5 purchasing tips for mountain bike shoppers

Buying a mountain bike can raise some questions. There is so much choice in terms of the variety of different mountain bikes. To help you on your way, here are several tips for buying a mountain bike. That way you know what to look out for and you can look for your ideal mountain bike.

1. Check the frame
The main difference in mountain bike frames is in the material. Today, mountain bikes are mainly made of aluminium or carbon. Excellent frames are made of both types of material. Aluminium frames are very reliable and often more affordable. Carbon frames are lighter, stiffer and at the same time slightly more comfortable. However, there is also a price tag to consider as well.

Nothing is as important as the right size bike. A wrong frame size can lead to physical complaints or too little control over the bicycle. At many bike shops, you can have your measurements measured, but you can also calculate your frame size yourself.

Calculate your frame size yourself

2. Choose between a full suspension or hardtail mountain bike
A hardtail mountain bike only has suspension in the front fork. A full suspension mountain bike (‘fully’) has suspension in the front fork and a rear shock. The best option for you depends on the terrain you want to cycle. If you want to use your mountain bike especially in the Netherlands, it is better to take a hardtail. You can make more speed with this. Do you want to go cycling on rougher terrain or in the high mountains? Then a full suspension probably suits you better. A full suspension mountain bike is often a bit more expensive than a hardtail mountain bike.

3. Look at the brake type of the mountain bike
You have the choice between disc brakes or rim brakes. Most of today’s mountain bikes are equipped with disc brakes. Fewer and fewer mountain bikes are equipped with rim brakes (‘V-brakes’). Disc brakes can work on a cable, or hydraulically. In the latter, the lines of the brake are filled with oil. These break him a greater braking force.

4. Pick a mountain bike model based on its wheels
There are three different wheel sizes: 26 “, 27.5” or 29 “. The 26 “inch is not much more sold. It is a suitable wheel size if you want to be very agile in short turns or on climbs. Most mountain bikes sold today have either 27.5 “or 29” wheels. The larger the wheel, the faster and more comfortable you go over rough terrain. Your body length can also be decisive for your choice of wheel. For smaller people, a 29er can feel too big.

5. Look at the assembly of the mountain bike
The gear group on your mountain bike is very important. This largely determines you’re cycling pleasure. When choosing an acceleration group, you first have to ask yourself what area you are going to cycle on. If you want to cycle through the forest and in the mud a lot, your material will wear out sooner than if you drive on a paved bike path.