How to buy a mountain bike

Learn more about mountain bikes

Adventure off-road with industry-leading mountain bikes from DICK'S Sporting Goods. Mountain bikes are agile yet rugged, equipped with gearing and deep-treaded tires that help you take on dirt trails and challenging terrain.

Is a mountain bike right for you?

Mountain bikes are for cyclists who want to head off the beaten path. Choose a mountain bike if you plan to trek on off-road terrain — and encounter mud, rocks and debris along the way.

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Types of Mountain Bikes

Trail Bikes

Trail Bikes are a versatile, general-purpose take on the traditional mountain bike. They're great for riding on packed trails, dirt roads and uneven ground.

All-Mountain

All-Mountain Bikes have sturdy frames and full suspension for riding steeper descents in more challenging environments.

 
Mountain Bike Wheel Sizes
26-Inch Wheel

26-Inch Wheel

Basic mountain bike models are equipped with this compact and agile wheel size

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27.5-Inch Wheel

27.5-Inch Wheel

Now considered the industry-standard, this wheel size bridges the gap between 26 and 29-inch wheels. It offers the same rollover resistance as the 29er, without compromising the maneuverability of the 26-inch wheel.

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29-Inch Wheel

29-Inch Wheel

Also known as the "29er", this wheel offers superior momentun, rollover resistance and traction. It also best accommodates larger riders.

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Gender and Mountain Bikes

Gender & Mountain Bikes

Mountain bikes are built in "adult" and "women's" models. What's the difference? Most adult bikes are designed for an average man's body size, while women's-specific bikes are designed to better accommodate a woman's smaller frame. Keep in mind, women can ride both adult and women's-specific bikes. Children's bikes also come in smaller frames with a variety of colors and designs that kids love.

 

Common Frame Materials

  • Aluminum is the most common frame material found on mountain bikes. Aluminum is lightweight yet durable — an ideal combination for taking on tough off-road trails.
  • Steel-frame mountain bikes are sturdy and offer a smooth ride, though this material might be too heavy for some cyclists.
Common Frame Materials
 
mountain bike braking system

Mountain Bike Braking Systems

  • Disc Brakes use a hard, metallic-based pad attached to the wheel hub, ensuring that the brake is not easily affected by debris on the trail. There is also a large clearance area beneath the brake, so it's great for heading out into muddy, wet terrain. Disc brakes come in mechanical and hydraulic models. Hydraulic provides more control while breaking.
  • Linear brakes, also called "V-Brakes", are a side-breaking mechanism that draws together the cable housing arms to bring the bicycle to a stop.
 

Mountain Bike Suspension

  • Full-Suspension Mountain Bikes have front and rear-wheel suspension that performs well on more rugged, technical terrain. This option is also great for cyclists who want a ride that's easier on muscles and joints.
  • Front-Suspension Mountain Bikes are built with a suspension fork attached to the front wheel to improve steering and help reduce fatigue while riding.
Mountain Bike Suspension
 
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