About Grinding Gears

Hi, I’m Joe – Editor in Cheif here at Grinding Gears.

I created Grinding Gears with one mission in mind – to help everyone find the best components out there.

We’re an independent mountain bike reviewer – sometimes we get sent products to review, but mostly we buy these items out of our own pocket. Unlike most reviews you see out there, we don’t pander to the companies to keep them sweet.

If something is shit, we will say it is shit.

If something’s amazing, we’re going to shout about it.

Our philosophy is very simple. We want to cut through the industry hype to find the best quality products without having to fork out ridiculous amounts of money for it.

We may not have the most expensive bikes, use gear that professionals would be jealous of or even shred like a pro, but we know how to hunt out a bargain. Everyone who writes for us is a through-and-through mountain biker – some have ridden for years, others are relatively new to the sport.

Our testing process

We don’t tend to do “initial thought reviews” as these can be really misleading – something that’s epic out the box could be useless within 3-4 rides. When you see a review from Grinding Gears you know that it’s seen some harsh real world riding – typically 3-4 months worth of Welsh rain and mud.

We do this so that we know what we’re recommending is good. We do this so that when you read a review from us you can see exactly how it faired over time. We do this so that you don’t have to waste money on things that are shit.

Why do we do it? I guess we’re just sick of being misled by the mountain bike media industry telling us we need all this shiny stuff that simply falls apart within 6 months!


Reaching over 1.3million readers

Since we launched the website in the summer of 2013 we’ve received over 1.3 million readers, with a strong community of regular readers and contributors. If you would like to get your products in front of a massive mountain bike community then get in touch with me at Editor [at] GrindingGears [dot] co.uk.

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  1. Morning folks…Have just found your site on the net & wow..common-sense MTB site..well done for producing a web-site without all the frills & expense that seems to ooze from U.S.sites. I’m part of a group that stay in Thailand over the UK winter months..great riding, low-cost spares/accessories..& no farmers shouting “Get off my f*****g laaaand!”..we ride through pineapple fields, rubber plantations, temple grounds..so,so unrestricted..great mix for XC, DH, or just family scenic rides..plus shanty-style shops are EVERYWHERE..so water/chocolate top-ups are no problem..ha! Best ones to you all..Chris.

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