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Most cyclists begin their biking journey on relatively simple machines. Some riders get their hands on BMX bikes as kids, others spend their high school and college years commuting on road or hybrid bikes.
There are plenty of folks in the mountains who grow up with full-suspension rigs that can handle the most demanding trails, but even then, there is so much nuance to bicycle suspension that it is tough for riders to really dial the perfect bike for their specific needs after launching full-tilt into mountain biking. Mountain bike suspension ranges from fewer than 100 mm to upwards of 200 mm. Finding the sweet spot makes all the difference; (Photo/Orbea) Orbea is among the top bike brands that offer a stacked collection of mountain bikes ranging from entry-level hardtails, to XC race bikes, and up to long-travel downhill crushers.
While high-end bikes are always something to salivate over, finding the bike with the best suspension features for a particular rider requires a bit more of an understanding what different travel amounts look like, and how they function.
We’ll go through different Orbea models and their different amounts of travel to highlight where each bike, and suspension style, would thrive or struggle. XC and Downcountry suspension
Cross Country mountain bikes and their newer, slightly longer-travel “downcountry” brethren are typically characterized by frames built with efficiency in mind paired with […]