Chris Akrigg impresses with a hardtail

$2000 hardtail is a capable tool in good hands


It’s anything but a typical XC ride with Mongoose pro, Chris Akrigg. Check out his insane repertoire of skills on his new Tyax Pro 29″. Best to listen with headphones on!

Tyax Pro 29 in capable hands

There’s something about the old adage: “It’s not about the bike.”

To us, what that means is not that the bike doesn’t matter. Rather, the rider matters more. Skill, ability and training account for 80-90% of the riding experience. So take care of that and most obstacles can be overcome.

As far as the bike, a great bike is not irrelevant. It can make a 10% difference or more. That can mean a little or a lot depending on how optimized the rider is. It is not ideal when a beginner rider gets an $11k bike. But when the rider and bike converge in skill and machine, it’s a great thing.

The bike Chris uses is available below for around $1000. He upgraded the fork to a very high-end Fox 36.

About the author: Francis Cebedo

The founder of mtbr and roadbikereview, Francis Cebedo believes that every cyclist has a lot to teach and a lot to learn. "Our websites are communal hubs for sharing cycling experiences, trading adventure stories, and passing along product information and opinions." Francis' favorite bike is the last bike he rode, whether it's a dirt jumper, singlespeed, trail bike, lugged commuter or ultralight carbon road steed. Indeed, Francis loves cycling in all its forms and is happiest when infecting others with that same passion. Francis also believes that IPA will save America.

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