-Rigid MTB: no suspension, no travel, V-brake or cantilever, 18-24 speeds, hard packed dirt and light gravel
-Hard tail dirt jump: suspension fork, very little travel, V-brake or disc brakes, (1) (8-11) (16-22) (21-30) speeds, dirt jumps, street
-Cross Country: front suspension, with or without frame suspension, disc Brake, 60-110 MM, (9-11) (18-22) (27-30) speeds, off road climbs and descents no big drops
-Enduro / All mountain: full suspension, 120-180 mm, disc brake, 9-11) (18-22) (27-30) speeds, off road climbs and descents, over obstacles and some drops.
-Down hill: Full suspension, 180-230 mm, disc brake, (9-11) speeds, heavy duty off road, no climbing fast pace descents and heavy drops
-Fat bike: rigid fork or suspension fork, disc brakes, 8-11 or 16-22 speeds, unstable ground such as sand, snow etc.
Factors to consider for all mountain bikes are tire sizes. Across the board for all the mountain bikes is the option for wheel sizes.
There is still much speculation about which is the best, the wheel sizes are 26”, 27.5” (also known as 650b), and the 29er. Right now studies
show that the 26” is better for acceleration and sharp turns while the 29er has a higher top speed and allows for rolling over obstacles
with less effort. 650b is the middle of the two sizes; able to accomplish both feats many people have turned to this size in order to
make their bikes more all around capable. Companies are currently trying out sizes called 27+ and 29+, tests are still being done
and no solid advantage or disadvantage has been confirmed.
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