as well. The majority of the tires will have an ISO (International Organization for Standardization) or an ETRO (European Tire and Rim Technical Organization) size along with the traditional Imperial (inches) or Metric (mm) to make finding the right size easier.

The traditional sizing will look like this ‘diameter x width’, so a mountain bike wheel (measured in inches) will be shown as 26×2.1. In this case, you will need to get a 26×1.75-2.5” inner tube.

It probably sounds more complicated than it is. In most cases, a road bike has a standard-sized tube and will have ‘road bike tube’ as part of the product description. The same goes for BMX tubes. With mountain bikes, however, there are different rim diameters, which means you will have to know if your bike has a 26”, 27.5” or 29” rims.

How To Choose The Correct Valve Type

There are two types of valves, namely Schrader and Presta. Schrader valves are also called ‘car-type’ valves because they are the exact same ones you will find on car tires. They are found on mountain bike tubes, as well as kids’ bikes, BMX’s and normal ‘commuter’ bikes. To deflate or inflate your tube using a Schrader valve, all you need to do is take off the valve cap, press the pump nozzle against the valve. The pin will depress, the valve will open and you’re good to go.

A Presta valve is found on road bikes and on some of the more expensive mountain bikes. They usually have a threaded exterior with a circular locknut, which is what keeps the valve tight and stops it from twisting off or getting damaged. The tube is easy to deflate; you simply unscrew the nut and press it into the let the air out.

What is a Dunlop Valve?

At one time the Dunlop valve, also called the Woods, was fairly popular but not so much today. It’s a variation of a pneumatic valve and looks like a cross between the Schrader and the Presta, with a collar and narrow top section, like a Presta and a wider lower section, just like the Schrader.

In Summary…

Unfortunately of all the parts on your bike, the inner tube is probably the least glamorous of them all, however, having the right one for your tire is the difference between a good day out on or bike or one spent looking for someone with a repair kit.

Save yourself the trouble and frustration and read our guide. It’s worth investing a little time beforehand, as it’ll save you a lot of trouble and frustration down the line.

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How To Choose The Best Mountain Bike Frames Thu, 09 Mar 2017 06:58:17 +0000 The post How To Choose The Best Mountain Bike Frames appeared first on Ira Ryan Cycles.


Mountain bike frames come in a variety of sizes, features, and materials. Your choice of frame will come down to your strength and experience level of riding. Although most mountain bike frames are constructed from aluminum or some type of alloy, there are others that have been made from steel or other materials.

When you are choosing a bike frame, you should carefully consider the pros and cons of each type of equipment, as well as what’s ultimately important to you at the end of the day. Alloy-based bike frames tend to be cheaper but not as robust, while solid metal frames can be heavier but may last a longer period of time.

We have examined the best mountain bike frames for this year, and we have compiled a list of the three best bike frames that are on the market today. Additionally, we have broken our list down into three broad categories: the best budget bike frames, steel frames, and titanium frames.

For your convenience, we have only included frames that can be quickly and easily be purchased from Amazon, and the frames were chosen for their positive reviews on this platform. If you would like to investigate the pricing or other details of a product listed here, you are free to click one of the links below. There you will be taken to the respective product page on Amazon with today’s price.



The best mountain bike frames for 2017

Knowing what’s important to you in choosing a bike frame is largely part of the issue for many riders, even those who have been riding for a long time. There are simply so many options to choose from that it can seem daunting to settle on a single model.

We have broken down the most pertinent features and benefits for the frames below, so you will know exactly what the pros and cons are without needed to do the research yourself.


Best budget mountain bike frame

Venzo RAPTOR Mountain Bike Hard Tail Frame 29″

best mountain bike frames


The Venzo RAPTOR is one of the most popular mountain bike frames for those who are on a budget. The 29” inch frame is the recommended size for beginners and those who don’t want to spend a lot of time adjusting their bike just to get started.

The frame is made from a titanium alloy 7005, making it relatively light but sturdy enough to absorb the vibrations you’re going to feel when riding. As one of the cheaper models on the market, the frame supports disc brakes, as well as a 1-1/8” headset.

The frame weighs 4.5 kilos and comes in black. Venzo RAPTOR offers a two-year warranty for this purchase.


Best steel mountain bike frame

Lowrider 26″ Beach Cruisers Bike Frame

best steel mountain bike frame


For those who opt for the strength and resilience of steel as their material of choice, there is the Lowrider 26” Beach Cruisers Bike Frame. The size of the frame measures at 40 ½” in length and 19 ¾” in height. The size of the clamp is 28.6mm and has a tube head size of 110mm by 32.5mm.

The frame has earned itself quite a reputation on shopping sites, including Amazon. Most people said that while relatively more expensive than other models in the market, the Beach Cruisers frame was the perfect option for those who want a set and forget bike frame option without needing to replace it every few years.

Steel is known to be one of the strongest and most flexible mountain bike frames, as such, the Beach Cruisers frame weighs in at 7.65 pounds when it is delivered to the customer.  The frame also comes with all the parts, screws and accessories that you would expect from a world-class frame such as the Beach Cruisers.


Best Titanium Mountain Bike Frame


Habanero 29er MTB Frame

best titanium mountain bike frame

Titanium is considered to be the best material for mountain bike frames. Titanium is lightweight but just as durable as steel. Bikes constructed from titanium are known to last for years without having to replace any components or having to worry about rust or other artefacts on the bike’s exterior.

The Habanero 29er comes with a brushed finish that gives the frame a sleek look. It is not bead blasted as this can put some wear and tear on the frame itself.

The frame is compatible with disc brakes only, but hydraulics can be used for cables as well if you prefer to use the hydraulic option. The machine head tube and back shell are also included, as well as a rear rack that you can put your gear for long rides and commuters.

The frames from Habanero are all hand-prepped prior to shipment, so they come ready to be assembled right out of the box.


In summary…

Thanks for checking out our guide on the best frames for mountain bikes. We hope that you found this article helpful and informative.

You still may be left wondering what bike frame is going to work best for you, and unfortunately, there’s no easy way to answer this. The best way to find out is by examining the reviews left by other customers of the same bike frame and learn from their experiences. Amazon also provides a platform to ask your own questions to its audience, and you will receive an answer quickly.

All of the products that have been listed above can be viewed on Amazon by clicking one of the links. The pricing and shipping information for each bike is known to change month to month, which is why those details have been left out in this article.

In addition to buying online, most retail sports stores also have bikes that you can try out risk-free. You could always go to your nearest sports center and test out the different frames for their weight and warranties before settling on a final purchase, but the frames that we have compiled above are some of the best that money buy.

US customers should get their orders within three to five working days, while international shipments should take a few weeks to get their frames delivered.

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