5 Decisions To Make Before Buying A Mountain Bike

4. Cost

If you are new to mountain biking, you might be surprised to find that bicycle prices can rival those of small cars. It is easy to blow your budget, so decide right away how much you are willing to spend. Even if your finances are not limited, please know that cost does not always relate directly to quality. If you are a beginner, stay in the low-to-mid price range and choose a bike that meets your riding objectives. After you get more experience, you can upgrade some of the key components.

5. Components

When it comes to weight, less costs more. Since you do not want to pedal a 40-pound bike up a steep hill, consider weight when selecting components. The best investment of time in choosing a mountain bike is in researching the more important bike parts. These include the drive train, shifters, brakes, and wheels.
Keep in mind that there is a direct link between the number of potential failure points and the total number of components. In short, this means the more fancy stuff you add, the more money you will spend for maintenance and repair over the lifetime of the bike. Stay focused on the quality and weight of those central components.


Selecting a mountain bike is ultimately a delicate negotiation between purpose, value, and quality. Instead of heading to your nearest big box retailer, it is a good idea to build a relationship with a reputable bike shop in your community. They will provide advice, reviews, and test rides before you buy. After you make your purchase, the shop should custom fit your new bike at for no charge. A few adjustments to the handle bar, seat post, and saddle will quickly get you out on the trails!

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