Unfortunately though, there is no textbook or table that is going to tell you what the golden pressure front-and-back combo is for you. There simply is too many variables. Getting it right is part science, part trial-and-error and a whole lot of personal preference.
Okay, no need to look so dejected. Here are some basic guidelines to get you there:
If you are running either very low or very high pressures (over 3 Bar) you’re more than likely not getting the best from your bike.
- In simple terms, the lower the pressure, the faster rolling the tire, the softer the ride and ultimately the better the grip which leads to better performance.
- That being said ‘lower’ pressure is relative to the size and weight of the rider, the terrain you ride most as well as the quality of the tyre.
- In the wet you may want about 0.5bar lower than usual for improved traction.
- Smooth and faster trails can be ridden with slightly more air pressure than a rougher trail.