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Mountain Bikes vs. Road Bikes

Two different bikes for two different purposes. Which one works for you?

MOUNTAIN BIKES (MTB)

Try: Raleigh Talus 29 Carbon Elite ($3,000; raleighusa.com)

Bike Types: Cross country, all-day endurance, free-ride biking, downhill biking.

Uses: Made to handle terrain obstacles; typically for unpaved environments.

Terrain: Built for tough trails and roads that contain rocks, logs, branches, and even small boulders.

Tire Size: They vary in size and are thicker and more durable than those used on road bikes.

Frame Size: Frames often correlate with body proportions. A salesperson should be able to determine a rider’s proper size.

Handlebars: Come with flat or riser bars but what you choose has a lot to do with your bike and how you ride it.

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