Here at MBR we often get to test some of the nicest and most expensive kit in the world of mountain biking. However, the question we get asked the most is which pieces of kit do we actually use day-in, day-out?
We’ve brought together our favourite products that will allow you to enjoy each ride that little bit more and maximise your time on the bike.
Essential mountain bike kit
These seven simple upgrades will last for ages, so are well worth investing in.
1. Dropper post
Raise or lower your saddle at the push of a button: no QR faffing and no climbing with the saddle too low.
Buyers guide: The best mountain bike dropper posts
A good bar and stem gives you better steering control, while comfy grips stop your hands buzzing.
Buyers guide: The best mountain bike handlebars
Buyers guide: The best mountain bike grips
3. Front tyre
Forget expensive suspension forks, start with a good front tyre and dramatically improve grip and cornering speed. Go for a good all-weather tyre, then buy a mud tyre in the autumn if you can stretch to it.
Buyers guide: Best mountain bike tyres
4. Pressure gauge
Hit the tyre-pressure sweetspot with an accurate pressure gauge to ensure maximum grip and minimum punctures.
5. Volume Spacers
Mountain bike shoes have stiffer soles that your old trainers, for better power transfer, more grip and extra protection from impacts.
Buyers guide: The best mountain bike shoes
7. Liner Shorts
Proper MTB liner shorts cushion the load and make for a comfier ride.
Buyers guide: The best mountain bike shorts