Wilderness Trail Bikes

So you’ve decided you want to buy a mountain bike. Great! Now the next question, where to start? With so many different styles of bikes to choose from at so many different price points, it can be hard to narrow down exactly what you want. Let’s take a look at some of the different styles of mountain bikes and see what each has to offer.

Trail Bikes

Unlike many other types of mountain bikes, trail bikes aren’t built specifically for racing. They tend to be fairly average in terms of build, weight, and suspension, and are designed primarily for recreational riders on off-road bike trails.

All-Mountain Bikes

All-mountain bikes (also called Enduro bikes or AM bikes) are designed to be used for all-day, endurance trail rides. They generally have greater suspension than other types of mountain bikes, are angled to enhance performance on steep descents, and are lightweight to help with uphill climbs.  Here is an overview of mountain bikes.

Cross Country (XC) Bikes

Cross Country bikes are built for efficiency over long distances. They are designed with angles tailored to slow uphill climbs. While these bikes are designed to be used on off-road trails, they’re meant to ride fast over relatively flat terrain and are not well-suited to steep trails or big elevation changes.

Downhill Bikes

Downhill bikes (sometimes called Park bikes) are designed only for downhill riding, and are intended to be carried (often by ski lift) to the top of a downhill racing course. They have a large amount of suspension and are designed with a frame and seat angled for downhill riding only. Because of this, trying to ride uphill on one of these bikes can be next to impossible.

Fat Bikes

Fat bikes are bikes with wide, over-sized tires. Tire width can vary from bike to bike, but fat bikes are generally defined as bikes with tires measuring 3.7 inches or wider. Fat bikes were originally designed for increased stability on soft terrain like snow and sand, but are also used on more traditional mountain biking trails. Due to their large tire size, fat bikes tend to give a smoother ride than other types of mountain bikes, but are less maneuverable. Their stability makes them a good choice for beginners looking for an introduction to rougher terrain.
Mountain bikes come in all shapes and sizes, built for a wide range of different functions. Whatever your mountain biking goals are, be sure to spend some time researching different bike types and features before you buy.

5 Tips for Buying a Mountain Bike

Cycling is an exciting, well-loved activity for kids and adults alike. And rightfully so, for a myriad of reasons. Cycling can get you from place to place, it is a good work out and is eco-friendly too! That, of course, is just to name a few. However, whatever your reasons are, there is the perfect bike out there to suit your needs. Mountain bikes are basically just high-performance, durable bikes for rough terrain. So, are you finally ready to buy your first mountain bike? Let’s dive right in on some few tips to consider before heading to the retailer’s, to help you make decisions from an informed point of view.  Here are 5 tips for buying a mountain bike.

1. Make a budget

Let me just point out that you don’t have to break the bank for a decent bike. You can do research on bikes within your price range, and manage your finances well as you will still need money for a helmet and other cycling necessities.

2. Choose a bike that is the perfect fit for you

Bikes come in different frame sizes, and choosing the right one for you is vital. Riding a mountain bike that is not a good fit will not only cause discomfort, but will also put you at risk of injuries. And we don’t want that, do we?

On most bike manufacturers’ websites, a sizing chart has been made available to help you pick a correct frame size, based on your height. This is not to say, however, that whatever the chart says goes, because variables like wheel size, seat height and the length of your limbs come into play. I would advise actually trying out the bike at the shop, and even do a little test drive before you purchase.  Here is how to choose a bike that fits.

3. Quality over everything

This tip is pretty self-explanatory. A good quality bike will give you the best bang for your buck, reduce maintenance costs and is an assurance of longevity and superb ride quality since it is made of good quality materials. And that’s not even half of it.

4. Your type of riding style

Your riding style dictates what type of mountain bike you should go for, to get the most out of your bike. Considering how and where you are going to ride will inform a lot of other decisions such as the type of wheels, brakes, gearing and et cetera. You can choose from fat bikes, trail bikes, cross-country bikes, downhill bikes and all-mountain bikes.

5. Maintenance

A good bike shop ought to conduct a safety inspection on your bike before you leave the store with it. Remember to ask for it, as it is for your own safety. The suspension settings of the bike should also be adjusted to match your unique body weight. On your part as the cyclist, be trail-ready with a maintenance kit for maintenance and repairs. Some essentials include a pump, chain lube, a patch kit, a spare tube, levers and a place to carry it all.

So there you have it. I hope this list of fundamental tips will bring any potential buyer a step closer to knowing what they need to do before purchasing a mountain bike. Happy cycling!