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 • 1 349

  • Kong Truong
    Kong Truong 12 часов назад

    Rather spend a a few extra bucks Full suspension, well worth it.

  • testicals
    testicals День назад

    I have a 7 by

  • Duncan Sutherland
    Duncan Sutherland 3 дня назад

    What do you think of REI’s DRT CO-OP 1.2 or 1.3.? I think it’s made for them by Giant.

    ISATORR™ 3 дня назад +1


  • Joshua Lawton
    Joshua Lawton 3 дня назад

    Would this be a good beginners bike DiamondBack Sync 3.0 27.5" Mountain Bike 2018 - Hardtail MTB

  • Technokota
    Technokota 3 дня назад

    awesome awesome channel, awesome content! subbed

  • Clayton Bennett
    Clayton Bennett 3 дня назад

    Quality content. A+. Thanks for making RUclip a better place and for explaining things so well. Seth for president.

  • Anime lovers Trailer44
    Anime lovers Trailer44 4 дня назад

    Even though she looks fat but she rides well

  • cj simangan
    cj simangan 5 дней назад

    hey seth, I'm from Canada. I bought my entry level bike from sportcheck, what bike should I avoid? and what bike would you recommend?

  • C Yochum
    C Yochum 6 дней назад

    I got a walmart bike

  • Kalpana Sudhakar
    Kalpana Sudhakar 6 дней назад

    Which bike are you using, sir

  • Billy Darley
    Billy Darley 7 дней назад

    when i ride a bike, seldom am i ever moving faster than i can run. i just dont care to exert that much effort. for that reason there is no way in hell im wearing a helmet on a bike. motorcycle? gladly :)

  • Reece Piggins
    Reece Piggins 7 дней назад

    Where should I get my bike from

  • Cory Burkhardt
    Cory Burkhardt 13 дней назад

    What's the best entry level brand for a helmet?

  • Yes It's Me
    Yes It's Me 14 дней назад

    Lisa has the coordination of a Potato, you go girl! Lisa suffers from SEAT syndrome, which means she sits on her seat uphill and downhill, she needs to lower that seat and get to standing up so she'll have more control and flexibility.

  • Ouly Hussain
    Ouly Hussain 14 дней назад

    Momentum yes but if you'd got off your bum and stood up and peddled to would have overcome the rock

  • 2016 Joshua Vergara
    2016 Joshua Vergara 15 дней назад

    What do people think of the trek Marlin 6 please let me know.

  • Corey King
    Corey King 19 дней назад

    Anyone kno of any good videos explaining gearshift and timing?

  • daniel topping
    daniel topping 19 дней назад

    I have an 2009 specialized rockhopper Still with all the original parts on it working fine and great beginner mountain bike in my opinion

  • 2dogslide
    2dogslide 20 дней назад

    Well i'd look for a bike with hydro brakes (even the cheapest shimanos m396), any-non-sr-suntrour fork, shimano m6000 2x10 drivetrain, 29inch wheels with some decent hubs and 32 or 36(if the riders heavier, newbies tend to hae problems with being suspension), some decent aluminium frame, aluminium stem, bars and seatpost and GOOD AND WELL CHOOSEN seat. That setup is about 1000 dollars. If you had more money you could go with better wheels. That is a bike you could even race on mtb marathons. For extra 100 bucks you can get m520 pedals and basic shoes, for about 130-140 you can get good shoes ad m520 pedals. I would never buy a 1x8 for newbie, especially with square tappered bottombracket. I killed 3 squaretappered supports within 2k kms. 1x is less versalite, and its quite anoying at either descends or on ascends

  • Sergej Nadaždin
    Sergej Nadaždin 20 дней назад

    My bike doesn't have disc brakes, but I will buy them along with a new sr suntour epixon.
    Plus the disc brakes I will getp are hydraulic.
    Also, everything costs just under $110.

  • TheBlaggert
    TheBlaggert 21 день назад

    I started out and bought a used 2012 Voodoo Hoodoo (with the X1 fork) which had barely been used for £200. Cracking bike for beginners. Only problem is I have arthritis in one knee and hills are killing it

  • Faheem Shaikh
    Faheem Shaikh 22 дня назад

    Pls do subscribe my channel

  • Igor Grodzki
    Igor Grodzki 22 дня назад

    More chakra=more ninjutsus

  • Hannes Andersson
    Hannes Andersson 23 дня назад

    Mabye a bit late, but is the Pitch Men Sport 27.5 Int a good bike to begin with?

  • Cyril Kandil
    Cyril Kandil 24 дня назад

    Hey do u think a Roscoe 8 is a good bike to start mountainbike ? Please someone answer me ;)

  • Merobieboy
    Merobieboy 24 дня назад

    Wait, there are people that _don’t_ shift? Here in the Netherlands about all bikes come standard with shifters, and almost everyone uses them. (Except for kid bikes)

  • RetroMochi
    RetroMochi 27 дней назад

    1. Replace your helmet if it gets hit, even with no visible damage? Sounds like your typical California dipshit who throws something out if it gets a hair on it.
    2. Really? You are so wrong on the tire and handlebar methods. Who fucking cares if it's a nut tire or handlebar? Those are perfectly fine.

  • Oscar Krug
    Oscar Krug 29 дней назад

    Hey seth! I am exited for your summer solstice vid, but Can you look at the Specialized Rockhopper? It does not have quick release wheels, but It is great with everything else, but I am not sure about it. Thanks Seth!

  • The Mountain Biker
    The Mountain Biker 29 дней назад

    i'm 9 do i need a bike like this?

  • MaNtICoRe_ YT
    MaNtICoRe_ YT 29 дней назад +1

    Is it good if I start with a full

  • Ehcko
    Ehcko Месяц назад

    Why does not having quick release wheel skewers prevent you from upgrading?

  • Edgars Kokars
    Edgars Kokars Месяц назад

    is an Focus Whistler a xc or mountain bike?

  • Rohan Atre
    Rohan Atre Месяц назад

    I have rim brake

  • Rohan Atre
    Rohan Atre Месяц назад

    I have a hard tail

  • Dana H
    Dana H Месяц назад

    Lisa has a hot rump.

  • sumák
    sumák Месяц назад

    What is the name of fork on hardtail??

  • Calum Walker
    Calum Walker Месяц назад

    I have a 2 by 9 on my voodoo

  • S.A.S Airsoft
    S.A.S Airsoft Месяц назад

    What is Lissa doing today? still riding?

  • Vladimir Daljic
    Vladimir Daljic Месяц назад

    well its expensive i meant to spend like 130 140 dollars :P

  • Ben Pickard
    Ben Pickard Месяц назад

    you don't know this but...I live in huntersville NC close to you

  • Gefterws
    Gefterws Месяц назад

    for starting, i have corratec superbow race 2010 , still in good shape , i as thinking can i do trails with it? it has xc fork from manitou, all around good shifters, but it has 24 spoke wheels

  • Terry M
    Terry M Месяц назад

    many people can't justify a $500 expense for a "beginner" bike, they're supporting a family on one income, young and can't afford that, and many locales even used bikes are 75% of the new price. owners won't haggle, just the way it is.
    We fit into the one income catagory so had to settle for a big bike bike, even his tips work there too, buy the best quality you can find, like i settled on the Schwinn Alumnum Comp has disc front rear, double wall rims, aluminum frame, and alloy cranks, and threadless headset.
    So spend $30 and replace the bars and stem, and it feels like a different bike.
    i think its the best sub $200 bike at a Big Box store. Will it last forever, no, but for someone in the advanced beginner maybe lower intermediate levels its great bike. Weighs in stock at 34#'s and follows the KISS, keep it simple stupid.
    Thanks for all your videos Seth, love watching you rip at warp speed down some of the trails...
    BTW I hate bike snobs.... Just get out there and ride. Enjoy your day.

  • TheSlimyNoodle
    TheSlimyNoodle Месяц назад

    My first trail was a blue/Black and I’m pretty sure it wasn’t a very good idea... OOOPS

  • Fahmi Novel
    Fahmi Novel Месяц назад

    haro shift r3 all terrain 2011


    My specialized Hardrock came with rim brakes, but amazing stopping power, and the only problem it that you have to find good pafs

  • Mary Burgin
    Mary Burgin Месяц назад

    I don't care for quick release setups weight strength and durability are all sacrificed for the sake of convenience

  • balushi UAE
    balushi UAE Месяц назад

    My hard tail is 3 by 7

  • akshay datyal
    akshay datyal Месяц назад

    Hello Guys, need help choosing my 1st Bike. Im getting deals on Norco FLUID 3 HT vs Norco CHARGER 2. Please advise which one will be better option.

  • Dub V
    Dub V Месяц назад

    As a new biker, this is so damn helpful. THANK TOU

  • 4wd some
    4wd some Месяц назад

    I have a moderately cheap helmet, it has a hard plastic shell, a more impact resistant plastic, 3/4inch or closed cell foam and a squishy padded inserts around the inside, the helmet is very light in fact I actually had to check the other day if it was on my head mid down hill trail. It also is one of the best looking helmets you can buy. I bought one initially because I was sceptical if such a cheap product would do so I did some testing notably putting a few eggs in the helmet and putting a pneumatic hammer to it and dropping the helmet from around 20ft on to concrete and I would 100% trust that thing in a nasty fall. It is around $17 at the current conversion rate. It’s made by lixada

  • Ari Rauch
    Ari Rauch Месяц назад

    I'm getting the diamondback hook is the hook good?

  • nuts 4 knives
    nuts 4 knives Месяц назад

    If a bike doesn't have quick releases you can't upgrade it? I used to be a pretty avid mtber. Built plenty of 2-$3000+ bikes. Back then you could put a quick release wheel on any fork or frame if I'm not mistaken? I'm 41 now and looking to buy a bike to ride with my kids. I am looking for something cheap that i can just tool around town with. But i like to tinker so i want something I can upgrade.

  • Carmen Fradera
    Carmen Fradera Месяц назад

    great video, great instructions!

  • Ulghart
    Ulghart Месяц назад

    Would you recommend a cannondale catalyst 4 as a good starter / occacional trail bike?

  • Collin Holleran
    Collin Holleran Месяц назад

    Lol I have a shram x4 on my hardtail

  • Frode-5
    Frode-5 Месяц назад

    Can anyone provide ballpark numbers of how much you should expect to spend on general maintenance of the bike? A certain percentage of the bike’s price every year?

  • Cameron Sims
    Cameron Sims Месяц назад

    I have a trek marlen 7 and I have 3 gears up front and my bike is not cheap

  • creek hed
    creek hed Месяц назад

    I WISH A really good one (Helmet) is under 50 bucks! Ive spent the last couple weeks researching and trying on helmets. During this time, I have found: Get a helmet with up and down adjustment, not just the dial. Spend AT LEAST $50...anything under that is crap. Find one on sale... if you do you can get into a $100-$150 helmet for $50-$80!

  • tigerbalm
    tigerbalm Месяц назад

    I hate full susp bikes cuz they squeek and they cheap out the components vs hardtails!

  • xNinja83x
    xNinja83x Месяц назад

    Crap, I got a diamondback recoil to get me by for a few years before watching this. Full suspension well under $1200 How bad off am I?

  • Supercars in England
    Supercars in England 2 месяца назад

    In starting to get into mountain biking but using my £150 Halfords bike and looking for a safer upgrade while at only being £330 and under

  • Jacob Arenthals
    Jacob Arenthals 2 месяца назад

    She needs to stand

  • Eduardo Black
    Eduardo Black 2 месяца назад

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

  • timthetatman09
    timthetatman09 2 месяца назад

    Can we get a recent update on Lisa's mtb

  • IVb22
    IVb22 2 месяца назад

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

  • Randon Richardson
    Randon Richardson 2 месяца 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 2 месяца назад

    Hi Seth's bike hacks I am from India

  • Deepak Kukreja
    Deepak Kukreja 2 месяца назад

    Can you do a review for Scott aspect 740

  • Hades kys
    Hades kys 2 месяца 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 2 месяца назад

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

  • Jan Miha Gaming
    Jan Miha Gaming 2 месяца назад

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

  • Benjamin Smith
    Benjamin Smith 2 месяца назад

    What are your thought on a specialised rockhopper

  • daniel spell
    daniel spell 2 месяца назад

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

  • HRocks R8
    HRocks R8 2 месяца назад

    im getting a carrera vengeance for my b-day

  • Chris Thumm
    Chris Thumm 2 месяца 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 2 месяца 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 3 месяца назад

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

  • Mikiboy
    Mikiboy 3 месяца назад

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

  • Dabear 403
    Dabear 403 3 месяца 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 3 месяца назад

    is she your wife?

  • Dan Transue
    Dan Transue 3 месяца назад

    What is your thoughts on the diamondback atroz

  • Jeffrey Newberry
    Jeffrey Newberry 3 месяца назад

    My giant stance came with a 3by

  • Vince Alvarez
    Vince Alvarez 3 месяца назад

    Is there a way to buy this bike in canada ?

  • James Woods
    James Woods 3 месяца 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 3 месяца назад

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

  • Alec Guarneri
    Alec Guarneri 3 месяца назад

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

  • bossey gamer
    bossey gamer 3 месяца назад

    Makes my mtb look like crap

  • Saabrito
    Saabrito 3 месяца 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 3 месяца 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 3 месяца назад

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

  • Lyneth Pareja
    Lyneth Pareja 3 месяца назад

    Can I have your shifter sram

    BOBTHELIZARD Kim 3 месяца назад

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

  • Thunderbolt
    Thunderbolt 3 месяца 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 3 месяца 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😥😥😥

  • xd turn3rboy04
    xd turn3rboy04 4 месяца назад

    Does the hook ship to Australia?

  • viannaboy is back
    viannaboy is back 4 месяца назад

    is giant talon a good beginner bike

  • jeanre wolfie destroyer
    jeanre wolfie destroyer 4 месяца назад

    Can you give it to me

  • Kevin Shankland
    Kevin Shankland 4 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 4 месяца назад

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