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Full Suspension Mountain Bike

Full Suspension Mountain Bike

full suspension mountain bike The modern full suspension mountain bike is fast becoming the world’s number one bike that is not just technologically advanced, but loaded with the features that make riding it cross country or on a trail so enjoyable.

With the improvement of both frame and fork technology, better front fork suspension and rear shock function, the full suspension mountain bike is now more popular than it’s hard tail companions and is getting very close to matching it on weight factors as well.

 

Benefits of a Full Suspension Mountain Bike

The most obvious advantage to having full suspension is greater bump absorption, this means that the bike itself absorbs the shock when hitting tree roots, rocks and pot holes and not your body, this can make a huge difference physically to fatigue levels on long rides, making your ride more efficient and allowing you to put that added energy into riding faster or further than your competitors over a long distance.

Better for beginners.

Full suspension mountain bikesHaving both front and rear suspension constantly working to keep both wheels in contact with the ground, basically means that these bikes are both safer for the beginner, and will allow them to ride a much greater variety of terrains with a higher degree of confidence.

Constant contact with the ground means better traction, better control when braking, and into faster corners being able hold the best line at speed with more control.

Full suspension mountain bikes do come with an added price tag, are heavier and take a little more maintenance than other specialized mountain bikes due to pivot points and rear shock needing to be regularly cleaned and serviced (this can be easily done yourself), but the benefits out weigh these issues by a long way.

Conclusion.

Whether you are a beginner that needs a bike that gives them the confidence to do more, try more challenging rides with added safety, or you’re a seasoned rider looking for a little more comfort and control, then a full suspension mountain bike is definitely the way to go.

The added weight can be a benefit down hill, better traction, turning and breaking control make it safer, and the extra cost for a good quality bike is more than compensated for with the comfort and confidence factors that these bikes provide.

If your still not convinced get down to your local bike store and try one out, I don’t think you will be disappointed.

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Cateye Strada Wireless Review

Catey Strada WirelessCateye Strada Wireless Bike Computer Review

This bike computer is just one of the many great Cateye products and is the perfect training tool for any rider.

The Cateye Strada Wireless Bike Computer is a lightweight, compact, super sleek unit that is incredibly easy to use and has all the features you need for a great ride.

Although this computer is compact, Cateye have kept the screen as large as possible in the unit, making it clear and easy to read even in bright sunlight, which is a positive feature.

Installation

Being wireless as the name implies, makes it incredibly easy to install the sensors and computer without having to deal with wires or cables of any sort.

Catey ComputerIncluded with the unit is a mountain bracket that is easy to install, is a universal size that doesn’t require tools to fit it. It can be installed on your stem or handle bars and fits both standard and oversize handlebar set ups, which is perfect for any set up configuration.

Computer functions

The Cateye Strada Wireless Computer comes packed with multiple functions and features to cover the needs of most training and riding situations.

The functions and features are;

  • Current Speed.
  • Average Speed.
  • A pace arrow function to let you visually know if you are above or below your average speed.
  • Maximum Speed
  • Trip odometer
  • A total odometer that is programmable, which is convenient if you are transferring mileage from another computer or after battery change.
  • Time of day
  • Automatic ride timer that starts and stops automatically based on front wheel movement.Bike Computers
  • There are 2 trip distance counters, which are convenient if you are trying to keep track of a shorter distance within a longer ride.
  • There are 2 wheel size settings, which is good if you use the computer on more than 1 bike, such as a 26 inch or a 29er mountain bike.

Value

Although this computer doesn’t have GPS capabilities it is still packed with some great features that can really help you get the most out of every ride.

As one of the leading brands in bike computers, Cateye still seems to keep the cost of their units at really competitive prices, and offer great value for the money you spend.

Whether you are just starting out or have been riding for some time, the Cateye Strada Wireless Bike Computer is a great choice for anyone who needs a great training tool with lots of useful features that is great value for money.

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29er Mountain Bikes

Lets take a look at what makes these bikes a popular choice for some riders today.

The Pro’s of a 29er Mountain Bike

If your a taller rider that needs a larger frame then these tires are going to make a difference to your overall setup and will allow for a slightly more comfortable ride.

29er Mountain BikeWith a little less air pressure you can get a lot more traction than with the 26 inch wheels due to the extra surface area, this will give you a more stable ride and the ability to roll over obstacles and bumps easier, as well as better performance in loose dirt or sand .

These larger wheels also can benefit by absorbing more of the impact when riding, so if you are looking for a hardtail mountain bike this could be a good option, but if you are after the ultimate smooth ride then a dual suspension mountain bike in this wheel size would be the ideal choice.

The Con’s of a 29er Mountain Bike

Due to the size difference it is easy to work out that there is a definite weight difference and handling ability between 26 inch and 29 inch tires.

The larger are obviously harder to get moving and can add to the drag when pedalling up hill.

29ers need more braking power and the response in tight turns  and during acceleration is a lot more sluggish.

Conclusion

I think at the end of the day it is going to be determined by the riding style you do the most of.

A 29er is probably good for a beginner for it’s stability factor and comfort especially if it is a dual suspension mountain bike, and great for downhill junkies where uphill momentum is not really a factor.

29er BikeFor the more experienced rider a few tweaks and modifications like putting in smaller chain ring cogs can improve the acceleration, bringing it in line with that of a 26.

On any trail rides the 29er certainly makes up for any issues with it’s stability and smooth ride.

If it comes to price, then a dual suspension 26 is probably a better option, but if you want the versatility and comfort for all round situations then a dual suspension 29er mountain bike would definitely be at the top of my Christmas list!

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Specialized Mountain Bikes

Specialized Mountain BikesDifferent Styles of  Specialized Mountain Bikes

The sport of mountain biking has grown in leaps and bounds over the last few years, and has seen a major growth spurt in sales for companies that produce specialized mountain bikes.

The days of big, heavy framed lumps of metal with knobbly tires are long gone making way for sleek, light, yet incredibly strong framed, futuristic looking bikes, with dual suspension and a variety of tire types you would usually find on a formula one racing car.

These off road machines tend to come in 4 different categories, and are usually built and set up differently to handle different terrain and riding conditions.

Cross Country (XC)

Cross country bikes are lightweight fast, most of them are now built with aluminium or carbon fibre frames, are geared to go over all types of terrain and can handle some pretty severe punishment.

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Downhill  bikes are specifically built to ride only down hill, they are still constructed with light weight frames come with dual suspension to handle a lot more extreme terrain, they will usually come with larger tyres than your average XC bike, with larger disc brakes which are more powerful and allows the rider greater control.

All Mountain (Trail riding)

All mountain bikes are for general riding, mountain or trail conditions. Although they are designed to be able to climb hills efficiently, they are usually a little heavier and stout than your average cross country bike. All mountain bikes are an excellent balance between efficiency, comfort and control.

Free Ride

Free ride mountain bikes are built tough to handle a lot more punishment than the other styles of bike. A free ride biker will take these bikes threw hard hitting trails, drops, jumps and other crazy stunts.

These bikes are built heavy and tough, not so easy to pedal to the top of the hill, but with dual suspension and tires designed for maximum grip, to will handle anything you can throw at it on the way down.

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These 4 styles of mountain bike are just that, built and set up for a specialized style of riding.

Apart from the all mountain bike, using your bike for anything other than its intended style of riding will be difficult to do, and possibly cause damage, if not ridden under the conditions and terrain it is designed for.

 Buying Tips

If you’re thinking of buying a mountain bike, I suggest doing a little homework first, check out a few different bikes in your local bike shop or read a few MTB Reviews.

Think about the type of riding you will do most often. If you have to travel long distances to a mountain or have access to off road trails you will have to think about transport to these areas as well as whether you will be able to get enough use from these types of bikes to make it worth the out lay.

If you are unsure about which direction to go, maybe start with an all mountain style bike, learn a few tricks and techniques, and get regular use from it, before upgrading or investing in any other specialized mountain bikes.

A sport like this can be expensive, but very rewarding when you get the right mix of conditions and the right gear. Do some research, try a few different styles of riding and see what suits you the best.

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