TYPES OF MOUNTAIN BIKING
There are 9 different categories of mountain bikes:
- CROSS COUNTRY
- CYCLO CROSS
- DIRT JUMPING
- FREE RIDING
- SINGLE SPEED
- STREET AND URBAN
BMX – A BMX bike is primarily used on dirt jumps and at skate parks, to perform tricks and stunts. The wheels are generally smaller (20 inch wheels), and the frame has a shorter wheel base in comparison the other mountain bike classification.
Cross Country – A bike designed to be ridden up and down hills. Cross country riders are generally interested in endurance rides, rather than the extreme version of mountain bike riding.
Cyclo Cross – This type of bike is designed to be ridden through rivers, over obstacles and to be raced on and off courses. It is a cross between mountain biking and road riding.
Dirt Jumping – Man made dirt jumps are designed and built for riders to launch off. In the air the rider executes tricks.
Downhill – Going as fast as possible is the aim of the downhill mountain bike rider. Downhill riding is extreme form of the sport. Not for the faint hearted.
Free Riding – Picking great lines to ride down a mountain is what free riding is all about. The rider aims to use all the terrain available to them, much like a skier would draw their lines skiing downhill.
Single Speed – A form of cross country riding where the bike is equipped with one gear only. The rider aims for ultimate simplicity and efficient peddling. As the bikes contain fewer components than other mountain bikes, they are lighter and have fewer mechanical issues.
Street and Urban – Riders cruise the streets looking for manmade obstacles to do tricks on/off. Some tricks include, jumps, stalls and grinds.
Trails – Trail riding involves manoeuvring your bike over trail obstacles by means of jumping and hoping. This type of discipline requires great balance and focussed determination. The bikes have small low frames and smaller wheels.