409 episodes

Podcast host Jeff Barber, Editor-in-Chief at Singletracks.com, aims to inform and inspire with topics and interviews from the mountain bike world. Since 2015, we have been sharing weekly stories from under the helmets of the most inspiring and influential mountain bikers.

Join us as we learn from top athletes, product designers, trail builders, coaches, mechanics, artists, and leaders in the mountain biking community.
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Podcast host Jeff Barber, Editor-in-Chief at Singletracks.com, aims to inform and inspire with topics and interviews from the mountain bike world. Since 2015, we have been sharing weekly stories from under the helmets of the most inspiring and influential mountain bikers.

Join us as we learn from top athletes, product designers, trail builders, coaches, mechanics, artists, and leaders in the mountain biking community.
Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/singletracks/support

    How do you set an FKT on Kokopelli's Trail? Stop trying to be perfect, says Hannah Otto.

    How do you set an FKT on Kokopelli's Trail? Stop trying to be perfect, says Hannah Otto.

    Hannah Otto recently became the fastest known woman to ride the 137-mile-long Kokopelli's trail from Moab, Utah to Loma, Colorado, besting the previous fastest known time by over an hour. In addition to racing gravel and mountain bikes, she's also a certified athletic trainer. 


    How do you feel now that you can finally talk about your accomplishment? Were you worried someone else would make an FKT attempt between then and now?
    In October you made your first attempt, but it didn't work out. What happened.
    What did you do differently the second time around?
    What was your bike setup? What did you eat?
    How do you pace yourself for a ride like this?
    Do you think this FKT rules that should be updated or clarified to allow film crews as long as they don't offer any assistance?
    How much of a role does luck play in mountain bike racing, versus skill and fitness?
    Do individual time trials also make you a faster racer in more traditional events, or is this a specialized skill set?
    What's next? Do you have any more FKT attempts on the horizon?

    View the Kokopelli Strong film on Youtube and follow @hannah_finchamp on Instagram. Photo credit: @mahkus.g.

    --Keep up with the latest in mountain biking at Singletracks.com and on Instagram @singletracks




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    • 55 min
    Is carbon better than aluminum for MTB frames? It depends on how you use it!

    Is carbon better than aluminum for MTB frames? It depends on how you use it!

    Chuck Teixeira is a Senior Advanced Concept Engineer at Specialized where he's been involved in countless projects from mountain to road, and from bikes to components. Prior to joining Specialized in 2011, Chuck spent 28 years at Easton-Bell where he was the director of R&D.


    How did you end up in the bike industry?
    How does the Smartweld tech used on the new Specialized Chisel mountain bike frame work, and what makes it different from traditional aluminum frame welding? Why haven't we seen this on more Specialized mountain bikes? 
    Are mountain bikers still overlooking aluminum in favor of carbon frames?
    How did you and the Roval team come upon the anti pinch flat bead-wall design?
    When it comes to mountain bike rims, is there a clear winner when it comes to material choice, carbon vs. aluminum?
    What are some of your favorite mountain bike products or designs that you've been involved with over the years?
    How have you recovered from the Santa Cruz wildfire that claimed your house in 2020? 
    As someone who has lived and breathed bicycles since the 1980s, is there anything that surprises you today? What are you working on right now that has you stoked?



    --Keep up with the latest in mountain biking at Singletracks.com and on Instagram @singletracks


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    • 1 hr 1 min
    The Case for High Pivot MTB Design, and How it Works

    The Case for High Pivot MTB Design, and How it Works

    Colin Ryan is a Senior Development Engineer at Norco and was involved in the design of the latest Norco Optic trail bike which features a high-pivot design. Prior to joining Norco he worked at General Kinetics testing and developing shock absorbers for military and construction equipment. 


    At a basic level, what problem does a high pivot design solve? Is there a certain type of riding that benefits from having a high pivot?
    What are the drawbacks to the design?
    Does a high pivot design improve longevity for certain components?
    With less chain wrap on the crank, are dropped chains an issue with a high pivot setup?
    How does the placement of the idler pulley affect performance? What about the number of teeth on the idler cog?
    Did moving from a traditional setup to high-pivot change the ride feel of the Norco Optic significantly?
    The decision to use a high pivot on a short, 125mm travel bike is a controversial one. Why do you think that is?
    The latest Optic is said to be lighter than the previous version. How much weight does the idler hardware add, and how did you manage to make the bike lighter overall?
    How is the intended use of the Optic different from the Fluid which has a very similar amount of travel (140/130mm)? 
    What's next for high pivot mountain bike designs?

    Cover photo: Matt Miller.

    See the Norco Optic and other high pivot bikes from the brand at norco.com.

    --Keep up with the latest in mountain biking at Singletracks.com and on Instagram @singletracks


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    • 40 min
    This Mental Health Counselor is Using Mountain Biking as Adventure Therapy

    This Mental Health Counselor is Using Mountain Biking as Adventure Therapy

    Sara Hunter is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in the state of North Carolina and a PMBIA Level 1 Mountain Bike Instructor. Her practice includes individual and couples counseling services plus mountain bike therapy and counseling for athletes and outdoor instructors. She's also a Specialized USA Ambassador.


    What led you to get into counseling?
    Does everyone benefit from spending time outdoors, or do you think some of us are just wired that way? 
    What is Adventure Therapy? What is the idea behind it?
    Is there such a thing as spending too much time outdoors?
    As someone who works to address conflicts between individuals, do you have any ideas about how people can share the trail?
    Sometimes I get frustrated on group rides when the rider in front of me gets in my way. Is there a way to re-frame this?
    Unsolicited advice — about how to ride, or fix a bike — generally comes from a good place of wanting to help, but is there a better approach?  
    What are some ways I can be more supportive of someone who is having a tough or bad ride? 
    How can counseling help riders recover after an injury?
    Do you have any tips for calming nerves on race day, or even before a challenging ride?
    Do you have tips for reducing the risk of loneliness for athletes or travelers living the van life? 
    What's the biggest benefit you get from mountain biking personally?

    Connect with Sara and her practice at sarahuntercounseling.com and find about upcoming workshops at her Instagram account, @mindfulmountainbike.


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    • 37 min
    How to Fuel for Mountain Biking, According to a Registered Dietitian

    How to Fuel for Mountain Biking, According to a Registered Dietitian

    Alex Larson is a registered dietitian and multi-sport athlete who helps endurance athletes optimize nutrition and performance. She's written multiple nutrition guides and offers customized nutrition coaching services to athletes around the world.


    Do athleticism and nutrition go hand in hand? Are athletes generally healthy eaters by nature?
    What is a "flexible eating style"? Are restrictive diets sometimes harmful?
    How does pre-race fueling work? 
    Is nutrition drastically different for training vs. racing?
    Is it more challenging for athletes to maintain a healthy gut than non-athletes?
    What types of things can cause gut issues for athletes during a workout? 
    Are there signs that nutrition is holding us back from fitness gains?
    What have you learned about nutrition from your own training?
    With summer approaching, should athletes adjust their diet based on the season? 
    Does an individual's nutrition plan look different for different sports?
    Do you recommend an app for tracking daily nutrition or a food journal?
    If I eat the wrong thing after a race, is that going to have a big effect on my future performance?
    What's one simple step mountain bikers can take to improve their nutrition?

    For additional nutrition resources and to connect with Alex, visit alexlarsonnutrition.com.

    --Keep up with the latest in mountain biking at Singletracks.com and on Instagram @singletracks


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    • 45 min
    How NICA is Changing Mountain Bike Culture

    How NICA is Changing Mountain Bike Culture

    Amanda Carey is the President of NICA, the National Interscholastic Cycling Association, a non-profit that develops mountain biking programs for student athletes across the United States. Prior to joining NICA, Amanda served as the executive director of Mountain Bike the Tetons and as a mountain bike coach.


    What drew you to mountain biking initially? What's kept you so engaged over the years? 
    What do you think has kept mountain biking from growing more than it has over the past couple of decades?
    How is NICA impacting mountain bike participation? 
    How can NICA teams attract new student athletes who don't have a family cycling background? Why choose mountain biking over another sport?
    How would you characterize the level of competition at NICA races?
    What is NICA doing to encourage trail building and maintenance?
    Is there a demand for a more gravity-oriented youth riding program? 
    What advice do you have for parents of NICA athletes?
    What are the biggest opportunities for NICA over the next five years? How can Singletracks listeners help support your mission?

    Learn more and find out how you can get involved at nationalmtb.org.

    --Keep up with the latest in mountain biking at Singletracks.com and on Instagram @singletracks


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    • 56 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
541 Ratings

541 Ratings

JFN3 ,

Very informative!

Good pod! Really enjoy the industry guests and their insight !

StuFras ,

Very listenable

This is one of the best mtb podcasts out there. Very informative for the trail rider. Hosts are knowledgeable, have interesting guests and ask the right questions - thanks Jeff

Sam E. South Bend ,

Great for MTB addicts

Overall I really like this podcast, they talk about relevant items and I never fail to enjoy each and every one.

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