If you're the type that doesn’t mind when the road ends, then a mountain bike is your ride. And if you're the type wanting a bike that's traveled over all kinds of terrain, has pushed the limits of endurance and has felt the thrill of a descent or the pain of a tough climb, then The Racery's selection of the best used mountain bikes for sale is your ticket to adventure.
These bikes come in all shapes and sizes, and they’re not just for mountains. They're designed to be able to handle anything that life throws your way, from the road to the trail.
Let's take a look at what makes men's and women's mountain bikes special, and why buying a used one may be the best investment you can make.
What You Should Know About Used Mountain Bikes
Mountain bikes are specially designed to take you where others fear to tread. They're one of the most versatile types of equipment you can own, and they'll take whatever punishment you subject them to. And then they'll ask for more.
Of course, not all mountain bikes are created equally. Some are designed to handle rough terrain better than others, but what makes them special is their suspension system and the types available to buy.
A mountain bike's suspension system, if it has one, has to be heavy-duty enough to handle your off-road adventures without submitting you to undue amounts of physical stress. Your bike will have one of three types of suspensions, and the one you choose will boil down to personal preference.
Hardtail mountain bikes have a single fork-shaped suspension at the front of the bike only which helps to keep you safe and in control. The name comes from the fact that the rear lack pivots or links, hence it has a hard tail. Hardtail mountain bikes offer improved handling and safety, usually at a lower cost than full suspension bikes. They tend to deliver more power to the rear wheel, giving better acceleration and speed burst when you need it as well as generally requiring less maintenance.
Full suspension bikes have both front and rear suspension and have an advantage on rougher terrain or when going downhill. While they deliver a more comfortable and stable ride, they usually cost more and will need more periodic maintenance, particularly when it comes to the seals which will should be replaced at least every few years.
Finally, rigid mountain bikes lack suspension systems altogether. They're old school but are making a comeback. If you want to feel every nuance of the trail in your body without the sensation being lost in the ether of the suspension systems, then a rigid frame is for you. Plus, there are no pivot or links to maintain.
There are several types of mountain bikes for sale, and which one you choose will depend on what type of offroading you do. Here, in a nutshell, are some of the popular flavors of mountain bikes.
- Cross country mountain bikes are the most common variety and tend to be lightweight and built for speed. They're also usually the lowest-priced models compared to longer travel suspension bikes. Cross country bikes are available rigid, hard tail and full-suspension. Lately, full-suspension models with limited travel are the most popular choice for racing.
- Freeride / All-mountain / Trail mountain bikes are great for when the terrain gets really rough and steep. The frames are a little heavier to handle a harder ride and the suspension travel is longer.
- Used downhill used mountain bikes are the option for you if you were born without fear. They're designed to go very fast over the largest obstacles and roughest terrain, with wider tires and a lower center of gravity for increased stability.
Why You Should Buy A Used Mountain Bike From Us
At The Racery, all of our mountain bikes have seen action in the field. They've been put through all the adventure, taken all the punishment and have pushed the boundaries of what's possible. They've been rigorously tested with our 55-point inspection process and have been lovingly cleaned and refurbished.
Used mountain bikes with suspension require additional maintenance and during our inspection and tuning, we regularly send the suspension systems back to the manufacturer service centers to make sure the bike is in the best working order possible.
Buying a used mountain bike from us means you're getting a product that has been built to last and has the battle experience to prove it. It means buying a bike that has a history of its own, has fought nature head on and has lived to tell the tale.