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.