VHS tape makes your mountain bike better to ride

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VHS tape will make your rides quieter and better (Photo: VHS)
VHS tape will make your rides quieter and better (Photo: VHS)
  • Your mountain bike chain can become noisy when riding down challenging trails
  • Conventional chainstay protectors prevent chain damage to the frame, but don't always silence the noise
  • VHS has a product that promises to do both

If you can afford a new carbon-fibre mountain bike, you are probably old enough to remember VHS tapes.

Although you might wonder what the possible relationship between mountain bikes and VHS tape could be, it is all about protecting your investment. And having a more enjoyable ride.

Carbon-fibre mountain bikes are expensive. Particularly those that feature full carbon-fibre frames, where the rear structure is also composite,instead of aluminium.

When you are descending a rough section of rocky trail, your chain will slap the frame. Not only is this noisily irritating, but it can also damage the paint finish and eventually ruin your mountain bike’s chainstay.

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The VHS 2.0 type packaging is highly original. Especially if you remember the 1980s (Photo: VHS)
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The chainstay protector is made from special rubber, durable, and easy to install (Photo: VHS)

Old school, isn't cool

For years, the proven solution has been to simply take any disused mountain bike inner tube, wind it around the drive side chainstay, and cable tie the ends. These DIY chain slap protectors work in preventing damage, but they don’t do a great job of containing noise.

Industrial engineers have proven that a proper rubber chainstay protector, with ridges, is the best solution to silence chain slap.

One of the latest aftermarket chainstay protectors, is from Velocity Hucking Solutions (VHS), with their 2.0 slapper tape product. Beyond the clever retro packaging and name, the VHS 2.0 tape features a specifically shaped air bubble pattern.

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No matter how rough the terrain, you chain won't be signalling its strain, thanks to those air bubbles (Photo: VHS)

Reducing all that horrible mechanical noise

A roll of VHS 2.0 tape measures out to 350mm, which is long enough to protect the sensitive area of any mountain chainstay. The VHS 2.0 tape features silicone rubber air bubbles 10mm tall, which absorb the impact of any chain slap, thereby damping noise to make your downhill riding more enjoyable.

Many newer mountain bikes feature factory installed chainstay protectors, but not all of these have an air bubble pattern to effectively silence chain slap.

If you want to make your singletrack descending experience purer, and less annoying, whilst also protecting your bike, VHS’s 2.0 tape is ideal. Especially if you want to upgrade a slightly older mountain bike frame, to the latest chainstay protection technology.

A product of New Zealand, VHS 2.0 slapper tape retails for R460. And no, there isn’t an actual VHS instruction video included, despite the appearance of its packaging.

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