8 Lessons Learned: Options

Guide to Buying Your Very First Mountain Bike

One of the nicest things about your decision to finally get a mountain bike is that the options available are virtually limitless. As soon as you begin shopping, you’d figure out you have more than a handful of different models and attached features, price range, types, and brands.

But because you’re not going to buy all of them, it only means that you must already have realistic expectations even before you begin shopping. So, aside from your budget, you must at this point understand what things will make your mountain bike of choice the best for your needs.

The Budget

One of the perks of buying a mountain bike is that you can easily choose an affordable model and still get the most fun experience with it. If you’re bold enough to spend $10,000 for a mountain bike, then you surely can get your hands on the fanciest and feature-rich ones; but the thing is why would you buy one with that price if it’s just your first bike and all you need is something that offers both safety and fun? The fact is you can now enjoy the same perks of a very expensive bike for just $500. The best choice for this budget is an entry-level mountain bike built by a popular and renowned brand. However, if you can spend as much as you want, then the sky is your only limit.

Downhill or Trail

The next thing you want to focus on when buying a mountain bike is deciding on what type of riding you will be doing for the most part. In this regard, you either will focus on trails or downhill. Know that there are several key differences between these two surfaces. But it’s a decision that quite easy to make; if you spend majority of your time riding in local trails, it means you can’t buy a downhill bike.

Digging a Little Deeper

Because you already have a budget in mind and the type of riding you expect to do most of the time, it only means you’re almost ready to make that all important buying decision. But before you pick that best mountain bike for your needs, you need to try out some of your prospects. Even if your choices look stunning and perfect, there is no way for you to determine if you like how it rides if you don’t try them out. It’s just the same as buying a car in which you obviously will want to do a test drive first.

Finally, if you’re buying brand new, don’t forget to ask about the terms of the warranty that comes with the bike purchase.
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