Small details matter in mountain bike racing. Racers spend countless hours training their bodies, tweaking their bikes, scrutinizing the course, line selection, tire selection, tire pressure, race strategy, nutrition, on and on.
Small details can make all the difference between a perfectly functional bike and a race ending mechanical. With this in mind, I was thrilled to join Effetto Mariposa’s athlete team in 2014.
I was mainly drawn to Effetto Mariposa due to their Caffelatex tubeless sealant. Caffelatex stands apart from standard latex sealants in that it has a unique foaming action that fills the entire inside of the tire, staying wet longer and offering better protection from sidewall punctures.
EM also stands out in the bike industry as being one of the few companies to offer air cannisters that inject fresh sealant as they fill the tire.
While Caffelatex sealant piqued my interest in Effetto Mariposa, their torque wrench just might be the most clutch piece of bike equipment I own. Prior to using a torque wrench, like most riders, I just turned the hex key on all the bolts until it “felt right”. As a first-year professional rider, the frequent travel and requisite bike disassembly and reassembly for each trip warranted a change in mechanical practices.
All of the bolts on modern race bikes have narrow torque tolerances, especially on the stem, fork crown, seatpost collar, and saddle clamp. When dealing with carbon components, it’s especially important to stay within the narrow torque specifications. Using the Effetto Mariposa Giustaforza II torque wrench, I check the recommended torque for each bolt, adjust the torque wrench to match it, and tighten until I hear and feel the click.
Even with everything bolted down properly to the frame, the frame itself needs safeguarding. Like the discovery of EM’s torque wrench after my initial interest in their sealant, I was very impressed by their Shelter Tape. The thick, multilayered tape is engineered to absorb impact and quickly return to its original form. I use it to protect my frame from trail debris, as well as cable rub and chain slap.
At the end of the day, most mountain bikers just want to get out and ride, and experience a state of flow on the bike, absorbed only in the present and the trail ahead. Effetto Mariposa helps take care of all the details of keeping your bike working properly so you can experience a state of flow more often.