Why you should avoid cheap, basic mountain bikes

I used to have some really cheap and basic mountain bikes when I was younger. This was partly due to not having much money to spend, and also not realising or wanting to go for a seemingly expensive top end ride. Then when I was about 21 I had been saving up and decided to splash out on a mountain bike that I had heard and read a lot about. It was an orange clockwork, and cost me about £650 back in the mid nineties. This was a lot of money to me then, almost equivalent to me now spending £3500 on a bike. Wow… I never realised that until I just wrote it! And despite doing some research it was a decision I took relatively lightly… I guess other responsibilities and expense back then where very
different…so in reality probably equivalent to me spending £1500 or so… But anyway I digress.

Prior to having what I will call the ‘good bike’ my mountain bikes where of the sort that you see all over the place, cost close to £200 and had pretty mediocre specs. The difference I experienced in my enjoyment was immense. All of a sudden I had a mountain bike that responded perfectly… It was light enough for me to manoeuvre with ease whilst bombing
down a rock strewn gully… The brakes and gears did exactly what I wanted them to do when I wanted, and ultimately it meant I was more (sorry for the cliche!) at one with the bike, and it was now more down to my skills and ability on how fast and how well I could negotiate tracks, as opposed to having issues with the machine, like being too heavy, or
non responsive, and the gears clogging up or the brakes not being quite effective enough for my last minute braking technique! It as awesome. And from that point I have never looked back. I did for a short period veer back to a budget bike when I had to buy two (one for me, one for the wife) at once, but whilst bike tech and design is always improving, it
was still a noticeable step back, that I reversed rather quickly.

Moral of this story? Buying yourself a ‘good’ mountain bike will pay off in no time in terms of your enjoyment and fun!

Best Mountain Bikes - 2010 and beyond

I love riding my mountain bike around the local hills and trails, and have been doing this for years & I am always popping into my local bike shop,checking out the best mountain bikes currently in stock. The mountain bike market has matured a lot over the past few years, and is now amassive business, with the total worth being estimated at around $35Billion dollars. The best way to understand which bike is best for you is ofcourse to go and ride it. But you can’t always ride many different bikes beforeyou buy, unless you either have a very understanding bike shop owner and lotsof time or access to friends how have all the bikes you are interestedin.

So to help narrow your search I suggest the best thing to do is check out as many online reviews of mountain bikes as you can. There are a lot of review sites on the web and a fair few for mountain bikes. This site is all about bringing together the best mountain bike reviews from across the web and presenting them to you in a nice simple easy to understand format. If a bike gets a low review, say 1 or 2 starts out of 5 for example, then it won’t be featuring on this site for sure. We focus on the best mountain bikes only.

So to summarise if you want to end up with the ultimate mountain biking experience,and not break the bank, you need to come back to this site every time you wantto do some research, it will be updated regularly, adding new reviews as they become available, and we’re inviting experienced riders and journalists to contribute content too, so there will be some fresh unique reviews of mountain bikes that you won’t see anywhere else online. Also in addition to reviews of mountain bikes we will include tips and guides for buying, ideas and thoughts about whataccessories you will need to go with your bike, and also reviews of some of the best mountain bike accessories. some of the best accessories cost a lot of money so could push up your overall purchase price, so we will also have a section on bargains for the cheapest but still decent mountain bike accessories. Finally the site will have lots of pictures and videos to go with the reviews, giving you the best overall experience when you are trying to understand what the best mountain bike is for you. Whilst I’m here in fact, I thought I’d also check out if there is any interest in other content to go with the bike reviews and I’m thinking about riding guides.

Once you have purchased your new mountain bike then you’ll be keen I’m sure to get out there and really ‘burn somerubber’ well if you don’t know of the best places to ride near you, then fear not as we are already working on some mountain bike ride guides covering the whole of the UK to begin with, as well as including rides and treks from the best places you can ride overseas. This may mean Wales, the Lake District in UKas well as the French Alps and the Rhone valley in Germany. Please, if you know of some awesome riding territory near you, then let us know so we can add to the online guides and share your wisdom!