The Mate X is an ideal bike for tinkering. Out of the box, it comes with cheap components and little accessories, therefore upgrading is a must for demanding bicycle enthusiasts. Besides the typical upgrades such as tires and suspension, there’s much more you can do to increase style, safety, and fun. In this article, you will find out, how I added many practical features to my Mate and turned it into a powerful Boombox on wheels.
Minimalistic Lighting for the Mate X
As a backup for the front light or for offroad rides, I carry a LED torch such as the Sofirn If22a*. Thus, I can easily increase range and brightness to match any requirements. This strap is ideal for attaching LED lights. Under normal circumstances, the Bontrager Ion Pro with its 1300 Lumens provides more than enough power.
My anti-theft strategy consists of a strong u-lock (New York Fahgettaboutit*) and Hexlox inserts in all relevant connections to secure the saddle, damper, and handlebar. This system is minimalistic and provides good security. I’ve been using it on other bikes for many years with great satisfaction, e.g. I had no loss on a 14-day bike-packing trip. The founder of Hexlox is a friend of mine. If you are interested in their products you can save 10% by using this link*.
Transportation with the Mate X
Dropper Seatpost and Saddle
One of my favorite features is the dropper post by OneUp. I went with the 210 mm version which allows perfect adjustments from posing down low to ergonomically cycling even if you have long legs (I am 1,81m and relatively long-legged). This hack is especially beneficial if you have upgraded your suspension. I am running one of the longer forks and a 190 mm damper which increases the height of the Mate. With the dropper post, I can easily touch the ground and sit comfortably when having to wait at crosslights.
Because I also wanted to occasionally mount a seatpost rack without risking the health of the dropper post, I went with the 31,6 version and built my own „reducing sleeve“ out of a 36*2 stainless steel tube. This tube is so strong that it won’t flex even if you attach heavy loads. The 30cm tube weighs about 300 grams but whos counting grams 😉
Turning the Mate X into a powerful Boombox
Equipped with this upgrade, you can carry a heavy load such as an 11kg JBL Partybox 110 to add a little boom to your Mate 😉 You need a rather long seatpost rack to make for enough space between your butt and the speaker (which I would also recommend for other types of loads). I am using this Ibera rack*. Its clamping mechanism consisting of three elements works better with the 36mm tube than racks that use a two-part mechanism. All I had to do is get rid of the padding and upgrade with a longer screw.
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