Mountain bikes are tough and versatile machines designed to take on challenging off-road terrain.
There are a huge variety of MTBs available, from beginner-friendly budget builds that can equally serve as city commuters to more specialized models that excel at particular off-road disciplines.
The type of MTB you choose may depend on the type of riding you like to do, the terrain you will typically ride on, and the budget you have available.
Full suspension MTBs feature shock absorbers at both the front and rear, which offer varying amounts of suspension ‘travel’ in order to tackle trail bumps and obstacles. Hardtail’ MTBs forego rear suspension in favor of a rigid frame. They typically use suspension forks at the front end for some bump-swallowing comfort, but others may be fully rigid.
Both hardtail and full-suss MTBs are available in ‘women-specific’ iterations to reflect the different ergonomic needs of female cyclists, such as greater standover, shorter top tubes and narrower handlebars.