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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.
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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://anchor.fm/singletracks/support

    Your MTB Braking Questions Answered, Using Data from Brake Ace

    Your MTB Braking Questions Answered, Using Data from Brake Ace

    Dr. Matt Miller is the inventor and founder of Brake Ace, a sensor that collects data about your braking and an app that makes braking recommendations to help you ride smarter.  He’s also a former elite-level mountain bike racer and has coached riders at all levels of the sport.

    In this episode we ask:


    How did you make your way up to the elite level of mountain bike competition?
    Why did you decide to look at braking performance as a part of your PhD program?
    What does the Brake Ace sensor look like, and how does it work?
    How difficult is the hardware side in terms of development?
    What’s different about your approach to studying braking performance? How did you figure out which metrics to focus on?
    Let’s talk about some common braking questions.Does the front brake generally offer more stopping power than the rear?
    Is locking up a wheel and skidding bad in terms of speed and/or performance, or is it desirable in certain situations?
    Should mountain bikers brake before a turn? How soon? Should we brake at all once we’re in the turn?
    What are some common braking skills riders need to work, or bad habits they need to break?How do the pros compare to weekend warriors in terms of braking skills?
    Do some of us brake too often? Could working on things like cornering and overall confidence allow us to simply brake less?
    Mountain bikers seem to be split between preferring brakes that modulate power, and those that have a quick bite. Is one better than the other in terms of performance?
    If bigger rotors offer better stopping power, why not max them out? Is it just because of weight, or is there another consideration?
    Tell us a bit about the MTB scene in Rotorua. How has it grown and changed over the past few years?

    Learn more at brakeace.com and sign up for their email list to be notified about availability. Cover photo by Tyler Perrin.

    ✏️ A written transcript of this conversation is available at singletracks.com.

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    • 1 hr 9 min
    How to Choose the Right Bike Saddle Size, Men's vs. Women's Saddles, and More Saddle FAQs

    How to Choose the Right Bike Saddle Size, Men's vs. Women's Saddles, and More Saddle FAQs

    This week we’re re-sharing one of our favorite podcast episodes, and we’ll be back next week with an all-new show.

    Sean Madsen is WTB’s Saddle Category Manager and is an expert in cycling biomechanics with more than 24 years of experience. Over his career he’s studied and taught bike fitting to thousands worldwide, and he’s helped create many innovative saddle concepts while working with top athletes.

    In this episode, we ask Sean common questions about bike saddles including:


    How are bike saddles constructed?
    What are some of the different materials that are used for padding? Are there advantages to using materials like gel?
    What is the purpose of titanium or carbon saddle rails?
    How does bike saddle sizing work?
    Are more expensive saddles more comfortable?
    What’s the idea behind saddle cutouts?
    Why do you think the Volt is one of WTB’s best selling saddles?
    Do men and women need different bike saddles?
    Are saddles generally designed under the assumption that riders will be wearing a chamois?
    Are mountain bike saddles different from road bike saddles?
    How have saddle designs changed over the past few seasons? What’s driving the changes?
    What are some signs that it’s time for a new or a different saddle?

    Find out more about saddles and WTB designs at wtb.com.

    ✏️ A written transcript of this conversation is available to Singletracks Pro supporters: singletracks.com/support

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    • 56 min
    The Central Oregon Trail Alliance has Big Plans for More Trails in Bend and Beyond

    The Central Oregon Trail Alliance has Big Plans for More Trails in Bend and Beyond

    Emmy Andrews is the Executive Director of the Central Oregon Trail Alliance, also known as COTA. The group's mission is to "develop, protect, and enhance the Central Oregon mountain bike experience through trail stewardship, advocacy, collaboration, and education."


    Tell us a bit about COTA. What’s the organization’s mission and how large is your membership?
    When and why did COTA get its start?
    How long have you been with COTA, and how did you get involved?
    How is COTA organized?
    How many miles of singletrack does your group support?
    What are some of the most popular trails COTA helps support?
    Is there currently a good mix of trails in Bend for riders of all skill levels?
    Who are the land management agencies COTA works with?
    Do you see a lot of riders coming from out of town to ride in Bend, and some of the other areas COTA supports? What’s the best time of year to ride in Central Oregon?
    Tell us about the mountain bike community in Bend. Are there standing group rides, or businesses that are particularly MTB-friendly?
    Are there some under the radar trails that visitors might want to consider riding?
    Is there growing demand for e-bike trail access in Central Oregon?
    Do you have any new MTB trails in the planning stage, or currently under construction?
    How is COTA funded?
    What’s the biggest constraint or challenge that COTA faces in carrying out and growing the mission?
    What’s next for COTA?

    Learn more and support the Central Oregon Trail Alliance at cotamtb.com.

    ✏️ A written transcript of this conversation is available to Singletracks Pro supporters: singletracks.com/support

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    • 59 min
    Pro Mountain Biker Christopher Blevins on Racing vs. Playing on the Bike

    Pro Mountain Biker Christopher Blevins on Racing vs. Playing on the Bike

    This week we’re re-sharing one of our favorite podcast episodes, and we’ll be back next week with an all-new show.

    Last year Christopher Blevins became the first American man to win a World Cup race since 1994, taking first in the final XCO race of the season at Snowshoe, West Virginia. He’s also the 2021 short track world champion, and has notched numerous podium finishes at national and international mountain, cyclocross, and road races. This past weekend Blevins crashed during the short track race (XCC) at Les Gets but still managed a top-20 finish. In the cross country race on Sunday he was not feeling well due to injuries suffered in the XCC race and pulled out of the competition.

    In this interview we ask:


    How did the Durango DEVO community-based cycling program shape who you are as a rider?
    What is it about Durango that produces so many talented riders? Is it the elevation, or the terrain, or something else?
    How does being a playful rider translate on the race course?
    How did you get interested in spoken word poetry?
    What did you learn through the process of preparing for and then racing your FKT attempt along the Los Padres route?
    Which do you find more challenging: FKTs or World Cup racing? How are they different or the same?
    As a professional athlete, what do you see as your role in important issues like climate change?
    How can we balance the positives that tourism can bring to an area with the impact that it has in terms of the carbon footprint of travel and the strain on local resources?
    Why did you decide to join the Trinity Racing team?
    Were you thinking about becoming the first US male to win a World Cup race in 27 years at the start of the Snowshoe XC event last year?
    Who are some entrepreneurs you admire? Do you see yourself becoming an entrepreneur in the traditional business sense, or is entrepreneurship applicable to making a career as an athlete?
    What’s next for you?

    ✏️ A written transcript of this conversation is available to Singletracks Pro supporters: singletracks.com/support

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    • 41 min
    The Best US Mountain Bike Destinations in 2022

    The Best US Mountain Bike Destinations in 2022

    In this episode Chris, Jeff, and Matt talk about the 12 best mountain bike destinations in the United States that was recently shared on Singletracks. We'll go over the criteria we consider when choosing our favorite mountain bike destinations and go through the list and share more about the best spots to visit.


    Moab, Utah
    Sedona, Arizona
    Bentonville, Arkansas
    Grand Valley, Colorado (Fruita / Grand Junction / Palisade)
    Crested Butte, Colorado and the Gunnison Valley
    Park City, Utah
    Pisgah, North Carolina (Brevard / Asheville / Old Fort)
    Lake Tahoe
    Copper Harbor, Michigan
    Kingdom Trails, Vermont
    Durango, Colorado
    Bellingham, Washington

    Cover photo: Matt Miller

    ✏️ A written transcript of this conversation is available to Singletracks Pro supporters: singletracks.com/support

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    • 1 hr 23 min
    Why the Humble Hardtail isn't Going Anywhere Anytime Soon

    Why the Humble Hardtail isn't Going Anywhere Anytime Soon

    This week we’re re-sharing one of our favorite podcast episodes, and we’ll be back next week with an all-new show.

    Pat White is a longtime product manager for Kona Bicycles and Doug Lafavor aka Dr. Dew has been designing bikes at Kona for decades.

    In this episode we ask:


    Which factors make a hardtail ‘hardcore’ or more aggressive compared to say an XC or entry-level hardtail?
    What are aggressive hardtails good for in terms of riding style or trails? What are the limits?
    How important is frame material when it comes to designing a hardtail? Is there one material that’s generally superior to the others?
    Are there higher costs involved in building hardtails from steel than aluminum?
    Where does the compliance in a hardtail frame come from?
    Do you look at component selection differently for a hardtail vs. a full suspension bike? If so, what are the key areas where the builds differ?
    Is there any lingering debate about wheel size when it comes to hardtails?
    Are sliding dropouts an important selling point?
    What do you think about Internal cable routing on hardtails?
    There seems to be a focus on making seat angles steeper lately. How do you approach seat tube angles for hardtails compared to FS bikes?
    Are there things you’re able to do with hardtail geometry that just aren’t feasible with a FS design?
    How is the balance between chainstays and reach considered on a hardtail?
    For a lot of riders cost can be a factor in deciding to go with a hardtail. What does the typical hardtail rider look like?
    Do you own a hardtail mountain bike? How often do you ride it?
    What are some tips for riders to get the most out of a hardtail mountain bike? Do we need to modify our riding style, or reconsider preferences for things like tire and fork pressure?

    ✏️ A written transcript of this conversation is available to Singletracks Pro supporters: singletracks.com/support

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


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    • 51 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
521 Ratings

521 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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