In 2016, Brandon Semenuk dropped two of the best edits we’ve ever seen (here and here), yet those art-house inspired videos didn’t crack our top 10. The most popular videos were tutorials that demonstrated new riding techniques and mechanical tricks. There was also some hell raising on Walmart bikes. Scroll down for a full recap.
1. Top 10 pro mountain bike hacks
Appropriately, we’re starting this top 10 list with a top 10 list. The focus of this video is the top tricks employed by professional racers. Catch the video here.
2. Does adding glitter to tire sealant really work?
We’ve all heard stories from friends that mixing glitter into tire sealant can help seal larger cuts, but does it really work? Check out this video to find out. And if you’re extra curious about this topic, check out our interview with Stan’s NoTubes and e*thirteen on the same subject.
3. Five most common MTB jumping mistakes
Jumping a mountain bike is a ton of fun, but it’s easy to get wrong. To avoid the dreaded dead sailor or nose dive, here are five great tips. Catch the video here.
4. Riding a $179 Huffy full suspension bike on a DH trail
Can a sub-$200 Huffy survive downhill trail abuse? You already know the answer, but the end result is still hilarious. Watch the video evidence here.
5. Top 10 affordable (or free) mountain bike upgrades
Apparently, Mtbr readers love a good top 10 list, which is why No. 5 on this list covers 10 cost effective upgrades. Video delivered tips here.
6. Video: Are Walmart bikes safe to ride?
Another Mtbr favorite is cheap bikes getting beat on. This time, it’s a $150 dual suspension POS from Walmart. Catch the video here.
7. Face-off: Fat bike vs plus bike
Fat bikes tend to have 4-5” tires mounted on 26” rims. The new plus sized category uses 2.8-3.25” mounted on 27.5” rims. Both tires can be run at ultra-low PSI for extra traction. So how do the two compare against each other? Find out here.
8. Three MTB skills drills that will make you a better rider
Ryan Leech is not only an incredible rider, he’s also a great teacher. If you want to improve your riding, we highly recommend checking out his private coaching website. For a taste of the content, check out these three simple drills.
9. Showdown: 27.5 versus 27.5+ versus 29er
It used to be there was only one wheel size, which somehow morphed into two, then three, and then all hell broke loose. To help determine which is the fastest, Soho Bikes gathered a who’s who of talent and headed off to the bike park. See what they discovered here.
10. Is a mountain bike with a hidden motor faster for XC racing
Last January, the cyclocross world was rocked when UCI officials discovered a motor hidden in the bike of a U23 racer. That drama got the GMBN crew thinking, could moto doping happen in mountain biking? Here is their conclusion.