How to choose the best mountain bike

Choosing Your Trek MTB

How to choose the best mountain bike

Mountain bikes are made to ride off-road for adventure, fun and competition. They’re characterised by wide, knobby tyres for increased traction on variable terrain, but there is a great deal of variation between models. Hardtail or full suspension? 29er or 27.5"? Aluminium 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.

Trek Women's

The first consideration

Before any other major bike company was even thinking about designing for women, Trek released their first full line of women-specific bikes. That was in 2000, and they've been refining their women's product offering ever since. Every Trek Women's mountain bike is informed by years of experience considering women from the very beginning.

What makes it WSD?

It’s not just a different paint scheme. The Trek Women’s Specific Design (WSD) badge indicates that a product was designed, tested and developed to address the specific needs of women riders that Trek have researched throughout the years.

WSD touchpoints

Aside from the pedals, you only touch your bike in two places. And if those places aren’t right for you, you’re doing yourself a disservice. Every Trek women’s mountain bike has touch points designed specifically for women, including saddles and handlebars.

Trek Cross Country

Unrivalled 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.

Trek Trail

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 tyre 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 that both beginners and seasoned enthusiasts can take their ride to the next level.

Trek Downhill

Exceedingly capable

Unique suspension designs and frame geometry allow downhill bikes to take on the steepest and most treacherous trails. Shuttle to the top, and then let it rip.

Get off the ground

Defying gravity is fun. Our downhill line-up includes ultra-manoeuvrable bikes that are specifically designed for dirt jumps and stunts.

World Champ

DH bikes are the only option for downhill racing, and the best riders in the world have piloted Trek downhill bikes to record-breaking World Cup victories and multiple World Championships.

Trek Electric Mountain

Further. Faster.

Pedal-assist mountain bikes boost your pedalling 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.

Where to now?

What size mountain bike is right for me?

Making sure that the bike fits properly is one of the most important considerations when looking for a new ride. Check out this MTB sizing guide to find the size that’s right for you.

What MTB wheel size is right for me?

Mountain bikes come with a variety of wheel sizes that perform differently on the trail. See this guide to find the MTB wheel size that fits the way you ride.

Hardtail vs. Dual Suspension?

Most mountain bikes have suspension, but it’s not all the same. Learn about the differences between hard tail and full suspension bikes to decide which is right for you.

How to setup suspension

Adjusting your suspension is one of the easiest ways to get better performance out of your mountain bike. Follow this suspension set up guide to get yours dialled for better days on the trail.