Which MTB to Choose

We stock a full range of MTBs, the above chart helps in deciding what type of bike fits your need the best. By browsing by brand and then category you can select the best products for your needs.

X Country

Cross-Country (XC) is the most popular form of mountain biking, and the standard for most riders. It generally means riding point-to-point or in a loop including climbs and descents on a variety of terrain. A typical XC bike weighs around 9-13 kilos (20-30 lbs), and has 90-120 millimetres of suspension travel front and sometimes rear.

All Mountain
All-mountain (AM) bike category typically provides 120-140 millimetres of rear and front suspension travel and stronger components than XC models, while still providing overall weight suitable for climbing and descending on a variety of terrain.

Enduro (ND) is the competitive side of mountain biking, focusing on terrain that is technically demanding, generally descending. A typical enduro bike is 11-14 kg and has a 150-180 millimetre traveller.

Freeride is a "do anything" discipline that encompasses everything from light downhill racing and generally riding trails and/or stunts that require more skill and aggressive techniques than XC. Freeride bikes are generally heavier and more amply suspended than their XC counterparts, but usually retain some of their climbing ability. A "typical" freeride bike is hard to define, but 13-18 kilos with 160 - 180 millimeters of suspension front and rear.

Often located in ski resorts at summer time Downhill (or DH for short) usually refers to racing-oriented downhill riding. Downhill-specific bikes are universally equipped with front and rear suspension, large disc brakes, and use heavier frame tubing than other mountain bikes. Because of their extremely steep terrain, downhill courses are one of the most extreme and dangerous venues for mountain biking. Downhill bikes now weigh around 16-20 kilos. Downhill frames get anywhere from 180-230 millimetres of travel and are usually mounted with a 200 millimetre travel dual-crown fork.

Dirt bikes
Dirt bikes are for stunts and jumps. Dirt jumping can be done on almost anything but the bikes are generally smaller and more manoeuvrable hardtails so that tricks e.g. backflips, are easier to complete. The bikes are simpler so that when a crash occurs there are fewer components to break or cause the rider injury.