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 • 1 286

  • Jacob Arenthals
    Jacob Arenthals 3 дня назад

    She needs to stand

  • Eduardo Black
    Eduardo Black 3 дня назад

    I need a 5th itie, budgetability!!1!

  • Seamus Mcginn
    Seamus Mcginn 6 дней назад

    I love how it says affordable bikes then one is 1.5 k

  • FreddieUltraPro YT
    FreddieUltraPro YT 8 дней назад

    *CONGRATS ON 700k!*

  • Alfresco gaming
    Alfresco gaming 9 дней назад

    Can we get a recent update on Lisa's mtb

  • IVb22
    IVb22 9 дней назад

    My mountain bike is $100 and he’s saying that a beginner bike is $650...

  • Randon Richardson
    Randon Richardson 10 дней назад

    I don't have the money for an expensive bike so I got a 100 dollar full suspension hyper bike. It does the job and is ok once you replace the crap tires it has and replace brakes. But honestly it's heavy and doesn't shift too well but it works for me and that's all that matters.

  • Raj Kumar
    Raj Kumar 11 дней назад

    Hi Seth's bike hacks I am from India

  • Deepak Kukreja
    Deepak Kukreja 12 дней назад

    Can you do a review for Scott aspect 740

  • 神Cenety
    神Cenety 16 дней назад

    i wanna start mountain bikeing O:
    MOUNTAINBIKE 27,5" ROCKRIDER 520 M BLACK RED /// is this a good Starter Bike?
    its a full suspension.

  • Adam Moteyro
    Adam Moteyro 17 дней назад

    My bike is a hardtail is that ok for a 9 years old

  • Jan Miha Gaming
    Jan Miha Gaming 20 дней назад

    my bike has everything that u said... But its 3 by 8 is that bad

  • Benjamin Smith
    Benjamin Smith 20 дней назад

    What are your thought on a specialised rockhopper

  • daniel spell
    daniel spell 23 дня назад

    Tip buy a bandana to wear under the helmet to help with sweat

  • HRocks R8
    HRocks R8 25 дней назад

    im getting a carrera vengeance for my b-day

  • Chris Thumm
    Chris Thumm 25 дней назад

    I am thinking of getting the 2018 model of this bike, I do want to also ride on bike baths with my son etc. How fast can I go on this bike on open paved bike paths? I don't need to go super fast, But also looking for decent speed for longer distance rides when I'm not on the trails.

  • Rick Mauch
    Rick Mauch 25 дней назад

    Now Seth I know your in cahoots with diamondback, but if I where to ask you which bike out there is the best for your money, which bike would you recommend the guy that has to save up to be poor. Looking for full suspension 27.5.

  • Tom Rudd
    Tom Rudd 28 дней назад

    Don't forget, padded shorts. Not to mention, your OWN padded shorts.

  • Mikiboy
    Mikiboy Месяц назад

    one by are not for me. i need POWERRRRR and SPEEEEEEED

  • Dabear 403
    Dabear 403 Месяц назад +1

    You can watch all the biking videos you want, but it can't compare to actually biking. -From a sick person

  • Sk1ll
    Sk1ll Месяц назад

    is she your wife?

  • Dan Transue
    Dan Transue Месяц назад

    What is your thoughts on the diamondback atroz

  • Jeffrey Newberry
    Jeffrey Newberry Месяц назад

    My giant stance came with a 3by

  • Vince Alvarez
    Vince Alvarez Месяц назад

    Is there a way to buy this bike in canada ?

  • James Woods
    James Woods Месяц назад

    I fell of my bike and my helmet split so I bought a new one I am glad that my head did not get cut open

  • Jose Rodriguez
    Jose Rodriguez Месяц назад

    What do you guys think about the Trek Marlin 4 Mountain Bike? Its $389 right now at the Trek website.

  • All Your Memes Are Belong To Us
    All Your Memes Are Belong To Us Месяц назад

    What will a good used hardtail go for? I'm looking at a used Trek Marlin 5.

  • bossey gamer
    bossey gamer Месяц назад

    Makes my mtb look like crap

  • Saabrito
    Saabrito Месяц назад

    My bike is vintage I think and I still use it and it’s in good condition on the frame it’s a GT LTS-2 1996-1997 not sure but it’s a full suspension bike 8gears by 3 the rod shoxs I planned to keep working is hard to find replacements and or rebuild kits for

  • timmy tijd
    timmy tijd Месяц назад

    I dont have so mutch money and i dont have on my back weel a 2x 15 boults wat nou?

  • Fardin kader chowdhury
    Fardin kader chowdhury Месяц назад

    F*** you f*** you f*** you f***

  • Lyneth Pareja
    Lyneth Pareja Месяц назад

    Can I have your shifter sram

    BOBTHELIZARD Kim Месяц назад

    does it cost money to go to Virginia Key Park and how do you pay to do there?

  • Thunderbolt
    Thunderbolt Месяц назад

    So how will the helmet protect your color bone or shoulder when you go flying over the handle bars and your first instinct is to put your arm out to brace or protect your shoulder?Riding on these little ramps and hills is nothing but trouble .Stay on a flat trail.Stop pretending the helmet comes with common sense.if you wan to protect your brain then don't do stupid stunts in the first place

  • Joseph Hess
    Joseph Hess Месяц назад

    I'm looking to buy a good bike but have to keep the cost low. Too bad because I was looking forward to a roscoe 8 or a hd4....then I saw the price😥😥😥

  • Will Turner
    Will Turner Месяц назад

    Does the hook ship to Australia?

  • viannaboy is back
    viannaboy is back Месяц назад

    is giant talon a good beginner bike

  • jeanre wolfie destroyer
    jeanre wolfie destroyer 2 месяца назад

    Can you give it to me

  • Kevin Shankland
    Kevin Shankland 2 месяца назад

    Does anybody know what happened to Lisa? These videos just stopped out of the blue and this mystery has become my favorite Seths Bike Hacks conspiracy theory...

  • Mike Ferson
    Mike Ferson 2 месяца назад

    Hey guys, what do you think about Bianchi Kuma 29.2 bike? It's like 550 EU, is it reliable bike?

  • crossupmah
    crossupmah 2 месяца назад

    You can tell a new mountaibiker from the way they sit on it

  • thanassis kaskantanis
    thanassis kaskantanis 2 месяца назад

    beginner mountain bike---------->everest manster pro

  • Robert torres
    Robert torres 2 месяца назад

    Help me choose.
    Gonna get my 1st mb.
    Looking at
    Scott 930
    Norco storm
    Giant talon 2
    Specialized rockhopper.
    Tell me why which one

  • DONTFLIP Duggan
    DONTFLIP Duggan 2 месяца назад

    I love shifting

  • JoshDoMTB
    JoshDoMTB 2 месяца назад

    This makes me feel really good about my $1000 Tokul 3

  • John Fortin
    John Fortin 2 месяца назад

    How should you store your bike during the winter. I just bought my first bike.

  • Crosscountry32T XC
    Crosscountry32T XC 2 месяца назад

    I like the fail at the end of the video

  • Vebjørn Borkholm
    Vebjørn Borkholm 2 месяца назад

    I have a 3x Ghost cycle and i have never been afraid of shifting

  • Shinobi-gun Kinobe
    Shinobi-gun Kinobe 2 месяца назад

    might be a silly question, but is it possible to get a gear system with only the ones you use?
    I ride 38 miles a day to work, i live and work in the west Texas desert, so i do not really go fast, as there is a lot of sand.

  • Josh Hernandez
    Josh Hernandez 2 месяца назад

    I want to get into mountain biking and I think this bike is good for me cause I’m only 14

  • the colburn farm
    the colburn farm 2 месяца назад

    great video, I'm buying a bike after not having one for years I may go for the diamond back recoil, I don't plan on going to bike parks but may be on rough trails, would you recommend double suspension, and again great video we the people that have no clue what we are looing at need people like you

  • arboratory creations
    arboratory creations 2 месяца назад

    Hey Seth, what is the red and black bike that you are riding in this series?

  • Matt Curran
    Matt Curran 2 месяца назад

    Can anyone help me out i got a diamondback sync 4.0 and its good with hydraulic brakes and stuff in this video but its not even on the diamondback website so i dont know if its good to ride on trails? Anyone know?

  • ᴊᴏʀɪᴄ
    ᴊᴏʀɪᴄ 2 месяца назад

    Wow Lisa, great moves! keep it up. Proud of you.

  • E. L.
    E. L. 2 месяца назад

    4 ities, and not one mention of titties?

  • Angelo B Lopez
    Angelo B Lopez 2 месяца назад

    Are you local here in Florida?

  • Reza A
    Reza A 2 месяца назад +1

    Is a Raleigh Kodiak 1 a good beginner bike?

  • John Scott
    John Scott 3 месяца назад

    I totally bought a new huffy from walmart, after spending $10,000 dollars in upgrades, it works great.

  • Kimberly Blair
    Kimberly Blair 3 месяца назад

    What a great video! So many bikes end up orphaned in the garage with flats. Getting a beginner bike and the other components mentioned are great advice!

  • king bee
    king bee 3 месяца назад

    How does multiple gears confuse someone

  • Aaron Anderson
    Aaron Anderson 3 месяца назад

    I have a Fox Metah Helmet and a Haro Shift Plus

  • The Senate of the Galactic Republic
    The Senate of the Galactic Republic 3 месяца назад


  • The Slayersaurus
    The Slayersaurus 3 месяца назад

    Im 5'8 i really want this bike what size should i buy. Im 14, 140 pouds btw

  • anitha bhat
    anitha bhat 3 месяца назад

    how much price in india

  • Aaron Swanson
    Aaron Swanson 3 месяца назад

    What bike are you using, saw it was a diamond back, but what modle/year

  • Jenny
    Jenny 3 месяца назад

    Would a trek Neko be ok to take on some trails

  • troy zane
    troy zane 3 месяца назад

    I'm buying a trek marlin 6 it'll be my first good mtb I looked at what I wanted and I think it's a good choice thus video cleared up a few questions when I had when I first decided so thank you

  • Jerett M
    Jerett M 3 месяца назад

    Dumb video and tell Lisa to lose some weight so she can ride better...

  • Jack Young
    Jack Young 3 месяца назад

    I think the only type of mountain bike that should have axle nuts are jump bikes

  • MTB with Dachi
    MTB with Dachi 4 месяца назад

    My bike uses liquid for disk brake

  • no more subscribe
    no more subscribe 4 месяца назад

    I'm from india
    I'm using a bike called HERCULES ROUDIO A500 that is an full suspension bike......
    Can I do big jumps in the drops...........

  • Angelo Monopoli Roca
    Angelo Monopoli Roca 4 месяца назад

    fucking ropaganda

  • knightrider1545
    knightrider1545 4 месяца назад

    What about a 600 dollar full suspension?

  • Tevin abeysekera
    Tevin abeysekera 4 месяца назад

    I bought a used 2007 Cannondale prophet MX from a person in Seattle. Because it came with a leaking air rear shock, I have to use the car pump often. Because I am a beginner, should I invest in a new rear shock, or get a more portable shock pump.

  • John-paul Soukar
    John-paul Soukar 4 месяца назад +1

    My bike iz 1k and have 8×3 and hane hadrolec brake

  • Mason Kurien
    Mason Kurien 4 месяца назад

    Lisa is a total G! She’s not fast and you can tell she’s kinda uncomfortable with it BUT! She keeps going!!

  • Jedisaki
    Jedisaki 4 месяца назад

    I've been riding for a long time. And I'm just watching this to see if there's anything I can learn from it or relearn. When you spoke about the 3 by front sprockets. I thought about the ones on my bike. It's a very good bike and would've been top of the line during its time. Which brings me to the fact that it is very old (it's a shogun duel suspension mountain bike from the early 2000's). I'm considering buying a new duel suspension bike, but until I get the money this will have to do. What I was wondering though is, is it possible to upgrade/downgrade from 3 by gears to a 1 by? I'm willing to put a little money into my current bike at the moment, so that when I get a new one, at least I know my old one will be a good reliable spare bike.

  • Erik Bugarin
    Erik Bugarin 4 месяца назад

    heya seth what's the update with Lisa now?

  • channel deleted
    channel deleted 4 месяца назад +1

    I have a 2015 giant stance and it has 3 gears in the front does that mean it's bad?

  • doctajuice
    doctajuice 4 месяца назад

    Big big reason to get a bike with disc brakes is that they already come with disc compatible wheels. If you want to upgrade to hydros later on they're just bolt on. You don't have to worry about buying wheels (one of the most expensive parts of a bike)

  • Dylan Osborn
    Dylan Osborn 4 месяца назад

    who else is mad because they can't blow they're money on bikes like that?

  • Mayhem On Wheels
    Mayhem On Wheels 4 месяца назад

    as a new yorker I ride on rocky techy stuff that has resulted in more than a few scars and I realize i didnt do begginer trails and kind of went head first in the deep end and a lot of people like me say , "are you kidding me that is what you call a beginer trail well you should actually try riding I can hardly tell the difference between that and a road biking trail" and sometimes I do feel that way and I think about how I rode on a 300 bike and did stuff 10 times harder and think really your all show and no action but you should start small then go big when your ready - Some guy that likes mountain biking

  • Andrew Rivera
    Andrew Rivera 4 месяца назад

    Definitely full suspension.

  • Alan L
    Alan L 4 месяца назад

    These videos are great in every way I can think of! Thanks for all the work and detail that goes into them.

  • shashikant rane
    shashikant rane 4 месяца назад

    i know hardtail is good for begineer but i love full suspension should i buy a full suspension

  • Ralph Hall
    Ralph Hall 4 месяца назад

    get a Mongoose XR Pro 29, full suspension and has all the features mentioned in this vid minus the One-by for under 300 bux.

  • Marvin Bey
    Marvin Bey 4 месяца назад

    Im not a beginner but its still a very good Video and its really helpfull for beginners 👍👍👍

  • cmc 5506
    cmc 5506 5 месяцев назад

    Ive been riding for 30 years and the info you are giving blew my mind. Good info. How do you convert to a 1x?

  • Senthil Kumar. C. B
    Senthil Kumar. C. B 5 месяцев назад

    I have 21speed cycle .rockrider340 is that a good bike

  • Joshua Smith
    Joshua Smith 5 месяцев назад

    I'm 17 and recently purchased a gt aggressor pro from a local bike store because it was having a really good sale. Is this a decent bike for intermediate courses?

  • Clid
    Clid 5 месяцев назад

    The trails Lisa is riding look so easy and I have never gone mountain biking.

  • Mikey Berenwick
    Mikey Berenwick 5 месяцев назад

    could you change a mountain bike with wheels held on by bolts to a mountain bike with a quick release lever

  • C4beastkiller 65
    C4beastkiller 65 5 месяцев назад


  • Maria Laurens
    Maria Laurens 5 месяцев назад

    $800 in canada. But still pretty good for the price.

  • Alexander Bowman
    Alexander Bowman 5 месяцев назад

    i am thinking about a diamondback overdrive ST

  • Mr. X
    Mr. X 5 месяцев назад

    Are your diamondback bike frame out of carboon?

  • Akmal Vlog
    Akmal Vlog 5 месяцев назад

    Lisa should lower her seat and try to stand up

  • Skyline Nissan
    Skyline Nissan 5 месяцев назад

    I bought this same hook for $350 on ebay, the thing is great as my first mountain bike (Seth you got me into the sport by watching your videos, I had always ridden dirt bikes growing up and love to ride my bicycle so I figured it's a natural fit) The previous owner also added a $200 dropper post and new saddle, upgraded pedals, upgraded bolt on grips, wider handlebars, and new stem cap and cable mounts. I have to say I can't push the limit of the bike yet as I'm not fast enough, don't jump high enough, and generally not that great yet. But thank you for making videos you are appreciated

  • Ronan Rodrigues
    Ronan Rodrigues 5 месяцев назад

    Which bike is shown in this part 2:02 please tell

  • Jasper The Dog
    Jasper The Dog 5 месяцев назад

    What travel would you need at least?