The versatility and durability of mountain bikes make them one of the most popular styles of bikes around. The fact that they can be ridden on most terrains with ease by people of all ages makes it the ideal bike for getting around. Due to the massive range of mountain bikes available from popular brands such as Trek, Cube and Carrera, it is highly important that you know exactly what you want from your bike, how much you are willing to spend, and if the bike is the right fit for you.
There are many different styles of mountain bike around, so it is important that you know which one will suit your style of riding. A bike with a rigid frame has neither front nor rear suspension, ideal for helping you to improve your skills. Hardtail bikes have suspension at the front but not at the rear, whereas softail bikes are the opposite (rear suspension but no front suspension). Dual-suspension mountain bikes feature both front and rear suspension and are ideal for absorbing any shock from bumps in the path.
New and Used
Beginner bikes are often at the lower end of the price range, along with used bikes. Of course, a new bike is guaranteed to work perfectly and will never require any work before riding. Used bikes can be bought to be ridden immediately, or to be scrapped for parts or repaired and customised to fit the buyers' needs.
A titanium mountain bike frame is strong, lightweight and rust-proof. However, they are often expensive and offer limited flexibility when riding. Similarly, carbon-fibre frames are strong, light and rust-proof and are at the higher end of the price range. Aluminium frames are lightweight, affordable and rust-proof. Finally, Chromoly frames are strong and durable and are heavier than other frames.