How To Talk To
The Bike Shop
Feeling a little confused and overwhelmed by all the wheel sizes, drivetrains and color choices? Let’s strip it down to the basics and make this super simple. Find the rider description that best fits who you are, walk into that
local bike shop stocked to the rafters with new mountain bikes, and ask the
question just as we’ve spelled it out for you.
You could not imagine spending $1000 on a bike.
What to ask: “Could you show me 26-inch-wheeled,
aluminum hardtails for around $500?” Don’t worry about
drivetrains, because at this price, it will be a 3x9. Don’t
look at dual suspension at this price point.
Making sure nothing is lost in translation
You are serious about mountain biking and are
willing to spend up to $1899 (because that’s how
bike companies seem to price their bikes).
What to ask: “Could you show me 29- and 27.5-inch-
wheeled, aluminum hardtails priced between $1000 and
$1899 that have either 2x10 or 3x10 drivetrains?”
Fluent bike-speak: Armed with our simple cheat sheet, you can march into any bike shop and speak the language that will
get you the bike of your dreams.
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