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How To Get Better on Descents?

Old 06-18-14, 10:41 PM
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How To Get Better on Descents?

How can I get better at descents on my CX bike?

I kill MTBers on uphills and flats. However, two things are slowing me down on steep downhills:
  • Slippin' on Sandy Terrain: While I'm descending and turning on sandy parts of the trail... my tires feel like they are slipping (specifically my back tire) and I end up slowing down.

  • Vibrations are a B****!: While I'm descending on the rocky parts of the train, I get a ton of vibration that kills my hands! I end up slowing down and let my hands breathe. *I'm running new 40c kenda happy mediums and at 50 PSI*

Should I just give up and buy a hardtail MTB? Advise is appreciated...
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I think you answered your own question!! Yep, if you want to descender faster and safer you probably want an MTB. I think most guys that take there 'cross bikes on difficult descents, want the technical challenge of using their 'cross bike. (at least I do!)
That being said, depending on your weight and smooth riding style, you probably can drop the tire pressure to low 40s. May help a little. Also you might be tensing up too much when descending and getting fatigued faster.
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Originally Posted by rekon
While I'm descending and turning on sandy parts of the trail... my tires feel like they are slipping (specifically my back tire) and I end up slowing down.
If the back end is sliding around a bit, just let it. It's the front sliding around that will cause you problems. It takes some getting used to, but you'll quickly find that you don't have to have the back end completely planted to maintain good control.
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Slipping in sandy descents means you are lacking momentum. A bit of speed can be your friend. Unfortunately, CX brakes that are NOT hydraulic, have a distinct on/off feel. The lack of modulation easily locks the rear wheel up. Lastly, carbon bars save hands and shoulders...
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Learning to relax your grip while descending is huge too.
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And keep your hands in the drops.
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