Downtime - The Mountain Bike Podcast

Downtime - The Mountain Bike Podcast

Mountain Bike Design – Behind the Scenes

May 12, 2020

On this week’s episode, I’m chatting mountain bike design with Aaron Kerson and Adam Hammerman from PNW Components. These guys have got a lot of experience in the industry, working for brands like Specialized and Marin before getting together at PNW. We sat down to find out what goes on behind the scenes to bring us the amazing products that we get to ride. We chat about the difference between engineering and design, the stages that products go through before they get to us, what happens when it goes wrong, and how something as simple as product finish can affect how it performs. This is an area that doesn’t get spoken about that much, and I hope you enjoy finding out more. Hit play and give this episode a listen.

Check out PNW’s April fool’s video here. You can join their mailing list at the bottom of their homepage here. You can listen to my previous episode with Aaron here.

This episode of the podcast is supported by PNW Components. I’ve been using a PNW dropper post and their fabulous Loam Lever remote for a year and they have been absolutely faultless, which makes them the only dropper set up I’ve ever had that hasn’t caused me any issues at all in that time period! They have recently launched their new Rainier dropper which has lots of adjustability and a shorter overall length, allowing you to maximise your drop. Check out what they have to offer at and for you lucky Downtime listeners you get 15% off during May using the code ‘pnwdowntime‘ at the checkout.

We are going LIVE again on Wednesday 20th May with coach to the stars, Chris Kilmurray from Point1Athletic. You can watch the chat and ask your own questions by heading to at 8pm BST. You can catch up on previous LIVE episodes there too, so make sure you get subscribed to our YouTube channel to keep up to date.

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