What do dubstep, suspension dampers and high altitude all have in common? If you answered that they all can make or break a rider’s race, you’d be correct. Some of the factors present on race day, like the altitude of the race venue, can’t be changed—just overcome. Other things, like suspension setup, can be tweaked and adjusted to match the needs of the specific race, and when it comes time to stoke the fire on race day, good beats can be enough to ensure a riders mental state is where it needs to be for top performance. Get any one of these factors wrong, and the results can be less than satisfactory. Get it right though, and like a well-oiled machine, everything can come together perfectly.