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Improve Your Riding on a MTB Trail - 6 Steps of Quick Analysis

Analyze your MTB ride in just 1 minute with BrakeAce's 6 Steps of Quick Analysis

Mountain biking is a hugely complex sport. Trails are tough and dynamic, and there's a million ways to ride down them. Thanks to new technologies, we can continually analyze and improve our riding. When we're time crunched, there are simple ways for us to make the most of these analyses so we can not only ride more, but have more fun doing it. Below are BrakeAce's 6 Steps of Quick Analysis to have you riding like never before


1. Look at the FlowScore

The FlowScore is your ticket to easy analysis. You will gain a detailed understanding of exactly how much braking was required for each rider on each trail. The FlowScore will help you compare between riders on the same trail, and to understand the execution or setup if you’re comparing runs across a single rider.

Remember - it’s like penalty points. A higher FlowScore means there was more braking.

2. Check Run Time

Once you check the FlowScore, check to see if the times are faster or slower. You could have a higher FlowScore but faster time. The FlowScore knows what you did while you were braking, but if you pedaled more or took a different line on that straight section, you could have gained time without a major change in the FlowScore. The FlowScore is crazy sensitive to improvements, but the stopwatch never lies! Our brains do lie though…

3. Look at your Braking Performance Scores

Check your radar plot to know which score is the weakest. You could have had no Intense events and get a 100% on your Intensity Score, but braking lighter might affect your Modulation Score or Duration Score.

4. Check Brake Time

Brake Time is a great score to compare between riders or different setups. The FlowScore is better since it understands how hard these events were, but Brake Time is a good quick metric once you already understand some of the more detailed scores.

5. Understand Brake Balance

As we discussed, riders can have equal speed regardless of vastly different Brake Balance. A lot of times too much rear brake can increase Modulation or Brake Time. But on the other hand, too much front brake might affect Intensity.

6. Scroll Key Opportunities

Once you have a good understanding of your scores, check your Key Opportunities. If you want to get faster, these are your greatest bang for buck. Head back to these sections and try new lines or approaches.


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