Shopping for a good mountain bike for a pop up camper road trip can be quite daunting. With numerous brands in the market, getting the best bike is not a walk in the park. For starters, it is important to know the leading brand names in this sector. They include brands such as Trek, Giant, Cannondale, Specialized, GT, Scott, Merida, Kona, Yeti, Cube, Gravity, Fuji, KHS, KTM, Jamis, Diamondback, and SGM amongst a long list of others.
When shopping for a mountain bike, there are key factors which one must take into consideration. First and foremost, it is important to check on the material used to make the frame of the bike. Several options exist such as aluminum, carbon fiber, carbon steel, titanium and Cro-Mo alloy steel. Carbon is the least expensive but will rust whereas aluminum is the most common and doesn’t rust. Titanium frames are the most expensive. It is also important to take into consideration the size of the frame: they are usually measured based on the height of the tube that’s below the seat post.
It is also important to take into consideration the suspensions of the bike, this is especially so if you opt for an aluminum frame. The suspensions can be front, back or both. A good mountain bike should have full (both) suspensions for greater comfort while riding on rough terrain. Bikes with only front suspensions are usually called hard trails.
You should also take into consideration factors such as the braking system, the derailleur’s, wheels, tires and seats. Always go for aluminum wheels because they are lighter, Shimano derailleurs are the most common and they are available in different grades. A mountain bike should have knobby tires so as to provide traction in leaves and mud: you can also opt of tubeless tires since they can usually run at lower pressures when compared against conventional tires. Also opt for disc brakes which are more effective and long lasting rather than the cantilever brakes.
Here are some of the top mountain bikes readily available in the market. They include the following:
Product Details: has a rather lightweight gold aluminum frame and a RockShox fork that offers the rider some 100mm of travel, it has 29 inch wheel. The lower geometry does feel a tad playful when riding at lower speeds even though it is quite stable even when the speed catches on. The ride quality is very refined and even though the fork is stiff, it is reasonably adjustable and is very well controlled. Includes an all shimano drive train as well as hydraulic disc brakes which are easily serviceable which are thus quite durable.
Product Details: uses an advanced aluminum frame which does feature the highly sought CantiBeam Technology (SinglePivot). It has hydro formed tubes and a trail ready geometry. For smooth shifting in rough terrain, the bike is fitted with powerful disc brakes and the wide range Alivio 27/ Shimano deore drive train. The advanced lock out system adopted does provide maximum efficiency when requires while the suntour suspension fork does make the terrain even smoother. It does also have very strong double wall rims.
Product Details: this bike does give the rider a lightweight feel and the acceleration of a twenty six inch wheel with the efficiency and traction of a twenty nine inch wheel. It has an ALLUX aluminum frame that’s not only light, but is also quite responsive. The bike is packed with lots of high quality Shimano components such as disc brakes for great modulation and control as well as thirty (30) speeds for hill climbing purposes.
Product Details: this top of the line aluminum bike does have incredible performance ratios. It has an incredibly stiff bottom bracket which allows for maximum power transfer, climbing prowess as well as excellent acceleration. Upfront, it does have a SPEED SAVE carbon fork which has a tapered steer, allowing the bike to tame rough pavements and sharp corners with lots of ease. Further to this, it is equipped with Shimano Ultegra Wheels an electronic twenty (20) speed drive train as well as very powerful brakes. It also does have woman friendly parts such as ergonomic handlebars and a comfortable Prologo seat.
5) Product Name: Diamondback 2015 Overdrive Mountain Bike (Hard tail)
Product Details: this is a hard tail mountain bike with a mid-level ride and a great design as well as component set. Its large 29 inch wheel size does make it much easier for the bike to roll over obstacles and get that smooth run on hard trails. It is built on aluminum frame with the widely acclaimed Suntour suspension fork for that extra comfort and control. Its mechanical disc brakes deliver some very powerful stop when called upon even in muddy or wet conditions. The fitted Shimano trigger does control twenty four (24) speeds.
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