Understanding Mountain Bikes and their Travel

In recent years the bicycle industry has been progressing with suspension design and bike geometry on mountain bikes. This means better riding bikes and more confidence for the riders while on the trail. But in the process we have created a good problem but at the same time a bit of an issue for consumers. With so many bikes to choose from it can be tricky. We're here to help and get you on the bike to deliver the maximum amount of fun!

We have also created the Up/Down Fun Factor Ratio. It's a highly technical judging process that we use for each category on the predicted fun factor when heading up or down the trails...hahaha nah, it's actually not that technical. No matter what, we guarantee the expression on your face will look like this as you ride any of these bikes.

Cross Country - 95-100mm of Travel So the XC bike is designed to be as fast and efficient as possible. These bikes now weigh as much as road bikes did 15years ago and are designed to be a race bike for normal cross country and marathon events. Available in hardtail and full squish, they climb great and even use technology like "the Brain" suspension to maximize efficiency. Now they will climb better than they descend but that's not saying they descend poorly. Cross Country bikes can be ridden day in and day out without a problem but are deep down a pure bred pony that just wants to run!

Fun Ratio - 80:20 for climbing

Bikes - Epic, Stumpjumper HT, Era, Fate

Trail - 110-120mm of Travel Trail bikes are the bikes that most mountain bikers are looking for. These riders are probably never slap on a number and want to have a bike that can go everywhere and do anything pretty well. Also available on HT and full suspension, these bikes pedal great and descend great. With a slightly more slack geometry they inspire confidence and allow riders to handle terrain with ease. Whether you are out on the trails for an all day adventure with your friends or going for a quick post work trail ride, this is the bike you're looking for.

Fun Ratio - 50:50 Bikes - Camber, Fuze, Ruze, Rumor

All Mountain - 130-150mm of Travel

The All Mountain rider is the rider who wants to earn his turns by climbing to the top of any mountain but once at the top...descend like a banshee. The all mountain bike is a more specific category under the "trail bike" umbrella and is designed for the rider who wants to ride everything but focused on the descents a bit more. These riders with (probably) always wear baggies and don't mind taking a break at the top to chat before dropping into the trail. They'll hoot and holler the whole way down. These bikes are slightly more slack and longer travel than a trail bike, climb nearly as well but descend even better than a bike with 120mm of travel. These bikes are ready for anything and everything. This is the travel length where the suspension starts to get more technical and gives the rider more adjustment with on the fly adjustments of both compression and rebound to help you maximize the way the bikes handle. Fun Ratio - 40-60 towards the downhill Bikes - Stumpjumper 29, 650 and 6Fattie, Rhyme