All About Mountain Bikes

Just a century ago it was uncommon to see any more than one bike being used to cycle from location to location. These days however, much has changed - and bicycle manufacturers now specialise in creating a great range of models; most of which feature their own types of functionality. Mountain bikes just so happen to be one of these bike types, but what are they exactly and how are they any different to vintage bikes, touring bikes and other models on the market?

It’s all in the name

The first thing that needs to be known about these bikes is that they are called ‘mountain’ for a reason. They often feature very thick tread and sturdy inlay, making them very resistant to wear and tear. As a result, most riders are able to take them on long expeditions across rough terrain. The main purpose of this type of bike is therefore to be used for leisure, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg as far as the versatility of this type of bike is concerned.

Does that mean that leisure is their only use?

Certainly not; in fact, due to the rugged nature of these bikes, as well as the fact that most feature multiple gears and comfortable seating – plenty of riders use them for commuting to and from work, or getting around town in general. Unlike vintage bikes that might struggle to perform well off-road, or racing bikes that are too streamlined to be put under any serious physical stresses; those that are intended for mountainous adventures will usually be far more reliable under pressure.

And when you throw in the fact that these types of bicycles are also some of the most affordable on the market – far more so than hybrid bikes and foldable alternatives, then what you are actually presented with is a very reliable mode of transport that is as effective across mud and grass as it is on tarmac and cycle paths. From commuting to leisure activities, these bikes tick all of the right boxes.

All in all, bikes that are built for the outdoors are hard-wearing, versatile and can last for years with minimal maintenance. The thicker tyres allow them to traverse even the most challenging of terrain and with a multitude of handle bar designs, gear systems and seating – it can be very straight forward to find the ideal type of mountain bike for a riders’ needs.