Our Guide to Mountain Bikes
ENJOYING THE SPORT OF MOUNTAIN BIKING
While the sport of mountain biking can be very competitive with several challenging disciplines to choose from, it can also be enjoyed as a leisure activity- one that provides an excellent workout in beautiful natural surroundings. Narrow country lanes and forest tracks can be explored while tackling hills with the reward of the pleasure of the following descent. For more adventurous spirits, the level of adrenaline-fueled risk can be increased by discovering more challenging tracks and trails.
WHO TAKES PART IN SPORT MOUNTAIN BIKING?
With sport mountain bikes available in every size from XS to XL and a wide choice of colours, styles and technical specifications we propose mtb for all your family. Mountain biking can be enjoyed by children, men and women of all ages and cycling experience. Other than the bike and a good-quality cycling helmet, minimal equipment is required to enjoy a day's mountain biking surrounded by the peace of stunning scenery.
TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS FOR A SPORT MOUNTAIN BIKE
We offer a wide range of lightweight aluminium mountain bikes ideal for off-road cycling. While many of our bikes are unisex frames we do have a choice of women geometry bikes such as the Scott Contessa. For your bike trips we propose you a large range of hardtail bikes with suspension forks up to 120mm. You have the choice between a 27.5-inch wheel mtb and 29-inch wheels mountain bikes while disc brakes offer better traction and stopping power on downhill descents whatever the weather conditions.
CROSS-COUNTRY MOUNTAIN BIKING
Cross-country mountain biking is a sport that combines stamina and skill, set in a beautiful natural backdrop of mountains, hills and peak districts. Comprised of a series of races from point to point through laid out trails, xc mountain biking is becoming ever more popular and receiving a growing amount of media coverage. It is an Olympic category while major events across the globe are held annually, culminating in the Cross-Country World Cup.
WHO TAKES PART IN THE SPORT?
Cross-country mountain biking is available to any cycling enthusiast with men, women and children of all ages enjoying this opportunity of challenging themselves in stunning mountain surroundings. Trails range from forest firebreak tracks to narrow uphill or downhill single-tracks that test handling skills and endurance. Having the correct cross-country mountain bike helps bikers perform to their best ability, with beginners generally starting on a hardtail single suspension bike.
TECHNICAL XC MTB SPECIFICATIONS
At Bike Craft, we offer a range of cross-country mountain bikes in different sizes from XS to XL. General specifications include suspension forks of between 100mm and 120mm and 29-inch wheels. Having as light a bike as possible is also a consideration. Cross-country mountain bike frames are made of either aluminium or carbon with both having different advantages. On tough trails that involve a lot of uphill work, light weight is a distinct advantage which is where carbon mountain bikes come into their own. They are snappier and respond more briskly, an important factor for novice riders or where mountain trails involve technical downhill stretches.
AN INTRODUCTION TO TRAIL RIDING
Beautiful scenery, fresh air and a sport that challenges and stretches come together with trail riding. This is a sport that takes riders off the flat and into hills, peak districts and mountains. While similar to cross-country cycling in some aspects, trail riding is more aggressive, requiring the tackling of challenging single tracks. Modern trail centres offer a mix of technical and free stretches providing something for all ability levels.
WHO CAN TAKE PART IN TRAIL RIDING
Trail riding is the perfect sport for adding an extra dimension to cycling with courses and trails designed for all levels of experience. Trail riding takes place in all weather conditions and with long downhill stretches involved and high speeds being reached, having a robust trail mtb is advisable. Wearing long-finger gloves and knee pads are recommended for protection should a fall occur.
TRAIL MOUNTAIN BIKE SPECIFICATIONS
While trail riding can be practiced on all mountain bikes, carbon or alloy full suspension bikes with forks of between 130mm and 170mm provide optimal comfort while our innovative TwinLoc Suspension System delivers total control. TwinLoc is operated by a handlebar remote and gives a choice of three ride modes, Descend, Traction Control and Lockout. With the challenging ground covered in trail riding, responsive brakes and wide handlebars along with strong wheels and tires are also essential for full control in all weather conditions.
ENDURO OR ALL-MOUNTAIN RIDING - ADRENALINE FUELLED ADVENTURE
Enduro really puts the adventure into mountain bike racing with extremely technical tracks which can include big drops and adrenaline fuelling jumps. Usually completed in staged races over a few days, Enduro competitions involve timed descents and steep climbs. Enduro started in the mountains of Europe and is now an extremely popular sport worldwide with modern competitions involving three to six timed trails. It is a good way to spend a day in beautiful natural scenery among like-minded cycling enthusiasts.
WHO TAKES PART IN ENDURO?
Although Enduro riders face the challenges of rugged mountain terrain along with drops and jumps, it is still an approachable sport for novice riders. Competitors race the clock rather than each other with everyone, no matter their experience, tackling the same course. Top Enduro riders combine the full skill set of physical fitness, mental stamina and bike handling skills within their performance. Wearing a full-face Enduro mtb helmet and some degree of padded body armour is highly advisable.
ENDURO MOUNTAIN BIKE SPECIFICATIONS
The best Enduro mtb is a tough and robust full-suspension one made of carbon or aluminium. It will have longer rear and front suspension travel than other types of mountain bikes with a front suspension travel generally between 150mm and 185mm. The suspension can be locked to assist with the steep climbs. Large brake rotors and a wide gear selection are helpful while tire conditions depend to an extent on the surface of the trail.
Downhill / Dirt
CHOOSING THE BEST DH MOUNTAIN BIKE
Downhill mountain biking is an extreme and exhilarating sport that combines excitement and speed. Downhill courses are laid out in areas of mountains, high hills and peaks and involve single track descents through narrow cuts and over rough surfaces. Routes can involve huge drops and jumps either over natural rock formations or artificially created. Riders compete individually in an effort to achieve the fastest possible time. It is definitely an adrenaline-fuelled sport that requires strong and responsive bikes.
WHO ENJOYS DOWNHILL MOUNTAIN BIKING?
The sport of mountain biking is open to everyone with cycling experience and a good sense of balance. Those attributes are essential for top downhill riders as tough terrains are tackled at high speeds. With the potential for falls and injuries, protective clothing and accessories should be worn including full-face helmets and mtb goggles as well as chest and back plates.
TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS FOR DOWNHILL MOUNTAIN BIKES
At SCOTT Sports, every downhill mtb is designed for the bold rider with bikes being heavier and more rugged than other mountain bikes. This makes them specific to downhill mountain biking, as they would be too heavy for uphill work. A downhill mountain bike differs from other mountain bikes in that is has longer rear travels and front suspension forks that are generally between 200mm and 210mm. Wheels are usually 27.5 inches or 29 inches while bigger rotors in the disc brakes give bikes the added stability and control required by the discipline. A downhill mtb also carries fewer and smaller gears, allowing for extra clearance over obstacles on the route.
Women's MTB is a growing category and here at Bike Craft we have a bike to fit every female rider. Our bikes are designed to cover long distances, blast around local trails, get you up and down the mountain until you feel like a heroine. Personal taste varies as much as a bikers riding style, so we combined different designs with our experience to cover every demand. Time to explore a full line of women mountain bike models!
A STRONG AND VERSATILE COLLECTION
Our selection allows you to choose your perfect taste depending on the kind of ride you are looking for and the features. All mountain bikes for women are constructed in with strong frames, a wide range of gears and off-road tyres. Thanks to their extremely versatile designs, our models can fulfil a variety of off-road commuter and recreational purposes. Whether you need a bicycle for light paths, unsealed surfaces, rough terrain or long rides, rest assured of durability and performance. Want to bypass traffic? Choose our cheap mountain bike for commuting.
CATEGORIES OF WOMEN MOUNTAIN BIKE DESIGNS
Mountain bikes fall under two categories: hardtail and full suspension. Hardtail mountain bikes have front suspension only while dual suspension bikes have suspension at the front and the back wheels.
Looking for an adrenaline rush? Peruse our extensive array of downhill mountain bikes. From Contessa Spark, Scale, Genius, and Active, the models are designed for female riders, featuring an adapted geometry, saddles for female anatomy, and contact points tailored to smaller hands.
ELECTRIC MOUNTAIN BIKES
Go further, higher, and faster with an electric mountain bike. A pedal assist mountain bike gives you all the benefits of exercise and the thrill of the ride that you would normally get, plus an extra boost to enhance the level of your bike rides even more.
MORE THAN YOUR MAXIMUM WITH OUR E-MTB
We all have limits that we like to push, to challenge ourselves, and see what we are truly capable of. With an electric MTB your rides can be much longer and intense, allowing you to explore new terrain and get help when you need it. A pedal assist mountain bike can get you up the steepest climbs that are impossible manually, so you can find explore new trails and downhills.
For long distance training an electric mountain bike increases your endurance and allows you train over a longer period of time. Electric bike motors can go up to 28mph (45kmh) and travel for 60 miles (95 kilometres). Is there a new mountain or forest track that you want to tackle? With a power-assisted mountain bike you can face the most extreme trails of your life.
ELECTRIC ASSIST MOUNTAIN BIKES
Our range has models for both men and women, including hardtail and full suspension bikes. Available with various modes to suit your riding style or the terrain, our electric mountain bikes adjust to fit your needs. For cross country and mountain trails, a pedal assist mountain bike gives you everything you expect from a mountain bike plus the power to enhance your performance.