Ideal Rider. Riders who don't have a plan, enjoy riding various difficult terrains and attack the downs as much as the ups will love a trail bike. Trail Mountain Bikes have geometry that perfectly balances stability with agility. If you like to jump, pop and pump through obstacles a Trail Bike will feel amazing. Riders looking to do all day epics on all types of trails will love a Trail bike.
Ideal Terrain. Trail bikes are at home when descending fast flowing trails and then climbing back up technical single track. When the trails get rough and rowdy, Trail Bikes love to be picked up and pumped through the terrain. Most Trail bikes have 130-140mm of travel so if you do miss a line or forget to hop, a trail bike will be more forgiving.
Frame Geometry. Trail Bikes are designed to do everything. With slightly slacker head angles between 67-65 degrees, longer reach and short chainstays, Trail Bikes are optimized for agility and stability on any trail.
Frame Material. Trail bikes are available in either carbon fiber or alloy frames. Carbon fiber provides the same strength and stiffness as alloy but in a lighter package. Carbon fiber frames are more costly to manufacture, so cost more to purchase. Alloy frames are a little more wallet-friendly but weigh more.
Wheel size. The best trail mountain bikes are often fitted with 29er wheels to increase stability, roll over and speed. While 27.5-inch versions are fun and agile, most 29-inch versions are extremely fun to ride fast, and thanks to new age geometry, they can be extremely playful.
Suspension. Usually boasting 120-140 mm of travel, trail bikes are designed to be efficient for the climbs but have enough travel to soak up the mistakes. They are using slightly burlier parts that balance lightweight and reliability in heavy riding terrain. Forks like the RockShox Pike or Fox 34s are found up front for stiffness, and bigger brakes aren't out of place to pull you up in tough situations.
Components. Trail bikes use components that are light enough to climb up the mountain but robust enough to descend with confidence. 1X drivetrains are fitted for ease of use and reliability. Wheels and tires begin to get wider and stronger to withstand more aggressive riding styles.
Other options. If you are looking for something more efficient and lightweight, a Cross-Country bike will suit your needs. Riders looking for a more aggressive ride with more downhill capability should look at our Enduro range. If you want that perfect balance, then our trail bikes will suit your needs perfectly.
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