Mountain Biking Frequently Used Terms

SMBA Coach Dylan Conte playing a game of Dab with riders

SMBA Coach Dylan Conte playing a game of Dab with riders

Mountain Biking Frequently Used Terms

❏  Full Suspension: a bike that has both front and rear suspension.

❏  Hardtail: a bike that has only front suspension

❏  Singletrack: a trail that is specifically built for mountain biking and is therefore more narrow

❏  Doubletrack: typically a dirt road that is wide.

❏  Flow trail (Flowy): smooth and less technical trail (Example: Florence in Cady Hill)

❏  Old School: rooty and rocky terrain that is more difficult (Example: Schween Haus Trails in Cady Hill)

❏  Machine-built: built by a machine/excavator and is typically more flowy in nature due to being buffed out by a large machine (Example: Upper and Lower Bears in Cady Hill).

❏  Hand-built: builty by hand and typically has more technical features

❏  Fat bike: a bike with very large diameter tires, typically used on snow and sand

❏  Bonk: low blood sugar level. Tired / zonked / weak / drained on your ride. Avoid it by snacking regularly or using an energy drink / bar.

❏  Freeride: this  is a discipline of mountain biking closely related to downhill cycling and dirt jumping focused on tricks, style, and technical trail features.

Hucking: throwing yourself (i.e. you and your bike) off things e.g. a drop a or a physical object. Often used in dirt jumping and street riding.

❏  Kicker: mound with lip for taking off from.

❏  Preload: refers to the force applied to spring component before external loads, such as rider weight, are applied. More preload makes the suspension sag less and less preload makes the suspension sag more. Adjusting preload affects the ride height of the suspension.

❏  Dab: quickly taking a foot off your pedal to stop yourself from crashing.

❏  Dialled: when your set up is perfect allowing you to ride to the top of your ability.