1001 mountainbike frames - something for every rider
What does a Downhill rider and a XCler have in common? Not much - except that both do mountain biking. It is time to investigate the various MTB frames! Mountainbike frames such as those of Pivot or Santa Cruz, come in different designs for numerous MTB disciplines, which differ significantly in their requirements.
The distinguishing features: Material, Suspension and Others
An important distinguishing feature is the material. Lightweight carbon frames in the sport of mountain biking are ideal for Cross cyclists that are uphill oriented. DH bikes on the other hand use steel and titanium frames due to the extreme material use on downhill trails. Another aspect which distinguishes the MTB frame is the integrated frame suspension. Hardtail mountainbikes come with suspension in the fork and are used, depending on the frame geometry, as Dirtbike, Cross-country bike or Fatbike. Full suspension bikes, also known as full sussers, come with a suspension fork and an additional damper on the rear wheel. Depending on usage, the spring deflection ranges from a few to up to about 20 centimeters. Mountainbikes for use on easy terrain come with little spring deflection, All-mountain bikes offer a spring deflection compromise for an effective uphill and a reasonably muted Downhill and lastly Downhill bikes use maximum spring deflection for the best possible damping.
What to look for when choosing a mountainbike frame?
Critical to the performance of the mountainbike is the frame height, which is measured in inches. The 29er frames, which have been available for some time, come with larger wheels that create a pleasantly smooth ride, which is noticeable especially on long trips and when driving over obstacles. Switchable chain guidance for a smooth running chain has been proven ideal for rugged terrain. A Fatbike with ultra wide tires, which differs from other mountainbikes due to its widened parts like the fork and seat stay, is ideal to use on soft grounds such as sand and snow.