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What is a Mountain Bike?

A Mountain Bike is a bicycle designed with the intention of off-road use up and downhill. Usually equipped with wider tyres and a larger tread pattern and most of the time either front or front and rear suspension to soak up those off-road hits.

Mountain bikes come in several different styles, depending on what type of riding you are wanting to do, examples of these differences are summarised below.

XC or Cross Country Bikes.

XC style bikes with short travel suspension, steeper head angles and higher bottom brackets designed for pedaling and climbing efficiency over downhill speed. A good example of this kind of bike would be the On One Whippet, available in fully rigid or with 100mm front suspension, hydraulic disc brakes and a 12-speed drivetrain.

Trail Bikes.

Trail bikes usually come with slightly longer suspension travel from 130mm to 150mm, steeper head angles and lower bottom bracket. Designed for going down that sweet single track and round berms fast but also able to pedal back up after. A good example of this would be the On One Scandal with 130mm travel front fork, 12-speed drivetrain, wider tyre clearance and dropper post routing.

All Mountain/Enduro Bikes.

All mountain bikes are designed to ride everything all over the mountain, from epic climbs to gnarly descents over rocky terrain and drops and jumps all day. An all mountain bike usually runs a long travel fork from 160mm to 180mm and quite often rear suspension although it’s not necessary. Head angles are usually very slack and low bottom brackets for increased downhill stability. We would recommend the Titus Loco Moto our most aggressive Hardcore Hardtail for this type of riding with a long travel fork, wide gear ratios and dropper seat post, capable of handling anything you throw at it.


Mountain bikes run a larger width tyre anywhere from 2.1” to 2.8” and have varying depths of tread and patterns depending on the usage. An XC bike would use a smaller tyre around 2.1” with a low profile tread pattern, whereas a Trail bike would use a larger tyre around 2.3” with a deep tread pattern and larger corner knobs for increased grip on the front and a faster rolling tyre on the back. All mountain bikes can run anywhere from 2.3” to 2.8” and use a tread profile similar to a Trail bike with a large centre and corner knobs.


Many people also choose to run their mountain bike tyres tubeless, benefits of this are improved puncture resistance, ability to run lower tyre pressures for improved grip and a smoother ride and reduced weight. A tubeless setup uses tubeless-ready tyres and wheels with special rim tape and sealant within the tyres instead of a tube.

Read our guide on how to set up your tyres tubeless. 


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