Choosing a Mountain Bike

Learn how to choose the right mountain bike for you with these 6 simple steps.  What might seem like a daunting task at first, will become very easy because the best bike for you simply floats to the top of your list.

Step 1Set Your Budget

Determine exactly the most amount of money you can spend on your new bike and lock your budget at that.

Set aside any money you need for extras, such as a bike seat bag, Hydration pack, water bottles, Multi-tool, helmet, bike fit fees, shoes, pedals, gloves and dropper seat-post (if not included with bike).
Upgrading to better parts on your new bike in 2 months time can be an expensive exercise.  Instead, spend up big now and get all that you need in one bike if possible.
You get what you pay for: A better bike means better performance, quality and durability.

Step 2Choose Your Style

Be honest with yourself about how you will be using the bike.  Have a good think about what you will spend most of your time doing on your new bike, the terrain you’ll be riding, and how often you will race it.

Sure you might daydream about being some unstoppable free riding legend, but a free ride bike with 7-inches of travel is a waste of a good bike if all you ride are groomed free-flowing trails.

Ask yourself these questions:

  • What type of mountain biker are you and what do you have the most fun doing on your bike? Cross country or downhill specific, all mountain, free-ride or street? Stunts?Jumps? Maybe you’re chasing a new mtb for some mountain bike touring.  Or maybe all you want a new bike for is Sunday rides on open trails with your young kids.
  • Do you intend to compete in mountain bike races with this new bike?
  • Are you a mix of two or more styles? Maybe you ride 80% cross country trails and 20% full-on free-riding or European enduro style trails.  If so you’ll need a mountain bike that can handle all that.
  • Will you still be happy riding that style of mountain bike in 12 months, or two years’ time?

And don’t stress about suspension travel.  If you’re not sure what size travel your new bike should have, let the style of bike determine that for you.

Why?  Because these days real mountain bike brands accurately categorize each model bike into the right mountain bike style, with suspension design and travel suited to the needs of that style.  Just choose your style correctly, and you’ll be choosing a mountain bike with suspension travel suited to your needs.

Cross Country mountain bikes usually have up to 120mm of travel.  These style of bikes are the lightest and most efficient pedalers and are ideal for cross country mountain biking. Choose between front suspension only, or the full suspension variety. If you’re crazy you could go fully rigid!

All Mountain or Trail mountain bikes usually have 120 – 140mm travel.  These are the go-anywhere of mountain bikes, designed to handle the widest variety of situations with the most amount of fun.  This is the biggest selling style of mtb.

Freeride or Enduro style mountain bikes usually have 150 – 180mm of travel, bridging the gap between trail and downhill mountain bikes.  These bikes are made for fast and rough trails, with jumps, stunts and ten foot drops never out of the question.  And you can ride them uphill, but it takes a bit more work.
Downhill Specific mountain bikes are as the name suggests, specifically for downhill racing and they usually have 200 – 250mm travel.  They’re heavy.  Forget pedaling one uphill, we’re talking shuttle runs, baby!  They’re only designed to go down very fast, no matter how rough the terrain is.

Step 3Set Your Priorities

Ultimately your budget will determine which mountain bike you end up with, so you may not be able to afford a bike that has everything you want on it.  Having said that though, it’s good to set some priorities to help you make your mind up as to what you really need in a mountain bike.  And going through a list of priorities might make you re-think your budget…

Ask yourself what areas of your mountain biking you want your new bike to help you improve the most.  Here are a few questions to get your juices flowing:

  •     Do you need a lighter bike to be a more competitive cross country racer?
  •     Should you stay with front suspension only, or should you go full suspension for increased comfort and control on a wider variety of terrain?
  •     Do you need a bike that’s more relaxed at higher speeds – something with a 68 degree head tube, instead of a 70 degree head tube angle like your current bike?
  •     Do you want a bike that allows a great deal of suspension tuning, or a bike that has fully position-adjustable brake and shifter controls?
  •     27.5 (650B) or 29 er?   – let Step 4 help you answer that question

 

Step 4 Test ride, test ride, test ride.

Why Test Rides are so important:

On paper, two similarly priced bikes from different brands may look exactly the same, except for their paint job.  On the trail they may feel completely different and not how you expected.
The more mountain bikes you test ride, the more informed you’ll become.  Knowledge is Power!
The more bikes you test ride, the more you’ll start noticing subtle differences between bikes, such as differences in frame geometry, and how those differences affect your riding.

Take the time to test ride as many bikes as you need to, on the trails YOU ride, and using tires suited to that terrain.  Do this, and you’ll find that choosing the right bike becomes dead-easy, because the best bike for you simply keeps appearing at the top of your list.
Step 5Bike Fit

If possible, get a proper ‘bike fit’ performed to ensure your new mountain bike is perfectly matched to you for size.

A bike fit may involve seat, crank arm length or handlebar and stem length changes, but it can be well worth the extra effort and expense
Not only will you feel even more at home on your new bike, but you’ll pedal more efficiently, because everything is matched to the way your body moves

Step 6Treads Baby Yeah!

The right tires are so important! There’s a good chance your new bike with come fitted with tires that aren’t suited to the terrain you ride. If need be, request a tire swap so you leave the shop with the right tires, matched to your trails and needs.

 


What we think is best for the UAE trails

 

The above article has been taken from http://www.mtbtips.com, as we ride on loose rocks and do single tracks too, mountain biking in Shawka (UAE) can be challenging!

KOM MTB recommends buying good quality bikes with good suspension (Fox is a great brand). Whether you buy a full suspension bike or a hardtail it’s totally up to you, we have tried both options and they work just fine. A full suspension bike might be more comfortable to ride if the distance is long (Above 20km) and it will roll over rocks and technical parts fairly quickly, but a hardtail bike is lighter, will climb easy and is more playful too!

This is not some cheap sport at all, you should keep in mind that your bike will need repairs, service and sometimes replacement parts.  Before you buy a bike you should do your home work and buy what fits your budget! Mountain bikes can be as cheap as 1,500 AED and can reach up to 45,000 AED in some cases. Cheap bikes won’t last for long and you get what you pay for. The recommended budget for a good bike is between 12,000 AED to 18,000 AED (Including all the other gear you may need).

Most of our fellow riders are riding Alloy bikes and few bought Carbon bikes. Weight is king in our sport and the more weight you put on your bike the slower you become, the harder you climb and the shorter distance you ride. Carbon bikes can beat Alloy bikes with that. More riders appear to change their wheels to carbon wheels trying to shave some weight off, high end components can also help you reduce your bike weight.

Good suspension travel is also required in Shawka, as it gets very technical in some sections. The recommended suspension travel is between 140mm to 160mm.

There are plenty of local bike shops here in Dubai that sells different brands of bikes and you may need to visit all of them and try every bike before you make a decision. See what fits your budget and compare. Keep in mind the above notes and you can always ask our members for advice!

Here is a quick comparison of Hardtail VS Full Suspension

Mountain Biking in Dubai

 

 choose the right mountain bike for you with these 6 simple steps.  What might seem like a daunting task at first, will become very easy because the best bike for you simply floats to the top of your list.

Step 1 – Set Your Budget

Determine exactly the most amount of money you can spend on your new bike and lock your budget at that.

  • Set aside any money you need for extras, such as a bike seat bag, Hydration pack, waterbottles, Multi-tool, helmet, bike fit fees, shoes, pedals, gloves and dropper seatpost (if not included with bike).
  • Upgrading to better parts on your new bike in 2 months time can be an expensive exercise.  Instead, spend up big now and get all that you need in one bike if possible.
  • You get what you pay for: A better bike means better performance, quality and durability.

– See more at: http://www.mtbtips.com/beginner-mountain-biking-tips/how-to-choose-the-right-mountain-bike-for-you/#sthash.3RT228uf.dpuf

 simple steps.  What might seem like a daunting task at first, will become very easy because the best bike for you simply floats to the top of your list.

Step 1 – Set Your Budget

Determine exactly the most amount of money you can spend on your new bike and lock your budget at that.

  • Set aside any money you need for extras, such as a bike seat bag, Hydration pack, waterbottles, Multi-tool, helmet, bike fit fees, shoes, pedals, gloves and dropper seatpost (if not included with bike).
  • Upgrading to better parts on your new bike in 2 months time can be an expensive exercise.  Instead, spend up big now and get all that you need in one bike if possible.
  • You get what you pay for: A better bike means better performance, quality and durability.

– See more at: http://www.mtbtips.com/beginner-mountain-biking-tips/how-to-choose-the-right-mountain-bike-for-you/#sthash.3RT228uf.dpuf

Learn how to choose the right mountain bike for you with these 6 simple steps.  What might seem like a daunting task at first, will become very easy because the best bike for you simply floats to the top of your list.

Step 1 – Set Your Budget

Determine exactly the most amount of money you can spend on your new bike and lock your budget at that.

  • Set aside any money you need for extras, such as a bike seat bag, Hydration pack, waterbottles, Multi-tool, helmet, bike fit fees, shoes, pedals, gloves and dropper seatpost (if not included with bike).
  • Upgrading to better parts on your new bike in 2 months time can be an expensive exercise.  Instead, spend up big now and get all that you need in one bike if possible.
  • You get what you pay for: A better bike means better performance, quality and durability.

– See more at: http://www.mtbtips.com/beginner-mountain-biking-tips/how-to-choose-the-right-mountain-bike-for-you/#sthash.3RT228uf.dpuf

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