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Choosing Great Mountain Bikes starts with choosing the right kind of mountain bike (MTB) for you. Yes, it all comes back down to the kind of riding you do.

My current bike is thirteen many years old and nonetheless going powerful. The questions I am about to share with you, are the ones I utilized when studying good mountain bikes for myself. Lately I utilized the same concerns to discover a good MTB for my 9 year old son's birthday. I began studying children mountain bikes and applied the exact same questions to help choose the right bike for him. I am pleased to say, the bike is a ideal match for him and has renewed his love of bike riding.

So how do you go about choosing the correct bike? Simply by asking a series of questions created assist you select the greatest bike for you.

What is your riding expertise? What is the age and height is the bike rider? Is the bike going to be used for commuting or cross-country riding? Is the bike going to be utilized for mountain cruising? Is the bike going to be used for rocky trails? Is the bike going to be used for rugged downhill tracks? Is the bike going to be utilized for jumping and aerial tricks?

The kind of riding you intend to undertake will greatly influence the style and bike configuration. Although most mountain bikes look similar, there is a huge distinction in frame kinds, steering geometry, suspension, gearing as well as the wheels, brakes and tyres.

As a rule of thumb, a beginner rider will greatest be served by a recreational cross country bike. If you intend to do a lot of riding on pavement and off-road, select a model with great front suspension, no rear suspension (hardtail) as they have the best efficiency and comfort. If you intend to do more off-road riding, a full suspension frame is best.

If you intend to use it exclusively off-road and mainly over rough terrain appear for a higher end complete suspension model as these will have a greater variety of suspension travel and a heavier much more robust frame and brakes. This will assist with the comfort and stability of your ride.

Downhill MTB's should be very hefty duty in design and have lower, looser steering geometry. These design changes make the bike much more responsive at quick speeds down steep slopes these bikes are created for the more experienced rider.

Based on the kind of riding you want to undertake the following is a list of good MTB brands which I have found to be good high quality and good value for cash. They are Giant, Diamondback, Kona, Trek, Norco, Schwinn, Mongoose and GT brand bikes.

The last thing you require to decide is, do you want good, or do you want cheap. The words "great" and "cheap" are not synonymous, nor are good bikes generally found in low cost department shops.

While studying Children mountain bikes, I uncover a renewed passion for the sport as both my sons now have road bikes. We bought a 21 speed - 24 inch "GT Stomper" for my 9 yr old son while my eleven year old son rides a 5 year old, 7 speed - 20 inch Schwinn.

My eleven yr old does nicely to maintain up with us on our bigger and faster bikes. His bike is much much more agile over jumps and tight tracks. He now wants to upgrade to a larger 26" bike. Due to his age and height, frame selection is crucial as he is going via rapid development spurts. He is presently just that little as well brief for a medium frame size. We are waiting until his next birthday before choosing a great mountain bike with a bigger frame size that he will not outgrow too rapidly.

I should commend my son as he has learnt that there is a difference between a cheap bike, a good bike and a affordable bike. We stated we would look at a GT aggressor, a affordable bike, good for its cost variety however, he has his eyes on the Mongoose Tyax Comp or if he can stretch his financial savings a GT Avalanche one.