Frames - Mountain Bike
Mountain Bike Frames
Mountain bike frames are known as the all round bike frame as they are designed to be ridden off road, but can also be used on road. All Mountain Bike frames are built to be strong and slightly heavier than other frames to provide stability whilst riding down harsh terrains. There are 3 main types of Mountain Bike frames available, each individually designed to suit the various styles of Mountain Bike riding.
As with any bike the lighter it is the faster you can ride it. So while mountain bikes are generally heavier due to the fact that they need to have great structural integrity for increased versatility, conversely they need to save weight where possible. This is where frame materials become increasingly relevant. The most commonly used materials are:
|Carbon||More widely used because of its weight and strength benefits as well as its absorption of terrain shock (bumps, ditches, etc). Carbon is a versatile material meaning it can be shaped into almost any form which is great for reinforcing specific areas of a bike for increased stiffness and or absorption, very important in mountain bike terms. Unfortunately it is amongst the more expensive materials|
|Steel||For a long time been the most widely used material in bikes. Its benefits are its strength, ease to work with and relative inexpensiveness, however it is heavier than other materials making it less competitive in serious riding circles.|
|Alloy||Have lower density and lower strength compared with steel frames but they do have a better strength to weight ratio, giving it a notable weight advantage over steel frames.|
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