Your guide to mountain bikes
Looking to hit the trails, but don’t know where to start? There are a lot of different ways to ride off-road, and we’re here to help you choose the right mountain bike for however and wherever you want to ride.
Cross Country | Trail | E-Bikes
CROSS COUNTRY MOUNTAIN BIKES
The Top Fuel is a full-suspension XC ripper that’s fast on flow and loves getting down on techy trails.
Game-changing IsoStrut suspension tech makes this World Cup carbon race bike fast, light and smooth.
TRAIL MOUNTAIN BIKES
This hardtail’s all about having a blast on the trail thanks to grippy 2.8˝ tyres and a burly 120 mm fork.
⚡ELECTRIC MOUNTAIN BIKES⚡
What kind of mountain bikes are there?
Now that you know what type of riding you want to do, let’s narrow your choices down. The most common types of bikes – trail and cross country – can either be full suspension bikes with both front and rear shocks, or hardtails with no rear shock.
These bikes have both front and rear shocks. That makes them more comfortable and easier to control over rough terrain. Rear suspension helps keep the back wheel tracking the ground, so you get better traction. However, the rear shock and the hardware that goes with it usually make the bike heavier. The additional movement from the shock can often make pedalling less efficient, especially on sprints and smooth climbs. Plus, more moving parts means more maintenance.
These bikes usually have front suspension, but no rear shock. That makes them lighter and easier to maintain. They are usually faster to pedal, especially in sprints and on smoother climbs. However, with no rear shock to absorb bumps, it takes more effort to stay in control over rough terrain. It’s also easier to lose traction, especially on rougher climbs. That’s why Trek hardtail trail bikes have wider tyres with more grip.