Mountain Bike Basics

At this article you will read what mountain biking is as well as how to get the information on various kinds of mountain bikes. The most commonly used Mountain Bikes are: Downhill Bikes:Most prominently used for competition in which one goes down the hill. So with that speed, bikes need to be with tough frames and with heavy-duty brakes such as disc or hydraulic brakes. XC Bikes: This is another kind of bike which is highly used for competition in which one can go both down and climb hills. So its frame should be light but reasonably tough. Brakes used in this particular bike are v-brakes and light disc brakes. Hybrid Bikes: This category of bikes is a good option for those who want to ride on both mountains and road. These bikes either run on front suspension or on full suspension (which is a combination of both front and back suspensions). Various kinds of brakes employed in these bikes are:- Rim Brakes: They are both light and powerful but their power decreases in muddy terrain where they become slippery. Disc Brakes: They are light and powerful and are not affected by weather. Hydraulic Brakes: They are very powerful and donít need much maintenance, but are expensive than other brakes. Frame Materials: The bikes can be made of aluminum, steel or titanium. These are very important elements of the bike as their composition determines the weight, strength, responsiveness and life of the bike. Size: Like conventional bikes, mountain bikes come in small, medium and large sizes. But different manufactures use different reference point of measurement therefore sizing is not always consistent. Latest Trends: All Mountain Bikes: The ìAll Mountain Bikesî are characterized by 5-6 inch (125-150 mm) rims to take on very rough conditions. 29er Bike: This uses 700cc-sized rims and is suited for tires of 2 inches (50mm) width or more, so that it is able to roll over the obstacles. Singlespeed: This is a blend of simplicity with innovation in suspension design. Some of the other trends includeStable Platform Value Suspension Technology. Here the compressor shim stack has been replaced with a pair of overlapping cups. It also employs VPP suspension designs to balance different forces thereby eliminating unwanted compression without limiting bump absorption.