Sunday Survey: What Is the Most Important Mountain Bike Component For Your Riding?

Photo: Matt Miller

When we interview athletes we often ask them what piece of their bike they value most. The query allows them to chat about how and where they ride, and how their favorite bikes make that riding better. Most often their answers vary between a few components, including disc brakes, tubeless tires, dropper posts, coil shocks, and occasionally handlebar widths, and for good reason. Several of those innovations, coupled with continuing leaps in frame and suspension technology, have significantly improved the way we all get to enjoy our bikes.

We want to know which components you treasure the most. If all but one of the bits that are bolted to your frame were relegated back to 1990 technology, which modern piece would you keep?