Bike Shop Talk: How to Choose a Mountain Bike

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Mountain biking is one of the most amazing sports Colorado has to offer. Enjoying those steep, gorgeous mountain bike trails is a rush unlike any other. We may be biased here at the bike shop but getting your feet on those pedals is second to none. So, when shopping for Denver bikes, how do you know which make and model is right for you. Here are some things to look out for and consider.

Mountain Bike Style

Before you even enter your local bike shop, you should decide which bike style will meet your needs. Different riding styles require different bike styles, so this is your first consideration. Figure out where and how you plan to ride.

Trail bikes are arguably the most common mountain biking style because the category isn’t grounded in any specific type of racing. Whereas cross-country style of riding typically implies riding fast, with an emphasis on climbing prowess.

Mountain Bike Features

Once you enter your bike shop, you can start chatting up about features. Suspension type and wheel diameter are two key attributes that determine the type of terrain a bike is capable of handling. You’ll also want to consider things like frame material, number of gears and type of brakes as you narrow down your bike choice.

This is when your Denver bike expert will come in handy. Getting familiar with rigid, hardtail, and full-suspension options will help you make the best decision in your purchase.

Mountain Bike Fit

A bike that fits well and is right for your height, flexibility and riding style is a bike you’ll love riding. This is a really important step in choosing your ride. A properly fitting bike can improve your handling and confidence on the trail to help you tackle more technical and challenging rides.

When you’re visiting your bike shop, don’t be afraid to try out your options. Denver bicycle shops will oftentimes have brand available to demo. This is a great way to weed out the competition and find your perfect match.

Bike Shops Denver

Base Camp Cyclery carries Denver’s premium mountain bike brands including Yeti mountain bikes, Santa Cruz, Ibis, Orbea bike and Norco. Let us know what you’re looking for and we’ll hook you up with the ride of your dreams!