Types of Mountain Bikes
Mountain bikes are typically ridden on mountain trails, logging roads and other unpaved environments. The types of terrain commonly include mountain trails, rocks, washouts, ruts, loose sand, loose gravel and steep grades. Each of these place different demands on the bike requiring different designs for optimal performance.
- Trail mountain bikes has wider tires with more aggressive tread and is used mainly off road on non paved trails and an excellent balance between efficiency, comfort, and control. You just won’t encounter technical element is to throw you off. It is a great place for beginners to start to get a feel and build up those mountain biking muscles.
- All-mountain(AM, Enduro) bikes the same as trail riding except it is more technical with trails interspersed with jumps and bigger drops. It fits that category where people want to pedal uphill easily, but then hit the downhills hard and tend to still be built for pedalling though, hence the ALL mountain name, and are perfect for trail centres where the uphill is never really all that taxing. Due to Enduro riding has become very popular, and the term is now often used interchangeably with all-mountain.
- Cross-country(XC) bikes are designed primarily around the discipline of cross country racing and can be great if you’re considering getting competitive and wont be built for the big downhills though. The bikes are characterised by long climbs where typically riders traverse up like a snake left to right up the the side of a mountain to the top and then go down again across large berms through rock gardens terrain up and short steep runs.
- Fat tire bikes have excellent traction and are usually used to ride through snow, bogs, mud and sand. It is a fast-growing option for all-season trail riding and can be a great choice for beginners.
- Downhill(DH) mountain bikes are designed for the riders who just want to go downhill, are not built for climbing. Since downhill races take place at high speeds, avoiding obstacles is difficult, and both bike and rider are prone to take a beating. Downhill bikes are the most specialized mountain bikes of all, that means they are not cheap.
- Freeride(FR) mountain bike is a much broader realm of mountain riding closely related to downhill biking and dirt jumping focused on tricks, style, and technical trail features. Freeride bikes are fairly similar in many respects to downhill, but they are built for jumping and doing technical stunts.
- Dirt jump bikes are basically big BMX bikes made for the biggest, maddest airborne acrobatics in carefully sculpted jump parks. It’s probably best if you take your brain out before you try to backflip one too. They sometimes known as urban or street mountain bikes.
- Trials bikes are often designed without regard for attaching a seat, and is to ride your bike up and over obstacles without putting your foot on the ground. The sport most important elements are balance, concentration, bike and body control, as well as physical fitness.
In addition, according shocks of characteristics can also be divided into two types of mountain bikes: hardtail, and full suspension mountain bike. Other, the typical mountain bike has wheels that are approximately 26 inches in diameter when the tire is included. 29er(29 inch wheels) mountain bikes are increasingly becoming more popular, because they roll over obstacles more easily than the 26-inch wheels.