Monday, 5 May 2014

UCLan SENS carries out cycle study

UCLan SENS is conducting research into the physiological and biomechanical influence of different Mountain Bike wheel sizes.

There is currently a lot of industry debate as to which wheel size 26", 27.5" or 29" is most efficient, therefore the Division is trying to determine this in a controlled simulated race environment. The study is being supported by US-based Santa Cruz Bicycles who have provided three bikes to test on.

Testing is set to take place at the National Cycling Centre MTB trail in Manchester, and will involve Cross Country MTB racers completing a series laps on each of the three wheel sizes whilst being monitored on oxygen uptake, energy expenditure, speed and muscle activity.

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