How do you choose?: Road Bike and MTB

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Anyone who loves cycling will know that there are four main categories of bicycles.

The first category is civilian vehicles, which are the most common means of transportation;

The second category is mountain bikes with thick tires;

The third category is called climbing car;

Another category is road bikes. The road car used for competition, we usually call it “racing car”.


The road 700C is equivalent to 28 inches, and the mountain is a 26-inch wheel diameter; the tires of mountain bikes are usually above 1.9″ (1.5″ may be used on special tracks), while the tire width of road bikes is more than 20 mm.


In order to ride on rugged mountain roads and pursue control, the handlebars used in the mountains are relatively wide, while the road pursues speed and reduces wind resistance, so the handlebars are relatively narrow.


On bumpy roads in the mountains, the consideration is the combination of light weight and hardship, while the focus of the road consideration is pedal rigidity and light weight. Road bikes are generally slender (and in recent years, aerodynamic-based frames have been thicker), while mountain bikes are stronger. The angle of the frame of the mountain bike is very particular, and the angle of the road bike is similar. The axles of mountain bikes are thicker, while the axles of road bikes are more delicate. At present, with the use of production technology and high-tech materials, it is difficult to find any similarities between the two frames except for the basic structure.


Mountain bikes need powerful, strong braking, all-weather braking systems. Early mountain bikes used hanging brake systems, and later V-brakes provided better braking performance. Now the best braking systems are disc brakes, or disc brakes, introduced from motorcycles. In addition to braking force, the most important thing about road cars is light weight.

front fork

The front fork of a mountain bike is an important part of a mountain bike, with a high technological content, a combination of performance and comfort plus rigidity and light weight, while the front fork of a road bike is just a frame-related component.


Weight is very important for mountain and road. During the competition, the mountain bike can reach 12.5kg, while the maximum limit of the road is 10.5kg. The heavier the car, the more gong you consume, which invisibly increases your own excess consumption

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