Mountain Bike Reviews, Ratings and Parts

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Mountain bikes are a fairly new invention, some guys in California were riding their bikes off road, the bikes were a mixture of road bike and BMX, no suspension and not many gears.



This was in the now famous Marin County and one of these men decided to make a BMX with bigger wheels and try to find tyres with more grip, the frame was a just a big BMX with more clearance for any mud that might get caught on the wheels, although this part of the world is dry and dusty.

photo credit: Gabriel Amadeus

Gears had to be taken from road bike technology until Shimano

started to make mountain bike specific equipment. So what started, as a hobby for some Californian hippy types became a serious sport that now is an Olympic event.

The Next Step Forward

For mountain bikes to move on from there simple beginnings things had to be made specially for them, such as gears, tyres, wheel rims, handle bars and stems and the biggest development, suspension.

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Shimano took care of the gears, first gear leavers were made to go on straight handlebars and then the indexed leaver was made for accurate shifting.

You can have a look at Shimano XTR gear review here

Many different tyres with treads for all conditions can be bought to fit the standard wheel size that now many companies make. Handlebars and stems were first made in steel, then alloy and now carbon and titanium for weight saving and strength.

Mountain Bike Frames

Originally made from steel, usually in nice shinny chrome, but as technology changed with road bikes, so it also changed with mountain bikes.

Compact frame designs, lightweight alloy and now carbon fiber are the most popular materials these days.
“The Specialized Stumpjumper is a Classic and you can buy it in so many different styles, Hardtail, Full Suspension and for full Retro style, the Stumpjumper Classic. There is a lot of bike from the Stumpjumper range!”

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Suspension

Front Suspension forks were taken from the off-road motorbike world, they had to be lighter, but with the use of alloy this was possible.

First springs were used, and then oil or air for the suspension, these were adjustable for spring and how much rebound you got.

Downhill Mountain Bikes

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Cross-country is a hard sport and is a mixture of strength and agility. Down hilling is nearly all technique and agility, with a little strength. The bikes are like motocross bikes without the engine, suspension front and back with a lot of movement and long wheelbases for comfort and of course big tires and disc brakes.

Some of these things are now to found on cross country bikes but they have to be light, cross country disc brakes are very popular, but many people stick to v-brakes for controllability and also full suspension, front and back, is popular but adds weight and is not always necessary for some terrain.

There are many different set ups you can buy, but it has to be right for you and for where you live and what you want to do.


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12 Comments

  1. Adrianne Moore

    I’m an intermediate rider – love trails but have no interest in going down hills fast. I live in Utah which has great biking trails. My current mountain bike doesn’t have shocks and after the last 4 day trip felt like my teeth were going to bounce out of my mouth. Came home feeling like I really want to upgrade to something with shocks. Want to keep the price down and I have looked at the Raleigh Eva 29 sport.
    Would be grateful for input

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  3. dika

    mountain bike always be the best for offroad biking, i have some recomended site for you, bicycle.animediadesign.com/ here you may find some product of MTB

  4. german solatorio jr

    i have a Lapierre hard tail MTB and I am looking for its drop out. I can not find it for quite a time.If you can help it will be great .Thanks

  5. randi

    Mountain Biking is really a cool and fun activities to do. Whether its for leisure time or for racing and even for those who have their fitness goal.So enjoy this activities along with this cool stuff like heart rate monitor and GPS to make your mountain biking more enjoyable.

  6. Dave

    I am looking for a new front fork for my foes inferno. I am thinking of the marzocchi 888. Any suggestions or opinions would be welcome.

  7. michael brothers

    i just started to get very serious about MT. biking and i already have a trek so i wandering if i should get the 6700 or get a gary fisher call like hoo koo koo and if i should get the kona kula deluxe thanks

  8. stuart oldham

    hi i am thinking of buying a mountain bike and want to know the reviews on a ridgeback mx5, it is two months old and has little use, how much should i be paying for the bike and what are your views on this bike.cheersstu

  9. wrench

    I own a Giant Anthem X-3. It’s a pretty amazing XC bike for around $2000. It comes with the same high end fork (fox RL) and shock (fox RP2) for much less than many competitors. I did have problems with chain suck on the first few rides. I fixed the problem by carefully using a file to smooth out the pick up rivets (teeth) on the middle chain ring.

  10. Alan Eldridge

    A year ago I bought an average $800 cannondale it was a lot of fun but I kept spinning out while climbing hills. I talked to a local bike shop and he recommeneded a custom built 29er. I ended up buying a Surley Karate Monkey. I highly recommend this bike my wheel spin problems seem to be gone and I love the bike. Check it out.

  11. Jordan.Ayers@cardinal.com

    I’m looking for the comparision between dual suspension MT lock out bikes in the $2000 range. Witch brands of bikes should I compare.

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