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The difference between road bikes and mountain bikes

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Now more and more people, especially young people, are beginning to love mountain biking. Mountain bikes are a type of sports bicycles with a sporty appearance and are very popular with young people and people who like sports. Owning a stylish and cool mountain bike is the first thing for all mountain bike lovers to do.

1. Introduction to Mountain Bike

electric mountain bikeMountain bikes are bicycles specially designed for cross-country (hills, trails, wilderness and gravel roads, etc.). It was born in San Francisco on the West Coast of the United States in 1977. At that time, a group of young people who were keen to ride beach bikes on the hillsides had fun. They thought: “If you can ride a bike down the mountain, it must be very interesting.” So they began the design and manufacture of cross-country bikes. The official name was Mountain biking is two years later. Since then, “downhill competition” has emerged as a new event in sports competitions. Athletes ride mountain bikes to downhill at a high speed along the prescribed downhill route. The faster one wins, attracting many enthusiasts.

2. Classification

XC–Cross Country

Ordinary off-road vehicle (usually off-road vehicle): some bouncing, relatively small impact Function focus: 50% downhill, 50% climbing
XC Racing
Cross-country competition: includes long slopes with riding skills and difficulty. Function focus: 30% downhill, 70% climbing, also known as Aggressive X in English: Aggressive X

DS–Dual Slalom
Downhill confrontation racing (also translated as: slewing double competition): Some have become flying chartered cars, which are similar to the recently popular street climbing cars. They are all front soft forks and hard frames, but there are slight changes in the structure, and the tires and other details Some improvements that are more suitable for the street
DH–Down Hill
Downhill ebike: a downhill track with deliberate challenges, diving speed, height drop and strong impact. The pedaling function is entirely a foil. The function focus: 100% downhill, 0% uphill, English classification also becomes: COMP.DH or Extreme
FR-Free Ride
Free riding: Aiming at the rugged and uneven free riding terrain, entering the forest road, and continuously encountering the intense mode of jumping and relative impact, the function focus: 60% downhill, 40% climbing. The English classification is also called: Enduro

Dirt Jumping
Very skillful and technically demanding routes, including a large number of vertical landings and leaps. Function focus: 90% downhill, 10% climbing, English classification is also called: Freeride or Tech
FS–Full Suspension
Full shock-absorbing off-road bike (generally called): The purpose of initially installing the shock-absorbing system on the mountain bike was mainly to cope with the collision during downhill races. The latest full shock-absorbing mountain bike is made based on the conditions of sturdiness and comfort.

3. The difference between road bikes and mountain bikes

electric mountain bikeMountain bike

Our common mountain bike tires are usually above 1.9″ (usually in inches as the unit, 1.5″ may be used on special tracks), which is a bit wider.
Now road bikes and mountain bikes mostly use parallel brakes and disc brakes (anti-lock brakes), which are roughly the same.
The tires of mountain bikes are relatively wide, and the brackets have shock absorbers, which are not as good as road bikes in terms of aerodynamics. This is also a difference in usage.
Mountain bikes were originally designed to be able to run on mountain roads. Basically, they all have front wheel fork suspension equipment. Some of them also have shock absorption equipment under the seat, which will have better anti-vibration effects. .
The mountain bike has a straight rod-shaped front with corners at both ends to prevent collisions. It can be used with shock absorbers to achieve a shock absorption effect.
The adjustable type of the front and rear frisbees of mountain bikes will be relatively large. The front frisbee is 3 pieces, the rear frisbee is generally 6 pieces, and some are 7 pieces. This is designed for the special use of mountain bikes.

electric road bike

Road bike

The wheel diameter of road bikes is 700C, the tire width is less than 35mm, and the mainstream width is 18C~23C, which is narrower and suitable for high-speed riding.
The number of rear frisbees of road bikes will be relatively small, so the changes will be relatively small. The front disc usually has two discs, and some have three discs. This design will be conducive to riding on slopes.
Road bikes are mainly used for road racing, and their design is more concerned about the linearity of air flow. The tire design is relatively flat and narrow, which helps reduce wind resistance.
If you are going for a trip and riding a bike in peacetime, it is recommended that you choose an electric mountain bike that is more suitable, so that you can handle the rugged roads when you travel. And if you are at a good intersection and you like to pursue speed, I suggest you use an electric road bike, which allows you to experience the feeling of running on the road.


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