If you are new to mountain biking and are interested in learning the different types of mountain bikes. Then, this is the article for you. There are different types of mountain bikes designed for different users and have varying features. So, before purchasing one, know the kind of terrain you will be facing and your overall goal. To help you determine what best suits your needs, below are five types of MTB
Cross Country bikes also known as XC bikes are the lightest of the lot and are very fast. They are designed for competence and easy pedaling. They focus more on higher speed and climbing prowess. For fast ascents and quickly covering a lot of grounds, XC is a great choice. A solid cross-country bike will be able to stem some drops and jumps, although, not built for big downhills. They also have the angle between the ground and the head tube (steeper head angles), which makes the bike better at climbing due to the flexibility in turning very fast. Cross-country bikes will have between 80-120 mm of suspension and travel; 70-71 degrees head-tube angle. Choose XC bike over the heavier trail bikes if you consider getting competitive.
This is agreeably the most common biking style as it is not related to any specific kind of racing. This type of bike is improved XC bikes with a few enduro rigs features to make cross-country rides and tackle the difficult and rougher terrain. Suspension travel will be between 120-160mm, while geometry will vary from Cross-country bikes for improved control on bumpy terrain. Travel; 69 degrees or less head-tube angle, Bar width 700mm or broad and stem 90mm or shorter. They are simply great for everything from descending and climbing to having a lot of outdoors fun with friends.
Train bikes are amazing for everything placing equal emphasis on efficiency, sensible overall weight and fun.
All- mountain or Enduro bikes are used for a more categorized mountain biking. Think of Enduro mountain bikes as cross-country or trail bikes on steroids. Although, with both natural and man-made-technical feature which includes; bigger leg-burning climbs, scarier, longer descents. All-mountain bikes are designed to ride best on steep descents while still being maneuverable and light enough to pedal uphill.
Enduro bikes are best for mountainous terrains with fast descents and lots of steep ascents. Due to their use on technical and fast trails, these bikes come with plenty of rear gears on top of chain-guides that prohibits the chain from plunging. This will keep you riding even on the rockiest trails.
These bikes will have between 140-170mm of suspension and travel; 65-68 degrees head-tube angle. It’s a deserving investment if your serious about biking and if you are going to ride above kind of trails.
Fat mountain bikes combine oversized tires from 3.7 in.to 5+ in. wide, formed for low pressure. This gives them exceptional traction in snow, sand or other types of solid grounds. Highly recommended for beginners as the wide tires make it easier to ride through rocky terrains. They are great for off-the-beaten-track-riding thus recommended also, for the adventurous bikers. To keep in shape, you can also use the fat bike during winter or if you live close to a snow ground environment.
Downhill bikes are built for nothing else but to stay in one piece even on the rockiest and roughest terrain. They are the most specialized among all the other types of mountain bikes. Just as their name suggests they are specifically designed for downhill riding. Unless you want to dare to lose your life don’t ever think of using this bike on anything else than downhill. These bikes have seriously heavy frames and they are very tough and large. Their small head angle gives you more flexibility on fast ascents. Downhill bikes have between 180mm to 220mm which makes it stand the biggest of rocks at an insane speed. Travel; 63–65° head-tube angle.
Downhill bikes luck clip-in pedals for some riders whose preference is having their feet not clipped in. This covers them during emergency’s as it allows them to get off the bike. Extreme trail survival from specialist high-performance components essential also means high pricing. This one is quite an investment and you will have to first be sure if downhill is the way for you.
Once you’ve decided on which type of bike to get from the above you will need to know your Mountain bike fit. Getting a fitting bike will highly improve your confidence and handling on the trail. This will highly contribute to your tackling more challenging and technical rides.
Mountain bikes across all brands come is constant similar sizes (S, M, L). Many manufacturers will actually include size charts list in correspondent to your height for each bike size. Lean more on the smaller sizing if you are in-between sizes, this is safer compared with a large on a smaller frame can make a more sizing accommodation.
For repairs and maintenance make sure to get bare essentials: tire levers, pump, spare tube, patch kit, multi-tool, chain lube and don’t forget a helmet. And, something to carry it all in.