Not all mountain bikes are created equal so before you part with your hard-earned cash, follow these 5 tips for buying a mountain bike which you will use regularly and which you can afford.
Know what type of biking you want to do
This will set the standard of your bike as well as its price. Mountain bikes are designed for a specific style and terrain. Your task is to determine which type of biking you will be doing most of the time. Are you going to ride on different terrains or a smooth surface? Are you going to use your bike for serious off-roading or cross-country expeditions? Knowing the answer to these questions is essential for you to get the bike you really need.
What to look for
Good bikes are comfortable, durable and feature-packed. While this may cost a lot, it is important to focus on these criteria. Comfort means everything ; a bike with an adjustable seat and good suspension is a must. Durability is equally essential. Choose between an aluminium and a steel frame depending on the type of use. Features can add to the cost of the bike and not all features are absolutely necessary. Again, “good” is always equated with price, at least for mountain bikes, so if your money doesn’t match with the bike that you want, identify what features you can give up.
Set your price
Most mountain bikes are expensive. In fact, there is virtually no limit to how much you can spend on your bike but this should not be the reason you give up your desire to conquer the mountain. With the right knowledge of what you want your bike to be, choosing the right bike is made easier. Just remember that with price comes quality. An $800 bike for example has more components and is more durable than a $500 one. Here, price really matters but if you are a first-time buyer, I suggest that you get a basic bike and upgrade as necessary. This way, you will not waste your money just in case you decide you don’t even like mountain biking. Conversely, buying a $2000 bike is not bad as long as you can afford it. After all, with price comes functionality and features. The point is, set your price according to your needs and how much you can afford.
Find a good dealer
Finding a good dealer is as good as finding a good bike. Although you do your research, talking to a dealer’s representative can shed light on the things you want to clarify and things you still need to know about mountain bikes. Ask questions about the different types of bikes, their features, maintenance, maintenance cost and servicing. A good dealer is more than willing to assist you on these things. However, just because the dealer is helpful, it doesn’t mean he has the best deal for you.
Look for a good deal
Nothing could be better than buying a bike that is worth more than its price tag. If you want to get more than your money’s worth, do your homework. Find as much information as you can on different bikes. Read product reviews. This will take time but is worth every minute. Another sure way to get a good deal, or even the best deal, is to buy during fall and winter. Dealers are willing to slash off hundreds of dollars from the bike’s original price to dispose of last season’s stocks and give way to their new designs in summer.
When you’ve followed these 5 tips for buying a mountain bike and decided which type of bike you want, check out our Zoom Bike Shop store; you may find a bargain that cannot be missed.