From dialling in your lever position to customising your tyres, Blake, Doddy, and Neil have got some top hacks to improve your bike set up.

Shifter position is often overlooked part of setting up your bike. Have a think about where your thumbs will naturally rest when you are in your riding position.

Tall riders often find they cannot get there bars wide enough. To slightly extend your bar width, move your lock on grips so they extend a bit beyond the end of your bars.

To tidy your cockpit, use a spiral cable binder to tie two loose cables together. Alternatively, you can use a cable tie and a washer.

Especially useful in wet and muddy conditions, try adding some grip tape to your controls to stop your fingers slipping off.

Don’t be afraid to cut or file down certain parts of your tyres tread to get exactly the ride characteristics you want from them.

To stop your front brake hose rattling, use a cable tie and a washer to tie it to your fork. If you are running a front mudguard, this can also be a way to neatly mount it to your fork.

Front mudguards are quite easy to make yourself, alternatively you can get yourself a very smart GMBN one.

When setting the rebound on your rear shock, think about what sort of riding you tend to do. If you regularly hit big jumps, you might want to slow down the rebound to stop yourself getting bucked off on hard landings. Alternatively if you do a lot of downhill riding, you might want a faster rebound to ensure you keep traction on rough or Rooty sections of trail.

Do you have any set up hacks? Let us know what they are in the comments below!

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