Easy methods to cut back arm pump // Half 2: 9 vibration damping merchandise for MTB


Welcome again to Bikerumor’s offensive on each mountain biker’s worst enemy; the dreaded arm pump. Final week we lined what arm pump truly is, and detailed easy, cheap but very efficient methods of lowering arm pump by getting your brake setup dialed.

We hope you guys have been experimenting with lever angle, attain and chew level, or thought of up-sizing your rotors for extra highly effective, efficient braking. Brake setup could nicely appear unrelated to arm pump however belief me – get this proper, and also you’ll be nicely in your method to lowering arm pump, and going quicker for longer in consequence. Winner.

Function Picture by Innes Graham – Enduro World Sequence

MTB Arm Pump: Throw cash on the downside

This week, we’re fixing the issue along with your hard-earned money. Here’s a listing of 9 elements that declare to have the ability to cut back your arm pump, cut back rider fatigue, or a minimum of supply some extent of vibration damping.

How are vibrations and arm pump associated? We spoke to Dr Lewis Kirkwood, a Sports activities Scientist who spent four years learning the subject. He also can bike a motorbike quite nicely, so is aware of what he’s speaking about. If you wish to geek out on that, try the interview.

A number of the under talked about merchandise are rather a lot costlier than others. That stated, all are price contemplating if it means driving ache free!


Declare: Lowered Arm Pump

Rev Grips describe their product as suspension grips for mountain biking. Others have contested that description, describing it extra as “energetic damping” or “power absorbing”. We’ll attempt to not get too hung up on the billing however both means, Rev Grips declare to cut back arm pump.

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The premise of the grips is that the grip sleeve (the bit you maintain onto) is definitely suspended away from the floor of the bar. It’s the useless house between the underside of the grip sleeve and the bar that’s stated to isolate vibrations from the bar, stopping them from reaching the rider’s palms.

The sleeve is suspended from the outboard and inboard finish of the grip by adjustable shock-absorbing inserts.

Rev Grips declare their suspension grips supply improved management for riders as they make it simpler so that you can maintain onto the bar. Bikerumor’s Zach confirmed this along with his evaluation of the grips.

rev grips suspension elastomers

“What struck me most in regards to the grips is how a lot they encourage a lightweight contact to the bars. This in flip reduces hand fatigue while you’re driving the Rev Grips, nevertheless it appears to translate to different grips as nicely.”

“After driving them for a while, I discovered myself driving lighter on different grips and having much less hand fatigue throughout the board. For that purpose, I like them rather a lot and despite the fact that I’m not presently driving them on any of my bikes, I really feel like I’m nonetheless reaping the advantages.” – Zach Overholt.

Rev Grips are provided at two value factors. The extra budget-friendly “Race Sequence” Grip System. It’s the heavier “naked bones” of the shock absorbing system, provided with medium-soft elastomers for $59.95. 4 choices can be found; a 31mm, a 31mm half-waffle, a 32.5mm and a 34mm outdoors diameter possibility.

The highest-end no compromise Professional Degree Rev Grips are absolutely adjustable from extremely gentle to extremely agency. They arrive full with aluminum bar ends, tuning equipment, meeting instruments, lightened clamps and your alternative of coloured grips and clamps. These will set you again $89.95.

Fasst Co Flexx Enduro and DH Bars

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Picture by Enduro World Sequence / Innes Graham Images

Declare: Lowered Arm Pump

Right here’s one other arm pump lowering product we’ve examined; Fasst Firm’s Flexx Enduro Bar. And, we will fortunately say that it really works! However, it actually wasn’t with out its problems… try our long run evaluation right here.

fasst flexx enduro bar blue soft elastomer compression rebound vibration damping bar

The Flexx MTB handlebar is an evolution of Fasst Co’s motocross bars, themselves developed to cut back arm pump for the motocross rider. The idea is sort of easy. As with Rev Grips, Fasst use elastomer expertise inside a pivot for either side of the bar. Thus, the bar provides some suspension journey, the size of which depends on what width you narrow the bar to.

fasst co flexx endro handlebar for mtb carbon grip area alloy clamp titanium bolt system

Every pivot homes one compression elastomer and one rebound elastomer. Each are tuneable, with gentle, medium, onerous and agency choices out there.

We observed some dealing with points after we used the gentle and medium elastomers, so settled on the onerous elastomers. With these, dealing with wasn’t compromised however we nonetheless observed significantly diminished arm pump, and generally, a much more snug experience really feel from the bar.

bikerumor review fasst flexx enduro handlebar for mtb long term impressions

The Fasst Flexx Enduro Bar isn’t low-cost at $424.99. It actually isn’t mild both, weighing in at 450 g. That stated, a less expensive aluminium model has arrived with a $324.99 price ticket. Fasst supply the Flexx Enduro Bar in two variations; an 8° backsweep and a 12° backsweep. 820mm broad DH and E-Bike variations are additionally out there.

OneUp Elements Ovalised Carbon Bar

oneup carbon handlebar mtb

Declare: Lowered Arm Pump

Subsequent up is one other handlebar, this one far more inexpensive, and lighter. The OneUp Elements ovalised carbon bar is one other product that claims it could cut back arm pump.

Its vibration damping properties come from its means to flex. The design is far easier, and arguably extra refined than the Fasst Co’s providing, however you may’t tune the flex in any means.

oneup components edc stem and ovalized carbon fiber mountain bike handlebar

The 220g carbon bar is ovalised between the stem clamp area and the management mount area. It’s the oval form right here that enables the bar to flex in a single path (towards the bottom) however stay tremendous stiff laterally for steering precision.

oneup components ovalised carbon handlebar

We examined this bar and bought on tremendous nicely with it. It provided a pleasant, compliant experience really feel and a few discount in arm pump, as in comparison with our earlier 31.8mm clamp aluminium bar. Try the evaluation right here.

Spank Vibrocore Bars

spank spike vibrocore handlebar vibration damping

Declare: Lowered Arm Pump

Spank Industries take a really totally different strategy to handlebar consolation. As an alternative of taking place the route of introducing flex for vibration damping, Spank decide to maintain their handlebars stiff in all instructions. As an alternative, they fill the cavity of the bar with a proprietary vibration damping foam.

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The concept is to forestall the resonant frequency of most alloy bars from vibrating within the widespread 12-25Hz vary that results in arm pump, and finally causes extra critical muscle & connective tissue injury with continued publicity. So, Vibrocore shifts the vibration to a better, much less damaging frequency vary that leads to much less fatigue.

We haven’t had the pleasure of making an attempt this expertise but. Strive the World Cup confirmed Spike 800 DH bar for $79.99.

RaceFace NEXT SL Carbon Bar

Race Face Next SL carbon handlebar

Declare: Lowered Arm Fatigue

Race Face haven not too long ago launched the NEXT SL carbon bar aimed toward XC racers. As such, it’s 740mm broad with a 35mm diameter clamp space. It’s carbon and it truly flexes. The idea is far the identical as wee for the OneUp Oval Bar, however RaceFace have used an uneven layup of carbon to attain flex within the downward airplane however stiffness within the fore-aft airplane.

Race Face Next SL carbon handlebar shown on a mountain bike
The Subsequent SL carbon handlebar retails for $179.99

The NEXT SL takes a much less aggresive and lighter weight strategy to lowering arm fatigue than the opposite handlebars we talk about right here. Whereas it might not make a lot of a distinction to 180mm enduro bike setups, Race Face do say it ought to ship extra noticeable advantages to XC racers who run shorter, firmer suspension setups.

CushCore Professional Tire Inserts

cushcore pro mtb tire insert reduces arm pump rider fatigue

Declare: Lowered Rider Fatigue

Right here’s one other product we’ve put to the check; the CushCore Professional Tire Inserts. These will add round 257g to every 27.5″ wheel, and set you again $149.99 for the pair. Is the load penalty and money price it? Each single day of the week.

cushcore pro tire inserts reduce arm pump reduce vibrations
Picture by Finlay Anderson

However, they’re only for puncture safety! Improper. These tire inserts are that and a complete lot extra. The tight-fitting excessive density closed-cell foam liner lets you run diminished tire pressures for improved grip and luxury, with out sacrificing aspect wall stability. There’s a restrict to that, after all. This may rely on how heavy you might be and how briskly the tracks are that you simply’re driving. However, on my gentle, moist, slow-speed dwelling trails in Scotland, I’ve been capable of cut back my tire pressures from 18-20 PSI down to only 12 PSI (entrance and rear).

cushcore pro mtb tire insert reduces arm pump

It’s probably that means to run ridiculously low pressures with out worry of pinch punctures that makes a CushCore Professional wielding bike so snug to experience. Nevertheless, the froth itself is definitely designed to soak up vibrations. Listed here are the claims from CushCore:

  • Improves suspension efficiency by 16%
  • Reduces influence drive from large hits by 50%
  • Improves sidewall stability by 35%
  • CushCore supplies a 12% smoother experience
  • Reduces rolling resistance by 3%
cushcore pro tire insert review
Picture by Finlay Anderson

Not solely did the CushCore Professional tire inserts cut back my arm pump and general fatigue, additionally they improved my dealing with of the bike subsequently. Additionally they allowed me to run a firmer suspension setup on the DH tracks at Llangollen (One Big Leap) that translated to a quicker rolling bike, with out feeling crushed up on the finish of every run. Full evaluation on the best way.

Rimpact PRO Tire Inserts

rimpact pro mtb tire insert vibration damping rim protection

Right here’s one other set of mountain bike tire inserts that declare vibration damping qualities. We’ve examined these too, however to not their absolute restrict as we did with the CushCore Professional. I bought these in for one purpose and one purpose solely. I used to be racing the EWS in Zermatt, Switzerland, terrain that’s a lot quicker and rockier than what I’m accustomed to driving.

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Choose up a set of Rimpact Professional tire inserts for £69.99

I wished to have the ability to run my ordinary tire pressures (18-20 PSI) for experience really feel consistency, with out worrying about pinch punctures. I’m completely happy to say they have been very a lot as much as the duty. Nevertheless, this being my very first foray into the world of MTB tire inserts, I used to be pleasantly stunned to seek out they’d different advantages.

These inserts have been the one greatest improve I made to my bike all season lengthy. My favourite factor in regards to the Rimpact PRO tire inserts is the vibration damping. Operating an insert, particularly within the entrance tire, smooths out path chatter way over I used to be anticipating it to. The consequence? Much less fatigue on lengthy descents which interprets to driving quicker for longer.

Hammerhead 360 Stem

xc gear hammerhead 360 vibration damping mtb stem

Declare: Vibration Damping

Final on our listing right this moment is the Hammerhead 360 Vibration Damping Stem from XC Gear. That is one other expertise that has come from motorbikes, evolving from the MAKO 360 vibration damping bar mount for motocross. It additionally makes use of elastomers that sit on the stem-handlebar interface.

xcgear hammerhead 360 vibration damping stem for mountain biking

The model declare that the elimination of any metal-to-metal contact between the handlebars and the remainder of the bike leads to significantly diminished vibrations transferred to the rider’s palms. They are saying it reduces the stress in your wrists, palms and arms while you hit bumps. Much less stress equates to much less fatigue which, in principle, equates to driving quicker for longer. What’s to not love?

We’ve not put this to the check but. Choose up the 45mm attain, 31.8mm clamp stem for $399.99 to attempt it for your self.

Subsequent week on “Easy methods to Scale back Arm Pump”, we’re tackling the issue on a budget(ish), once more. We’ll check out how one can optimize your cockpit setup with the right bar dimensions, supplies and grips to greatest fit your anatomy.


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