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 • 1 424

  • Ole Noetzel
    Ole Noetzel День назад

    How much does the Hook weight?

  • D DJ16
    D DJ16 3 дня назад

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

  • Parker Bessel
    Parker Bessel 7 дней назад

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

  • Hungry Orphan
    Hungry Orphan 8 дней 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 12 дней назад

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

  • Brussel Duglary
    Brussel Duglary 15 дней назад

    that fat lady sucks at biking

  • Benedikt Grund
    Benedikt Grund 16 дней назад

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

  • DaliXh Gaming
    DaliXh Gaming 18 дней назад

    What do you think about giant xtc se?

  • Bubby The Brow
    Bubby The Brow 18 дней 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 18 дней 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 19 дней назад

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

  • Jeff Cuevas
    Jeff Cuevas 20 дней назад

    Walmart has bikes for only

  • Parker Ritter
    Parker Ritter 26 дней 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 26 дней назад

    Great job girlie! Go get it!

  • BMXGaming LOL
    BMXGaming LOL 27 дней назад

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

  • FilimStar
    FilimStar Месяц назад

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

  • Christopher Hardt
    Christopher Hardt Месяц назад

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

  • elitribilin
    elitribilin Месяц 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 Месяц 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 Месяц назад

    $500 for a beginners bike seems a bit steep

  • Ed Porter
    Ed Porter Месяц назад

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

  • Maxerpants Is_cool
    Maxerpants Is_cool Месяц назад

    I’m a kid can you still teach me?

  • Michael F
    Michael F Месяц назад

    You sound kinda like Chrisfix

  • Tamás Czéh
    Tamás Czéh Месяц 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 Месяц назад

    I have a giant atx with a 8 bye 3

  • Jose Rene Ducharme
    Jose Rene Ducharme Месяц назад

    2003 with internal routing. That is sci-fi.

  • Miro Vysny
    Miro Vysny Месяц назад

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

  • john bolton
    john bolton Месяц назад +1

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

  • Kent Quindt
    Kent Quindt Месяц 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 Месяц назад

    at what point do people switch to a downhill helmet ?

  • Steve 30x
    Steve 30x Месяц назад

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

      JSLRSMNW 3 дня назад

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

  • Weaboo Gaming
    Weaboo Gaming Месяц назад

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

  • Ruwani Bandara
    Ruwani Bandara Месяц назад


  • Frost _ Warp
    Frost _ Warp Месяц назад

    don't you mean the 4 titiys

  • Bajk
    Bajk Месяц 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 Месяц назад +1

    Fuji Nevada 1.5 yay yaaaAAAYYYYY

  • Heriberto torres
    Heriberto torres Месяц назад

    Do a review on the fr agressor pro please

  • Mike D
    Mike D 2 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 2 месяца назад

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

  • Sekplays
    Sekplays 2 месяца назад

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

  • Darren Arni
    Darren Arni 2 месяца назад

    Seth is probably one of the best MTB narrator.

  • raincntry
    raincntry 2 месяца назад

    Dude! These are great vids!

  • Brandon Wane
    Brandon Wane 2 месяца 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 2 месяца 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 2 месяца 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 2 месяца назад

    I’m thinking about getting a 2018 marlin 6

  • Survival and Camping
    Survival and Camping 2 месяца назад

    how to choose a full suspension bike

  • Jonathan George
    Jonathan George 2 месяца назад

    should i upgrade my hardtail frame to a full suspension

  • Larry Murray
    Larry Murray 2 месяца 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.

  • Fz6r Rider
    Fz6r Rider 2 месяца назад

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

  • 308Sniper
    308Sniper 2 месяца назад

    What do think about a 2018 specialized rock hoper?

  • Miyas Movies
    Miyas Movies 2 месяца назад

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

  • Rafael Paredes
    Rafael Paredes 2 месяца назад

    when are you going to catch up with Lisa

  • Jimmy240506 !
    Jimmy240506 ! 2 месяца назад

    Mine is a 1 by 9
    Voodoo NZumbi

  • Rowan Schultz
    Rowan Schultz 2 месяца назад

    I don't use gears. I ride a single speed. :)

  • Frowntown
    Frowntown 2 месяца назад

    Lisa is awesome.

  • Quint Bro’s
    Quint Bro’s 2 месяца назад

    I wearing a motocross helmet and I’m getting a full suspension bike for knapsack

  • B ‘S
    B ‘S 2 месяца назад

    I have a 3x7 WALgoose :(, can you please give me advice? I’m new.

  • ashley couture
    ashley couture 2 месяца назад

    Is a swichin mountain bike good for trails

  • Jay Scott
    Jay Scott 2 месяца назад

    Can anyone recommend a beginner Mountain bike that is not expensive

    J. CHILLCOATAY 2 месяца назад

    I may be jumping the gun but what about dimensions like top tube length for a comfort fit? I'm old school with the 90's standard frame which I had to take in consideration the seat tube height and top tube length and for me with a tall upper body. Great video! Going to see if my Fiance wants to ride. I'll begin by showing her these videos. :)

  • Domenic Dipalma
    Domenic Dipalma 2 месяца назад

    is the trek Marlin 5 a good bike

  • BVD
    BVD 2 месяца назад

    I don't even own a mountain bike and I've watched more Seth's Bike Hacks videos than I'd like to admit!

  • Zantrop64
    Zantrop64 2 месяца назад

    I just want to take my cheap bike and go to my town’s downhill, but my ankle hurts

    JOHN JCJMW 2 месяца назад

    Seth I have been riding bikes for years, however just started riding trails seriously in the last few months. This series has helped me beyond words. Thank you for making these informative and entertaining videos. Keep them coming as I need to learn how not to fall all the time :)

  • Sheon_Is_Hungry
    Sheon_Is_Hungry 3 месяца назад

    Is a bike bad if it has a 3x9 drive train?

  • Kong Truong
    Kong Truong 3 месяца назад

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

  • The kayak vlogger
    The kayak vlogger 3 месяца назад

    I have a 7 by

  • Duncan Sutherland
    Duncan Sutherland 3 месяца 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 месяца назад +1


      GETREKT 2 месяца назад

      ISATORR™ k jeez calm down ya 12 year old

  • Joshua Lawton
    Joshua Lawton 3 месяца назад

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

  • Kotachromatic
    Kotachromatic 3 месяца назад

    awesome awesome channel, awesome content! subbed

  • Clayton Bennett
    Clayton Bennett 3 месяца 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 3 месяца назад

    Even though she looks fat but she rides well

  • cj simangan
    cj simangan 3 месяца 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 3 месяца назад

    I got a walmart bike

  • Kalpana Sudhakar
    Kalpana Sudhakar 3 месяца назад

    Which bike are you using, sir

  • Billy Darley
    Billy Darley 3 месяца 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 :)

      JSLRSMNW 3 дня назад

      It's law in Western Australia :-(

  • Reece Piggins
    Reece Piggins 3 месяца назад

    Where should I get my bike from

  • Cory Burkhardt
    Cory Burkhardt 3 месяца назад

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

  • Yes It's Me
    Yes It's Me 3 месяца 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 3 месяца 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 3 месяца назад

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

  • Corey King
    Corey King 3 месяца назад

    Anyone kno of any good videos explaining gearshift and timing?

  • daniel topping
    daniel topping 3 месяца 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 3 месяца 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 3 месяца 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 3 месяца 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 3 месяца назад

    Pls do subscribe my channel

  • Igor Grodzki
    Igor Grodzki 3 месяца назад

    More chakra=more ninjutsus

  • Hannes Andersson
    Hannes Andersson 3 месяца назад

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

  • Cyril Kandil
    Cyril Kandil 3 месяца назад

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

  • Merobieboy
    Merobieboy 3 месяца 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 3 месяца 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 3 месяца 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 3 месяца назад

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

  • MaNtICoRe_ YT
    MaNtICoRe_ YT 4 месяца назад +1

    Is it good if I start with a full

  • Ehcko
    Ehcko 4 месяца назад

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

  • Edgars Kokars
    Edgars Kokars 4 месяца назад

    is an Focus Whistler a xc or mountain bike?

  • Rohan Atre
    Rohan Atre 4 месяца назад

    I have rim brake

  • Rohan Atre
    Rohan Atre 4 месяца назад

    I have a hard tail