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.
8 Entry Level Mountain Bikes To Get You Shredding
27.5" Full Suspension
Essentially, the mountain bike world is divided into 2 major camps (Full Suspension vs Hard-Tail), and many, many sub-camps.
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
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
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)
718 Mountain Bike Brands
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)
- Cunningham Park, Queens NY
- Highbridge Park
- Stillwell Woods
- Glacier Ridge
- Rocky Point
- 6-Mile Run
- Lewis Morris
- Kittatinny State Park
- Allamuchy State Park
- 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.