A mountain bike has many features that make it specialised for off road cycling. However, many also choose mountain bikes for commuting for their shock absorption qualities. Mountain bikes can cope in difficult terrains and steep inclines and declines. Bikes must be strong and durable to withstand a harsh environment that may include contact with logs or rocks.
The mountain bikes ladies use must be specially designed to suit their requirements. A womens mtb frame is smaller in size and weighs less if it is made from carbon. This makes it easier for women to handle the bike. For mountain bikes womens shorter torso and arms needs to be accommodated to provide the cyclist with additional comfort. The correct wheels are vital to buying a good mountain bike. Wheels should be wide to ensure good traction and shock absorption. Mountain bikes will tend to have lower gears than most road bikes. This is to help with steep terrain which is encountered less often in an urban environment.
When choosing a mountain bike you should take the suspension into consideration. Hardtail bikes have no rear suspension and so tend to be lighter in weight. This is a good option for those wishing to use their mountain bike for both on and off road rides. Another option is a full suspension bike, having both front and rear suspension. This makes the bike more able to absorb shocks and is more suitable for serious mountain bikers. However, the result is a significantly heavier bike.
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