MBA: What’s the most important thing
to look for when buying a bike?
Hans: Find out what you really want and
what you really need. Get the right style
of bike (you don’t need a downhill bike if
you live in Florida), and get the right size
frame according to your height. If you’re
taller than 6-foot- 4, you should seriously
consider a 29-inch bike, while short people
should consider smaller wheels.
MBA: Do you have any tips on when
a rider should get a hardtail instead of a
Hans: If you ride fire roads and
smooth trails, a hardtail might do the job.
Personally, I would prefer plus-sized tires
on a hardtail; the big tires will act like suspension and will take the edge off. If you
like the downhill trails or ride rough and
technical terrain, there is no other option
than full suspension in my opinion; 130–
160 millimeters is a good choice of travel.
MBA: Is there anything a rider should
avoid buying when getting a new bike?
Hans: Don’t just buy a bike because you
like the price tag or the color. Make sure
it’s the right bike for you.
MBA: Is it better to get a new bike or a
used one when starting out? How helpful
is it to take a test ride on a bike before you
MBA: How helpful is it to go to a bike
Hans: That’s a great way to test-ride
different styles, sizes and components firsthand. Certain parts just need to be experienced. Nobody was missing plus-sized tires
or dropper seatposts until they were invented.
MBA: How much money should one spend
to buy a decent bike?
Hans: Spend what you can afford and
what feels right. There are big differences
between bicycles, but you can have fun on
a low-cost bike too. Just be smart and do
HANS REY’S TIPS
Advice from one of the
Hans: I think more important is to
do the research on the bike; read some
tests and reviews. If you don’t know
what size frame you want or need, then
it is very important and helpful to test-
ride a bike, or at least sit on it.
MBA: When is it a good idea to buy a
Hans: When you know exactly what
you want and when you are able to
work on your bikes yourself. Most bike
shops don’t like it when someone brings
parts to their shop that they bought
Good advice: Test rides are a great way to find what bike works best for you.
The more bikes you try, the more confident you’ll be when it’s time to buy.
Hans Rey: Hans came to fame as a
world champion trials rider in the 1980s.
He still rides all over the world.