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.