A Road Bike is built for riding at speed on smooth surface roads. Key Features of a road bike include:
Tyres are thin and high-pressure to decrease resistance
Made from lightweight materials
Handlebars are usually bent so as to place the rider in a position that reduces wind resistance
Has gears to enable maximum efficient between pedal speed and drive wheel
Triathlon / TT(1)
A Mountain Bike is built for off-road riding on surfaces that contain rocks, tree roots,, loose dirt, and steep grades. Key Features of a Mountain Bike include:
large tyres with knobs to assist with traction
built to enhance durability
has lower gear ratios for uphill climbing
has harder breaks
Mountain Bikes can be broadly broken into three groups:
As the name suggests a Hardtail features front suspension, is lightweight in design and higher pedal speeds. It is best suited to
smoother / more compacted track riding.
2. Dual Suspension
As the name suggests a Dual Suspension (sometimes referred to as Downhill bike) features front and rear suspension for improved
control and comfort. Designed for durability and stability they are often used for high-speed decent riding.
As the name suggests a Rigid bike does not feature front or rear suspension. Rigid bikes are lighter in weight and require less
maintenance. They are suitable for smoother tracks and are usually a family favourite.