Mountain biking as a sport has evolved a great deal since the late 1800s, and the same goes for the bikes that were built to handle all types of different terrain. Since mountain bikes are so versatile and the bikes can be ridden almost anywhere, there are many styles in which you can ride. Knowing the different styles of riding is very beneficial. Each riding style has a specific bike that coincides with it and this will have a direct effect on the area you choose to ride in. It is not necessary to only stick with one style of mountain biking, as some people choose to ride on all different types of trails, and there are some bike enthusiasts who have a different bike for each different style of riding. Keep reading to get a better understanding of each type of mountain biking style.
Cross Country riding is the most popular form of mountain biking, and contrary to popular belief, cross country bikers do ride on trails. Cross country riding is all about climbing, speed, and enjoying longer, more twisty rides in the backcountry. When riding cross country, you may not hit all types of obstacles as you would with other styles of mountain biking, but it does require heavy endurance. It also requires a great deal of control to make your way through the trail. Cross country riders are perfect candidates for all types of rides, including short rides to harder, longer, pedaling trips.
Downhill biking is considered to be the most exciting style of them all. Speed lovers really enjoy this style of riding, as the main purpose of downhill riding is seeing how fast you can descend. Unlike cross country trails that usually have a lot of curves, downhill trails are normally straight down through the mountain terrain. One thing that’s important when riding downhill is making sure you have good brakes and that you know how to use them. Downhill riding requires good strength and sprinting ability. Downhill competitions require bikers to achieve lightning fast speeds, making it very exciting for riders and those watching.
People who love trail riding are more adventurous and prefer more thrill, as they come across more obstacles than those who ride other styles. This style of mountain biking is all about variety and is simply a more aggressive style of cross-country riding. Trail riders aren’t bothered with upbill speeds, as getting to the top of the hill is the sacrifice, they make for the thrill of going down the hill at blazing speeds.
All-mountain / Enduro Style
All-mountain riding is basically just riding in the mountains. This style is more challenging and action-packed than any other mountain biking style. When it comes to all-mountain, you need a reliable bike because the obstacles that you face really test you and your bike’s limits. Riding in the mountains throws you all types of curveballs from natural jumps and drops, to big rocks and all types of unexpected structures. This is why you need big, strong wheels and great skill when riding all-mountain. These types of trails are unpredictable and much more adventurous than your average cross-country trail.