Buying Your First Mountain Bike

It can be a bit intimidating as well as time consuming when you buy your first mountain bike. Following, you’ll find some tips and things to be aware of before you start your search for your first mountain bike.

Determining your price is really a personal thing. There is hardly a limit as to how much money you can spend on a new mountain bike. More is not necessarily better, you should decide on your price range and how much you can afford to pay for a new bike. When you do buy, you shouldn’t buy from a department store such as Wal-Mart. The bikes sold at department stores are not really bikes designed for the rigors of mountain biking. Also they are not put together by trained bike mechanics. You should instead support your local bike shop and get a much better bike and much better service.

There are different styles of mountain bikes. There are mountain bikes designed with many different riding styles and terrain types in mind. You’ll want to figure out what type of riding you will be doing the most. Recreational cross country, cross country racing, all mountain riding, or lift accessed downhill riding or racing. Make sure that the bike you select fits the style of riding you plan on doing.

Deciding on a full suspension or hard tail is also an important decision.

If you can afford it, a full suspension mountain bike is always worth the extra money. A hard tail, bike without rear suspension, is lighter weight and pedals more efficiently than full suspension bikes. Full suspension bikes offer more comfort and overall better control on rough terrain. You’ll want to make that decision based on your price range, riding style, and the type of terrain you’ll be riding on the most.

Comparing mountain bikes component by component would be an impossible task, there are just far too many combinations. The best way to go about doing this is deciding on the components that are the most important to you and making sure the rest fall within your price range. You should start with the fork, which is the most important component after the frame. Then look at the wheelsets and brakes.

The best time to buy a mountain bike may vary a little depending on where you live. During the year, the prices of mountain bikes can change quite a bit. Spring through summer is the primary buying season. If you can wait until the end of the season, fall and winter, you can save a couple hundred dollars. Many bike shops will also offer discounts on other accessories if you buy a new mountain bike from them.

Finding a good bike shop to buy from is more important than finding the best price. You should always find a shop that cares more about selling you the best bike for you than selling you a high priced one. A great bike shop will have a clean repair area and a knowledgeable staff.

Never buy a mountain bike without taking a test ride, preferably on some trails and not just around the parking lot. You should test ride as many bikes as possible. Which bike fits you and feels ‘right’ will be different for everybody. The more bikes you can test ride, the better you’ll understand what works and what doesn’t work for you.

Mountain bike reviews are available on many biking websites on the internet or in mountain bike magazines. And are some of the best ways to find out about a mountain bikes reliability and overall performance. You also should talk to other mountain bikers and get their opinions about a bike before you
make your final purchase.