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Mountain Bikes vs. Road Bikes

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

ROAD BIKES

Try: Jamis Xenith Endura Elite ($3,200; jamisbikes.com)

Bike Types: Touring, hybrid, utility, roadster, recumbent.

Uses: Designed to go fast on open roads, ideal for fitness enthusiasts and competitive riders.

Terrain: Best on paved roads to reach optimal speed and acceleration. Unlike MTB's, they have no rear suspension.

Tire Size: Narrow tires meant for riding on smooth surfaces; however mountain bikes might be better for city streets, where the pavement is often uneven.

Frame Size: Lightweight and made of aluminum, carbon fiber, or titanium.

Handlebars: Typically dropped (or curled) to accommodate many speed settings, but there are flat-bar styles as well.

 

 

 


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