Mountain Bike Frame Protection And How It Can Be Maintained

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Mountain biking is a rough and intense sport. Eventually, even the most talented riders wreck. Mountain bikes aren’t getting any less expensive. A few pounds of safety tape or downtube armour can help avoid bruises, creases, dents, and even tears on carbon and aluminium frameworks. Here are a few of the best ways to keep your mountain bike safe from all the trail damage.

Suspension Internals And Linkages

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Bike protection isn’t quite as simple as slapping on a protective sheet or strapping on a protective cover. Perhaps the only defence isn’t defence after all, but more preventive maintenance. Most riders are inexperienced with suspension parts. They’re locked up, and if they performed good on the last outing, riders say they’ll perform correctly today as well. Riders should be aware that they do not need to learn every detail about the internal workings of their suspension components, but they should be aware that the internals require care on a regular basis. The frequency at which you get your suspension overhauled is dictated by a number of variables. Many that ride constantly in damp or rough weather or record a lot of training miles may need to get their suspension serviced up to two or three times a year. Otherwise, among most, once per season is sufficient.

Drivetrain And Shifting

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Drivetrains on bicycles wear out in stages. Critical and costly components such as the cassette and chainrings will last for several seasons if properly cared for. However, if rode carelessly, sections engineered to wear faster will inflict premature wear on the rest of the machine. The pins, frames, and rollers that can handle thousands of pounds of force as new can gradually deteriorate. As those components travel in tandem with the rest of the drivetrain, they progressively deteriorate with each pedal stroke. As a consequence, the previously close tolerances between chain pins have loosened. This is referred to as “chain stretch.” If a stretched and worn-out chain is ignored and used for an extended amount of time, even if it is not bent or having moving problems, it can weaken the cassette and chainrings. When the chain is eventually removed, normally after an on-trail breakdown, the replacement chain will not mesh with the rest of the drivetrain. Since the old chain has made its imprint on the other elements, they must therefore be replaced, resulting in a higher maintenance bill.


When it comes to wheel protection, it’s necessary to pad the sides of the front and rear wheels where the axles move through at their widest point, as well as any cassettes or cogs on the rear wheel.

The main aim is to protect all parts of the spokes, particularly the sharp and pointy sections, from getting into contact with other parts of your bike and your box or case.

The most comfortable way to pad the wheels is with wheel bags that slip fully over each free wheel and fasten shut. If you don’t have wheel bags, try using foam or bubble wrap to do the same thing. Check that the cassette or cog is facing outward, away from the frame. Then, to avoid scraping or denting, double-check that no pieces are specifically touching each other or have the ability to do so.


If you want to keep your bike to keep looking new and avoid any unnecessary damage, adding frame security is the way to go.

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