HOW TO CHOOSE THE BEST MOUNTAIN BIKE FOR YOU?
XC (cross-country), All Mountain, DH (downhill or descent)… Mountain bikes come in all shapes and sizes to suit the different disciplines. Here are some tips to help you figure it all out...
You should choose your mountain bike based on how long your rides are and the type of slopes you are tackling.
HOW LONG YOUR RIDES ARE
The amount of time you spend in the saddle is a key factor when choosing your mountain bike.FOR RIDES OF LESS THAN AN HOUR If your rides aren't very steep and are on easy ground, without too many obstacles, you want a bike with: - An 80 mm suspension fork, for comfort and safety, - Knobby tyres, for more grip,
- Gears, for adapting to the steepness and tackling both climbs and descents. FOR RIDES OF MORE THAN 3 HOURS On trickier terrain, go for a bike with: - An aluminium frame with variable thicknesses or a carbon frame to optimise the bike's weight and rigidity and, therefore, performance - Air suspension, to improve shock absorption and for more accurate adjustment, - A single chain ring system for faster and more effective gear shifts. FOR RIDES OF BETWEEN 1 AND 3 HOURS On winding, rolling terrain, your bike will need: - Disc brakes that are effective in all weather conditions, - Suspension with an 80 to 100 mm travel.
Cross-Country or All Mountain?
Two disciplines with very different needs.