Mountain Bikes

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Merida Big Nine 200
$1,299.95
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Merida One Sixty 400
$3,699.95
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Norco Optic C1
from $7,999.95
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Norco Optic C3
$5,599.95
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Merida Big Trail 500
$1,999.95
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Norco Fluid FS 3
$3,599.95
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Merida Big Trail 200
$1,299.95

What is A Mountain Bike?

Mountain biking is a sport that has grown in popularity in recent years.

Mountain bikers ride specialised bicycles on off-road trails, often featuring steep climbs and technical descents. These styles of bikes are designed to be sturdy and durable, with suspension systems that absorb the bumps and shocks of riding on rough terrain.

Mountain biking can be a challenging and adrenaline-pumping activity, and it provides a great workout. Whether you're looking for a new way to explore the great outdoors or simply want to get out of the house and into nature, mountain biking is an excellent option.

 

What are the different types of Mountain bikes available?

We stock a range of mountain bikes from major brands Merida, Norco, Focus, and Cannondale. While there are a lot of different mountain bikes out there, there are two main categories of mountain bikes, hardtail and full (aka dual) suspension. Full suspension bikes have both front and rear suspension, hardtails do not have a rear shock and have either a suspension fork or a rigid fork.

Full suspension bikes are grouped into sub-categories including cross-country, trail, enduro and downhill. These bikes are sought after as their suspension systems enhance rider comfort and performance when navigating more technical terrain.

As you can see, there is a wide variety of mountain bikes available from different brands.

 

How do I choose the right mountain bike?

If you're looking to buy a mountain bike, there are a few things you'll need to consider.

First, mountain bikes come in a range of sizes, so you'll need to choose one that's the right fit for you. You can determine the right size by measuring your inseam and comparing it to the mountain bike's standover height.

Generally, you'll want a mountain bike that's about an inch smaller than your inseam. At Ride Bellerive, we will help you to find the right bike to fit you, and we offer an in-store bike fitting service to ensure the best match between rider and bike.

Tyres are another consideration - we have options available if you are looking to customise your ride.

There are three main types of mountain bike tyres: cross-country tyres, which are designed for racing; trail tyres, which are good for all-around riding; and enduro tyres, which are best for downhill riding.

Finally, you'll need to decide what kind of mountain bike suspension you want with full suspension or hardtail models available.

Full suspension MTBs have both front and rear suspension, whereas hardtails do not have a rear shock and have either a front suspension fork or a rigid fork.

Hardtails are generally cheaper than full-suspension mountain bikes, as they have fewer components. They are a great choice if you are looking to undertake simpler trail riding, and can be used for urban riding.

Full suspension bikes come into their own when you are navigating rougher and more technical terrain. A good suspension system will enhance rider comfort and performance, absorbing shocks from bumps, drops, rocks and roots.

Ultimately, the best mountain bike for you is the one that best fits your riding style and budget.

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If you’re looking for a new adrenaline rush, or just want to explore some beautiful scenery, mountain biking is definitely the sport for you. And if you need gear, or just want to shop around before making your purchase, Ride Bellerive has got you covered.

We have an online store and a physical location where you can try out bikes and get all the accessories you need to hit the trails. So what are you waiting for? Get out there and start riding!

 

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is the difference between a mountain bike and a regular bike?

There are many different bikes in today’s market, with mountain bikes designed for riding on trails and uneven surfaces - think rocks, tree roots, drops and more! Other bikes are designed for road use, such as road bikes and commuter bikes. These usually have lighter frames, run slicker tyres and minimal to no suspension.

Can I use a mountain bike on road?

You can ride a mountain bike on a road, but they are really designed for off-road use. If you are unsure of what bike will suit your needs, reach out to us, and we can run you through options as some basic mountain bikes are suitable for urban use.

What is special about a mountain bike?

Mountain bikes are designed to tackle rough terrain, and this shows in their design features, from their thick, durable tyres, heavier frames, powerful braking systems, and suspension systems. These features are designed to increase handling and comfort off-road.