Buyer's Guide

Hard-Tail

By far the most popular mountain bike style and the range is huge. The more you pay the stronger, lighter, and better equipped the bike will be. Alloy or Carbon fibre frames dictate the weight.

Those with Lock-out forks can improve road riding

Hard-tail mountain bikes now come in three different wheel sizes 26", 27" and 29"

Road

20%

Off-Road

80%

Main Pro

Wide Range

Main Con

Not as good on road as a Hyrbid.

Full - Suspension

Unless you are looking at high quality, top of the range bikes full suspension will be heavy, basic quality and hard work to ride.

A good quality Full Suspension it will have the most comfortable off road ride you can get and unparalleled grip on rough terrain.

Road

0%

Off-Road

100%

Main Pro

Very Good Off Road

Main Con

A Good one is More expensive than a Hard tail.

Cross-Over

Cross-Over hybrids offer both comfort and strength. Crossover hybrids use Front suspension offering additional comfort over rougher terrain . The 700c bigger wheels & tyres allow for low level off road use such as canal tow paths and light woodland use but are still relatively fast on the road.

Road

50%

Off-Road

50%

Main Pro

Versatile

Main Con

Not as fast as a road bike

Suited to more light Off-road

Urban

Urban hybrids use a rigid front fork , reducing the weight and making for a more efficient road ride.

The 700c bigger wheels & tyres allow for low level off road use such as canal tow paths and light woodland use but are still relatively fast on the road.

Road

60%

Off-Road

40%

Main Pro

Lighter weight and quicker on road than Cross-over

Main Con

Less Comfort than a Cross-Over

Sports

Sports hybrid has road bike geometry with a rigid front fork and straight handle bars, making it fast on the road with minimal smooth Off Road ability.

Road

90%

Off-Road

10%

Main Pro

Fast on road with some some Off Road capabilities

Main Con

Not as fast as a Road Bike

City

Great for commuting, Shopping and general pottering around town with light Off Road use. The relaxed riding position adds comfort , and the often included mudguards and racks provide added convenience.

Road

80%

Off-Road

20%

Main Pro

Comfortable to ride 

Main Con

Relaxed ride is less efficient for longer distances

 
 

Road

Ride bikes are a slightly more relaxed ride position than a full race bike. A higher head tube, shallow drop bars, curved top tube and longer rear stays give ride bikes a more comfortable and more stable ride with very little drop in performance from a full race bike.

Road

100%

Off-Road

0%

Main Pro

Comfortable on long road rides

Main Con

Not as Fast as a Race Bike

Race

Road Race bikes are built for maximum speed and performance. A lower head tube, deep drop bars, longer top tube and shorter rear stays give race bikes a more stream line and responsive ride with maximum performance.      

Also included in this range are the specific Time Trial and Triathalon Cycles, built

to be ultra aerodynamic light, fast & high performance for full on competition.

Road

100%

Off-Road

0%

Main Pro

Faster than Road bike

Main Con

More aggresive harsh ride for longer rides

Gravel

Gravel bikes use a mountain bike geometry, with dropped handlebar and a hybrid style wheel, which makes them the most versatile road bike, faster on the road with some off-road capability. They also feature many mounting points allowing extra accessories for longer journeys.

Road

80%

Off-Road

20%

Main Pro

More comfortable over a longer ride than CycloCross

Main Con

Lower geared than a road bike , tend to be not as fast

CycloCross

CycloCross bikes use a Road bike geometry with dropped handlebar , making them more efficient on the road with some off-road capability. 

Road

80%

Off-Road

20%

Main Pro

Fast Frame with some Off Road capability

Main Con

Lower geared than a road bike , tend to be not as fast

Folding Bike

Folding bikes are great for those who need to commute on the train or who lack storage for their bicycle.

Capable of mostly road riding the some light Off Road canal tow path riding.

Road

90%

Off-Road

10%

Main Pro

Easy to Store

Main Con

Less Efficient than a full size wheel bike

 

BMX

Designed for tricks, jumps and stunts BMX bikes are single speed, 20" wheel and loads of fun if you want to hit the skate parks and dirt jumps.

Road

N/A

Off-Road

N/A

Main Pro

Great for stunts

Main Con

Hard work for just about any other type of riding

 

Balance

Suitable for small Children as their first balance , learning to balance with the aim to not need stabilisers on their first pedal bike.

Road

N/A

Off-Road

N/A

Main Pro

N/A

Main Con

N/A

24"

Suitable for Children from the age 8-11, they come in many different variations from mountain bikes to hybrid styled and road bikes.

Road

N/A

Off-Road

N/A

Main Pro

N/A

Main Con

N/A

12-20"

Suitable for Children from the age 3-8, they come in many different variations from mountain bikes to hybrid styled and road bikes.

Road

N/A

Off-Road

N/A

Main Pro

N/A

Main Con

N/A

 

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