Mountain Bike Trends: Past, Present, and Future?

In this episode of the Singletracks podcast Gerow, Jeff, and Matt discuss current and future mountain bike trends, starting with a recap of what’s been trending over the past couple of seasons.

  • Mixed wheel mountain bikes
  • More great trails in more places
  • High pivot mountain bikes
  • Electronic bits and baubles, from drivetrains to droppers

Next, we move on to the trends we see shaping up for 2022.

  • Longer travel dropper posts and fatter seat tubes
  • Large scale trail projects with unique funding sources
  • New mountain bike destinations and trails opening as a response to overcrowded ones
  • Bikes and parts supply improvements
  • High pivots on shorter-travel bikes
  • MTB geometry stabilization

Finally, we discuss some of the trends we’d like to see happen sooner rather than later.

  • More customizable bike builds
  • DH or enduro as an Olympic sport
  • Athletes receiving a more livable wage

Which trends to you want to see thrive in 2022, and which ones do you hope will wither on the vine?

This episode of the Singletracks podcast is sponsored by Explore Brevard.

Professional mountain biker Adam Craig says it’s one of the top three places in the universe he’s ever ridden. Where is this magical mountain biking nirvana? It’s none other than Brevard, North Carolina, home to Pisgah National Forest and DuPont Recreational Forest. The area boasts over 300 miles of peerless singletrack, not to mention hundreds of miles of gravel roads, creating a near endless array of routes, terrains, and challenges to explore. Four vibrant bike shops will get you sorted, whether you need gear, service, or a top notch rental. Top it off with an array of craft breweries, cafes and gathering spots that have earned Brevard the title as one of the best small towns in America in 2021. It all adds up to a premier mountain biking destination you’ll want to experience for yourself. Find out more at

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