Mountain biking has remained a popular outdoor activity over the past few decades.
According to a study, nearly 40 million people ride mountain bikes every year in the U.S.
Mountain bikes fall under one category like the road bikes, the type and purpose of each bike can be worlds apart. Mountain bikes are tailor-made for specific terrain and riding styles.
It is the most common mountain biking style because it doesn’t belong to any specific type of racing. This style of bike is for you if you are interested in going for a local trail with your friends and riding a mixture of climbs and descents.
This bike is designed for riders who want pedaling performance as their top priority. This bike focus on efficiency and low weight. The geometry of cross country bikes is most similar to road bikes.
These bikes come with oversize tires that give excellent traction, especially in sand or snow. Fat bikes are excellent for beginners.
All-mountain bikes are the centerpiece of the race format called Enduro, where climbing is necessary.
These bikes are designed to perform well on steep descents.
Downhill bikes are designed for steep, gnarly terrain, speed, big drops, and jumps.
They simply aren’t made to go any direction but down.
A full-suspension bike can soak up a lot of trail bumps.
There are many variations of full-suspension bikes, but the general idea is for the front fork and rear shock to absorb the impacts of the trails.
These bikes have a suspension fork in the front to absorb the impact on the front wheel, but the rear of the bike has no suspension.
Hardtails are typically less expensive than full-suspension bikes and have less maintenance.
Rigid mountain bikes don’t feature any suspension.
They are easy to maintain and usually less expensive.
Mountain bikes are commonly made from either carbon fiber, aluminum, titanium, steel, or a combination of these materials.
Each material has different benefits and will affect the cost, comfort, weight, and even feel of the bike.
Aluminum is the most common frame material in mountain bikes. Compared to carbon fibre, it’s easier and quicker to work with, which makes it a cheaper option.
Carbon fibre was once considered exclusive to the professional ranks. Over time the price came down, manufacturing processes have improved. Now they are common in mountain biking.
Steel is a common material used in entry-level bikes. They weigh more and are also susceptible to corrosion. Before aluminum and carbon fibre, steel was the material choice for mountain bikes.
Titanium is rarely used on mountain bikes due to its high cost. They are relatively lightweight,highly durable, and won’t corrode like steel.
24inch: Kids mountain bikes typically have 24-inch wheels to accommodate the shorter legs of children. Even though it suits kids of age 10 to 13, but this depends more on the size of the child than the age.
26inch: All mountain bikes were equipped with 26inch in the distant past.
27.5 inch: This wheel provides the benefits of both 26inch and 29ers.
29ers: These bikes feature 29-inch wheels that are a little slower to accelerate, but once you start moving, you can conquer considerably more terrain far easier than on a bike with 26in.