While they don’t go as fast as road bicycles on the road, Built with strong components that can absorb rough riding, mountain bicycles are designed for off-road use. They typically feature lower gears, giving you the ability to climb steep terrain. The straight, wide handlebars give you better steering control and keep your fingers on the brake levers, so you are always at the ready no matter what surprise is around the corner. They also include better braking systems, lower step-over clearance frames, and wider tires than most road bicycles. Some higher priced models also feature lightweight frames. Overall, they are amazingly durable riding in off-road terrain.
Although they’re designed to handle off-road riding, mountain bicycles can also be a good option for commuting through urban areas. For riding on the road, the solution is to fit slick tires. Steer clear of full-suspension if your ambitions don’t involve proper off-road riding, otherwise, you’ll be paying for technology you never use. Invest in a good lock too. Best for off-road cycling and mountain biking, of course.
Mountain bicycles come in following varieties:
feature a front suspension fork and a rigid back with no rear suspension shocks. This type of mountain bicycle is much less expensive and lighter in weight than a typical full-suspension mountain bicycle. A hardtail is a more versatile choice if you plan to use it for both paved and unpaved surfaces.
A hardtail is less able to safely handle more technical singletrack trails, provides less overall shock absorption and, in some situations, delivers less rear wheel traction.
Full-Suspension Bicycles / Softtail / Duallies
feature both front- and rear-suspension shocks, making them ideal for backcountry adventures and traversing more technical trails.
These bicycles are heavier and more expensive than their hardtail counterparts, but the added suspension and sturdier frame can handle more aggressive riding and make riding easier on your spine and sit-bones.
For adventures riders or sportspersons who propel themselves off a steep hill or mountain, this is the ride.
Suspension travel (> 5-inches or 13cms) is greater than a normal full suspension bicycle & designed to soak up big bumps at great speed. Frames are also beefed up & hence, downhill bicycles are too heavy for general trail riding & cross country. Brakes are very effective with multi-pot calipers & large discs are standard.
Mountain bicycles with no suspension are called rigid.
- Extremely durable.
- Even street riders can enjoy the durability when faced with potholes, curbs, and buckled pavement.
- Great brakes
- upright position
- Wide tires make mountain bicycles less than ideal for traveling far on flat surfaces.
- They’re also heavier than other bicycles due to their sturdy frames.