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Mountain Bikes Buying Guide

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How to choose a mountain bike depends on what you are going to do with
it, if all you want your new mountain bike for is going for a nice
leisurely ride on the canal path or a ride in the woods with the dog,
well you wont need a full suspension downhill machine with 4 inch travel
on the forks and a fully articulated rear end with damping and rebound
control.

+ Where to Start From.

If you do want to go for an easy ride in the park you don’t need to spend
too much, if you...


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How to choose a mountain bike depends on what you are going to do with
it, if all you want your new mountain bike for is going for a nice
leisurely ride on the canal path or a ride in the woods with the dog,
well you wont need a full suspension downhill machine with 4 inch travel
on the forks and a fully articulated rear end with damping and rebound
control.

+ Where to Start From.

If you do want to go for an easy ride in the park you don’t need to spend
too much, if you think you will do any off-road riding then big tread
tires maybe all you need, but if you think you might try some rough stuff
then you will need suspension. Gears will probably be Shimano, brakes
must be V-brakes, but could be made by a few different manufacturers, all
the rest of the MTB components will depend on how much you can spend. If
you go to your local bike shop or big sports store and see what they’ve
got to offer, then buy it or have look on the Internet and maybe you’ll
find the same thing at a better price.

+ The Next Step Up.

So maybe you want to be a bit more adventurous, more off-road, more
forest tracks and dry boulder river beds, then you’ll need something a
little lighter, with suspension forks. All this will cost you more money,
but will be worth it for the extra enjoyment and adventure. With a better
mountain bike it will have a sportier handling and because it is lighter,
it will be easier to struggle up the hills before you come flying down
the other side. The components will again be Shimano and the quality will
depend on how much money you can spend. V-brakes and Rapid-fire gear
shifters, along with Shimano chain set, bottom bracket and headset.
Handle bars, stem and seat pin should be alloy and along with a
comfortable saddle you’ll be set to take to the hills.

+ More Money, More Bike.

The next rung up on the mountain bike ladder would be good enough to race
on. There are many to choose from, get on the net and surf the bike
manufacturers sites and all the shop sites along with the magazines for
juicy photos of the bikes. The top manufacturers in this price range, I
would say are: - Trek, Giant, Specialized and Cannondale, these companies
make the nicest frames with the best mountain bike parts available at the
price, gears will be either Shimano or SRAM, brakes could be V-brakes or
cable disc brakes, both are very good and light, most of the other MTB
parts, of course will be Shimano and as usual get the best you can
afford. There are many combinations of hubs and rims to make up your
wheels; hubs from Shimano and rims form Mavic are the usual mix. Then you
have to choose which suspension forks to put on you bike, you may not get
a choice, depending on which bike you buy, the main ones are Suntour,
Marzocchi, Manitou, Fox, RockShox and RST, buy any of these and you wont
go far wrong.

+ Top Bikes…. Top Money.

If you want what the professionals ride you will have to pay a lot of
money a professional MTB. As with road bike at the top of the range, you
can specify what you want to build up your dream bike. Top bikes frames
to spend your money on could be Klien, Scott, Rocky Mountain, Gary
Fisher, Santa Cruz and K2; these are some of the most sought after bike
frames in the world and would be the envy of your friends. Probably the
best forks to put on your frame would be RockShox SID’s these are light
and do all the things you need with control of all functions, there are
many other to also to consider, look at how much travel they have and the
rebound and damping systems. Gears again will be either SRAM or Shimano
Rapid fire, XT or XTR, more money could be spent on carbon or very light
alloy cranks, the brakes should be hydraulic discs from Hayes, Pace or
Magura or stick to the trusted V-bakes. Wheels from Shimano or Mavic or
some fancy carbon wheels, but remember they will have to take a lot of
punishment, so maybe better to go for reliability over light weight
expense. Carbon handle bars, stem and seat pin and a light weight race
saddle and Time or Shimano SPD clipless pedals, then your choice of tires
will depend on what terrain and ground conditions you are going to ride
on.

+ And Downhilling?

Downhill bikes are very different, more like a cross country motor bike,
but without the engine, low center of gravity and a lot of travel on the
suspension on the forks and the rear end, disc brakes, wide rims and fat
tires, gears are only at the back as usually a single chain set is used.
Unless your going to do a lot of downhill racing then there isn’t much
point in buying one as you have to get up the hill first before you can
come down and as light weight is not an issue with downhill bikes, they
are very heavy to get up hill with out the use of a tow rope or a ski
lift.

				
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