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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.
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 Bikes have sturdy frames and full suspension for riding steeper descents in more challenging environments.
Basic mountain bike models are equipped with this compact and agile wheel size
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.
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.
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.