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Types Of Mountain Bikingfrom: Maxx Adventure Travel
Mountain biking is split into nine different categories. These categories are very specific in what they offer. They are:
BMX is a style where the bikes provide 20 inch wheels. These bikes are commonly used at skate parks or with dirt jumps. Due to their smaller wheels and shorter wheel bases, BMX bikes are able to much easier perform tricks and stunts.
2. Cross Country
This type of mountain biking involves riding your bike up and down hills. Although it's the least extreme type of mountain biking, most cross country riders are very fit and go on long rides.
3. Cyclo Cross
This is a cross between road and mountain biking. Riders have to go over obstacles, cross through rivers, and race on and off the course.
4. Dirt Jumping
Dirt jumping involves jumping the bike over large man made dirt jumps then doing tricks while in the air. Jumps are usually close together so riders can go over six or more jumps in one run, gaining a flow to give them more speed for bigger jumps.
Downhill mountain biking involves racing downhill as fast as possible. This type of riding is very intense and extreme, offering riders the chance for ultimate thrills and excitement.
Free riding involves finding the perfect line down the mountain using all of the terrain to express yourself. These competitions are very popular because riders can express themselves any way they see fit.
7. Single speed
No to be confused with fixed gears, this is a form of cross country biking that's done using a bike with only one gear and fewer components. The idea with single speed is simplicity. The straight chain line will provide efficient pedaling, and the lack of components mean less mechanical problems and a lighter bike.
8. Street and urban
Street and urban involves riding in urban areas, ledges and other types of man made obstacles. Riders of street and urban biking will do tricks as well, such as stalls and grinds.
Trials are considered an aspect of mountain biking, although the bikes used look nothing like mountain bikes. They use 20 or 26 inch wheels and sport small, low frames. Trail riders will hop and jump their bikes over obstacles, which requires an extreme amount of balance and concentration.
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