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How can you go faster on downhills?

Getting fit for MTB is easy. If you have a power meter, we can measure your current fitness, then follow a training plan, track our progress and get better.

We use power meters because we can get a direct measurement of where we are at, then try new ways to get faster and figure out if these are working.

[By the way, check out our new course on using a power meter on your MTB]

But how do we get faster on downhills? What skills do we need?

Say on Strava, we are 20th on our local descent. We've ridden the trail dozen of times. Can we ever imagine getting a KOM or getting faster at all?

Unfortunately, to date it has been impossible to measure or track your downhill speed other than with just time. Everything in DH has been just guesswork! This is unfortunate at the highest level, where World Cup downhillers are just holding on and hoping for the best. And of course for the rest of us, what can we do to get faster on downhills? Yes, they tick off some serious routines and processes along the way, but the only measurements are time to complete a section.

This is the whole reason we invented BrakeAce! Making mountain bikers faster is my passion, and a data-led approach is the only way to do it. This valuable tool of the future is my passion, and one day it will be on every MTB.

On top of measuring everything you do on the downhills, BrakeAce also sorts out the places on the trail where you can improve the most, called your Key Opportunities. This cuts to the chase and shows you just 3 places where you should focus on getting better. In your KO, BrakeAce shows you what exactly you are doing with your brakes, such as braking too long, with too high intensity, or with crazy high modulation. You can then go back to these sections of trail, looks for new lines and approaches, and measure your progress as you go.

There's this beautiful thing called the FlowScore (TM), which makes it super easy to measure changes in your braking in a specific section or to compare with your friends. You can use this FlowScore to see how the pros ride differently than you, since it is a direct comparison of brake efficiency on a section of trail, every corner, or every Strava segment.