Different types of mountain bikes -What bike should you choose
Mountain biking has evolved a lot over a history of about 50 years. There are all sorts of disciplines that fall under that mountain bike umbrella. So we thought it would be a good time to explain all the different types of mountain bikes, and what their intended use is.
Different types of mountain bikes:
Before going to buy a mountain bike, you should need to take some advice from experts and also need clear knowledge, how many types of mountain bikes are available in the market. So let’s start to deep learning about different types of bikes.
So let’s start with cross-country bikes. As Example Canyon XC, the cross-country race bike. This is where weight is really important.
So it’s a carbon fiber frame. These bikes are often 29ers because they’ve got that extra rollover. So once you’re up to speed, they’ll carry speed really well.
Like I say, weight is really important, so it’s all about being as light as possible because fitness and speed is really important. The tires are fairly lightweight so they’re really fast-rolling.
They don’t offer great puncture resistance, but more importantly, they’re really fast tires. The bikes have relatively steep head angles, so they’re agile at low speeds, also good for climbing. You’ve got that long stem and low handlebars to keep weight on that front wheel, so you’re not wheelie-ing too much when you’re climbing.
This is a full-suspension cross-country bike, something that people would race in marathon races, probably longer distance than the pure thoroughbred cross-country bike. The full-suspension is a more comfortable ride, you’re going to get slightly more grip on the rear tires. The tire tracks a little bit better. Obviously the payoff is slightly more weight.
They tend to have single or double chainrings, probably more likely to have a double than the pure cross-country bike because you’re going to be riding this bike for longer. Again, the idea is a light, the fast bike still.
General trail bike:
So moving up to scale a little bit now, what I would call a general trail bike. They tend to be anything from 120- to 140-mill travel, which this bike is. With a trail bike, they tend to be overbuilt.
You can see, it’s a lot chunkier here around the head tube and also here around the pivots to take that punishment. Also, compared to a cross-country race bike, it has a longer wheelbase and therefore more stable at speed. able to ride a descent more comfortably, but yet again, it won’t climb quite as well.
Most trail bikes tend to come with a dropper post, really cool feature also.
Moving up the scale again slightly, this is 160-mill travel.
This is the area that a lot of bike manufacturers are trying to throw their resources at finding that one do-it-all bike. so you’ve got a really good downhill bike that also climbs. Again, the bike is to be designed really aggressively, so to help with that, we’ve got bigger, chunkier tires, more puncture-resistant, but the payoff, again, is they’re heavier.
Slopestyle bike. The main factor about these is companies are still developing bikes around 26-inch wheels, so old technology as far as trail bikes and downhill bikes, but these guys are still riding 26. There’s no need for bigger wheels, I guess it makes the bike more maneuverable in the air, having the smaller wheels.
The short amount of travel, probably only 100 Mills, just to take the shock out of those massive jumps when they’re landing heavy. As you can see they have a low standover height, the small frame which means it’s easy to move around the bike to do all the tricks that they do. Really low seat, just getting it down and out of the way.
A fat bike. Originally these bikes were designed for riding on the sand like we are today and on snow. The huge tires give you that floating ability.
These tires are 4.8 inches wide. Compare that to your average mountain bike tire, maybe 2.2, 2.4. So they’re twice the width. You don’t even need a bike stand for it to stand up on the beach today. The bikes are designed solely around these wheels, really. They’re so wide that the front and the back ends of the fork are wide to fit in that larger hub and that huge tire.
More often than not, these bikes are hardtails or in fact fully rigid like this bike. and they’re becoming more and more popular. You see these out on the trails and away from the snow and the sand.
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Downhill bike. Definitely a very limited use as far as what you can do on this bike, purely designed to go over the roughest terrain, top though bottom, down a hill. As you can see, extremely overbuilt, all the way from the front forks, which are a triple clamp, very similar to a motorcycle, very large aggressive tires, super strong, often tubeless. Two hundred mills of travel, front and back, is usually about the ballpark.
A very slack head angle, so you feel comfortable going down steeper descents, really long wheelbase so the bike is super stable at high speeds. Also, wide handlebars, up to 800 mills, all help give the bike that extra stability. Usually, find a 26-inch wheel like this one here, or more recently, manufacturers are making them in the 27.5-inch wheel.
– A hardtail. They come in all different shapes and sizes, 26-, 27.5-, and 29-inch wheels. Steel alloy, carbon frames, obviously no rear suspension, and they do often have a suspension fork. They’re quite often the cheapest mountain bikes and are such the most accessible way to get into the sport.
More often than not, people ride a hardtail as their first bike. And they’re still really good fun.
This is the list and explained the Different types of mountain bikes. I hope you should get an idea about what you should choose.
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