The Ultimate Choosing a Mountain Bike Quiz


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4 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

Mountain bikes aren't restricted to negotiating tough terrain in the mountains. People use mountain bikes for long weekend rides and daily commutes as well. Today, numerous manufacturers produce a wide range of mountain bikes. Take this quiz to learn more about choosing the right mountain bike for you.

When is the right time to buy a mountain bike?

Bike manufacturers release new models each year, usually in September, which is when bike shops put last year's models on sale.


Apart from factors such as features weight, and cost, what else is important when choosing a mountain bike?

Another factor to consider is the amount of time you're willing to spend on bike maintenance. Bikes with suspensions and other advanced components have additional opportunities for mechanical failure.


What is the simplest way to choose a mountain bike size?

The simplest sizing advice is to never buy a bike until you've taken it for a test ride at your local bike shop. If it needs adjusting, they can help.


Which bike frame material is suitable for intermediate bikers?

Aluminum is a good compromise between weight and cost for intermediate bikers.


Which shape of bike frame is ideal for beginners and intermediate mountain bikers?

Beginners and many intermediate mountain bikers do well with traditional diamond frames.


How do you make your basic mountain bike easy to upgrade?

A basic mountain bike can be upgraded easily as long as the hubs are able to mount disc brakes and the front suspension can be changed. If you want to take your bike for longer rides at some point, mounting spaces for mud flaps and cargo baskets will come in handy.


Which is the right suspension type for first-time mountain bikers?

Each suspension element adds complexity and weight to the bike. Front suspension, also known as a suspension fork, gives you increased control and comfort, without being heavy and complex.


What are the right type of brakes for biking in wet and muddy terrain?

Disc brakes are farther away from the trail than the outside edge of the wheel rim, so they're less likely to pick up mud or water. Moreover, larger discs and calipers are available for more braking power.


What factor is not important in choosing an ideal saddle for your bike?

The only things that determine an ideal bike saddle are the shape and size of the seat and its proper adjustment.


What type of top tube (the tube that runs from the seat to the front of the bike) is ideal for all mountain bikers?

A sloping top tube is ideal. It provides extra clearance for the rider in the event of a crash.


How is a mountain bike different from a road bike?

A mountain bike differs from a road bike by having a smaller, more rugged frame along with wider, knobby tires that can handle muddy tails, rocks, fallen branches and even jumps or steep climbs.


When did mountain biking competitions start?

Mountain biking competitions date to the 1970s and 80s.


What is the best way to decide which mountain bike to buy?

You'll find the perfect bike for you at the point where your needs and your budget intersect.


Where shouldn't you buy a low-budget mountain bike?

Don't buy a low-budget mountain bike at a big box store or online. They may be cheap, but their poor quality is a waste of money. Expect to spend at least $400 for a decent mountain bike.


What material are frames of low-end bikes made of?

Low-end bike frames are made of high-tensile steel, which is inexpensive and strong, but very heavy.


What material are frames of competition mountain bikes made of?

Carbon fiber frames are for serious mountain bikers. While extremely light and rigid, carbon fiber is very expensive and prone to impact damage.


What bike frame material is also an alloy like high-tensile steel?

Chromoly steel, made using chromium and molybdenum, is lighter and more rigid than high-tensile steel, but costs a bit more.


What do you call a bike with a front suspension but no rear suspension?

A bike with a suspension fork (front suspension) but no rear suspension is known as a hardtail.


What kind of bike riders usually go for rear suspensions?

Many mountain bikers swear by rear suspensions -- in fact, they're the standard for competitive riders.


Which type of rear suspension is commonly used nowadays?

Most bikes today are made with a raised low pivot (RLP) design, which uses an independent swing arm. There are endless variations on the basic RLP suspension, with each manufacturer developing its own particular type. The unified rear triangle (URT) design common several years ago is now falling out of favor.


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