5 Tips for Choosing a Mountain Bike You Need to Know

In our article this time will discuss 5 Tips for Choosing a Bicycle, especially for mountain bikes / MTB is not a trivial matter. Once you enter a bicycle shop there is a compound of options that will confuse you. Without adequate knowledge about bicycles, we can buy a bicycle in accordance with its function. For those with deep pockets, mistakenly determining the bicycle is certainly not a patal thing. But for those who have to save little by little to buy a bicycle, the error determines the bike alone it will be a very patal case.

Do not buy a bicycle just because you like the shape, but prioritize the function of the bike and our needs. Determine first what it uses for. Don't let the setting error. For example, want to bike to work using the distance based on residence to the office 40 km but who bought a BMX bike or want to go to the mountain but purchased city bike. Even narrower, in the MTB world for example, cross country bikes are used for downhill or downhill bikes used dirtjump. There was a broken frame problem due to being forced to play cycling tips downhill. What are some tips for choosing a bicycle?

1. First Determine Your Bike Spending Budget

In order not to be wrong in choosing a choice, you should first determine your bicycle spending budget, then you can find a bike that is in sync with the budget you have. If the budget is only Rp. 800,000, - look for a bicycle for that price or below that price. Do not be easily tempted and kebablasan buy a bicycle on the budget that has been prepared earlier. Later those at home can be angry because the monthly allowance is reduced. Want to Buy So or Assemble?

In the tips on choosing the next bike you can buy a mountain bike in two ways, namely, the way you can buy a mountain bike in the form of a bicycle so (fullbike) the 2nd way you can buy a gungung bike using an assembly method whose components we determine ourselves. As a beginner, which one should be chosen? Buy finished or assemble? It's your own choice.

The first option, buying a fullbike means just arriving at the select store and then pay dang can be exclusively used. Practically if you don't want to bother or cycle for you just to exercise and altenative transportation rides, then buying a fullbike bike is very suitable. But buying a fullbike also makes our bike less personal value, because undoubtedly not a few other people have the same bike using ours.

The 2nd option, the assembled bike. Some actually assemble themselves from A-Z, but there are also assembled by the store but the components are their own choice. Just like buying a personal computer assembled dong. Building your own bike is more tired, right? But the advantages, assembled bicycles have the value of satisfaction for the owner because the specs are in sync with the desire and fit the direct style. The factor that must be considered in assembling the bicycle itself is that we must understand the fit based on each component. Buying a bicycle in an assembly because keurang is recommended for beginners. Beginners who want to assemble their own bicycles are strongly advised to invite more senior cyclists so that they do not determine the wrong components.

For the matter of quality is actually the same good will buy a fullbike bike as well as an improvised bicycle. However, in the case of price, with equivalent component levels, generally fullbike bikes are cheaper. Why? Because fullbike bikes are mass produced, as a result it is able to suppress porto production. Unless we assemble a bicycle using a pirated (general) frame, then the price of an assembled bike becomes cheaper. What is meant by pirated frames is a mountain bike frame with a well-known brand (e.g. Specialized, Schwinn, Kona, etc.) but it is not actually a protestory factory. Pirated frames or popular with this general term come according to Taiwan, the world's largest bicycle manufacturer. The price of pirated frames alone can reach Rp. 1,500,000, - especially with the original frame? Hardtrail or Full-Suspension?

Mountain bikes are equipped with front suspension only (hardtail), there are also those that at the same time you must have on tips on determining the bike itself, namely the front and rear suspension (dual supension / full suspension) or famously using the word fulsus. If we are just starting this hobby, which one to choose?

When asking this generally beginners will be advised to start with a hardtail. The reasons include that beginners first familiarize themselves with a bike that is lighter, efficient in pedaling, easy to control and simple in maintenance. After flying hours using a relatively large hardtail, then you can switch to fulsus.

This advice may now be less relevant anymore, although it is also not wrong. Why? Because, currently there are many fulsus bikes that have performance and efficiency close to hardtail. Especially in 'high-end' bikes. So, if the budget is indeed available, there is no harm in directly trying fulsus. Likewise for people who are just starting cycling in their 30s and above, determining fulsus will make cycling as more comfortable.

Of course, the chosen one is not fulsus 'from so' with the impact of bobbing akbar (usually Chinese products or local products with prices below 2 million), because it will be painful and not even will make kapok cycling. The bobbing effect is a chain of banging and tightening the impact of the rear suspension movement, creating woodwork as your weight & energy is wasted. The special feature of fulsus like this is that the frame is made of iron, the rear suspension system is single pivot, and the drivetrain is 18 speed.

But one thing is undoubtedly, tips on choosing a bicycle for beginners who are buying MTB for the first time, buy a cross country bike first. Good hardtail is also fulsus. Don't buy a freeride bike, let alone a downhill. Classification of Mountain Bikes By Function

Before buying a bicycle, we must understand the division of mountain bikes according to their usefulness. There are at least five types of mountain bikes if grouped based on their functions, namely: a. Cross country (XC)

Designed for light to moderate cross-country. Designed to be efficient and optimal at the time of pedaling & uphill on asphalt roads to rural dirt roads. Highly recommended for beginners who want to start playing MTB.b. All mountain (AM)

Designed for heavy cross-country such as going up and down hills, entering forests, crossing rocky terrain, and exploring long-distance offroad terrain. The advantages of all mountain are in its durability and comfort to drive. But less efficiently used on long and steep incline terrain. Almost all AM bikes are full-suspension type.c. Freeride (FR)

Designed to be able to withstand high drop offs and extreme conditions of the like. The body is powerful but not as fast and as fast as all mountain because of its heavier weight. Less suitable for long pauses and very unsuitable for climbs. Downhill (DH)

Designed so that it can go fast, conducive and comfortable in going down hills and mountains. Able to corner using stable at high speed and always equipped with rear suspension to dampen collisions that often occur. DH bikes do not prioritize the comfort of paddling because they are only used to go down mountains. Downhill bikes also refer more to the race, as a result which as a pressure point on the design is how to be powerful but can go fast. To get to the location, the downhillers did not pedal their bicycles but were transported in four-wheeled vehicles. It is not efficiently used in cities or on cross-country.e lines. Dirtjump (DJ)

The other name istrial or urban MTB. This type of bicycle was originally designed for urban youth who use mountain bikes in addition to being a sense of transportation, speeding on city streets, also used to perform high and extreme jump attractions. It functions like BMX but uses an enlarged shape. Then what about the price?

Mountain bikes can be purchased ranging from 1 million to tens of millions of rupiah. The quality of the material, its features and design is what distinguishes it. Mountain bikes costing 1 million frames are still made of iron and only have a variation of 18 or 21 speed gear, while the tens of millions are made of carbon fiber, the same material as airplanes and have 27 speeds. For most people, an aluminum frame is sufficient.


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