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beginner mountain bike
26" mountain bike beginner

26" tires

26" tires

these tires are smaller and lighter, making your bike easier to carry. due to their light weight they are easier to accelerate and are known for better handling.

they do not provide the speed of the larger tires, climbs will not be as easy, and they do not provide the ride comfort benefits of larger tires.

27" mountain bike beginner

27.5" tires

27.5" tires

these are a middle ground of the 26" and 29" tires. they balance out the positives and negatives on acceleration, speed, handling, and ride smoothness.

29" mountain bike beginner

29" tires

29" tires

these tires will provide the greatest ride support, making difficult climbs, and tough trail features easier on you. They are also faster once you get a good pace going. However, they are slower to accelerate and more difficult to handle.

berm mtb

berm

berm

sometimes called a bermed corner. berm's have banked outer edge that run the entire length of the corner.

cornering mtb

cornering

cornering

making a turn on a trail. more experienced mountain bikers can take corners at faster speeds.

cross country beginner mountain bike

cross country

cross country

a style of biking that consists mostly of rough forest and singletrack. its also the least extreme and most common form of mountain biking

double jump mtb

double

double

a jump, with a take-off and a landing, but the middle ground in between has been dug out, so no safe rolling option, you must jump.

doubletrack mountain biking

doubletrack

doubletrack

two trails that generally run parallel to one another or are wide enough for more than one person to ride on.

downhill beginner mountain bike

downhill

downhill

the most advanced form of mountain biking for those who love racing down a singletrack on the toughest terrain.

outside guides does not offer recommendations for downhill bikes.

drop mtb

drop-off

dropoff

also called a "drop", this is a point where the trail falls suddenly. your bike will have to leave the ground in order to continue on the trail. you'll want to make sure you have enough speed going into them, and both tires to hit the landing at the same time.

enduro beginner mountain bike

enduro

enduro

also known as "all mountain". this style of biking involves bigger drops and jumps than cross country biking.

full suspension mountain bike

full suspension

full suspension

mountain bike with front and rear suspension.

hardtail mountain bike

hardtail

hardtail

mountain bike with only front suspension.

line beginner mountain bike

line

line

the desirable path or strategy to take with your bike on more difficult trail sections.

line beginner mountain bike

rock garden

rock garden

a section of a trail littered with varying sizes of rocks.

singletrack mountain biking

singletrack

singletrack

a narrow trail designed for one rider at a time.

suspension travel

suspension travel

suspension travel

the length your suspension will compress and decompress when riding over terrain or landing a jump.

switchback mtb

switchback

switchback

a sharp, 180 degree turn on a trail.

tabletop

tabletop

tabletop

a tabletop can be confused with doubles. their difference is that you can safely ride over a table top with both wheels on the ground, and/or practice your jumping before moving on to doubles, which are more advanced.

trailhead

trailhead

trailhead

the entrance to a trail or trail system where you begin a ride.

trailhead

trail riding

trail riding

a riding style, similar to cross country riding, but with more features and obstacles.

cogset

cogset

cogset

a complete set of sprockets that attach to the hub on the rear wheel.

mtb components

components

components

when referring to individual parts of a bike, they are referred to as components. the section below details more individual components.

mtb derailleur

derailleur

derailleur

the device that handles the job of moving the chain from one gear to another when you shift gears.

disc brakes

disc brakes

disc brakes

brakes that use the friction of pads against a disc that is attached to the wheel. most mountain bikes will use some form of disc brakes.

fork mtb

fork

fork

this holds the front wheel of the bike. on most mountain bikes it contains a set of shock absorbers that provide suspension.

frame mtb

frame

frame

main component of a bicycle, onto which wheels and other components are fitted.

hub mtb

hub

hub

the central component of the wheel that keeps the wheel in place with ball bearings and the axel.

knobby tires

knobby tire

knobby tire

off-road tires with deep tread to provide more traction on unpaved surfaces.

beginner rigid mountain bike

rigid

rigid

mountain bike with no suspension

rim brakes

rim brakes

rim brakes

brakes that use friction of pads against the tire rim.

mtb sadle

sadle

sadle

another term for bike seat.

shifter

shifter

shifter

resides on your handlebars within a quick reaching distance, they are controls for changing your gear. shifters are linked to derailleurs general through a cable.

sprocket

sprocket

sprocket

the circular component with teeth (cogs) your bike chain rolls over as you are pedaling.