Mountain Bike Cockpit Setup

After a post about the ergo-grips and how they may not be needed if you just set your cockpit up right I got a request to go over exactly how that is done. Here is a video I shot of my mechanic, James Flatten of Grassroots Cycles, going over how to set up your cockpit on a mountain bike.

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  1. Karmen says:

    James, please pass along a thank you to James at Grassroots for taking the time to present a simple and straightforward cockpit set-up video.

    Reply • September 8 at 6:12 pm
  2. Jason says:

    Great post. He hit all of the key points. A straight line from the wrist, in line with the hand and into the brake finger indicates a strong rider.

    Reply • September 13 at 11:47 pm
  3. Dale says:

    Great Post , I do still however question which is better , under rotation or over rotation. The set up being talked about in the video does tend to be little on the side over over rotation which could in many cases contibute to the rider going over the bars. Please share your thoughts on this James.

    Reply • February 10 at 10:34 am
    • bikejames bikejames says:

      I guess I am not clear on exactly what you are referring to – the set up is a neutral one and definitely not over rotated forward. Trust me, I’d never ride a bike that made me feel like it want to pitch me over the bars.

      Reply • February 10 at 5:51 pm
      • Scott says:

        I get what Dale is saying. Conceptually I agree with the neutral position however when I’m riding a lot of technical downhill it’s becomes too weak of a position. I find my hand can slide over the bars on sudden unexpected impacts. Therefore I personally set my bike up with a sight wrist cock. Just my 2 cents

        Reply • July 30 at 11:02 am

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