what to look for in a new bike.

Mountain biking is a terrific physical activity that is not only enjoyable, but it can keep you fit and in shape year-round. First, you need to look at the initial cost to purchase the mountain bike.n the prices ranged anything from £100 to £10,000. Although it can be a daunting task finding the right bike for your needs, here are some things that can help with the process when looking at mountain bikes.

1. Riding type
The first thing to consider is what your riding type is. There are Hardtails, full suspension or downhill bikes the list is daunting.  a big Downhill bike is no great for those looking to ride paved or packed trails as they are not made for pedalling. Believe me, I own one. At the same time, a lightweight cross-country bike is not going to be able to handle the stresses of rough trails. Think about what kind of trails you will primarily be riding. What is your style? Family-friendly greens and blues or hardcore downhilling?

2. How much suspension?
The next thing to consider when looking at mountain bikes is how much suspension you would like. Full suspension bikes provide the most versatility, but many riders prefer hard-tail bikes as they are more comfortable for distance riding. Hard-tail bikes, which have fixed rear suspension. 

3. Bike components
The most important components to look at with mountain bikes are the forks, derailleurs, brakes and wheels. Each of these components is interchangeable and can be upgraded. Making it all the more important you talk to an expert to determine what is appropriate for the type of riding you will be doing. Also, take a look at shocks and handlebars. There really is a lot to learn when buying a bike. 

4. Budget
The final thing to take into consideration is your budget. FirstFree Articles, you need to look at the initial cost to purchase the mountain bike. From there you can begin to think about maintenance costs and upgrades you would like to make. I always recommend trying biking before you throw lots of money at it. It is a big investment. There is no point spending £1000 on a bike and then more on gear if it is likely to sit in your shed and gather dust. Renting a bike is a great way to get a feel for the sport. 

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