7. DON’T CHEAP OUT
Don’t limit yourself to inexpensive bikes
because you are new to mountain biking.
Expensive trailbikes are lighter, easier to
dial in (because tuning is done externally)
and more fun to ride. If you can afford an
expensive bike, go for it.
5. THE SWEET SPOT
The $3500 price point is a sweet spot
for really great dual-suspension trailbikes.
That means trailbikes within 10 percent
of this price offer great value. A $1000
budget will get you an excellent hardtail
bike (with 29-inch or 27.5-inch wheels)
that is worthy of upgrades as your skills
increase. That budget will get you an
entry-level dual-suspension bike. Limit
yourself to a hardtail mountain bike if you
are spending less than $900. If you spend
less than $500, you are getting a bike
better suited for bike paths than abusive
mountain biking, and it will not be worth
6. LOCATION, LOCATION,
We can’t tell you which bike will work
best on your trails without taking a ride
with you. A good bike shop is a great
resource for steering you towards the best
bike for your riding destination. Talk to
shop employees about what type of riding
they do and which bikes they like to ride.
Chances are, they are familiar with the
trails you are planning to frequent and can
offer plenty of solid advice on the right
equipment to handle them.