A full-suspension mountain bike

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A full-suspension bike offers front and rear suspension, which means that it can take on anything you can throw at it. It’s a versatile bike with the added bonus of having shocks to absorb any bumps in the road so your back is saved from being jolted.

If you are used to riding on only the rear wheel, then the weight distribution over both wheels will feel different at first but you quickly get used to it. Full suspension bikes let you ride over rocks, roots, and rough terrain with ease as they handle the uneven surface well. You have probably seen downhill mountain bikers flying down mountains on full-suspension bikes – that is because their speed has been slowed by the steep nature of their descent and because they cannot pedal through the rough terrain.

Generally, if your area doesn’t have trails with lots of rocks and roots then you don’t need a full-suspension mountain bike. But, it is nice to have the option if you want to do some big jumps on your local BMX track or enjoy family rides through the countryside. If you are looking for an off-road bike that will keep up with your kids then the full suspension is a good choice too as they are typically lighter than hardtail bikes.

Types of Full suspension mountain bikes

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There are different types of full-suspension mountain bikes but they can be categorized into two main groups: front suspension only or front and rear suspension. Full suspension bikes typically feature around four inches (100mm) of travel which means that they can handle heavy-duty use and off-road trails.

The front suspension only mountain bikes

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The first type of full suspension bike is the front suspension only variety; this means that there is no rear shock or suspension (see photo). There are a lot of these types of bikes around and they make for good racers thanks to their lightweight, efficient design. They aren’t ideal if you want to do anything other than ride on flat surfaces as they feel harsh over rocks and roots; however, we still think they are an excellent option for commuting. The front suspension-only models are also known as hardtails – this name comes from the fact that the frame doesn’t have any rear shocks or give. A hardtail with its efficient design can be lighter than a full suspension bike so this is a good choice for those that love speedy rides.

Front and rear suspension mountain bikes

The second type of full suspension bike is the front and rear variety; models in this group come with shocks on both wheels to absorb any bumps (see photo). There are many reasons why you should choose a bike like this, even if your interest doesn’t lie with racing. It offers more cushioning which means the ride will be comfortable over rough roads and it offers plenty of control too as things won’t feel as unpredictable as they would on a hardtail. These types of bikes handle jumps pretty well thanks to their shocks but they tend to be heavier than hardtails because of all that extra technology, making them suitable for those with a lot of energy and endurance to burn.

Final Words

The final thing we want to mention about full suspension bikes is that they come in two different styles: dual-suspension and single-suspension. Dual suspension models (see photo) feature shocks on both wheels; this means that the shock absorbers can be adjusted for different terrain, making them ideal for those that like to take part in mountain biking races as you can tune the bike so it rides and handles to how you want it. Single suspension models only have one shock which is located at the front wheel, see photo. They offer less control than their dual counterparts but tend to be lighter and therefore more maneuverable too.

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