MTB (mountain bike) is a bicycle designed for off-road cycling trails, such as mountain biking and dirt jumping. Although it sometimes refers to cycle sport, any kind of riding on unpaved roads or tracks counts as Mtb. It has 27.5″ (69cm) wheels and flat handlebars like a regular city bike (also known as a road bike). Generally speaking, you could think of MTB bikes as road bikes with larger wheels and aggressive geometry – but not everyone agrees with this definition because there are several types of trail riding that require different setups: cross country or xc racing usually requires lighter gear than downhill racing.
An Mtb cost
Good commuter Mtb can cost around $1000 but expect to pay upwards of $2000 for a lightweight full-suspension trail machine
Mountain bikes are available in many shapes and sizes for different genders, age groups, and riding styles. For example, men’s MTB usually has longer suspension forks with larger stanchions (the tubes which hold the parts of the fork together) than lady’s MTBs. An adult male wants more stability than an adult female rider, so it is logical that they need bigger size frames & stronger components than ladies do. Smaller framed riders will find most models hard to handle if they cannot touch the ground while sitting on the saddle – this means that 29ers or 4″ travel Mtb bikes are not suitable for shorter riders. So, if you are a relatively short and lightweight rider, an entry-level ladies’ 26″ MTB is probably a better choice than a unisex 29er.
When buying a used Mtb bike on the market, try to find out what kind of riding it has been used for. It is very difficult to estimate how much wear & tear that particular MTB has gone through just by looking at it – especially if it’s still in good shape. The best way would be to ask questions about previous owners/riders: How long have they owned the bicycle? Were all components original or there were changes made during their ownership? Do they still have the bicycle or did they sell it because of upgrading?
Tips when buying used Mtb bikes
First of all, you should be looking at the general condition of the bike. Check if it has any cracks on its body or dents in the frame, broken parts, etc. The more dents there are on the bike – especially on both sides & down tubes – the higher possibility that it was involved in a crash. Second thing is to check all important components: headset, bottom bracket, hubs, spokes, etc. If anything looks suspicious, don’t buy that MTB! Sometimes small details could have a big impact on the overall riding experience and safety – so always double-check everything before making a final decision. You can also ask about previous owners/riders (if possible) or contact the previous owner to ask for further details.
Mtb bikes geometry
There are three main types of MTB geometries: cross-country (or XC), all-mountain (AM), and downhill. For practical purposes, cross country bikes will be lighter and more efficient than AM or DH bikes. They have longer wheelbases and steeper head tube angles, so they perform better on fast and flat terrain than on steep uphill sections. With their bigger wheels and slacker headtube angles, AM/DH bikes offer the best grip at high speeds because they will lean into turns more than any other type of bike. They also require less effort to go uphill – but this is not a big advantage if your local trails include lots of steep climbs.