Road bikes vs mountain bikes: Understanding the differences

Amongst the most popular types of bicycles, there is hardly a starker contrast than from road bike to mountain bike. Their frames look completely different, one has fat tyres while the other has skinny ones, the handlebars are vastly different shapes, and… is that suspension?

There are more differences between road bikes and mountain bikes than there are similarities, yet they are two of the most popular styles of bikes. Many riders crossover and ride both (not at the same time), and there are even professional riders who compete in explosive cross-country mountain biking and six-hour road races. In this article, we’re going to dive into the similarities between road bikes and mountain bikes, and why you might choose one over the other.

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