Setting Your Tire Pressure

Maintaining the right amount of tyre pressure on your mountain bike will help you have more control over your bike.Setting it too high will lead to poor contact with the ground and keep you from being able to maneuver on tough terrain, while going too low is likely to cause flats that are difficult for riders who don’t know what they’re doing.

You must establish what type of mountain bike tyre pressure is best for your overall riding setup and your typical riding situations. This makes it simple to modify the pressure depending on trail or terrain conditions.

The first step in getting started with a new set of tires is finding out exactly what kind of air pressures work best for them under normal circumstances so that when making adjustments later on down the road, they are more accurate. To do this reliably, though, make sure to use one gauge each time – gauges can be very inaccurate if switched around too much.

A quick and simple method for increasing the responsiveness of your tyres is to decrease the pressure in them. Start with a pressure of 40 – 50 psi.

However, if you have a tubeless system, begin with a lower pressure of 30 – 40 psi.

Although people are capable of increasing or decreasing their tyre pressures without issues, the amount of weight they place on each pedal stroke and what sort of terrain they ride over greatly influence how much they can increase or decrease their pressure.

Focus on making sure there aren’t too many severe bumps below 10lb/in2 (86bars) when riding for long periods of time.

You want to ride at the lowest possible pressure without compromising pinch flat resistance, so select the lowest pressure you can.

Whenever your tyre rolls over an item, the rubber flattens and is squeezed between the rims of each side that comes into touch with the object (known as a pinch flat).

Because there is no tube to be crushed against items at high pressures, going tubeless makes this considerably less risky- but be careful not to go too low on the pressure.

If you notice dents appearing around the area where a bead meets a rim, or if your tubeless system begins to burp air during cornering, you’ve saved a lot of weight by lowering pressure significantly lower than before, but you’ve done so at the expense of lowering pressure below the recommended safety levels for these tyres.

To determine the proper tyre pressure, first determine how your tyres feel while they are operating under optimal conditions.

Knowing how firmly to squeeze them with your hands and recognising their features will make adjusting the air pressure a snap – regardless of which pump is being used!