What Mountain Bike Should You Choose For Your Riding Discipline?
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What Mountain Bike Should You Choose For Your Riding Discipline?

October 23, 2019


– [Neil] Mountain biking has evolved a
lot over a history of about 40 years. There’s all sorts if disciplines now that
fall under that mountain bike umbrella. So we thought it would be a good time to
explain all the different types of bikes, and what their intended use is. ♪ [music] ♪ So let’s start with cross-country bikes.
This is the Canyon XC, the cross-country race bike. This is
where weight is really important. So it’s a carbon fiber frame. These bikes
are often 29ers because they’ve got that extra rollover. So once you’re up to
speed, they’ll carry speed really well. Like I say, weight is really important, so
it’s all about being as light as possible because fitness and speed
is really important. The tires are fairly lightweight so
they’re really fast-rolling. They don’t offer great puncture
resistance, but more importantly, they’re really fast tires. The bikes have
relatively steep head angles, so they’re agile at low speeds, also good
for climbing. You’ve got that long stem and low handlebars to keep
weight on that front wheel, so you’re not wheelie-ing too
much when you’re climbing. This is a full-suspension cross-country
bike, something that people would race in marathon races, probably longer distance
than the pure thoroughbred cross-country bike. The full-suspension is a more
comfortable ride, you’re going to get slightly more grip on the rear tires.
The tire tracks [inaudible 00:01:29]. a little bit better. Obviously the
payoff is slightly more weight. They tend to have single or double chain
rings, probably more likely to have a double than the pure cross-country bike,
because you’re going to be riding this bike for longer. Again, the idea
is a light, fast bike still. – [Marc] So moving up to scale a little
bit now, what I would call a general trail bike. They tend to be
anything from 120- to 140-mill travel, which this bike is. With a trail
bike, they tend to be overbuilt. You can see it’s a lot chunkier here
around the head tube and also here around the pivots to take that punishment.
Also, compared to a cross-country race bike, has a longer wheel base and
therefore more stable at speed, able to ride a descent more comfortably, but
yet again, it won’t climb quite as well. Most trail bikes tend to come with a
dropper post, really cool feature also. – Moving up the scale again
slightly, this is a 160-mill travel. This is the area that a lot of bike
manufacturers are trying to throw their resources at finding that one do-it-all
bike, so you’ve got a really good downhill bike that also climbs. Again, the bike is
to be designed really aggressively, so to help with that, we’ve got bigger,
chunkier tires, more puncture-resistant, but the payoff, again,
is they’re heavier. – Slopestyle bike. Main factor about these
is companies are still developing bikes around 26-inch wheels, so old
technology as far as trail bikes and downhill bikes, but these guys are still
riding 26. There’s no need for bigger wheels. I guess it makes the bike
more maneuverable in the air, having the smaller wheels. Short amount of travel, probably only 100
mill, just to take the shock out of those massive jumps when they’re landing heavy.
As you can see they have a low standover height, small frame which means it’s easy
to move around the bike to do all the tricks that they do. Really low seat, just
getting it down and out of the way. – A fat bike. Originally these bikes were
designed for riding on sand like we are today and on snow. The huge
tires give you that floating ability. These tires are 4.8 inches wide. Compare
that to your average mountain bike tire, maybe 2.2, 2.4. So they’re twice the
width. You don’t even need a bike stand for it to stand up on the beach today.
The bikes are designed solely around these wheels, really. They’re so wide that
the front and the back ends of the fork is wide to fit in that larger hub and that
huge tire. More often than not, these bikes are hardtails or in fact fully rigid
like this bike, and they’re becoming more and more popular. You see
these out on the trails and away from the snow and the sand. – Downhill bike. Definitely a very limited
use as far as what you can do on this bike, purely designed to go over the
roughest terrain, top though bottom, down a hill. As you can see, extremely
overbuilt, all the way from the front forks, which are a triple clamp, very
similar to a motorcycle, very large aggressive tires, super strong, often
tubeless. Two hundred mills of travel, front and back, is usually about the
ballpark. A very slack head angle, so you feel comfortable going down
steeper descents, really long wheel base so the bike is super stable at high
speeds. Also, wide handlebars, up to 800 mills, all help give the bike that
extra stability. Usually find a 26-inch wheel like this one here, or more
recently, manufacturers are making them in 27.5-inch wheel. – A hardtail. They come in all
different shapes and sizes, 26-, 27.5-, and 29-inch wheels. Steel alloy,
carbon frames, obviously no rear suspension, and they do often have a
suspension fork. They’re quite often the cheapest mountain bikes and are such the
most accessible way to get into the sport. More often than not, people
ride a hardtail as their first bike. And they’re still really good fun. I
want to say the humble hardtail, but there’s still a place for these bikes. – So there you go. That’s it for our “What
mountain bike for what discipline.” – We actually got the idea for this video
from the comments in one of our Dirt Shed Show. So don’t forget to leave your
comments down below. We do read them all. – I should imagine you want to watch
more videos here on GMBN, so if you click up here, you’ll see my
video on “Suspension explained.” – And if you click down there, you
can see “Are fat bikes fun?” – Are they fun? – They are fun. Give us a thumbs-up
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  1. Good reviews …except you didn't cover what hardtails are used for! Seems you couldn't wait to dismiss them, I could be wrong but felt that way!

  2. Hi, can you guys tell me de difference between the first and the last bike in you video, the difference between the XC and the hardtail? To me it looks pretty much the same.. 😉

  3. weight is really important, mostly 29", double chainrings? He just tells about the canyon, not only for xc, but for all disciplines. Describing provided bikes and just take them as standards??? Baaaaaad call, very bad call

  4. I had a gt hardtail and recently upgraded to a giant trance x4 and the ride quality on a full suspension is defo worth the maintenance and price point

  5. Geez, is GMBN owned by Canyon? I mean they are certainly not bad bikes but the amount of Canyons on GMBN is disconcerting to a point almost harmful for GMBN's own sakes.

  6. I'm 55 I live in Denver I still ride once a week on the trails outside of town what kind of bike do you think I should be riding

  7. I Like To Buy And Ride In A Full Suspension MTB. But I Don't Have That Much Money To Buy These High End Bikes. I Like 'SPECIALIZED', 'FRR', 'CANNONDALE', 'SANTA CRUZ', 'BANSHEE' etc. I Love To Ride These Bikes. So I Bought Hardtails. I Have 'KROSS MAXIMUS' 26Inch Wheels With 18 Speed Gears (3×6) Gear Combination (Shimano 'TOURNEY') & Front Disc Brake (Mechanical) , 'COSMIC TRIUM' 27.5Inch Wheels With 21 Speed Gears (3×7) Gear Combination ( Shimano 'ALTUS & ACERA') & Dual Disc Brakes (Mechanical) (Brand – 'Tectrodracko') , 'FITTRIP VIPER' 29Inch Wheels With 24 Speed Gears (3×8) Gear Combination (Shimano 'DEORE') & Dual Disc Brakes (Hydraulic)& Front Suspension Lockout & Weight Adjustment . These Are The Three Hardtail MTB I Have Now. From This Year I Started To Save Money To Buy A Full Suspension MTB With 'Dropper Post' Available & 'Suspension Lockouts' . So Thank You For Reviewing Me Some Latest Nice Bikes.🖒👍🚩❤😎😃🙄. Full Suspension Bikes Are Cool & Fun To Ride I Think .Talking About The Front Suspension "Air Suspension Is Better Than Coil Suspension" . That's For Sure. No Doubt.

  8. I have a 26inch hard tail with fat high rolling tires and 100mm rock shock forks. Also have a 20inch bmx. I usually ride dirt jumps and skate parks on both. If I'm not riding park I'm up in the rocky mountains riding a mile or higher..

  9. Lol they say like hardtails are just cheap low-level rubbish and there exist only full-suspension. I'd like to see you livind in a big city riding your bike to work or university and often going to some trails, spots or just riding urban freeride with the same bike. It's only a hardtail. Try to pedal 30 kmh for an hour with your full sus – you'll die.

  10. Idk what bike to buy but we don't have trains here at uae more of a sandy country so I'll accept it and buy a fat or thiccc bike

  11. Idk what bike to buy but we don't have trains here at uae more of a sandy country so I'll accept it and buy a fat or thiccc bike

  12. Is a trail bike still ok at jumping? There are jumps in my area but not that many so a slope style is no feasible.

  13. i can see what the bikes look like .. didnt go into any details as to what kind of riding a hardtail bike for.. E.L. bike.. why i see blake riding one and saying its one if his faverut bikes..come on guys .. we love you but u didnt bing home the bacon that time,,,love your chanel more than my wife she said… not true your a close second next to riding my sext looking hardtail.. will be supperniceing its wasy to the B.S. soon

  14. ALL of you have tooo much Money! I ride a Rigid FatBike all season long, Technical trails, and yes I bounce a little and it gets scary sometimes but its a fun factor! And I am a lot stronger from using this bike!

  15. Hello. I started use bicycle. What do you think about merida big nine 300? Link https://www.merida-bikes.com/en/bike/49/bignine-300

    Thanks a lot

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