What is Mountain Biking
Off road cycling or mountain biking is one of the most technical sports that outdoors can offer. It is often done on a rough rugged terrain and on the mountains. Mountain biking requires high endurance, core power, bike skills and a good balance.
WHAT TYPES OF BIKES ARE COMMONLY USED ON OFF-ROAD CYCLING
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Cclocross is a mix of a bike ride and running on a very muddy terrain, this requires high skill on handling since the bike being used on this sports is a cross breed of a mountain bike and a road bike.
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Downhill Bike is a type of mountain bike commonly used for steep and rugged teerrains with added flavors of jumps, rock gardens and drops.
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Enduro Bikes is a type of mountain bike used for downhill riding. Where Enduro riders compete for the fastest time descending from the course.
- FOUR CROSS
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Four Cross bikes are used on a man made BMX like offroad race track where four cross riders beat each other by getting on the finish line first.
- XC or CROSS COUNTRY
Cross country bikes are the bikes used on XC races. Xc race is a combination of uphills, rock garden, jumps, stair logs and steep descents.
How to know your frame size?
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MOUNTAIN BIKE WHEEL SIZE
26 inches wheel
Pros: Because of its small diameter this size is good in fast acceleration, single tracks and cornering.Lighter compare to 27.5 and 29er wheels.
Cons: weak againts rocks and roots, lesser max speed compare to 27.5 and 29er because of its small diameter
29 inches wheel
Pros: 29er wheels can almost roll over on any obstacles like big rock and roots. This 29er has better ground control compare to 26er’s and 650b
Cons: heavier compare to 26er and 27.5 wheels. Because of its bigger diameter 29er wheels are kinda hard on cornering and switch backs.Slow in acceleration bec. of its large diamteter
27.5 or 650b
is the newest haul wheel size of MTB it offers mid class of 26er and 29er wheels.
Note: A Larger tires means greater traction or more contact from the ground.
So What type of rider are you and what wheel size do you prefer?
Just you, your bike and the trails!