Discount mountain bikes are more popular than ever, thanks to the growing trend towards health-consciousness. When you combine the fitness benefits of riding a bicycle with the challenge and scenic beauty of mountain biking, you get a one-of-a-kind experience that’s perfect for improving both body and mind.
As with any purchase, however, choosing a good mountain bike, whether new or pre-owned, involves knowing something about the product. Here are some things to consider:
- Of all the bike’s components, the frame is the most important. Pedals, brakes, etc., can be upgraded. But if you’ve got a poor frame, then you’re out of luck. Avoid ones made of high-tensile steel if possible, unless you don’t mind a very heavy bike. Frames built from chromoly steel or aluminum offer a good balance between strength and weight, with chromoly being the more durable (and heavier) of the two. If your budget permits it, then titanium and carbon fiber frames offer the best strength/weight ratio.
- Disc brakes are a must-have for mountain bikes, as traditional rim brakes are prone to slippage from mud and dirt—two things you’re likely to run into on the back roads. Front-suspension bikes, known as “hard tails,” will protect your wrists and arms from the shock of rough downhill trails. For maximum comfort, a full-suspension bike is best.
- Pre-owned mountain bikes can be a terrific bargain, but check one over thoroughly before buying. Inspect the frame for cracks. Make sure the wheels are true. Inspect the cables for frayed or stretched points. Check the suspension as well; it should be smooth, with no leaks or squeaks. Check all fittings to make sure there is no unnecessary play, and give the tires a good look-over for any weather cracks.
There’s one way to make sure you get a great deal: buy your discount mountain bike from Alamo Bike Shop. We thoroughly inspect all pre-owned bikes we sell, making sure they’re in premium shape. We also sell new Jamis bikes, which are unsurpassed for quality. Come by and browse our selection today!