The Ultimate Mountain Biking Categories Quiz

The Ultimate Mountain Biking Categories Quiz
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There are many categories of mountain biking , each of which requires unique gears and technique. Several challenging mountain biking categories involve speed, agility and presence of mind. Take this quiz to learn more about this exciting new sport.
Which form of mountain biking involves use of the lightest bikes?
cross country
The bikes used in cross-country mountain biking are generally the lightest of all these bikes, weighing between 21 and 28 pounds (9 and 12 kilograms)
dirt jumping
freeride

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Which form of biking requires quick thinking at all times?
cross country
downhill mountain biking
In downhill mountain biking, rocks, ditches and other unknown debris are everywhere. Since your downhill speed is increased by gravity, you have to think fast to avoid mishaps, like tumbling over the handlebars.
all mountain biking

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Which form of biking involves negotiating a series of natural and man-made obstacles?
relay
freeride
four cross
In four cross (4X), four cyclists are pitted against each other in a race through a series of natural and man-made obstacles.

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Which form of biking involves only two bikers racing to the bottom of a hill?
dual slalom
In dual slalom, two bikers race to the bottom of a hill while strategically zigzagging in and out of gates (poles with flags on them).
tag teaming
double bill

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Which form of biking involves use of bikes with small wheels, strong brakes and no seat?
all-mountain
trials
Trials test agility, balance and creativity of bikers, who try to complete the course with as few mistakes as possible.
cross country

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Which form of biking involves doing stunts with any available object or place?
four cross
dual slalom
urban/street
Urban/street, also known as urban, freestyle or street BMX (bicycle motocross), involves using any available object or place for stunts.

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Which form of biking involves bikers performing tricks on dirt hills and mounds?
dirt jumping
In dirt jumping, bikers on stronger and heavier bikes perform stunts on dirt hills and mounds.
cross country
all-mountain

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What do you call riding long trails in mountains?
cross country
all-mountain
All-mountain, also known as enduro (for endurance), involves riding long trails, uphill and downhill in the mountains.
dual slalom

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What form of mountain biking involves having a bit more fun with the bike?
dirt jumping
cross country
freeride
Freeride is the go-anywhere, do-anything form of mountain biking. Here, riders use heavier all-mountain bikes.

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When did cross-country mountain biking become an Olympic sport for men and women?
1996
Cross-country mountain biking was accepted as an Olympic sport for men and women in 1996.
1992
1988

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What kind of bikes make up the majority of specialty bike sales in the United States and the United Kingdom?
BMX bikes
mountain bikes
Mountain bikes are the biggest sellers in both countries.
racing bikes

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What percentage of the bicycle market did mountain bikes cover by 1993?
75 percent
85 percent
95 percent
Mountain bikes accounted for nearly 95 percent by 1993.

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What features make the modern mountain bike so popular for a variety of purposes?
better tires, multiple gears, and spring suspension
The well-treaded, multigeared, spring suspension mountain bikes of today offer something for every rider.
affordable pricing
massive TV advertising

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When were the first bicycles made?
late 18th century
mid-19th century
The first bicycles, invented in the mid-19th century, were built with wooden frames and metal rims and weren't especially easy to keep upright.
early 20th century

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What type of mountain biking requires bikes that can handle both uphill and downhill riding?
downhill
urban
cross country
In cross-country biking, riders need to handle both uphill and downhill terrain.

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What type of biking needs tough bikes with strong rear suspension?
downhill mountain biking
Downhill mountain bikes are built tough to take a beating, with great suspension to ease the rocky ride. As a result, they tend to be heavier than other mountain bikes.
urban
trials

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What type of mountain-bike racing requires courses only a few hundred yards long?
downhill mountain biking
four cross
In four cross (4X) mountain bike racing, the course is usually only a few hundred yards (meters) long.
cross country

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What type of biking is centered on testing your maneuvering skills?
cross country
downhill
trials
Trials are about agility, balance and a little bit of creativity. Trials focus more on maneuvering and less on riding.

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What type of biking is also popularly known as street BMX (bicycle motocross)?
urban/street biking
Urban/street biking is more commonly known as urban, freestyle or street BMX.
cross country
four cross

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What type of mountain bike racing requires light bikes with a lot of gears?
four cross
all-mountain biking
All-mountain biking requires bikes with lots of gears to handle both uphill and downhill riding, which are built light enough for uphill riding and are tough enough to take hits.
trials

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You Got:
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