When it comes to off-road cycling, a mountain bike is the perfect vehicle to use to go through those trails and unpaved roads. Unlike road bikes, mountain bikes or abbreviated simply as MTB are designed to withstand the stresses of off-road use. Most mountain bikes have shock absorbing forks though many models today offer a rear suspension as well.
One of the most popular mountain bike designs would be the hardtail mountain bikes by Eureka. The bike consists of the typical diamond frame design but employs a suspension fork on the front. Hardtail bikes are still very popular today due to their simple design. Bikes of this class are mostly made with aluminium alloy and even steel prove cheaper as opposed to those bikes which sport dual suspension designs. Carbon fibre has grown in popularity as well when it comes to mountain bike frame options. Hardtail bikes are still very popular in the many mountain biking disciplines. This type of bike offer lightweight design without compromising strength. They are perfect for climbing steep trails and going over irregular terrain. However unlike a full suspension bike, a hardtail bike can prove less comfortable especially when driving on irregular terrain for long periods of time. Hardtail bikes are also popular in dirt jumping though the geometry is modified to a certain degree. Unlike road bikes, hardtail mountain bikes utilise disk brakes either mechanical or hydraulic as opposed to traditional cantilever brakes and v-brakes.
Hardtail bikes utilise the same 26 inch wheels though unlike their road counterparts, the tyres used in most are wider with durable threads for the type of terrain they will be used. There are also 29 inch tyre mountain bikes which are popularly known as 29ers. They utilise bigger frames too. Just like the rest of the bike frames available for off road cycling, hardtail bikes comes in sizes so if you are in the market for one, it is best to purchase one at your local bike shop so that you will be able to know the perfect bike fit for you. Hard tail bikes tend to be perfect starter bikes as they a relatively inexpensive compared to their full suspension counterparts.