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Bottom line question: What does it take to make a good All Mountain Bike?

Steffen Weingärtner is our Research & Development Engineer at ROTWILD. He’s mainly involved in the development of ROTWILD’s X-Models. We wanted to know what it takes to make a good All Mountain bike what to keep in mind when buying one of those bikes.

 

Steffen Weingärtner is our Research & Development Engineer at ROTWILD. He’s mainly involved in the development of ROTWILD’s X-Models. We wanted to know what it takes to make a good All Mountain bike what to keep in mind when buying one of those bikes

All Mountain bikes should be versatile in the first place. Which specific capabilities should a good All Mountain bike bring along?

By definition, ”All Mountain” states, that a mountain bike of this category should already be the perfect all in one bike – no matter which terrain or discipline you are going to use the bike in. An All Mountain bike should be the most versatile of all bike categories and should also be capable of crossing the Alpes to bike park visits. Because of its huge range of use it must provide fun to beginners as well as for advanced and professional riders.

Why do ROTWILD’s All Mountain bikes comply with these requirements?

The core features of our All Mountain bike is a completely new developed kinematic system (XCS), which takes the latest damping technology in up- and downhill into account. To our customers, we offer a variety of options for customization like different wheel sizes, chain stay lengths or head tube angles. On top of that our All Mountain bikes show a lot of attention to detail such as the completely integrated cable routing.

What should be especially looked at when buying an All Mountain bike?

As a professional brand it is our concern that suspension parts are perfectly tuned to the riders needs. Try to experience the potential of our kinematics during a test ride. Furthermore you should keep an eye on the improvements of the last few years. Modern geometry, wide handlebars and new wheel sizes are new features to improve your riding – even for experienced riders.

How do I figure out the right frame size for me?

On our web site we offer size suggestions. If your height falls in between two frame sizes it is recommended to test ride both frame size. Maybe you have already certain preferences for a smaller and more agile or a bigger and more stable frame size? Then you should decide upon your experience.

What is the relation between frame geometry and the frame size and how does it influence the handling?

Our All Mountain bikes do have state-of-the-art geometry. First of all, that means slack head angles and steep seat angles. We took special care regarding the relation between top tube length and reach. These geometry dimensions combine, along with our kinematics, the best of uphill and downhill qualities.

How should I decide regarding different gear relations and wheel sizes/widths?

Wheel sizes and tire widths could change the handling characteristics of a bike. Personally I consider this as a possibility to ride a fast 29er or an agile 27.5 or due to the Plus wheel size a bike with a lot of traction. Taller riders could feel more secure on a 29er due to the higher centre of gravity but generally spoken: go try it out!

Regarding choosing the gear relation, actual 2x transmissions offer the widest of gear ranges, which allow you to tackle any terrain. But even 1x transmissions will offer a broader gear ratio for the next season. Less weight and a clean cockpit compared to 2x transmissions, it’s up to you.

What requirements do I have to customize an All Mountain bike to my personal preferences?

Again, let’s take a look on the X Concept. Beside the versatility of using different wheel sizes we offer the possibility to adjust the two most important variables for changing the main characteristics of the bike: chain stay length and head tube angle. This gives the bike either more stability or more agility. That way you can perfectly customize your bike regarding discipline, preferences and riding experience.

 

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