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Best Mountain Bike

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For many people, heading out into nature is a great way to work out, release stress and enjoy more serene surroundings. While this can mean a walk through the park for some, while others like to ride their bikes. Whether that means you’re hitting the trails or simply biking up and down hills in the city, you’re going to want a bike that can handle whatever the terrain throws its way. And this is where a good mountain bike can help you conquer hills, steep inclines and everything in between. 

This mountain bike is set on a steel frame and features 26-inch wheels with rear front brakes. The oversized tires are four inches wide and you’ll get seven speeds as well. You’ll also get alloy wheels for a lighter ride. Some assembly is required. 

We like that this mountain bike has a padded ATB saddle seat that’s stitched for added durability. It is perfect for uphill or downhill riding. This bike is rated for ages 12 to 19 or heights from 58 to 70 inches. You’ll also get a durable steel frame and a kickstand. 

This electric mountain bike has a 48-volt battery that has an output of 350 watts. You can reach up to 20 miles per hour and cover up to 40 miles on a single charge. You also get an LCD screen with a five-speed display. 

The extra-wide double-wall alloy rims maintain a light ride while reinforcing durability. The tires are 2.25-inches wide and feature a knobby tread for added control on rough terrain. You’ll get steady gearing and fewer maintenance needs. 

We like that this Diamondback mountain bike focuses on improved suspension with an aluminum alloy hardtail frame and a suspension fork that gives you additional control. You’ll also get mechanical disc brakes for enhanced efficiency. 

Mountain Bike FAQs

1. How do I choose the right mountain bike?

First, consider where you plan on riding. If you know that you’ll be tackling more challenging terrain, you’ll want to prioritize suspension quality as well as tire tread. The last thing you want is to slip and slide up or down an incline because your tires don’t have the right tread. Also, focus on getting the right frame size. You should be able to comfortably mount and dismount your bike. And while lightweight is nice, with a mountain bike, the right weight can ensure that you have more control while riding. 

2. Can you ride a mountain bike on the road?

Yes, you can. While they’re designed primarily for the trail — and especially difficult terrain or inclines — you can ride a mountain bike on city streets. Just remember that you’ll usually have to work harder to pedal on pavement than when you’re off-roading. However, if you think that you’ll spend an equal amount of time riding in town and off-roading, it’s a good idea to consider a fat-tire bike. These are technically all-terrain bikes as their enhanced suspension and oversized tires allow for a more comfortable and controlled ride that’s equally effective whether you’re on a trail or riding down the street. 

Mountain Bike Buying Guide

So, you’ve decided to upgrade to a mountain bike or you’re in the market to replace your existing ride. First, consider whether you want an electric bike or a traditional model. While most of the buying criteria are the same, an e-bike is usually heavier but won’t make you sacrifice quality or speed. However, you’ll need to ensure that your bike is street legal as most states and local jurisdictions have limits on the allowable speed you can reach when riding on the street or sidewalks. 

Next, think about the frame. Do you want a step-through or step-over frame? A step-through frame might be better for individuals who struggle to lift their legs completely over a standard step-over frame. Next, consider the overall bike weight. This shouldn’t be a sole factor driving your purchasing choice, but you do need to consider that a heavier bike can be more difficult to propel up a steep or challenging incline — especially if it’s not an e-bike that offers extra power to get you to the finish line. 

Consider how many speeds you can shift through. If you’re mostly riding on relatively smooth ground, you might not need additional speeds. But if you plan on hitting hilly trails, a high-speed bike might help you complete the trail. And finally, make sure that you have good suspension. Mountain biking, by default, usually means a rougher ride. But a bike with good suspension can make the experience more enjoyable. Plus, good suspension means that you can also maintain better control. 


About The Author

Grace Vest

Grace Vest is a project manager and writer who loves baking and hiking in her spare time. When she’s not wrangling projects and words, you can find her at the library or on a walk with her husband and son.