Choosing which bike to buy, whether it’s your very first mountain bike, an exciting upgrade or you’re looking to try something different, is always a task worth taking your time over.
While on the face of it, some bikes may seem similar, when you dig down into the bike’s geometry, frame design, suspension setup and specs, there are often key differences that go hand-in-hand with their intended use.
Take two of Trek’s most popular hardtail mountain bikes : the best-selling Marlin and the more aggressive Roscoe. On the face of it, they look very similar, but understanding the differences will help you work out which is best suited to you. What type of riding are you doing?
Forget drool-worthy paintjobs, detailed geometry figures and component choices to start with – the most important thing to consider when choosing the best mountain bike for your needs is to align the type of bike with the style of riding that you’re likely to be doing.
Mountain biking is a broad church, after all, covering everything from multi-day cross-country stage races to four-minute downhill runs, and everything in between.
Bikes intended for these different mountain biking disciplines are designed accordingly; cross-country bikes are best for pedalling and downhill bikes are best for descending. Those in between, including downcountry bikes , trail bikes and enduro bikes , are typically built to balance pedalling efficiency and trail capability on a sliding scale between them.
The Trek Marlin is a beginner-focused hardtail that sits at the cross-country end of the […]
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