The women’s mountain bike scene has been booming in recent years, with gutsy lasses donning the trails with the wind in their hair and mud on their faces. So, fancy jumping on the trail bandwagon?
If you’ve have your first rush with the dirt and are looking to get nestled firmly into the forest line and mountain sides, then we bring you the definitive guide for becoming an adrenaline fuelled Queen of the Mountain.
Everyone has to start somewhere, and mountain biking is no different from any other hobby or passion, but be warned… the dirt is a highly addictive drug.
So let’s get you started, and rolling the trails in no time.
Buying your first MTB
Where better to get started than with buying a mountain bike? You’ll spend hours trawling through online shops, drooling over the shiny paintwork and colour coordinating decals, but you need to know what you’re looking for, and ensure you get a bike that’s fit for purpose.
When buying your first two wheeled mountain companion, you need to consider these important things:
- Hardtails Vs. Full Suspension? Do you need a hardtail bike for fire road and leisurely trails, or are you looking for something more aggressive for shredding those gnarly steep tracks? It’s best to consider what style of riding you want to do, so you invest in the right steed for you.
- What’s your budget? You’ll quickly learn that you can spend endless amounts on bikes and kit, but for your first bike you may not want to splash out on that full carbon £6k bike from the get go. There’s some great deals on entry level bikes to get you started, and as you progress with skill and confidence, you can begin to really push the boat out with something more future-proof.
- Pink it n’ Shrink it: Contrary to popular belief, don’t feel that you need to pre-set those search filters to women’s-specific mountain bikes. In reality, many women ride men’s and unisex bikes because we all come in different shapes and sizes and so do bikes.
- Try-before-you-buy: With your short-list of potential bike candidates, have a scout around online for local dealers where you could book yourself a test ride. Bikeparks, trail centres and demo events are great ways to make sure you get the right size and shape for you.
- Second hand bargains: Not all second hand bikes are rust buckets and made of steel, there are some great finds online if you know what you’re looking for, and you do your homework. There are plenty of forums and social media pages filled with riders selling their beloved bikes.