Updating my mountain bike

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Chainrings So you’ve tweaked your riding position and the bike fits like a glove. Gearing makes a huge difference to performance, and adjusting it lets you make the most of your power.

Flatter, faster terrain naturally requires bigger rings with more teeth than mountainous stuff, and the benefits aren’t restricted to busy racers with a big box of alternate cogs.

Rock-hard tires with near-zero drag are a false economy.

Look for a quality set of wider tires (25-28mm) for a meaningful boost, but don’t forget to check frame clearance first.2.

Check out the range of FSA cranksets with the large range of ratio combinations available.5.

But what changes give the biggest bang for your buck – or the most extreme explosion for your Euro?

When looking for an upgrade, consider the type of riding you do, what the terrain is like on your most-frequented trails and how durable you'd like the tires to be.

If your mountain bike came with flat pedals, and you are looking to improve your efficiency, consider upgrading to clipless pedals.

The more powerful and predictable your brakes are, the more confident you’ll be, and the less you drag them or hit them early.

Powerful sets such as the FSA K-Force offer excellent stopping power and modulation, while lightweight or low-profile aero calipers bring further benefits.

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