Are You Faster On A Stiffer Bike?

Published on February 4th 2018


Stiffer bikes are more efficient aren’t they. Frame flex robs you of power, so stiffer frames therefore transfer more of your power to the back wheel. A lot of us might take that statement as fact. After all, pros want stiffer bikes, bike manufacturers sell us stiffer bikes because that’s what we ask for and it’s a characteristic that most bike testers praise to the rafters. But is it true? Subscribe: The question is then, if frame flex does transfer energy away from your drivetrain, where does it go? Well, maybe right back into it. We have come down to the Bicycle Academy, the frame building school that is based in Frome, just down the road from GCN HQ. Tom Sturdy, the engineer who looked after the design of the GCN handbuilt bike is the head of education here and he has long been thinking about this frame flex conundrum. Watch more on GCN Tech... The truth about wide tyres 📹 Brought to you by the world’s biggest cycling channel, the Global Cycling Network (GCN), GCN Tech goes deeper into the bikes, kit and technology stories that matter. GCN Tech is utterly obsessed with seeking out and showcasing the best in bikes, tech, products and upgrades. Everywhere. Every week. From news and rumours, first ride exclusives, how-tos, the weekly GCN Tech Show, pro bikes, set-up tips and more, we geek out over the tiny details that can make the big differences to you. With years of racing and industry expertise, we also bring you instructive maintenance videos to hone your mechanical skills, as well as behind the scenes factory tours and in-depth analysis of kit chosen by the pro peloton to keep your finger on the pulse of cycling’s latest technological innovations. Engage with us every week on the channel and across social media – we’re here to answer every question you’ve got on mountain biking tech. Facebook - Instagram - Twitter -