Does Adding Weight To A Downhill Bike Make It Faster?

Published on October 28th 2023

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Downhill racing is regularly referred to as the F1 of mountain bikes. Racers and teams tweak everything to achieve faster times, but did you know that sometimes they add lead weights to the BB? Neil Donoghue tests whether adding weights to your MTB could improve your times down the trail, and how it may change your suspension feel on the trail. ⏱ Timestamps ⏱ 0:00 - Intro 0:39 - Sprung and Un-Sprung Explained 2:24 - Why Do Downhill Riders Add Weights To Their Bikes? 4:41 - Un-Weighted Run 7:20 - Weighted Run 9:09 - Times And Numbers Useful Links: πŸ› NEW MTB Bike Maintenance Book πŸ‘‰ https://gmbn.eu/MTBMaintenanceBook Watch The UCI MTB World Series Elite Racing On GCN+ πŸ‘‰ https://gmbn.eu/mtb23 Racing Highlights & More On GMBN Racing πŸ‘‰ https://gmbn.eu/GMBNracing Watch Shorts on GMBN πŸ‘‰ https://gmbn.eu/GMBNshorts Submit your Photo and Video to us πŸ‘‰ https://upload.gmbn.com/ Sign-up to our newsletter πŸ‘‰ https://gmbn.eu/newsletter Do you have a downhill bike? Would you give adding weights to your bike a go? Let us know in the comments! πŸ‘‡ Watch more on GMBN... πŸ“Ή How To Get The Most Out Of Your Pedalling πŸ‘‰ youtu.be/id1fhwNZsn8 πŸ“Ή Watch our Editor’s Choice Playlist πŸ‘‰ https://gmbn.eu/EditorsChoice πŸ“Ή Watch our weekly show, The Dirt Shed Show πŸ‘‰ https://gmbn.eu/dirtshedplaylist 🎡 Music - licensed by Epidemic Sound 🎡 EAST WEST_WEST EAST - Ooyy Fury Club - Bonkers Beat Club High Tech - Rocket Jr Morkret - Ooyy Other Spaces - DJ Eely Tin Distortion - Ooyy We Launch - Bonkers Beat Club #GMBN #GlobalMountainBikeNetwork #MTB #MountainBiking πŸ“Έ Photos - Β© UCI Mountain Bike World Series / Velo Collection (TDW) / Getty Images & Β© Sprint Cycling Agency The Global Mountain Bike Network (GMBN) is the world’s largest and fastest-growing online mountain bike channel and community – and your destination for the best mountain bike content in the world. GMBN is dedicated to inspiring and unlocking your riding potential. Our videos cater to fans of every mountain bike discipline: from mile-munching cross-country (XC) riders, through adrenaline-fuelled dirt jumpers, gravity-hungry downhillers or aspiring enduro racers, and beyond. Every day of every month, our ex-pro presenting team are on hand to entertain and inspire you while also providing a uniquely qualified insight into the world of mountain biking. Every week we deliver original daily videos that include: Adventurous and entertaining features Mountain bike skills coaching Technical advice and guidance Mechanical know-how to keep you rolling A place for the riding community with our weekly Dirt Shed Show Thanks to our sponsors: Canyon Bikes: http://gmbn.eu/Canyon Nukeproof Bikes: http://gmbn.eu/nukeproof Orbea Bikes: https://gmbn.eu/Orbea Park Tool: http://gmbn.eu/ParkTool Smith Helmets & Eyewear: https://gmbn.eu/Smith Crankbrothers Pedals: http://gmbn.eu/crankbros Shimano Footwear: https://gmbn.eu/ShimanoShoes Ergon: http://gmbn.eu/ergon Vittoria Tires: https://gmbn.eu/Vittoria FSA: http://gmbn.eu/fsa Spank: https://gmbn.eu/Spank Topeak: http://gmbn.eu/topeak Garmin: https://gmbn.eu/Garmin Peaty's Products: https://gmbn.eu/Peatys Wahoo: https://gmbn.eu/WahooTraining Worx Power Tools: https://gmbn.eu/Worx CamelBak: https://gmbn.eu/CamelBak Watch our sister channels: GMBN Racing - https://gmbn.eu/GMBNracing GMBN Tech - https://www.youtube.com/gmbntech Electric Mountain Bike Network - https://www.youtube.com/embn GMBN auf Deutsch - https://www.youtube.com/c/gmbnaufdeutsch Global Cycling Network - https://www.youtube.com/gcn GCN Tech - https://www.youtube.com/gcntech GCN Racing - https://www.youtube.com/gcnracing Global Triathlon Network - https://www.youtube.com/gtn GCN Italia - https://www.youtube.com/gcnitalia GCN en Espanol - https://www.youtube.com/gcnenespanol GCN auf Deutsch - https://www.youtube.com/gcnaufdeutsch GCN en Francais - https://www.youtube.com/gcnenfrancais GCN Japan - https://www.youtube.com/gcnjapan GCN Training - https://www.youtube.com/gcntrainin