Different Types of Mountain Bikes

Now that you have decided to get yourself a mountain bike, the next thing you should know is that there are so many different types of bikes to suit different types of needs. There is no one fits all here. There are at least 5 different types of bikes, and each bike is designed to tackle different types or terrains and obstacles with its own advantages and disadvantages. Before buying this kind of bike, it best to know where you will be riding and what types of obstacles will you encounter on your rides. This will ultimately help you to decide on the best mountain bicycle for your usage.

The different types of such bicycles are;

1. XC bikes or Cross country bikes. These bikes are designed for off road excursions with minimal to moderate obstacles. These bikes weigh around 20 – 30 pounds and are made of the most lightweight materials so that they can go as fast as possible in all directions possible. They use air shock suspension systems and are more rigid than other mountain bikes. There are also two types of XC bike according to suspension, the hard tail and the full suspension.

a. The Hard tail: The hard tail do not have rear suspension and you need to add suspension forks for a more comfortable ride, they weigh less than a full suspension mountain bike, they have improved seat-stay and chain-stay, they are more durable than full suspension bikes and requires less maintenance.

b. The Full Suspension bikes: Full suspension mountain bikes have front fork and rear suspension integrated to the bike frame and resemble a motorcycle. They are more comfortable to ride, but are heavier than the hard tails.

2. Trail Bikes: have softer suspension systems and requires more pedaling effort from the rider. There are 3 different types of mountain bikes:

a. Downhill mountain bicycles: this mountain bike is designed for going downhill and terrorizing race courses with steep drops. These bikes weigh about 40 pounds, but are made as light as possible to be suitable for racing. Because it is built for racing downhill, it would not be a good idea to use it for climbing. The barking system use hydraulic brakes to stop at high speeds.

b. Freeride Mountain bicycles: Looks similar to a downhill mountain bicycles, weighs nearly the same but is easier to pedal. This bike is cross of the downhill mountain bike and the cross country bike, but does not perform well.

c. Dirt Jump Mountain bicycles: as it name suggests it is used for dirt jumping, racing and street riding. It looks like an oversized BMX bike with front suspension. It is made of very strong material to protect the rider during the jumps with softer suspension system than the Cross Country Mountain bicycles.