How to choose the best mountain bike

Mountain bikes are made to ride off-road for adventure, fun, and competition. They’re characterized by wide, knobby tires for increased traction on variable terrain, but there is a great deal of variation between models. Hardtail or full suspension? 29er or 27.5”? Aluminum or carbon? From suspension to frame design, finding the bike that’s right for you depends on where you’ll ride and the type of riding you want to do.

Most styles of mountain bikes are designed to be versatile and perform effectively on a wide range of trails, but the sport has evolved into many different disciplines/riding styles over the years, and determining which style of bike fits your goals is the first step in identifying the bike that you’ll most enjoy riding.

Electric mountain

Farther. Faster.

Pedal-assist mountain bikes boost your pedaling power with an electric motor. You pedal them like any other bike, but you can stay fresh and keep up speed no matter what the trail throws at you.

Crush the climb

Mountain biking involves an awful lot of climbing, but with the extra power of an e-MTB, climbs will be anything but awful.

Ride with anyone

Electric mountain bikes allow riders of varying fitness levels and abilities to ride together, and anyone can appreciate the additional possibilities that come with adding power to your ride.

Cross country

Unrivaled efficiency

Cross country bikes are the most efficient type of mountain bike. Their light weight and relatively modest amount of suspension make them apt climbers and strong sprinters.

Race ready

Cross country mountain bikes were developed for racing, and even though they are an excellent choice for beginners, their speed and simplicity make them a natural fit for competition.

Responsive handling

Quick, precise handling defines the experience of riding an XC bike. Responsiveness is appreciated on easier trails, but it does come at the cost of some stability.

Trail bikes

Ultimate versatility

Trail bikes are the most versatile type of mountain bike, and are the best choice for riders who want to enjoy a wide variety of terrain on a bike that’s confidence inspiring, but not cumbersome.

Confidence inspiring

Trail bikes are ready to take on difficult terrain with forgiving suspension and multiple tire and wheel size options that give you the courage to push yourself with more challenging rides.

An option for everyone

No matter what kind of experience you’re looking for, Trek has the perfect trail bike for you. Our wide range of trail bike models means both beginners and seasoned enthusiasts can take their ride to the next level.

Women's

Bikes for everybody and every body

Trek's lineup includes gender-neutral and women’s models, which have touchpoints like saddles and handlebars that can provide a better fit and feel to some women from the start. Every model is held to the same high standard of comfort and performance. No two riders are exactly the same, and that's why we have options. But every rider deserves a bike that fits and feels great, no matter their gender, body type, style of riding, or level of experience.

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