Bicycle frames are constructed from materials which place emphasis on being strong, lightweight and stiff to aid power transfer. Aluminium, titanium, steel and carbon are widely used in all levels of frame production.
Major bike manufacturers produce a new range of bikes on an annual basis and this determines the model year of a particular bike. This annual turnover is fuelled by advancing technology, industry trends and customer demand for a particular feature or style of bicycle.
Bicycle wheels come in a wide range of sizes from 12" wheels found on smaller Kids Bikes to larger 29" Mountain Bike and 700c Road Bike wheels. Larger wheels are normally faster and more stable at speed and their larger contact patch improves grip too. Smaller wheels are normally lighter, more manoeuvrable and have quicker acceleration.
Wheel sizes are defined by the country that first popularised the style of bike that used them - so you'll see some imperial and some metric measurements listed. Wiggle includes the ISO standard in brackets after each for ease of comparison.
Mountain Bikes with front and rear suspension are sub-divided into different categories, dictated mainly by how much suspension travel they offer. They all offer more shock absorption and hard riding ability than bikes with front suspension only, but the rear suspension means they weigh more too.
Full suspension bikes with a 'Trail' label are designed for harder hitting terrain than bikes with an 'Cross Country' ('XC') label, while bigger terrain bikes sub-divide with tags like 'All Mountain' or 'Freeride', usually with enough gears to allow you to ride back uphill again. Purist gravity bikes are made for downhill racing or lift-fed mountain terrain, so they're hard work elsewhere. But above all, full suspension bikes always boost the fun factor.
Bikes with 80 to 120mm of suspension are generally aimed at cross country riders looking for more comfort, control and damage avoidance than is offered by typical hardtail (suspension fork only) mountain bikes. At the other extreme are sturdy bikes designed mainly for downhill. Most sit between the extremes and a variety of design approaches allow you identify with the riding you do. Please consult Wiggle’s bike buying guide to learn more about identifying the right full suspension bike for you.
If you after a snappy handling mtb and enjoy off-road endurance riding then a Full Suspension Mtb is for you. At Wiggle we stock the very best spec'd full suspension bike brands in Felt, Focus, Kona, Mongoose, Rocky Mountain, plus loads more besides. All our full suspension mountain bikes provide a superb riding experience with quality rear shocks and suspension forks, from XC, Freeride, Enduro through to Downhill, Wiggle will have the bike for you. You will find that the wide tyres give you bags of grip and together with the front and rear suspension you will easily glide over trail detritus, roots and rocks. So you'll be likely to be pushing your own limits before you find the bike's!