Inside Öhlins, With MTB Racing Team Leader, TJ Hansen


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Today we’re going behind the scenes at Öhlins with their MTB racing team leader, TJ Hansen. We get a bit of history on Öhlins and their background in motorsport. Then chat about their entry into the mountain bike world and the work they do with the Specialized Gravity Team. We discuss the trend for faster rebound speeds and the challenge of making a product that’s technically awesome and capable at the highest level, but still great for us regular riders. We also get TJ’s thoughts on the future of mountain bike suspension and of course some setup tips from the man himself. So hit play and have a listen to this episode with TJ Hansen. Supporting Partners Öhlins To find out more about the Öhlins range of MTB suspension, head to You can also find great information on how to select and set up your Öhlins product specifically for your bike by using their Performance Suspension Guide. They also have a YouTube channel with plenty of useful videos here. Crankbrothers Crankbrothers have just launched their new range of shoes. I've been testing the Boa version of the clip and the flat shoe, and I'm really impressed. They are super comfy straight out of the box, and have some lovely design details. Like rubber dots in the heel cup to stop your heel from lifting. The sole on the flat pedal shoe is a great balance of pedal grip and the ability to adjust the position of your foot on the pedal. The sole on the clip shoe has transformed my clipped-in riding experience. It's way easier to clip in and out with the Crankbrothers shoes. This means that I feel way more confident on the trails. You can check out the entire Crankbrothers shoe range at, and find your local dealer here. Nukeproof Nukeproof have recently announced that Sam Hill and the rest of the Team Chain Reaction Cycles will be running their Horizon V2 wheels for the 2021 Enduro World Series. The Horizon V2 combines some great technology to make wheels that are robust, easy to find parts for and tough. They can be bought individually so you can choose your set up of wheel size, width, freehub, axle etc. You can check them out at your local Nukeproof dealer or at To be in with the chance of winning your own pair, just head to and join their mailing list before 1st April 2021. No spam, just a weekly email to keep you up to date with what Nukeproof and the team are up to. Worth it for the Sam Hill videos alone! Podcast Stuff If you want to support the podcast, and represent, then my webstore is the place to head. All products are 100% organic, shipped without plastics, and made with a supply chain that's using renewable energy. So check it out now over at The new t-shirts are super soft and a lovely fit, so treat yourself and help the podcast at the same time. We've got sweatshirts and hoodies too! For everything video, including riding videos, bike checks and more, subscribe over at Are you enjoying the podcast? If so, then don’t forget to subscribe. It’s free and means you’ll get every episode delivered to your device as soon as it’s available. You'll find all the links you need at You can find us on Apple Podcast, Spotify, Google and most of the podcast apps out there. While you're there, why not join our newsletter, to get our Weekend Warm-Up email every Friday, full of interesting bike-related stuff, competitions, product recommendations and more. If you want to share tips and advice with other podcast listeners on anything mountain bike related, you can join our Facebook group, head to request permission to join the group and get involved! Our back catalogue of amazing episodes is available at

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