Mountain Bike Project General Discussion


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Post any questions/concerns or whatever you feel like about the Mountain Bike Project. ProductWiki Projects are quite new, and we need people to help make this happen.
This post was edited by Erik on 3/15/2006 5:24 PM
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Free Ride, All Mountain, Cross Country and Youth are the different attribute values used for the Bike Type property.  I added the 2006 Norco bikes but I still don't know what those values actually mean.  From adding the bikes I really just saw Reasonable, Expensive, Super Expensive and Crazy Expensive, of course I'm not a bike expert or anything.  Can someone clarify what these attributes mean and what kind of rider they're best for?
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Free Ride refers to bike's designed with a lower profile frame and usualy with rear suspension for dirt jumping and more extreme riding.

Cross Country are your typical all-around mountain bikes.

All Mountain are more agressive mountain bikes (usually with rear suspension) designed for more extreme mountain terrain.

Youth bikes are for the youth!

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Hey, I'm still kind of confused between the differences of Free Ride and All Mountain.  Is there a difference in the frame structure (what it's made of), the kinds of suspensions used, etc?  Like, just looking at a bike how would I know if it's designed for extreme riding, or extreme mountain terrain?
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Free ride bikes are immediately obvious because of the shape of their frame. It's a much more vertical top bar on the frame. Also, you will see greater shock absorber travel (170mm - 200mm) in a Freeride bike than a All-Mountain bike. All Mountain bikes are also called "Enduro".

Take a look at these examples:
Freeride All Mountain
This post was edited by Erik on 3/31/2006 11:15 AM
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Take a look at the design section on Wikipedia:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mountain_bike#Designs
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Awesome, thanks.  From the wikipedia article it looks like Freerides are also heavier than the All Mountains.  It definitely seems like the Freerides are made for more jumping and rougher terrain than the All Mountains.  I guess I'd probably start with a reasonably priced normal Mountain bike and as the skills progress move to the All Mountain.  And then move to a Freeride if the kind of biking I'm doing necessitates that.  I really do like the way freerides look though...

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