Deciding which Mountain Bike is perfect for you, you have to ask yourself a few questions first. Take into account that suspension, wheel size, frame materials and gearing and brakes, is custom to each style of bicycle. You also need to make sure that your bike fits you well.
Things to consider and questions to ask and answer:
Where and how do you plan to ride? Different riding styles will require different styles of bikes.
Trail Bikes: This is the most common mountain biking style, and is not specific to any type of racing. Bicycles in this category place equal importance on fun, efficiency and overall weight, sensibility. Meeting with friends and riding the local trailhead of climbs and descents, this bicycle style is for you.
Cross-Country Bikes: These bicycles can be considered if you want to become competitive and would like a racier ride on the local trails. This style of riding, place the emphasis on climbing prowess and riding fast. Cross-Country Bikes tend to focus more on efficiency and lower weight.
Fat Bikes: Fat Bikes are excellent choices for beginners, because of the width of the tires. Oversized tires will give the bike excellent traction, especially in sand and snow.
All-Mountain Bikes: All-mountain riding can be seen as trail riding on steroids. The climbs are steeper and the descents, longer and scarier. More technical skills are required from man, to conquer the greater natural features, of nature. These bicycles are designed to perform well on steep descents, but also light and movable enough to pedal that steep uphill.
Downhill/Park Bikes: These bicycles as mostly ridden in bike parks where will encounter jumps, berms, rock gardens and wooden ladders. Downhill bikes are big and tough and riders mostly wear full-face helmets and body armour to protect them when facing these obstacles.
With a general sense of what kind of bicycle you are looking for, you can visit your speciality bike retailer to have a look at suitable models and go for a test ride on a few bikes. This way you can decide on the best fit for you. Your bicycle should feel like a natural extension of your whole body.…