“Get a bicycle. You will certainly not regret it, if you live” This quote is related to the famous writer Mark Twain. Although this was said many years ago, it seems that only in the recent two or three decades that biking has become a prominent hobby practiced by many, either for fun, or for keeping shape.
Various kind of biking are commonly used, among which there are the road biking, mountain biking, street biking, dirt biking, and other variation of them. Each of the biking type requires a specific bike to be used. Mountain bikes, for example, differ from road bikes. A mountain bike, in contrast to road bike is targeted for off-road bikes and for terrain biking.
As such, mountain bikes are designed to be more robust than road bikes for example. Mountain biking includes riding in various harsh terrain conditions such as sand, mud, rocks, water, and narrow unpaved side-mountain topography. Mountain bikes must withstand such devastating conditions, avoiding bike damage, and preventing un-necessary injuries to the rider. That is why mountain bikes commonly use wide tires to absorb the massive shocks caused by the bad trek conditions. Specific shock observes are used, both in front wheel and rear wheel. Mountain bikes are also designed so that it would be easier for the rider to use his power for climbing hills.
The vast inventory available bike types make it, specifically for starters, most frustrating to look for the right bike for them. As already implied, there are many types of bikes, and there are many sub-types. Choosing the right mountain bike involves, of course, the budget available, as mountain bikes are not so cheap. Need to see if the design fits the rider position, and find bikes with the right suspension.
Personally I would not go for the “latest and greatest” bike available as the first choice. Rather I would emphasize safety aspects, and purchase the right accessories such as helmet and gloves, knee and elbow protection. Then I would join a group of starters. Only after riding for some time, and verifying that this is the kind of sport I can keep up with, I would upgrade to a better more expensive bike.