It can be a bit frustrating as well as time-consuming when you buy a mountain bike. Below, you`ll find some tips and things to be aware of before you lay down the cash and buy a mountain bike.
Determining your price
There is really no limit as to how much money you can spend on a new mountain bike. To help you keep your spending under control, you should figure out what your price range is and how much your willing to pay for a new bike. When you buy, you shouldn`t buy from mass merchant stores such as Wal-Mart. You should instead support your local bike shop and get a much better bike and much better service.
Finding your style
All-mountain bikes are designed with several different riding styles and terrain types in mind. You`ll need to figure out what type of riding you will be doing the most. Smooth riding, cross country racing, mountain cruising, or lift-accessed downhill is something you need to figure out. Make sure that the bike you select fits your personal style and not that of the sales staff.
Full suspension or hardtail
If you can afford it, a full-suspension mountain bike is always worth the purchase. A hardtail, without rear suspension, is much lighter weight and pedal more efficiently, although full suspensions offer more comfort and overall better control. You`ll want to make that decision based on your price range, riding style, and the type of terrain you`ll be riding on the most.
Finding your favorites
Comparing mountain bikes component to component is nearly impossible, as there are far too many combinations available. The best way to go about doing this is by finding a few components that are the most important to you and making sure the rest or the minimums fall within your price range. You can start with the fork then look at the wheels and rear derailleur.
Sales and seasons
During the year, the prices of mountain bikes can fluctuate quite a bit. Spring through summer is the main buying season. If you can wait until the right price pops up, normally in the fall and winter, you can save a couple of hundred dollars. Many bike shops will also offer discounts or other accessories if you buy from them.
Finding a good dealer
Finding a good bike dealer is more important than finding the best price. You should always find a dealer that cares more about selling you a great bike than selling you a high priced one. A great dealer will have a clean repair shop and give you the impression that you can really trust them.
You should test ride as many bikes as you can within your price range and riding style. You`ll find that some bikes will feel right, while others won`t. The more bikes you can test drive, you better you`ll understand what works and what doesn`t.
Doing the research
Product reviews and bike reviews are some of the best ways to find out about mountain bikes reliability and overall performance. You should always look at what other owners and reviews think about a bike before you make that final purchase.