Well, maybe if you’re really into it and you’ve been doing it for years and spend your weekends running up and down trails. But if mountain biking is something new to you that you want to get into then you might want to think about the exact type of bike and the exact type of riding you want to do.
Life is like a box of empty chocolate wrappers
The truth is that not all mountain bikes are designed with biking up and down mountains in mind. Conversely, not everyone who buys a mountain bike want to use it for going up and down mountains either.
Choice, there is lots of it
The cold hard reality of modern mountain biking is that there as many bike types as there are riding disciplines. For people who are really into riding, and for whom riding is a way of life, it really isn’t uncommon for them to own 2 or 3 different types of mountain bike.
For most people though the reality is somewhat different. Most people are happy enough to own just one, and that one bike is normally utilized to satisfy all their biking needs. As well as that, buying a decent bike, even on a budget can still be a significant investment.
First things first
MTBs really are some of the most versatile bikes ever built. They can be used and abused by kids and adults in a way other bikes can’t. You can take them around the world, cruise a country trail, and even go up and down mountains on them. I know right, crazy!
But try and think into the future and decide where you see yourself riding in a year’s time, and what type of riding you expect to be doing.
I would spend a bit of time here, and really consider just exactly what it is you want out of a bike. Try to be realistic. If you see yourself riding exclusively on roads and don’t really expect to be going away from tarmac at any point, then a MTB probably isn’t going to suit.
If this is you, then thanks for reading; what you are most likely after is a road bike of some description. Thanks for stopping by, and we’ll see you on the other side.