For those who are unaware, mountain biking can be split into different categories, depending on what they have to offer for the those taking part in the hobby or sport. If you are interested in mountain biking, then here is a list of the nine mountain biking types and styles.
Bikes with 20 inch wheels are usually used when doing the BMX style. This style is usually done with dirt jumps or at skate parks. The BMX bikes are easier to use when performing stunts and tricks because of the smaller wheels and shorter wheel bases.
While this mountain biking type is not an extreme form, you should be sure that you are fit and ready to go on long bike rides. With this type, you will usually ride your bike going up and down hills.
The Cyclo Cross type is actually a mix of road and mountain biking. If you plan to try out this mountain biking type, then you should know that you will have to go race on and off of the course, go over obstacles, and even cross through rivers.
This style of mountain biking involves jumping the bike over large man-made dirt jumps. In addition, the rider will also do tricks while in mid-air. The dirt jumps are usually close together. This way, the you can go over a few jumps in one run. This will help you to gain flow and increase your speed for the bigger jumps.
This is one of the more extreme and intense mountain biking types, as you will be racing your bike downhill as fast as you possibly can. There are many riders who enjoy the thrill of going down the hill at a fast speed.
With the Freeride mountain bike type, riders will find a perfect line down the mountain and use all of the terrain to express themselves. If you are in this popular competition, then you will be able to express yourself on the freeride with your bike however you want to.
Single Speed is a form of cross country biking, and it is done riding on a bike with only one gear and few components. Simplicity is the idea for single speed. The straight chain line will provide pedaling that is effective without wasting time or effort. The bike having fewer components will mean there is less mechanical problems, and the bike will even be lighter.
Street and Urban.
This is another one of the mountain biking types that involves doing tricks. If you are doing the Street and Urban style, then you will be riding in urban areas, staircase railings, ledges, and other similar types of obstacles that are man-made, doing tricks such as grinds and stalls.
While the bikes used for trails do not look like mountain bikes, Trails is a type of mountain biking. The bikes used have small and low frames, along with twenty to twenty-six inch wheels. This style requires an demands an utmost amount of concentration and balance.
Some of these mountain biking types may be more dangerous than others, so you should try to take the proper safety precautions. This ranges from trusting your judgment and only doing what you know how to do, to wearing the right safety equipment, such as helmets, elbow pads, and kneepads.
If you learn the types and styles in advance, be careful and safe, and practice, then you can turn mountain biking into a hobby or sport that you are great at.