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.
How do you make your basic mountain bike easy to upgrade?
Get a titanium alloy frame.
Get ready to spend money on reshaping the frame.
Get a frame with mounting spaces for optional equipment.
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.
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.
Which type of rear suspension is commonly used nowadays?
unified rear triangle (URT) design
raised low pivot (RLP) design
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.