Mountain biking, as the name suggests, is a sport of riding bicycles off-road, often over rough terrain, using professionally designed mountain bikes. Mountain bikes share similarities with other bikes but incorporate features designed to enhance durability and performance in rough terrain. And we, at Decathlon, take care of all such needs that the rough terrains demand!
XC (cross-country), All Mountain, DH (downhill or descent)… Mountain bikes come in all shapes and sizes to suit the different disciplines. You must choose your mountain bike based on how long your rides will be and the type of slopes you will be tackling.
Here are some tips to help you figure out which Mountain Bike will meet your requirements:
How long your rides are: The amount of time you spend in the saddle is a key factor while choosing your mountain bike.
FOR RIDES LESS THAN AN HOUR: If your rides aren't very steep and are on easy ground, without too many obstacles, you want a bike with:
An 80 mm suspension fork for comfort and safety
Knobby tyres for more grip
Gears for adapting to the steepness and controlling the pace for both climbs and descents
FOR RIDES BETWEEN 1 AND 3 HOURS: On the winding, rolling terrain, your bike will need:
Disc brakes that are effective in all weather conditions
Suspension with an 80 to 100 mm travel
FOR RIDES MORE THAN 3 HOURS: On dangerous terrain, go for a bike with:
An aluminium frame with variable thicknesses or a carbon frame to optimise the bike's weight and rigidity and, therefore, performance.
Air suspension to improve shock absorption and for more accurate adjustment.
A single chainring system for faster and more effective gear shifts.
Height Difference: Cross Country or Mtb?
CROSS COUNTRY: Cross-country requires intense effort to cover rolling, steep trails. The frame geometry, suspension and materials make XC mountain bikes light, responsive, precise and optimised for improving your time on a race or marathon (XC ride of more than 80 km).
ALL MOUNTAIN MTB: The aim of an All Mountain bike is to climb and descend anywhere, pushing yourself out on the uphills and enjoying an adrenaline rush on the downhills. If comfort and an enjoyable ride are more important to you than performance, opt for a bike that offers front AND rear suspension for these long rides.
Start your adventure with our B'Twin Mtb Cycle (also called Rockrider) that provides comfort, efficiency, and precision. Its thumb shifter lets you change the gear smoothly, preventing accidents. It also offers a lifetime warranty on the frame, handlebars, and stem. It provides user comfort with a more upright seating position and front suspension. Our bikes provide value for money!