How to choose a beginner mountain bike - Mountain Biking Explained EP2

  • Опубликовано: 21 ноя 2016
  • In this video we talk mostly about what to look for in a good beginner bike, namely the things that make it affordable, functional, reliable, and easy to upgrade later on. These are the bare bones things a trail worthy mountain bike should have.
    We also talk a bit about helmets, and why you might want to spend a bit more on a better one.
    All Products in this video:
    Choosing a beginner bike:
    Last time, we set Lisa up with everything she needed to start mountain biking. She now has a bike, a helmet, a hydration pack, gloves, and a multi tool. She also has a floor pump, and a rack to transport her bike with. As Lisa progresses we’ll be looking at all this stuff in more detail, but today we’re going to focus on the two things you need most to get on the trails: A bike, and a helmet.
    Even if you don’t have your own bike-even if you plan on renting a bike, I still recommend you get your own helmet wearing someone else’s helmet kinda freaks me out.
    Lisa is wearing a Kali Protectives Chakra, which would be considered a general purpose mountain biking helmet. It’s lightweight, has good ventilation, fits securely, and looks cool, which are all things you might spend a couple of extra dollars for. Really cheap helmets are usually bulky, uncomfortable, and poorly ventilated, and that’s no fun.
    The Chakra, like most bike helmets is single impact, so it’s only made to protect your head once. If your helmet gets impacted, it should be replaced even if the damage isn’t visible. In my experience, shoes wear out before helmets do, so don’t cheap on a helmet just because you might need to replace it. Even a real good one is under $50.
    For the rest of this video, we’ll be talking about bikes; specifically, what should you look for in a good beginner bike? Well the four ities of course. The four ities are: affordability, reliability, serviceability, and simplicity.
    To find a bike with all four ities, you can go to a bike shop, search online, and even buy used. Rather than tell you exactly what to get and where to get it from, I’d rather help you understand what to look for so you can choose a bike on your own. I’ll be using Lisa’s bike as an example, because I chose it specifically for these reasons.
    At around $650, the Hook is of pretty good value. In the last video I mentioned that this is a hardtail, meaning it only has a suspension fork. This, as opposed to a full suspension bike that squishes down in the rear as well. While full suspension bikes are great, they’re also a lot more complex than hardtails. This complexity adds cost, weight, and additional maintenance, so only go this route if you’re comfortable spending some extra money. Figure on at least 500 for a trailworthy hardtail, and at least 1200 for full suspension. These are just guidelines, and I stress that the first ity might be different for different people.

    Let’s take a look at some other characteristics of Lisa’s bike. First of all it has disc brakes, as opposed to rim brakes. Disc brakes are virtually maintenance free besides changing the pads, and they’ll stop the bike even when it’s covered in dirt and mud. These are activated by cable, but more expensive bikes use hydraulic fluid. While hydraulic is better, any disc brake is better than a rim brake.
    Moving on you can see that Lisa’s wheels have quick release levers, which make removal of the wheels possible without tools. More expensive bikes will come a very similar looking thru axle. On the other hand if a mountain bike wheel is held on with nuts, you are looking at an extreme cost cutting measure which will make the bike difficult to maintain and next to impossible to upgrade. Aside from specialty bikes like dirt jumpers, you want a mountain bike with levers on the axles.
    Turn on the closed captions to read the rest of the transcript.
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Комментарии • 1 475

  • Saint Etienne
    Saint Etienne 5 часов назад

    Great to someone who has 'done it all' giving their time and patience to encourage new starters. That is really commendable

    NCKDM День назад

    Lemme see the whole itty

  • Th 9 coc gamer useful videos 123
    Th 9 coc gamer useful videos 123 2 дня назад +1

    She looks horney😈

  • PythoniX
    PythoniX 7 дней назад

    4 ities. YOU ALL THOUGHT IT

  • Clayton Horvat
    Clayton Horvat 8 дней назад

    Lol, Seth, just owning people, left, and right. I don't know man, like I'm not a book reader, I don't expect people to expect me to read books. Everybody's special.

  • Jared Gulaga
    Jared Gulaga 9 дней назад

    Ahhhh how you have changed lol. And for the better!!! A really good helmet can be purchased for 50 bucks. No it cant, my Bell super DH which is amazing btw was 400. Your fox proframe which is also a great helmet was 330$ and your smith was like 250$ lol.

  • Brad Wolfgram
    Brad Wolfgram 11 дней назад

    Good stuff thanks for the post.

  • Rippin Trails
    Rippin Trails 12 дней назад

    I got a 2018 diamondback hook and I shredded my knee

  • Lee Gandy
    Lee Gandy 17 дней назад

    New to MTB (as a 51 year old) but I'm loving every minute. Thanks for these videos! My beginner bike is a 2017 Norco Storm (but, no...I'm not Canadian lol). I live in SC and have access to many levels of trails. Still learning!

  • tinned tomato
    tinned tomato 23 дня назад

    My bike is a 3 by but it cost me 875 $

  • tinned tomato
    tinned tomato 23 дня назад

    My dad gets free helmets from work

  • Stallion gamer Studios
    Stallion gamer Studios 24 дня назад

    Besssst bike channel ever!!!

    XD TYMO 25 дней назад

    So wassup I have full suspension Trek mtb from 2011 that i bought second hand last year for 50 euro (cuz the guy i bought it from had no idea of its worth) it is a 26" wheel frame. It has rear FOX 154x78 ajustable coil shocks with decent travle with dampers and in the front it has ROCK SHOX jett with coils and dampers which have 100mm of travel. My shifters are shimano DEORE rear dirreleur which has 8 gears and switches nicely and in the front it has shimano 3 gear DEORE or ACERA dirreleur. And Like 95% of my frame is made from aluminium and smaller things are made from magnesium the bike is very very light and sturdy the frame doesnt flex at all. the only thing im missing is disc brakes it uses normal rim brakes but it stops very well i never had the problem of not being able to stop in time should i actually upgrade my forks in the front and rims so i can have budget disc brakes or should i keep my well working rim brakes?

  • tom lewis
    tom lewis 29 дней назад

    How much travel does Lisa's bike have?

  • Fajrin Fikrul Islamy
    Fajrin Fikrul Islamy Месяц назад

    be like lisa

  • Tom Tucker
    Tom Tucker Месяц назад

    This helped me a lot

  • Allan Greendale
    Allan Greendale Месяц назад

    So... why do cheap bikes have so many gears?

  • andrew deveaux
    andrew deveaux Месяц назад

    Diamondback for life! I have a 1988 Viper with the original bearings and everything. It hasn't failed yet but when it does I'm going to get a mountain bike. Your videos are teaching me well about mountain biking.

  • Ichmag Bäume
    Ichmag Bäume Месяц назад

    4:55 OMG an Ellsworth. I own an Ephiphany from 2010

  • TREK leta
    TREK leta Месяц назад

    he's awesome😎

  • Red Gamer
    Red Gamer Месяц назад

    All I need for a beginner bike is affordability because I work in a bike mechanic shop so working on bikes is fun for me

  • Kathy Deuel
    Kathy Deuel Месяц назад

    Seth is the best

  • Dale Bee
    Dale Bee Месяц назад

    If your going to ride with those silly half gloves, short shorts and a T shirt, make sure you pack a good first aid kit.. your going to need it

  • Jonas Frederiksen
    Jonas Frederiksen Месяц назад

    Do you know HAIBAIKE

  • vijay
    vijay Месяц назад

    Three front gears are much better. A beginner can get by just fine by leaving the front gear on 2 and changing only the back gears.

  • jakethekid33
    jakethekid33 2 месяца назад

    Is a terk martin 4 a good beginer

  • Tyler Remillard
    Tyler Remillard 2 месяца назад

    Does it help to have bmx experience?

  • lollipop
    lollipop 2 месяца назад

    i wear a thor dirtbike helmet

  • Lucas Fry
    Lucas Fry 2 месяца назад

    1:32 how dialed are those forks

  • 3DGvisuals
    3DGvisuals 2 месяца назад

    Oh how I wish I had someone like you helping me out as making mistakes as a beginner on your own can result in a loss of confidence that is very difficult to get back.

    ANU BUTIQUE 2 месяца назад

    Hello I am buying a mtb named hero sprint rx 3 please check it out

  • Lou M-H
    Lou M-H 2 месяца назад

    I'm starting out on a 2018 Scott Genius 750. I took a Scott Cross around a MTB trail and it was fun enough that I wanted to start riding trails but also terrifying enough that I immediately knew I needed a real MTB hahahaha.

  • Scott Bott
    Scott Bott 2 месяца назад

    Where can I get a "real good" helmet for under $50 ??

  • Renz Estabaya
    Renz Estabaya 2 месяца назад

    How much your bicycle?

  • Oldy iPhone
    Oldy iPhone 2 месяца назад

    do diamondback sync'r pro just for beginners or no

  • Edgar Gomez
    Edgar Gomez 2 месяца назад

    Some bicycle brand, that you recommend that this in intermediate level ..... thanks

  • Christian Cabahug
    Christian Cabahug 2 месяца назад

    I'm planning to buy an entry level bike with 3x8 speed, but the local shop staff and some review I watched is telling me to get a higher speed like 3x9 or 3x10. I understand the advantage but is there really a big difference? My dad told it would still depend on your leg power and stamina lol Appreciate any inputs, thanks!

  • Raymund Cortez
    Raymund Cortez 2 месяца назад

    How to be a pro biker

  • Jeffrey Nace
    Jeffrey Nace 2 месяца назад

    I've done some small trails on a 20'year old bear Valley and I am looking for a new one but I am torn between full suspension and a hard tail

  • DJEpisteme
    DJEpisteme 2 месяца назад

    NOTE: Replace helmet every 5 years!! Whether or not it has had an impact.

  • Grant D
    Grant D 2 месяца назад

    Guess what bike I rode when I was 11. Please guess, I'd love to see your responses. It was also the last mountain bike I ever bought. I went through the list you made and answered the questions about that bike. I made a similar comment on your other video about this.
    Disk brakes: No, double rim brakes with no disk mounts on the frame.
    Quick release: No, it had one in the front, but the back wheel had nuts. It was upgraded to a quick release in the back though.
    Threaded headset: No, a threaded headset and quill stem with one handlebar bolt.
    1x drivetrain: No, 3x7.
    I did shred that bike hard, and I still have it today, even if it is too small for me now.

  • Goldenarch32
    Goldenarch32 2 месяца назад

    I want to try this so much but it’s so much money for a full suspension bike. I ride dirt biles so I love big jumps so I don’t think a hard tail would work well on big jumps

  • Junior W
    Junior W 2 месяца назад

    How about lowering her fucking seat? She cant touch the ground with both legs

  • Ineeda Name
    Ineeda Name 2 месяца назад

    I got a mountain bike for my birthday at the start of this year and I just started riding on tracks and stuff yesterday and I found that my suspension was really stiff, like, REALLY stiff, as I would bump around loads on rocks like I was riding a BMX or something. So I searched up my bike's name and I found out it was zoom suspension and apparently people on forums were saying zoom suspension is basically "fake suspension" and you can't really fix it. I am so bummed out rn.

  • Adam Gondos
    Adam Gondos 2 месяца назад +1

    mounten bike is for mens not for pussys or bichis

  • Conor Kelly
    Conor Kelly 2 месяца назад

    The hook is a rip off

  • Lynn Chen
    Lynn Chen 2 месяца назад

    The little kid at the end is hysterical ....and spot on too

  • Ole Noetzel
    Ole Noetzel 3 месяца назад

    How much does the Hook weight?

  • D DJ16
    D DJ16 3 месяца назад

    Bro my fist mtb is bitwin rockrider 500 ,second is scoot voltage yz 40 2014

  • Parker Bessel
    Parker Bessel 3 месяца назад

    Is the orange trek marlin 6 a good starter mountain bike?

  • Hungry Orphan
    Hungry Orphan 3 месяца назад

    I l think about biking over large obstacles like landing a plane, try to touch down with the back wheel first.

  • John Fernandes
    John Fernandes 3 месяца назад

    My suspension is not that good but my overall bike is good . The suspension works only when I ride

  • Brussel Duglary
    Brussel Duglary 3 месяца назад

    that fat lady sucks at biking

  • Benedikt Grund
    Benedikt Grund 3 месяца назад

    would you buy a radon zr team 6.0? i think its quite expensive for what it is

  • DaliXh Gaming
    DaliXh Gaming 3 месяца назад

    What do you think about giant xtc se?

  • Bubby The Brow
    Bubby The Brow 3 месяца назад

    Need to get your opinion on the hook? Im a bit heavy at the time. I live in Florida and have been wanting a bike. Its between the Diamondback Hook 2018 or the Haro double peak trail? Is the Hooke good for jumps? Let me know what you think please.

  • Mr nice guy Gy
    Mr nice guy Gy 3 месяца назад +1

    I'm looking for a mountain bike in the price range of maybe 1.3k to 2k
    Any ideas?

  • Sinbad Kitty
    Sinbad Kitty 3 месяца назад

    I’m planning on buying the Diamondback Atroz 1 Full Suspension Mountain Bike, should I do it?

  • Jeff Cuevas
    Jeff Cuevas 3 месяца назад

    Walmart has bikes for only

  • Parker Ritter
    Parker Ritter 3 месяца назад

    What's up Seth! I have just started riding and am an avid rider! I am from Catonsville, MD which is right near Patapsco State Park. I am 5"6" and 120lbs Riding a Diamondback Apex Elite in small. I was wondering if this is a good bike to be ripping on the trails uphill and downhill and if any upgrades would help me out. Also, I was wondering if you had any advice to starting out and understanding parts of a bike and maintenance. Thanks!!

  • Kerry Godbout
    Kerry Godbout 3 месяца назад

    Great job girlie! Go get it!

  • BMXGaming LOL
    BMXGaming LOL 3 месяца назад

    Sorry but I don’t have 6k for a diamondback 😂

  • FilimStar
    FilimStar 4 месяца назад

    thanks for advice boss, got a diamond back heist cos of this video.... using on trails and its great.

  • Christopher Hardt
    Christopher Hardt 4 месяца назад

    If she’s wearing that helmet and goes over the bars... I would personally go with a full face

  • elitribilin
    elitribilin 4 месяца назад

    Hi Seth, I recently started to do some MTB here in South Florida and with it, I quickly became a fan of your videos, so much that I watch a few of them daily (I guess you could say that I ride with you every day, LOL). In order to spend some more time with 1 of my sons I went bike riding with him and immediately fall in love with it again. I'm currently researching for MTB and would like to hear suggestions. I'm debating in to Diamondback Hook or Trek Marlin 7, what do you think will be the best choice? I'm not a jumper what would like to start doing some of that when I get the right bike.
    Please just give me your opinion, I'm also open to other brands and models, but not looking to spend a fortune on it, since I will probably have to buy at least 2 decent bikes, for my son and myself. Please help.
    also what will be the best time of the year to try to catch a good deal? Closed out etc.

  • Riley Fetterhoff
    Riley Fetterhoff 4 месяца назад

    At 5:30 ish you said three bys ar for cheep bikes but I have a marlin 5 but idk

  • Edwin Henderson
    Edwin Henderson 4 месяца назад

    $500 for a beginners bike seems a bit steep

  • soldierwolf2480
    soldierwolf2480 4 месяца назад

    I wish i knew these thing before getting my mountain bike. 😥

  • Maxerpants Is_cool
    Maxerpants Is_cool 4 месяца назад

    I’m a kid can you still teach me?

  • MCFish Nuggets
    MCFish Nuggets 4 месяца назад

    You sound kinda like Chrisfix

  • Tamás Czéh
    Tamás Czéh 4 месяца назад

    Hi. I have a hard tailed magellan polaris with rock shox telescope and hidraulic disc brake, and with a shimano deore 4-8(i dont remember exactly)shifting , can this be suitable for this hobby? Im worring about the aluminium, its 12kg ... , Thanks for your reply

  • Kaiden Wrangles
    Kaiden Wrangles 4 месяца назад

    I have a giant atx with a 8 bye 3

  • Jose Rene Ducharme
    Jose Rene Ducharme 4 месяца назад

    2003 with internal routing. That is sci-fi.

  • Miro Vysny
    Miro Vysny 4 месяца назад

    Please help me choose hardtail bike with telescope saddle and fox fork

  • john bolton
    john bolton 4 месяца назад +1

    "these nuts make the wheels EXTREMELY difficult to service"
    I can guess your skill level with the spanner.

  • Kent Quindt
    Kent Quindt 4 месяца назад

    The 1x is better I promise on my 3x drivetrain my chain is always popping off the biggest chain ring and getting stuck in between the chain ring and the crank! Can't wait to get a 1x

  • Jay Nguyen
    Jay Nguyen 4 месяца назад

    at what point do people switch to a downhill helmet ?

  • Steve 30x
    Steve 30x 4 месяца назад

    Lisa's bike has the yellow sticker on the bottom of the right fork saying its not suitable for heavy trails.

      JSLRSMNW 3 месяца назад

      My diamondback has a label "not for off road use" - doesn't stop me, it does OK.

  • F.B.I
    F.B.I 4 месяца назад

    I got out to by a mtb , i came home with a motorcycle

  • Ruwani Bandara
    Ruwani Bandara 4 месяца назад


  • Frost _ Warp
    Frost _ Warp 4 месяца назад

    don't you mean the 4 titiys

  • Bajk
    Bajk 4 месяца назад

    Hi i need your help seth. I have 1000-1500 bugs for the new bike. My wish be a full suspension bike can you help me with choice? Thank but no diamondback because on slovakia we cant have them

    TWDxKILL3R 4 месяца назад +1

    Fuji Nevada 1.5 yay yaaaAAAYYYYY

  • Dank Rac
    Dank Rac 4 месяца назад

    Do a review on the fr agressor pro please

  • Mike D
    Mike D 4 месяца назад

    I’m a new subscriber and I am getting back into mtb I have watched a bunch of your videos and they are well made and packed with info! Keep up the good work! Maybe I will see on the trails in Utah someday!!

  • Isha Ansari
    Isha Ansari 5 месяцев назад

    Make a video on difference between rear suspension mtb and without rear suspension mtb which is more better

  • Sekplays
    Sekplays 5 месяцев назад

    In my school helmets are forbidden even tho people wheelie in. To school lol

  • Darren Arni
    Darren Arni 5 месяцев назад

    Seth is probably one of the best MTB narrator.

  • raincntry
    raincntry 5 месяцев назад

    Dude! These are great vids!

  • Brandon Wane
    Brandon Wane 5 месяцев назад

    Would a motor cross helmet be ok for mountain biking

  • We're Not Very Good At This
    We're Not Very Good At This 5 месяцев назад

    Curious I was going to get a 3 by on gears on my hardtail (im getting a mountain bike to get into the hobby soon!!!) should i get a 2 by instead? and are they still good for practical use IE riding to shops or work? or would i be better sticking to a 3 by ? (a 1 by is fair bit more expensive and i dont have that kind of money)

    • We're Not Very Good At This
      We're Not Very Good At This 5 месяцев назад

      helenHTID this makes sense, tbebimei was thinking if getting is the Giant talon 29er 2 it's ships In to the country soon.
      Could you give me your opinion?

  • The lone Assasin
    The lone Assasin 5 месяцев назад

    I’m thinking about getting a 2018 marlin 6

  • Momchil Tsanov
    Momchil Tsanov 5 месяцев назад

    how to choose a full suspension bike

  • Jonathan George
    Jonathan George 5 месяцев назад

    should i upgrade my hardtail frame to a full suspension

  • Larry Murray
    Larry Murray 5 месяцев назад

    Seth I'm right down the mountain from you, and I need help choosing a beginner bike. I'm over 325lbs and riding a 1993 Bianchi Avenue now. Also being a new rider I have a very limited budget.

  • Marshan
    Marshan 5 месяцев назад

    is not having quick release wheels that big of a deal ?

  • 308Sniper
    308Sniper 5 месяцев назад

    What do think about a 2018 specialized rock hoper?

  • Miyas Movies
    Miyas Movies 5 месяцев назад

    Well i got a hundred dollars does that count?😂😂

  • Rafael Paredes
    Rafael Paredes 5 месяцев назад

    when are you going to catch up with Lisa

  • Jimmy240506 !
    Jimmy240506 ! 5 месяцев назад

    Mine is a 1 by 9
    Voodoo NZumbi