Introduction

The idea of owning a mountain bike in the NYC area might seem far-fetched. However, you'd be surprised how close and accessible some great local trains are.  Additionally, mountain-biking provides a fantastic way to get out of the city and spend a day outdoors with friends. 

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8 Entry Level Mountain Bikes To Get You Shredding

27.5" Wheels

Kona Lana'i $529 (27.5" Hardtail) The ideal mountain bike for those looking to step with confidence into the big, wide world of off-road riding. Featuring the same geometry used on our high-end mountain bike hardtails, where performance, comfort and fun are key cornerstones, let the Lana’i take you where it’s taken so many others—the promised land.

Kona Lana'i $529 (27.5" Hardtail)

The ideal mountain bike for those looking to step with confidence into the big, wide world of off-road riding. Featuring the same geometry used on our high-end mountain bike hardtails, where performance, comfort and fun are key cornerstones, let the Lana’i take you where it’s taken so many others—the promised land.

Kona Fire Mountain, $749, (27.5", Hardtail) At Kona, we’re very good at creating mountain bikes that create mountain bikers. It’s what drives us in many respects. Case in point is our longest-running models. With a new fit geometry that’s comfortable, confidence-inspiring and so much fun, the Fire Mountain will set you down a trail you’ll never want to stop riding.

Kona Fire Mountain, $749, (27.5", Hardtail)

At Kona, we’re very good at creating mountain bikes that create mountain bikers. It’s what drives us in many respects. Case in point is our longest-running models. With a new fit geometry that’s comfortable, confidence-inspiring and so much fun, the Fire Mountain will set you down a trail you’ll never want to stop riding.

Kona Blast, $999 (27.5", Hardtail) Everything we have learned has gone into creating this year’s Blast, nearly three decades of life loving the trail. This is the perfect ride for anyone looking to go farther and deeper down the endless trail of smile-cracking, wicked good times.

Kona Blast, $999 (27.5", Hardtail)

Everything we have learned has gone into creating this year’s Blast, nearly three decades of life loving the trail. This is the perfect ride for anyone looking to go farther and deeper down the endless trail of smile-cracking, wicked good times.

Kona Cinder Core $1199 (27.5" Hardtail) A bike you’ll most likely have for the rest of your life. Enjoy the freedom and fun that comes with one of the mountain-bike world’s longest-running models. With a new frame design for 2016, one that takes everything it is thrown in stride: mountains, wilderness and sweet singletrack. The Cinder Cone opens the door to dirt.

Kona Cinder Core $1199 (27.5" Hardtail)

A bike you’ll most likely have for the rest of your life. Enjoy the freedom and fun that comes with one of the mountain-bike world’s longest-running models. With a new frame design for 2016, one that takes everything it is thrown in stride: mountains, wilderness and sweet singletrack. The Cinder Cone opens the door to dirt.

29'er

Kona Lava Dome, $649 (29'er, Hardtail) Featuring a new frame geometry and fit that trickles down from our XC Race bikes, the Lava Dome is all about squeezing as much performance as possible into an incredibly affordable mountain bike. The perfect ride for those yearning to venture deep into the good wood.

Kona Lava Dome, $649 (29'er, Hardtail)

Featuring a new frame geometry and fit that trickles down from our XC Race bikes, the Lava Dome is all about squeezing as much performance as possible into an incredibly affordable mountain bike. The perfect ride for those yearning to venture deep into the good wood.

Kona Mahuna, $749 (29'er, Hardtail) The ultimate bike for the rider just starting their foray into mountain-bike fun. The alloy Mahuna features new Kona XC 29-inch hardtail that is comfortable, quick and confident. Components have been carefully selected to ensure they last a lifetime of rides. This is one of our top-selling models.

Kona Mahuna, $749 (29'er, Hardtail)

The ultimate bike for the rider just starting their foray into mountain-bike fun. The alloy Mahuna features new Kona XC 29-inch hardtail that is comfortable, quick and confident. Components have been carefully selected to ensure they last a lifetime of rides. This is one of our top-selling models.

Kona Unit, $999 (29'er, Single Speed) Fully rigid singlespeeders of the world unite: 29-inch wheels, a sweet cromoly frameset that takes trails of all types and fills them full with fun. Just like the Big Unit, the Unit frame pulls out all the stops, with alternate dropouts available fore a geared set up. All at a price that will make you go, “Sweet Unit!”

Kona Unit, $999 (29'er, Single Speed)

Fully rigid singlespeeders of the world unite: 29-inch wheels, a sweet cromoly frameset that takes trails of all types and fills them full with fun. Just like the Big Unit, the Unit frame pulls out all the stops, with alternate dropouts available fore a geared set up. All at a price that will make you go, “Sweet Unit!”

27.5" Full Suspension

Kona Precept 120, $1599 (27.5", Full Suspension) Designed specifically for riders looking to step off of their hardtail and dive deeper into Trail riding. Taking design cues from our Process line, the Precept 120 offers a comfortable, confident, pedal-friendly frame design that’s fun on trails ranging from smooth to technical.

Kona Precept 120, $1599 (27.5", Full Suspension)

Designed specifically for riders looking to step off of their hardtail and dive deeper into Trail riding. Taking design cues from our Process line, the Precept 120 offers a comfortable, confident, pedal-friendly frame design that’s fun on trails ranging from smooth to technical.

Mountain Bikes

Essentially, the mountain bike world is divided into 2 major camps (Full Suspension vs Hard-Tail), and many, many sub-camps.

Full Suspension ("Full Squish")

Full Suspension ("Full Squish")

Hard Tail ("Half Squish")

Hard Tail ("Half Squish")

Full suspension mountain bikes include a shock on the fork (front) as well as one supporting the frame (rear), while a hard-tail only has a fork shock. A full suspension mountain bike will be more expensive than a hard-tail, but will have more capabilities on rougher terrain

Suspension Basics

Front Suspension (fork) "travel" is measured in either inches or millimeters. This represents how far the wheel is displaced under full fork compression. 

  • 4"-5", 100mm-120mm, "Cross Country" and "Trail" Mountain Bikes
  • 5"-6", 120mm-160mm, "All Mountain" Mountain Bikes
  • 7 -8", 180mm-200mm, "Freeride" and "Downhill" Mountain Bikes

Rear Suspension (also referred to as the "shock") is found on Full Suspension Mountain Bikes. There are many different configurations and linkages, far too many to even list here.  Each brand will have allegiance to a particular system, so definitely do your research in terms of your ride style, budget and maintenance ability

Mountain Bike Types (in-progress)

  • Cross Country Mountain Bikes

  • Trail Mountain Bikes

  • Enduro/All-mountain

  • Downhill Mountain Bikes

  • Freeride Mountain Bikes

  • Dirt Jump Mountain Bikes

  • Trials Mountain Bike

The History of Mountain Biking

There were several groups of riders in different areas of the U.S.A. who can make valid claims to playing a part in the birth of the sport. Riders in Crested Butte, Colorado and Cupertino, California tinkered with bikes and adapted them to the rigors of off-road riding. Modified heavy cruiser bicycles, old 1930s and '40s Schwinn bicycles retrofitted with better brakes and fat tires, were used for freewheeling down mountain trails in Marin County, California in the mid-to-late 1970s. At the time, there were no mountain bikes. The earliest ancestors of modern mountain bikes were based around frames from cruiser bicycles such as those made by Schwinn. The Schwinn Excelsior was the frame of choice due to its geometry. Riders used balloon-tired cruisers and modified them with gears and motocross or BMX-style handlebars, creating "klunkers". The term would also be used as a verb since the term "mountain biking" was not yet in use. Riders would race down mountain fireroads, causing the hub brake to burn the grease inside, requiring the riders to repack the bearings. These were called "Repack Races" and triggered the first innovations in mountain bike technology as well as the initial interest of the public. (wikipedia.com)

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Local Trails

Within a one hour drive or train ride of NYC, there are over 30 parks and recreational areas designated for trail riding.  Almost are are free. 718 Cyclery's Saturday Shop Ride explores and documents many of these location. (trail descriptions in-progress)

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  • Mianus River Park

718 Shop Rides 

The crew here at 718 heads out most Saturday to ride trails within an hour of NYC.  Check out  our Shop Ride Images and Shop Ride Videos.  These ride are open and inclusive for everyone, with beginners most definitely welcome,  If you don't  have a bike, we have a demo fleet and can make arrangements to get you on one. Check out our Shop Ride page for more information.