It can be pretty difficult to find the perfect mountain bike to ride off-road. While riding, you have to take care of a lot of things such as terrain, mud, rocks, and trees without breaking your bones! And only a proper suited mountain bike can give you such a thrilling experience of riding on uneven surfaces. If you are planning to take up mountain biking as a sport, a word or recommendation is to not fall for cheap bikes. You must actually go for something that will last long and gives you the desired results, while keeping you safe on the trail. There are basically multiple options when it comes to MTBs but not all of them are built to last. Some of them, as users have noticed, tend to develop frame protrusions after a long use. Therefore it is essential to be aware of some factors before buying an MTB. Let us take a look at some of the crucial factors to be kept in mind before buying the new mountain bike.
Follow this size chart to pick the best mountain bike according to your height:
- 4’11″ – 5’3″ = 13 to 15 inches
- 5’3″ – 5’7″ = 15 to 17 inches
- 5’7″ – 5’11″ = 17 to 19 inches
- 6’0″ – 6’2″ = 19 to 21 inches
- 6’2″ – 6’4″ = 21 to 23 inches
- 6’4″ and taller = 23 inches
Frame is the skeleton of the mountain bike and pretty much is responsible for the sturdiness. There are four types of frames that are used:
|Aluminum||· Lightweight, durable, affordable.
· Commonly used in entry level bikes.
|Carbon Fiber||· Incredible strength, lightweight, absorbs vibrations.
· Expensive so majorly used in the high end bikes.
|Titanium||· Lightweight and sturdy.
· Relatively new so not make bikes are being made from this.
|Steel||· Rigid and comfortable frame.
· Heavy and impractical for serious mountain biking.
3. Types of Mountain Bikes
There are basically two types of mountain bikes – Hardtail bikes (+ 29er Hardtail Bikes) and Full suspension bikes. Hardtail bikes have a rigid rear end and suspension at the front. These bikes are light in weight, durable, and a good option for wide range of trails. They become a little uncomfortable on rough terrains. Better performance in terms of speed and control is observed in hardtail bikes. With these bikes, it is easy to ride up and down the hills. Full suspension bikes come with suspensions at the front as well as back end. These bikes offer more control and comfort in ride. They are specifically designed to absorb heavy shocks so they do well even on the bad terrains. If you desire to buy a bike in full suspension category, it is better to pay extra attention to the frame. Generally speaking, cheap full suspension bikes are prone to breakdowns so you need to spend top dollar for such bikes.
LET’S NOW CHECK THE TOP 3 MOUNTAIN BIKES FOR 2017:
#1 Recommendation: Diamondback Overdrive Sport Mountain Bike
It is not an entry level mountain bike but the seasoned riders and professional will swear by it. Its price range is on the expensive side but with the features it comes at, every dollar spent in this bike is justified. If budget is not a restriction, this is the best bike you can buy. The frame of this bike is 6061-T6 Lightweight Aluminum Overdrive Frame which boasts of strength, durability, and much more.
You get Shimano 9-speed drive train and BR-M 395 Hydraulic Disk brakes with this bike that is perfect for maintaining control and speed on extreme terrains. The wheels of this mountain bike measure 29 inch which are driven by 24 gears.
#2 Recommendation: Diamondback Recoil Full Suspension Mountain Bike
The Recoil sports a 6061-T6 aluminum frame which is lightweight and strong. The wheels measure at 29-inch and are powered by the Shimano 8-Speed drive train with SR sun tour cranks. It features effective Tektro Aires mechanical disc brakes which is bang-f0r-buck at the price range of this mountain bike.
The bike is pretty much assembled before delivery and you won’t have to put in a lot of time and efforts in assembling the rest of the bike. Once the assembly is done, it is ready to beat the roads. We liked the sleek, sporty, and aesthetic looks of this bike with commendable performance which sets it a league apart.
#3 Recommendation: Mongoose Impasse Dual Full Suspension Bicycle (29-Inch)
If you are looking for a basic mountain bike with all the standard features, this is the best pick. It comes at a low price tag which might attract a lot of users. The bike lacks fancy accessories or features and comes with a stock Aluminum suspension frame and Element Suspension fork. It is minimal in the terms that you can control the bike on hard terrains very easily. The wheels are fitted with a set of 21 speed Shimano rear derailleur with SRAM twist shifters. Shifting gears in this bike is virtually effortless.
But again, it is not a novelty because pretty much every another bike offers the same. You get alloy disk brakes on the front and rear wheels. The assembly, as we found, is a bit complicated and might take some time. It is important to ensure that all the nuts and bolts are screwed tightly. We suggest taking the bike to the nearest bike shop for fine tuning and adjustments otherwise you may face unpleasant hitches while riding. The Impasse might be a low-budget bike but definitely not a low-end one. It is designed minimally but does the designated job quite effectively.
|Best Mountain Bike for Beginners||Best Mountain Bike for Serious Bikers|
|Mongoose Impasse Dual Full Suspension
· Best value for money bike for beginners.
· Recommended for amateur riders.
· Decent price but loaded with standard features.
· Fun to ride and easy on pocket.
· Not recommended for extreme mountain riding.
· A little heavy in terms of weight.
|Diamondback 29er Overdrive Sport
· Best mountain bike for professionals and experienced riders.
· High price but loaded with advanced features and construction material.
· Fun to ride on any terrain including extreme ones.
· Highly durable and light in weight.
· Disc brakes are highly effective.
· A complete ‘beast’ of MTBs.