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Attack the Singletrack!, Issue #012 -- How to Buy a Mountain Bike
March 30, 2011
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Attack the Singletrack! Issue #012 -- How to Buy a Mountain Bike: Tips on Choosing the Best Bike for You
Attack the Singletrack brings you mountain bike tips to help you become a better rider and enjoy mountain biking more.
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Click here or scroll down for some helpful tips on how to choose the best type of mountain bike for your riding needs.
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Ready to Buy a Mountain Bike? Check out these tips to help you narrow your focus to find the right bike for you.
Before buying a mountain bike, think about what type of riding you are planning to do. Are you into mostly smooth hardpack with little obstacles or bumpy technical singletrack with lots of rocks and logs? Do you want to do drops and jumps with your mountain bike? Are you planning to race or use the bike for recreational riding?
Hardtail Mountain Bikes:
Hardtails have suspension in the front fork, but not in the rear of the bike. They are good for racing and climbing because they are lighter and more efficient than full suspension mountain bikes. Hardtail mountain bikes perform well on smooth hardpack, but on more bumpy and technical terrain, they do not perform as well or are as comfortable as a full suspension. In general, hardtail mountain bikes are less expensive than full suspension mountain bikes.
Full Suspension Mountain Bikes:
Full suspension mountain bikes have suspension in the front fork and in the frame of the bike. They perform better and are more comfortable on technical terrain because they absorb bumps better than hardtail mountain bikes. Full suspension mountain bikes come in a variety of options that range in price, weight, amount of suspension, and components.
2. How much suspension do you need?:
Full suspension mountain bikes come in several different categories:
Cross Country Race: Lightest in weight. Usually around 100 mm of suspension. Best for racing.
Cross Country Trail/Marathon: A little heavier than cross country race mountain bikes, usually having 120-140 mm of suspension. Better for more epic rides because more comfortable. Increasingly more lightweight options in this category available for more cost, which make them a good bike for longer races.
All Mountain/Enduro: Burlier and heavier than cross country mountain bikes, often having around 140-160 mm of suspension. Harder to climb with them, but great for more gnarly downhill riding.
Freeride Mountain Bikes: Burlier and heavier than all mountain, usually equipped with 160-180 mm of suspension. Great for technical stunts, jumps, and drops. Not good for climbing.
Downhill Mountain Bikes: The burliest and heaviest type of mountain bike, often having 180-220 mm of suspension. Made for taking up a lift or shuttle and riding downhill fast and furious. Can handle drops of several feet. Not made for climbing.
3. 26 Inch vs 29 Inch Wheels:
Traditionally, mountain bikes have had wheels that are 26 inches in diameter. More recently, 29er mountain bikes have entered the market. 29ers have wheels that are 29 inches in diameter. There are many advantages of this larger wheel size, but it may not be the right choice for everyone.
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