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Anyone who enjoys riding on forest or country trails should invest in the best trail bike. Mountain bikes are specially designed for difficult terrain and are therefore much stronger and safer.

But what features make the best trail bike? In short, the model, size, material and parts make all the difference. In addition, a trekking bike needs to be compatible with your skill level. Read on to find out more.




Summary

    • To tackle uneven terrain, winding courses, steep climbs and descents common on a trail, you need a proper sport bike. The model is designed to offer maximum stability and safety on your adventures.
    • The risk of getting injured when cycling on a rural or forest trail is very high. We therefore recommend that you cycle trail with a group of cyclists. The ride will be much safer and more fun.
    • The price of a trekking bike is high. You will find models for between R£1,500 and R£3,000. The best brands are GTS, Caloi, KSW, among others.

The best trail bike: Our Picks

We have prepared a list of the best trail bikes. We detail the features, differentials and estimated values of each model for you to find the best option for sale.

Buying guide

The search for new adventures and challenges, desire to change the scenery or even escape the danger of accidents in urban traffic, are some of the reasons why a cyclist replaces the route in the city by a trail in the middle of nature.

But to ride in forest or rural trails, you need to buy a mountain bike. This model offers maximum comfort, stability and safety for the cyclist and is the subject of this Buying Guide.

Imagem de um ciclista fazendo trilha.

For routes in the wilderness, use a trail bike. (Source: Tobias Bjerknes/ Unsplash.com)

Why should I buy a trekking bike?

Anyone who enjoys trekking by bike needs to buy equipment which offers safety, comfort and performance.

The differentials of mountain bikes are wide, tractor tyres that offer greater traction on difficult terrain, front and rear cushioning, disc brakes and a varied set of gears.

This model is designed for winding paths, steep climbs or descents, muddy terrain, with stones, holes and other obstacles that may make the journey difficult.

One of the great things about a trail bike is that it offers safety even in the most difficult moments, regardless of whether you are a beginner or an experienced cyclist.

Imagem de uma mulher fazendo trilha de bicicleta.

To cycle through forests or country roads, you need a proper trail bike. (Source: Alina Fedorchenko/ Unsplash.com)

What makes a trekking bike different from other models?

The bicycle is the ideal means of transport for those who prioritise mobility, seek benefits for body and mind and want to experience unforgettable adventures. But for each type of activity there is an ideal model.

For those who like to ride at the beach, we recommend a bicycle without gears, because this model is much lighter. To move around in the city, the ideal is to choose a bicycle with at least 21 gears.

While to venture into nature trails, it is necessary to buy a bicycle with a good set of components, resistant damping and suspension system and a greater variety of gears.

Imagem de uma bicicleta de trilha.

The trail bicycle is more resistant than the common models. (Source: Riley Harrison/ Unsplash.com)

What precautions should I take when cycling on a hike?

It is not enough just to buy a good

trail bike

. Before embarking on a new adventure you need to check that the wheels are securely fixed, that the gears and brakes are working, that the tyres are inflated and inflated and that the metal parts are lubricated.

We recommend that you carry a spare tube, a basic set of tools and a portable pump to inflate the tyre if necessary.

It is also essential to wear cycling clothing, a helmet, shin guards, knee pads, gloves and other safety equipment to protect you from injury should you lose your balance and fall to the ground.

If you are a beginner, we recommend that you start with low terrain trails and small ravines. Continue on paths like this until you feel confident enough to change to paths with larger ravines and other obstacles.

Which types of bicycle can be used for hiking?

To go cycling, whether as a leisure activity or as a professional sport, you need a bicycle suitable for the activity. But there are different models available:

Mountain

Bike
The mountain bike guarantees the cyclist agility, flexibility and resistance, as well as excellent performance on winding paths, steep climbs and descents and countless obstacles.

There are three versions of this bike: A hard tail has a simpler suspension system, the Full Suspension has a suspension system in the frame and the Downhill has a double suspension system which absorbs impacts even better.

Hybrid bicy

cle
It has this name because it combines characteristics of Speed and Mountain Bike models. The frame of this bicycle is the same as that of the Mountain Bike, while the wheels have the same diameter as those of the Speed bicycle.

The great advantage of this model is its versatility, as the bicycle can be used both for riding in the city and for trail riding. Another differential of this model is the possibility of attaching a baggage rack.

Bicicleta urbana

This model is destined to short rides, which can be from commuting inside the city to short nature rides. Buy it only if you do not intend to improve your sporting performance.

Buying criteria: How to find the best

trekking bike
Anyone who is thinking of doing a sport on two wheels needs to find the best trekking bike, as well as cycling clothes and good safety equipment. To choose the best hiker's bicycle, analyse and compare the features listed and detailed below:

Bike size

By buying a trail bike with a size that is compatible with your physical characteristics, you can experience greater balance and stability for cycling amidst nature.

Therefore, it is essential to analyse the size of the bike frame, which ranges from sizes 15 to 29 or small, medium and large, depending on the classification used by the manufacturer.

Imagem de um homem fazendo trilha de bicicleta.

The size of the bike must be compatible with the physical characteristics of the cyclist. (Source: Pixabay/ Pexels.com)

Handlebars

The handlebars are the part where you put more pressure while pedaling, therefore, it is fundamental to find a model with width approximately to the width of your shoulders. Also evaluate the shape of the handlebars.

The straight handlebars provide more precision and firmness when manoeuvring, while the curved shape handlebars help to leave the arms semi-flexed and reduce the absorption of impacts.

Material

The lighter the bicycle is, the better it is to pedal and transport it. Therefore, it is fundamental to analyse the material used in the bicycle structure. The models made of aluminum are quite light and cheaper.

On the other hand, carbon steel bicycles are more resistant, but heavier. Another option is the titanium structure, which, besides being very resistant to impacts, provides maximum comfort.

Imagem de um homem segurando uma bicicleta.

Analyse the material and weight of the bicycle. (Source: Beena Deming/ Unsplash.com)

Brakes

Another characteristic that deserves your attention at the moment of the purchase is the bicycle braking system. Hydraulic disc brakes offer the greatest precision.

Mechanical disc brakes have a greater braking capacity, however, they are less precise, which can be extremely dangerous on dirt, sand or clay terrain.

Wheel size

Trail bike wheels can measure 26, 27.5 or 29 inches. A bicycle with 27.5-inch wheels is ideal for a fast and low-impact journey.

A bicycle with 26-inch wheels, on the other hand, is better able to absorb impacts and maintain a steady speed. Finally, a bicycle with 29-inch wheels is perfect for the more experienced rider.

Tyres

We recommend that you buy a trekking bicycle that has studded tyres, as this model offers greater grip on the ground and avoids problems such as instability when riding.

The more grippy the tyres are, the slower the bicycle gets.

The wider the tyres and the thicker the studs, the greater the grip on the ground. However, the more grippy the tyres are, the slower the bike will be because of the contact between the tyres and the ground.

But don't worry too much about this, because hikers don't need speed, they need stability and manoeuvrability. Our last recommendation is to avoid buying a bike with slick or semi-slick tyres.
inner

tube

As we mentioned earlier, it is very important to carry a spare inner tube with you in case your tyre goes flat. But be aware that there are two types of inner tubes: thin-nozzle and thick-nozzle.

The thick-nozzle type is the most commonly used, however, the thin-nozzle type is widely used on Speed and Mountain bikes.

It is important to mention that the spare inner tube should be compatible with the size of the bicycle's wheels. Also carry a set of keys needed for changing the inner tube and a pump to inflate the tyres.

(Featured image source: Philipp M/ Unsplash.com)

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