Talking Tech-Super Boost

Talking Tech-Super Boost

Some say, for the past decade, change is about the only constant seen in mountain bike development. With new wheel sizes, bottom bracket systems, steerer-tube diameters, brake systems and axle configurations….the list goes on and on.

What’s next you may ask? Enter:  Super Boost Plus. Super what?? Boost huh? Step back and breathe.

What is Boost? Simply put, Boost is the new axle platform. It includes a new wider rear axle (by 6mm) and front axle (by 10mm) than the standard that was previously found on mountain bikes.

So how does it help?

Not going into technical territory, put in easy terms you can build a stronger, stiffer, and ultimately more efficient wheel.

The Boost concept shortens the chainstay and therefore allows your weight to be positioned close to the rear axle = the bike will generally feel more nimble, easier to manual (alright!) and climb more confidently. Another added extra is that some bike frames (SOME) can accommodate plus size tyres (2.8” x 3.25”) the “original” average being 2.0” to 2.3”.

And how does it help the front end?

The boost technology assists in achieving better wheel geometry and additional tyre clearance meaning fatter tyres = more grip on the pea gravel and you can never have too much of that.

And Super Boost Plus?

Super Boost is 157mm, 9mm wider again from that of the Boost axle platform. These axles are not entirely new. Downhill bikes have been using them for years. The difference now being that the Super Boost axle is wider than that of the normal rear hubs giving the spokes a wider bracing angle, leading to stronger rear wheels. Perhaps fewer wheel tacos and more pizza??

Photo Credit: Dirt Mountain Bike

One bonus is that riders won’t require entirely new cranks or bottom brackets.

Question

Will Super Boost Plus become mainstream? And if so, will it become the new normal for mountain bikes.

Great questions. So, what do some of the bike manufacturers say about this Super Boost….lets check out some interesting finds on the interweb.

  • Pivot Cycles: makes sense for some mountain bikes
  • RaceFace/Easton: more Super Boost bikes coming to market soon
  • Reynolds wheels: stronger wheels for longer travel bikes (Ed: Reynolds was the first wheel manufacturers to build 157×12 Super Boost wheels)
  • Trek Bikes: weighing the pros and cons!
  • Giant Bicycles: still investigating
  • Stans No Tubes: let’s pause and think about what riders really need

After everything said and read, Super Boost Plus is making waves in the mountain bike industry, but it is no tidal wave bringing about change across all breeds of mountain bikes.

Another to put on the watch and wait list with the ever-changing inventory of Standards for Mountain Bikes.

Photo Credit: Dirt Mountain Bike

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