Published at Tuesday, 25 September 2018. Mountain Bikes. By Velma Lindsey.
Mountain biking, as a sport, has been around since the 1970's. The sport originated when bikers refitted their traditional bikes with stronger brakes and thicker, more durable tires. Groups of riders from around the country would gather and race down mountains or hills on these refitted bikes. Hence, the beginning of mountain biking as we know it today.
There are five very general categories in mountain biking, downhill, dirt jump, cross country, trials/street riding and free ride. While each type has its own certain characteristics, the equipment is basically the same. The bikes are sturdy with large round tubing to make up the frame, knobby tires and shock absorbers or suspension.
When you select a new mountain bike, you see a several models from the same category. Apart from known parameters such as suspension travel, frame geometry and wheels diameter, there are other important parameters which you must look at before making a purchase. Adjusting the bicycle to a biker's body is a primary requirement in a new mountain bike purchase and has significant influence on the ride.
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