What will mountain bikes look like in 2028 or in coming future? Here’s our compilation from the educated guesses…
We are so lucky enough to ride many of the latest and (sometimes) greatest mountain bikes in the world. From all this experience, we’ve learned a thing or two about what works and what’s changed, so can make some educated guesses about where bikes are headed.
BikeRadar have extrapolated the current trends and, with a little creative license, have taken them to their logical conclusion. They’ve applied this perverse logic to every aspect of the bike to make a half-silly, half-serious prediction about what the ultimate bike of the future might look like.
The result is a hodgepodge of all the latest technologies and ideas that the MTB industry has cooked up. Best of all, it’s been realised for us in pixels by the very talented Daniel Gunnarsson — the man behind Local Bike Chop, which they featured recently.
The future of mountain bike geometry
Mountain bikes are getting longer. That’s not just the current fashion, it’s a trend which has been steadily advancing since the sport was invented. In our opinion, it’s the single most important reason modern bikes are easier, faster and safer to ride than those of a few years ago.
Outliers, such as Pole and Nicolai, have already taken this trend to its logical conclusion. We’re unlikely to see bikes much longer than their 1,300mm+ wheelbases, but Transition, with its ‘SBG’ geometry, and Specialized, with its Stumpjumper EVO, are already making long and slack the mainstream.
Prediction is that, the bikes will continue to get longer, and perhaps some bigger brands will approach Pole/Nicolai proportions. So that’s where our bike of the future gets its geometric inspiration.
What’s more, sizing will be better suited to riders of extreme heights, with chainstay lengths increasing with frame size (something which Norco pioneered), as well as reach and stack. Overall, bike geometry will be more proportionate to rider height.
The seat tube will be very short to minimise standover. The electronically-controlled dropper post will have up to 200mm of travel.
Finally, the bike of the future will have a seat angle of 80 degrees. While long and slack geometry isn’t for everyone, we’ve yet to find anyone who doesn’t like a steep seat angle on a full-suspension bike, nor a bike which doesn’t climb better with the saddle slammed forwards on the seatpost.