Learn About Bikes with JensonUSA
At JensonUSA, we have bikes of all capabilities and intended uses. Whether you are looking to cruise around town, shred your local dirt trails, or race between the tape, we have the bike for you. Biking comes in many different forms and it can be difficult to know which style of riding and what type of bike best suits you. Contact one of our Gear Advisors today and they will get you set up with everything you need to get out and ride.
What is the most popular type of bike?
Out of all bikes, the most popular form of biking would be mountain biking. Mountain biking takes many forms, but the most popular subcategory is trail riding. Trail bikes can come in the form of a hardtail or full suspension bike and are do-it-all machines that are confident in almost any terrain. A trail bike usually has between 120 and 140mm of travel and their frames are most commonly aluminum alloy or carbon fiber. Trail bikes are versatile machines that can handle all types of terrains and can get away with riding all types of trails.
How do I choose the right type of bike?
The most important factor when choosing a bike is deciding what type of riding you want to do and what kinds of terrain you will be riding in most frequently. Beginner mountain bike riders should consider whether a hardtail, a full suspension, or a rigid bike would best suit the type of trails they are trying to ride. An advanced rider would consider frame geometries, suspension systems, and component configurations when choosing a new bike.
What size bike should I get for my height?
While the choice between tire size may be personal preference, frame size is not so much. All bikes will come with different-sized frames for shorter or taller riders. You should always choose a bike that you are within the manufacturer's specified height range. Some riders may find themselves in between sizes. In this case, you should choose the smaller frame size for a more agile and lively feel and go for the next size up if you prefer a more stable and in-control ride. As for tire size, most taller adult riders tend to ride 29” bikes due to being more relative to their size, however, mountain bike tire sizes are not height-specific and are more of a personal preference. Check out our Bike Sizing Guide to find yours!
What brands make the best bikes?
Numerous brands make quality bikes of all disciplines. Whether you're looking for a road, gravel, hardtail, full-suspension bike, or even an E-bike, you can trust brands like Marin, Norco, Yeti, and Santa Cruz.
What bikes are best for beginners?
Beginners don't need the lightest bike with the best carbon fiber and component build. Beginners should be focused on getting a bike that best suits them for the type of riding they will be doing most often. Quality bikes on a budget come from brands like Diamondback, Batch, and Marin.