We’ve already celebrated the most influential products, so now we take a look at the 10 worst mountain bike products ever…

worst mountain bike products roundup

Here at Dirt we normally like to celebrate the very best mountain bike products. Unfortunately some of the products in question had often already taken care of that themselves. All of us seem to have our own product loathings, but after a quick chat in the office certain names kept cropping up again and again, so those are the ones that have the dubious honour of making it into our ’15 Worst Mountain Bike Products Ever’ list. We are sure you lot will have some of your own to add to the list, so feel free to put them in the comments section below. But now, without further ado, and in no particular order, here are the products that we’d like to consign to room 101…


The first entry into the Worst Mountain Bike Products Ever list is, surprisingly, Shimano. It’s not often that the mighty Shimano makes a stupid decision, but we think the introduction of these ridiculous ‘Dual Control’ shifters a few years back was exactly that. Using your brake levers to shift gears?!?!? Did someone really think that was ever going to be a good idea on a mountain bike? To say we hated them is putting it mildly, and if you’re one of those weirdos out there that loves them then we think you need your head looking at! Long may these rest in the history books. Oh, and while we are on the subject of awful gear related products from Shimano, their backwards (in all senses of the word) ‘Rapid Rise’ rear mechs came ever so close to getting a place in this list.

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