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2018 mountain bike guide

   Words by Cycle Solutions

   on 24/05/2018 15:39:08

Mountain bikes have come a long way from the "rigid" frame days of old, they now come with a variety of types of suspension, whether this be a hardtail (front suspension) or a full suspension bike (front and rear suspension). Many also now come with disc brakes and now come with a range of wheel sizes. Whether the size is 26”, 27.5” or 29”, all of them come with their own benefits and unique style points, these include:

26" wheels

- this wheel size has been around for years, and in many cases, was the wheel size of choice. With its smaller wheels and tyre size, this bike is very easy to ride on and off-road, taking technical courses and tight turns with ease.

27.5" wheels

– sometimes referred to as 650b, this is now the most popular wheel size and it pulls in the off road capabilities of the 26" wheel. Where this wheel size really comes in to its own on those technical courses, along with the faster running speed and added benefit of riding over larger pot-holes and ditches with less loss of momentum.

29" wheels

- this wheel size has been highly adopted by several manufactures such as Specialized, Cannondale, Giant and Cube as the wheel size of choice. This wheel size is ideal for courses and paths where you can build up more speed (due to the larger wheels) and where the trial is much more uneven. This wheel size can be ideal for commuting to work, allowing you to cycle even faster.

Once you have chosen which wheel size you feel would be right for you, you will notice that there are hundreds of bikes on our website to choose from.

As you would expect, all aspects of the bikes in this price range move even further from the specification of the previous range, sometimes with increased travel distances on the suspension and the gearing on the bikes moving from Shimano Alivio to Shimano Deore and Shimano SLX/XT. You will also see that on some models that the aluminium composition of the frame has been improved, contributing to the bike becoming lighter and easier to throw through those technical and tight turns on off-road courses. Bikes tend to be equipped with hydraulic disc brakes as standard offering more precise control and sensitivity.

Scott Aspect 730 27.5"
2018 Mountain Bike

The Scott Aspect 730 is a mountain hardtail that is designed to be light, efficient and reasonably priced. Featuring a remote lockout mechanism for the fork, hydraulic disc brakes and Shimano Deore 27 Speed, this is the perfect bike for all aspiring mountain bikers.


Cube Attention SL 29er
2018 Mountain Bike

The Attention SL is a perfectly balanced hardtail blending lively handling and inspiring efficiency. Key features include RockShox air sprung fork powerful hydraulic disc brakes and grippy Schwalbe tyres which is finished off with the slick shifting reliability of Shimano's Deore and XT 2x10 gears. Also in grey/yellow.


Cannondale Cujo 2 27.5"+
2018 Mountain Bike

Whatever the trail has in store the Cujo delivers. With serious tyres and stable, confident geometry, it will raise your level and up your game on even the rockiest terrain. With its stable geometry and a lightweight Cannondale frame, Cujo just makes mountain biking easier. The bike also benefits from a Shimano SLX 2x 10-speed rear mech.


Giant Fathom 29er 2
2018 Mountain Bike

With smooth-rolling 29er wheels and a lightweight hardtail frame, Fathom 29er keeps you balanced and in control on all types of terrain. Built on an ALUXX SL-grade aluminium frame, it features relaxed geometry, 18 speed Shimano Deore components, hydraulic discs and tubeless tyres.


Kona Blast 27.5"
2018 Mountain Bike

The Kona has wide gear ranges and fast rolling 27.5-inch wheels that make molehills out of mountains. Bumps are dealt expertly via RockShox 30 Silver TK Solo Air 100mm fork and the bike features a Shimano Deore/Alivio 3x9spd drivetrain, Shimano Hydraulic brakes and Schwalbe Nobby Nic 27.5x2.25" tires.


Specialized Rockhopper Pro
2018 Mountain Bike

The Rockhopper Pro benefits from a new A1 SL alloy frame that has optimized tube shapes which saves weight while dramatically improving aesthetics. This Rockhopper comes equipped with a mix of renowned Shimano SLX and 20-speed Deore components, powerful Shimano hydraulic disc brakes, a Manitou Markhor 29 fork and grippy Ground Control tires.


Orbea Alma H30 29er
2018 Mountain Bike

The Alma H30 benefits from a triple butted frame and a quality RockShox Recon RL 100 Air Remote suspension fork that will deal with the toughest landscapes. Braking duties are handled by hydraulic discs and high-end Shimano XT and SLX components are in charge of its 11-speed gear shifting. The bike can handle steep climbs and should please the toughest of riders.


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