Although mountain bikes or MTB falls under one banner like much like road bikes, the type and purpose of each bike can be worlds apart. Mountain bikes are tailor-made for specific terrain and riding styles. Some bikes feature generous suspension front and rear to deal with big drops and rough trails; others don’t have any suspension at all to be lighter and faster on smooth trails; while others have limited suspension in an attempt to find the right balance between speed and support. To throw a little more confusion into the mix, there are also new subclasses of mountain bikes, such as ‘Fat’ bikes, built for tackling sand and slippery terrain.


types of mountain bikes


Full-suspension XC and marathon mountain bikes feature front and rear suspension offering the rider more comfort than a hardtail, featuring a range of suspension options from 100mm to 150mm of travel to suit your riding style and terrain. 


Hardtail mountain bike features only front suspension. This type of mountain bike is often the most affordable, but is often also used by professionals for XC racing. Due to the rigid frame and no rear suspension system this type of mountain bike is light weight and fast on smooth terrain


Enduro riding is a unique form of mountain biking where downhill sections of a course are timed, but the uphill sections are not. Enduro bikes are designed to take the rider uphill but still shine on descents, all mountain bikes are effectively non-race versions of Enduro bikes. 

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