Freeride mountain biking is a new discipline in the line of extreme sports, and is slowly gaining its reputation to cycling fanatics, businesses, and the people in general. A Cyclist dropping off from a man made structure, 40 feet above the ground, onto a transition for another jump- is not your ordinary cycling session.
About Freeride Mountain Bikes
Freeride mountain bikes are basically different than traditional mountain bikes, road bikes, and even downhill bikes, as they are made with some modifications to assist the rider perform better during a free-ride run.
Riding Vs. Running
People often correlate free riding with free running. Free riding basically has the same concept as free running, and that is to travel from point A and arriving at point B with no set course to follow- to finish in the fastest time possible and to make the best stylistic and trick filled line, which is governed by speed and control.
Originally, a freeride mountain bike is just made by altering a downhill bike. This meant it made to enable the cyclist go downhill just as fast, and also to go uphill with ease. But nowadays, a freeride mountain bicycle is a totally different bike from a downhill bicycle.
Free riding’s purpose is to make sure that the area where the free rider is going, will give the cyclist ample opportunity to perform tricks- both on flat ground and in the air. This means that the area will be riddled with both natural and manmade objects with the sole objective of catapulting the rider up in the air to perform tricks, creating the best stunts possible.
Relation With Skateboarding
A similarity can be seen inside a skate park where skateboarders tweak or modify their skateboards to serve a certain purpose.
Did you know...?
Did you know that almost all freeride mountain bicycles feature larger-than-usual tires?
As larger tires help to absorb the impact of long drops, tires with a width between 2.4 to 2.6 inches are not uncommon in the freeride bicycle industry. Many of these also come with gigantic knobs to help reduce drag when cycling through muddy or sandy terrain.
Trucks may be loosened to provide greater maneuverability but less stability and vice versa. A line can also be created by doing tricks on flat ground with freestyle skateboarding, and by combining tricks while airborne- which is called "vert" skateboarding.
Freeride mountain bicycle has a bit less suspension, and is much lighter, since it is built with aluminum and is made smaller- so that the cyclist will have the ability to go through technical sections of the run with ease.
Head angles are a bit steeper and wheelbases are shorter, meaning low speed stability, so that maneuverability is maximized throughout technical sections of the course, where the freeride mountain biker will need to decrease his speed. Single crown forks are also used so that the biker can perform pivotal tricks like bar spins and tail whips. Freeride mountain bicycles are offered by many companies. Modification is also very important, and should be decided upon by the cyclists who are planning to use freeride mountain bikes
Where to Buy Freeride Mountain Bikes?
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